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Allergies

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Respiratory allergies cause irritation and swelling in the nose. They are caused by an overreaction of the immune system to allergens, such as pollen, dust mites, or mold. They can cause a runny nose, itchy eyes, sneezing, and coughing.

Allergens cannot always be avoided. Symptoms may be managed with medicines, such as antihistamines and steroids. Some people turn to homeopathic medicine to further ease symptoms.

What Research Shows

May Be Effective:
  • Galphimia glauca is a flowering plant that may ease hay fever symptoms 1, 2, 8, 9
  • Homeopathic combination remedy may ease acute rhinosinusitis symptoms 14
  • Homeopathic nasal spray may ease allergic rhinitis symptoms of the nose and eyes 9
  • Luffa comp.-Heel Nasal Spray may eliminate hay fever symptoms 3
  • Mixed grass pollens may ease symptoms of hay fever 10
  • May Not Be Effective:

    Homeopathic immunotherapy may not ease symptoms in asthmatic people with dust mite allergy 13

    Unlikely To Be Effective:
  • Betula (birch tree) is unlikely to ease symptoms in people with birch pollen allergy 4, 5, 6
  • Not Enough Data to Assess:
  • Cat saliva 9cH and Histaminum 9cH 16
  • Homeopathic medicine made from common allergens (tree, grass, weed species) 7
  • Homeopathic preparation of principal inhalant allergen 11
  • Homeopathic immunotherapy to principal allergen 12
  • Homeopathy (general) 18
  • Non-individualised homeopathic treatment (NIHT) 17
  • No homeopathic remedies have been approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

    HOMEOPATHIC REMEDIES TO BE USED WITH CAUTION

    Talk to your doctor about any supplements or therapy you would like to use. Some can interfere with treatment or make conditions worse. 19 For example, galphimia glauca may not be safe to take by people who are pregnant or breastfeeding.

    References

    REF1
    Wiesenauer M, Gaus W. Double-blind trial comparing the effectiveness of the homeopathic preparation Galphimia potentiation D6, Galphimia dilution 10(-6) and placebo on pollinosis. Arzneimittelforschung. 1985;35(11):1745-1747.

    REF2
    Lüdtke R, Wiesenauer M. Eine Metaanalyse der homöopathischen Behandlung der Pollinosis mit Galphimia glauca [A meta-analysis of homeopathic treatment of pollinosis with Galphimia glauca]. Wien Med Wochenschr. 1997;147(14):323-327.

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