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Homeopathic Treatments for Hay Fever
by Kiran Grover
Do you dread the hot, lazy, summer months? Desperate to enjoy the sun, but locked up inside for fear of itching eyes, streaming noses, and violent sneezing?
Hay fever is the commonest form of allergy in the UK. It affects up to 20% of the population, around 10 million people. (source Mintel). At its root, it’s an allergy to pollen. Hay is produced from grass, and grass pollen is the most common culprit for producing hay fever symptoms, but tree pollen, flower pollen, and fungal spores (the fungus equivalent of pollen) also produce the same symptoms. You can do a lot to control your hay fever symptoms, and there are several hay fever Homeopathic remedies to choose from.
Many people are aware that Homeopathy can help with long term conditions such as allergies, breathing problems and stress. But Homeopathy can also help seasonal or sporadic symptoms too. Hay fever is caused by the pollen from certain plants drifting on the wind. It enters one’s system through the nose and eyes. This stimulates some cells to produce histamines, which then produce the symptoms associated with hay fever
More and more people in the UK are turning to complementary therapies to help them with their hay fever and allergic symptoms. The advantage of Homeopathy is that it is non invasive, non-addictive and simple to use. It can be used with other medicines and it’s safe to use in pregnancy and for babies and children. Homeopathy is a gentle and effective treatment that does not cause any side effects.
Homeopathic Hay Fever tips
Arsenicum Album is a really good Homeopathic remedy for hay fever, if there is burning or itching in the nose, eyes or throat; the resultant discharge may also cause soreness. The patient often feels thirsty, anxious and restless.
Allium Cepa can be really helpful if there is a lot of sneezing and streaming from eyes and nose. Again, the nasal discharge may cause soreness. The patient will feel better outside in the fresh air.
Euphrasia is beneficial. Use this remedy for lots if sneezing and streaming of the eyes and nose. There’s often a sensation of burning in the eyes, and some sensitivity to the light.
Alongside the hay fever if there is also a tendency to sun burn as well then Nat Mur can be a helpful remedy to try, especially if the symptoms make the patient feel miserable and uncomfortable. This is often accompanied by streaming discharge from the eyes and nose with lots of sneezing, though the discharge thickens resulting in a loss of taste and smell.
Nux Vomica is associated with irritability as well as lots of sneezing and streaming from the eyes and nose. Pulsatilla should be used if the patient is weepy, needy and has thickly yellowish discharges especially with a blocked nose.
A hay-fever free summer!
Homeopathy could give you a hay fever free summer this year. Just try some of the tips above or for specific advice on hay fever or any other allergies please speak to a registered Homeopath.
Homeopathic remedies can be purchased from most Chemists and Health Food shops and from Homeopathic pharmacies. In an emergency always contact your GP or Accident and Emergency Department.
For further information on Homeopathy
Kiran Grover BA, MA, CHE RSHom runs a clinic in Northwood Consulting Rooms. She is a qualified, registered Homeopathic Practitioner, a Graduate of the Centre for Homeopathic Education, London and a professional member of the Society of Homeopaths. For more information on Homeopathy or to book an appointment you may contact her during office hours on
07983 788762 or by e-mail, email@example.com. Her website www.healthyhomeopathy.co.uk also has more information.