9.26.2009

Allergic Rhinitis: Non-Drug Treatments



People who suffer from allergic rhinitis have been looking for better alternatives to antihistamines, decongestants, corticosteroids and other drugs, which can cause various side effects if taken frequently.

According to studies, there are alternatives to drugs, such as the following:

Acupuncture

In acupuncture, hair-fine needles are used to stimulate certain parts of the lung meridian in order to remove energy blockages. Some studies have found that acupuncture combined with certain herbs are just as effective as antihistamines in relieving allergic rhinitis symptoms.

Herbs

Certain herbs such as the following are reported to have treatment effects on allergic rhinitis:

Butterbur or Petasites hybridus
Stinging nettle or Urtica dioica
Ginko Biloba
Astragalus membranaceus
 Japanese apricot

However, caution should be exercised in using herbs because they can worsen symptoms and become toxic if used excessively or improperly.

Homeopathy

Homeopathic professionals use certain substances such as Arsenicum album, Allium cepa and Euphrasia to create dilutions that would improve the emotional and physical conditions of someone with allergic rhinitis.

Dietary Supplements

Some dietary supplements such as Lactobacillus acidophilus, Spirulina, Quercetin and Vitamin C have also been cited as helpful in relieving allergic rhinitis symptoms.

Use of Light

One natural cure for allergic rhinitis is the use of light, called phototherapy. It can relieve sneezing, stuffed or runny nose, headaches and teary eyes.

BioNase is a revolutionary pocket-sized device that uses light to relieve your allergic rhinitis symptoms. It is easy to use, affordable, not invasive and has no known side effects.




You just insert the ends of the device into your nose for about 4 and-a-half minutes for 3 times a day while reading, watching TV or surfing the Internet.




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