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Carolyn Howgego, St Albans homeopath, suggests some ways to relieve hayfever symptoms using homeopathy

Carolyn Howgego, St Albans homeopath, suggests some ways to relieve hayfever symptoms using homeopathy

For all spring’s promise of growth and renewal, some people aren’t able to fully appreciate the joys of this season because of hay fever - between 15-20 per cent of the British population suffer from its often debilitating symptoms.

The big spring allergy trigger is pollen: tiny grains released into the air by trees, grasses, and weeds to fertilise other plants. The immune system mistakenly sees them as foreign invaders - allergens - and tries to fight against them. This leads to the release of chemicals, called histamines, which trigger the runny nose and itchy eyes.

Homeopathic medicines (known as remedies) may help to relieve the symptoms of hay fever when they happen but also, by triggering the body’s own system of healing may, over time, help to stop the symptoms occurring in the first place. A number of clinical research trials into the use of homeopathic remedies in the treatment of patients with hay fever have shown significant improvement in symptoms.

A qualified homeopath will individualise your symptoms, but listed below are some of the most commonly used remedies available over the counter, and can be used once symptoms start. Choose one remedy which matches your symptoms most closely. Take a 12c or 30c pillule three times daily while symptoms persist. As relief is found, reduce the frequency. If symptoms do not improve within 5-6 doses look for another remedy or consult a qualified homeopath. 

Euphrasia: eyes inflamed, with a lot of watering which seems to burn. Can be a thick discharge from eyes and feeling of pressure. Nose streaming. Better in the open air. Allium cepa: watery discharge from the nose, can drip, leaving nose sore and raw. Watery eyes. Violent sneezing. Better in the open air.  Arsenicum: burning watery discharge from eyes and nose, with tickling building up to a sneeze. At its worst just after midnight. This patient will be restless and anxious. Nux vom: sneezing fits, nose, eyes and face very irritated and hot. Itching extends to the larynx and trachea. Eyes light-sensitive. Irritated, impatient and snappy.

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There are many more remedies for hay fever, so if you are unsure please feel free to get in touch to discuss your allergy, or any other health concern confidentially. 

Carolyn is running a free homeopathic drop-in clinic on Saturday March 24th, at B-Healthy in Marshalswick, St Albans, from 11am-1pm. Consultations are 15 minutes and a homeopathic remedy will be recommended for you to buy. Drop-in for homeopathic advice about your hay fever, any other allergies or acute ailments.

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