Traditional Chinese herbal relief for hayfever
Hayfever is another name for a condition also known as ‘allergic rhinitis’. It’s an allergic reaction produced by the body in response to triggers, or allergens, in the surrounding environment that are breathed in through the nose – typically pollen, grasses, mould, dust mites or animal dander (animal skin cells, for example from your pets).1
Symptoms of hayfever
There are a variety of obvious symptoms you might experience when you have hayfever, some of which can include:
- Itchy nose and eyes
- Runny nose
- Blocked nose1
People with hayfever might also experience knock-on effects like disturbed sleep, daytime sleep and impaired concentration as a result of their hayfever symptoms bothering them during the day and night.1
For some people, experiencing hayfever can be seasonal, occurring during spring or summer, while others can experience symptoms all year round.1
Histamine triggers hayfever symptoms
The symptoms of hayfever are triggered by histamine, a compound that your body releases when it comes into contact with an allergen.
Histamine’s purpose is to help your body flush out or overcome the allergen trigger, so once released, it quickly initiates inflammatory processes and dramatically increases the production of watery secretions from your nasal passages and eyes.
The effects are extremely rapid, so before you know it, you have a runny nose and itchy eyes!
Baical skullcap: traditionally relieves mild allergy symptoms
In Chinese medicine, baical skullcap is traditionally used to provide relief for the symptoms mild allergies in healthy adults, including hayfever.
It can be found in Fusion Allergy, which also contains the Chinese herbs bupleurum, ginger, Korean ginseng, pinellia, zizyphus and Chinese licorice.
Herbal relief for mild eczema symptoms
Other allergies can affect the skin, resulting in inflammation and conditions such as eczema.2
Fusion Allergy also contains Korean ginseng, which together with baical skullcap, relieves symptoms of mild eczema according to traditional Chinese medicine use. Baical skullcap also traditionally soothes skin inflammation in Chinese medicine.
Herbal relief for sinusitis
People who experience hayfever can often develop symptoms of sinusitis such as congestion in the nasal sinuses.3
Fusion Sinusitis contains the herb xanthium, traditionally used in Chinese medicine to relieve sinusitis symptoms, including sinus pain, nasal congestion, runny nose and to reduce excess nasal mucus and relieve post-nasal drip.
- Asthma Australia. Last updated August 2020 and accessed September 2020 from https://asthma.org.au/about-asthma/triggers/hay-fever/
- John Hopkins Medicine. Accessed September 2020 from hopkinsmedicine.org/health/wellness-and-prevention/rashes-and-skin-inflammation
- Australasian Society of Clinical Immunology and Allergy. Last updated May 2019 and accessed November 2020 from https://www.allergy.org.au/patients/allergic-rhinitis-hay-fever-and-sinusitis/sinusitis-and-allergy