Rhinitis is the result of an overactive immune system that attacks inhaled substances such as pollen and dander. It mimics the symptoms of a cold but is not caused by a virus. When the substance enters the body, your immune system releases inflammatory chemicals that cause runny nose, itchy watery eyes and congestion. If you are interested in treating this condition naturally, there are certain natural remedies that can relieve symptoms. Consulting with a health care provider experienced in alternative medicine can help you design an effective treatment regimen. The University of Maryland suggests the following herbal and homeopathic remedies.
Considerations for Natural Therapies
Natural therapies can be effective for many conditions, but consistent use is important to achieve optimal results. Give them time to work; you might not see full results for a few weeks to a couple of months. Certain herbs however, should not be taken on a continuous basis for longer than a certain period, so heed those suggestions. Many supplements offer similar benefits, so taking every supplement listed for a particular condition is not necessary; the information is a guideline to let you know about possible treatments. Like pharmaceutical medication, every treatment might not work for every person and you might need to experiment with different ones to find a strategy that works for you. Natural supplements is one area of alternative medicine where consulting with an experienced practitioner is beneficial.
Butterbur has a long history of use in treating respiratory problems and has been found to be as effective as Zyrtec and Allegra. The University of Maryland Medical Center notes, however, that the studies were small and more research is needed. Take 500 milligrams daily for no longer than 16 weeks. Do not use if you are pregnant or breast-feeding.
Stinging nettle is one of the best-known herbs for combating allergies. Take 600 milligrams daily for no longer than one week at a time. It is not appropriate for children or pregnant women. Discuss this treatment with your doctor if you take blood-thinning or blood-pressure medication, diuretics or have diabetes.
Homeopathy looks at the whole person when determining appropriate treatments, not just the condition and its symptoms. Consulting with a professional homeopath is the best way to figure out what treatments are best for you. The following remedies are commonly used for rhinitis. Take as directed on the product label.
Nux Vomica eases stuffiness and dry sensations accompanied by watery secretions and excessive sneezing. This remedy is best if you are irritable and impatient.
Arsenicum album treats stuffiness with burning nasal discharge. It works best if you feel restless, anxious and exhausted.
Allium cepa alleviates frequent sneezing and teary eyes and works best if you are prone to feeling thirsty a lot.
Other Natural Treatments
You might be interested in experimenting with other natural treatments in addition to herbs and homeopathy.
Test-tube studies have found that quercetin and spirulina block the formation and release of histamine, which triggers rhinitis symptoms. Researchers do not know whether they would do the same in people. Consult a doctor for suggested doses. Studies examining the effects of acupuncture on rhinitis have produced mixed results, but it might improve symptoms as effectively as antihistamines.