Prevent your seasonal allergies with naturopathic medicine

Still fighting your allergies? Try quercetin!

Are you still fighting spring allergies and looking to try something new?  Why not try some quercetin!

Quercetin is a plant chemical found in black tea, apples, grapefruit and onions.  It has anti-oxidant properties and reduces inflammation.

Your body contains mast cells which hold histamine.  The mast cells break down and release histamine in response to allergens and physical stimulation from scratching and rubbing the skin.  The histamine is what causes the redness, swelling and itching of allergies, hence the need to take anti-histamines.

Quercetin is an excellent natural anti-histamine that strengthens the mast cells so they will not break down as easily.  Therefore less histamine is released leading to a reduction in allergy symptoms.

You can take it with over the counter allergy medications or try it on its own.  If you have an allergy to apples, onions, black tea or grapefruit I’d speak to your doctor first before trying quercetin just to be cautious.

If you have tried quercetin feel free to share your thoughts on it in the comments section.

As always, a naturopathic perspective to treating allergies  involves many factors and quercetin alone may only be part of a comprehensive treatment plan.

Check out my other articles for fighting spring allergies:

Naturopathic treatments for spring allergies

5 ways to prevent seasonal allergies with food

Homeopathic remedies for spring allergies

Goldenseal, a great herb to combat spring allergies


Check out my latest articles in Healthy Directions Magazine!

Hi everyone! Check out my two articles on bone health and allergies  in this month’s issue of Healthy Directions Magazine.

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5 ways to prevent seasonal allergies with food

Spring is just around the corner which also means the return of allergy season!

Check out my latest blog post for the Ottawa Mommy Club:

5 ways to prevent seasonal allergies with food



Goldenseal, a great herb to combat spring allergies

We are entering the season when patients start showing up at the office saying things like, “Oh man, my nose is always so stuffed up this time of year!” or “I can’t seem to get rid of that itch in my throat!” This is the season of allergic rhinitis, and the return of frequent sneezing, runny noses, sinus congestion, itching in the eyes, nose and throat and general discomfort.

These symptoms are commonly triggered in the spring by pollens released from grasses, trees, and weeds.  Other causes include dust mites and animal dander being stirred up from the annual spring cleaning process as well as molds which thrive in damp conditions.  Other factors which may contribute to the severity of allergy symptoms are food sensitivities, cigarette smoke exposure, family history of allergies and the co-existence of other allergic disorders like eczema and asthma.

I have had great success treating allergic rhinitis symptoms with the herb goldenseal, also known as hydrastis canadensis.  Goldenseal’s nickname, “King of the mucous membranes” describes its affinity to act on the mucous membranes of the eyes, sinuses, nose and throat by decreasing inflammation, swelling, itching and mucous production.  Goldenseal also contains a key ingredient called berberine which is anti-microbial therefore killing bacterial, viral and fungal infections which can develop alongside seasonal allergies.  It is also easily used with over the counter allergy medications to aid in symptom relief. As always, it is a good idea to consult with your healthcare practitioner prior to taking any new herbal supplement, especially if you are pregnant or nursing.

In general, this is a great herb to keep in the medicine cabinet to prevent and treat the symptoms of spring allergies.  Stay tuned for future posts about prevention and relief of spring allergies!