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Natural Remedy as Effective as Allergy Medication

Natural Remedy as Effective as Allergy Medication

Spring has sprung and with the warm weather comes bountiful buds and blooms on the plants that surround us.  Spring also brings plant allergens that can disrupt our enjoyment of nature’s rebirth.  Fortunately, nature supplied solutions for allergies as well so before you run off for an over-the-counter or prescription drug replete with many side-effects, consider the natural remedy butterbur as an effective alternative.

Butterbur, also known as Petasites hybridus, is a shrub that grows in wet, marshy areas in North America, Europe and parts of Asia.  The plant has been traditionally used for pain, headaches, fevers and digestive problems.  Multiple studies reveal that butterbur offers relief for allergy symptoms as well.

In a study published in the journal Annals of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology, scientists at the British University of Exeter, found that butterbur was as effective against allergy symptoms as a non-sedative allergy medication and more effective than the placebo used in the study.

A study by Max Zeller Söhne AG, in Romanshorn, Switzerland and published in the journal Phytotherapy Research found that butterbur inhibited the allergic response and reduced allergic airway inflammation in animals exposed to allergens compared to the placebo which had no effect on the animals.

Another Swiss study comparing butterbur to the prescription allergy medication cetirizine (also known as Zyrtec) found that the effects of 8 milligrams of butterbur four times a day are similar to those of cetirizine in patients with seasonal sinus and nasal congestion when evaluated blindly by patients and doctors. The scientists concluded that butterbur should be considered for treating seasonal allergies.

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The raw, unprocessed plant contains chemicals called pyrrolizidine alkaloids (PA) that can be harmful to humans, so butterbur products should clearly state that they are PA-free on the packaging. Unlike the drug, butterbur does not have the following side effects: drowsiness, excessive tiredness, dry mouth, stomach pain, diarrhea, vomiting, difficulty breathing or difficulty swallowing.

Adapted from Allergy-Proof: Over 60 Drug-Free, All-Natural Ways to Beat Allergies by Michelle Schoffro Cook, PhD, ROHP.


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Michelle Schoffro Cook

Michelle Schoffro Cook, MSc, RNCP, ROHP, DNM, PhD is an international best-selling and 17-time book author and board-certified doctor of natural medicine, whose works include: 60 Seconds to Slim, Weekend Wonder Detox, Healing Recipes, The Vitality Diet, Allergy-Proof, Arthritis-Proof, Total Body Detox, The Life Force Diet, The Ultimate pH Solution, The 4-Week Ultimate Body Detox Plan, and her new book The Probiotic Promise. Subscribe to her free e-magazine World's Healthiest News at to receive monthly health news, tips, recipes and more. Follow her on Twitter @mschoffrocook and Facebook.


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1:36PM PDT on Jul 5, 2014

Must remember to try Butterbur without PA.

11:07PM PDT on Jun 3, 2014


10:53AM PDT on Apr 28, 2014

I have been informed that if you suffer from pollen allergies, eating the local honey leading up to and beyond spring is supposed to help build your natural immunity against it. Not suitable to vegans I know.
I'll stress that it is the local honey that you will need against the localised pollen spores.

6:04AM PDT on Apr 28, 2014


8:31AM PDT on Apr 27, 2014

Thanks-sent to a friend.

3:26AM PDT on Apr 21, 2014

Thanks, bee pollen helps a lot too.

8:27PM PDT on Apr 20, 2014

Thank you!

10:46AM PDT on Apr 20, 2014


12:20AM PDT on Apr 19, 2014


8:58PM PDT on Apr 18, 2014

Thanks. I'll look into butterbur.

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