Many Texans associate allergies with spring, but allergies can be a problem for people any month of the year and the summer season is no exception. Summer allergies can be caused by seasonal outdoor culprits or due to the presence of indoor allergens. Two of the most common causes of summer allergies are due to the presence of pollen and mold. Depending on where a person lives in Texas, they will be exposed to a variety of different pollens. Generally speaking, trees pollinate during the spring, but grasses and weeds can still cause pollen allergies throughout the summer months. Elevated levels of airborne mold spores are also a common occurrence during the summer months. Warm and moist conditions can be conducive for elevated mold spore counts which can be an issue for people working or enjoying the outdoors.
“These same spores can also make their way indoors through open windows, doors, HVAC system air intakes, and even on people’s clothes, hair, and on their pets,” said Hollis L. Horner, President, Indoor Environmental Consultants, Inc. “People that are allergic to mold should inspect their home, school, or work environment for any signs of its presence or moisture damage. Mold can grow quickly on many materials used to build and furnish both residential and commercial properties when temperatures are warm and moisture is present. In fact, any part of a building that has suffered water damage or elevated humidity levels is a likely source of indoor mold. Even mold growing in a crawl space, basement, attic, or in a wall cavity, can cause indoor air quality problems. Dust mites are another common indoor allergen during the summer months. Similar to mold, these tiny creatures thrive during this time of year with its warm and humid conditions.
While some turn to the same over the counter medication to get them through the season, consumers are increasingly looking to natural solutions to either compliment and boost the effects of their daily regimen of medication, or to replace that medication altogether. Natural solutions are proving effective as they get to the root of allergy symptoms, or just address the allergies in new, more holistic ways to great success. Lexi Hagenson, a Chicago-based licensed acupuncturist and certified herbalist, has several recommendations for fighting back against allergies, the natural way.
- Neti Pot: First, she recommends the use of a Neti Pot, which can be found in most health food stores. Just follow the directions on the package. "It's the most effective way to remove pollen, dust, environmental irritants and mucus from your sinuses, without causing dryness or rebound congestion often experienced from pharmaceutical decongestants." While it's not the most pleasant experience, nasal irrigation like with a Neti Pot soothes and protects nasal passages, something most allergy sufferers desperately need.
- Acupuncture: Second, she recommends weekly acupuncture treatments for a month or two. "This 3,000-year-old practice can remarkably improve quality of life for allergy sufferers, even those who don't see results from conventional anti-allergy medications," says Hagenson. Numerous scientific studies have shown that acupuncture is effective for addressing all manner of maladies, even if how it works isn't immediately clear to Western physicians. But adds Hagenson, "acupuncture works both locally by [alleviating] head, neck and facial symptoms, and throughout the body by promoting healthy circulation and decreasing areas of hypersensitivity and stagnation."
- Rootology: Breathe Free: Finally, and perhaps most rapid-acting, Hagenson recommends the use of formulas based on Chinese Herbology, such as Rootology: Breathe Free. Not as well known in the U.S., Chinese Herbology is different than other natural allergy remedies, such as Homeopathy, Stinging Nettles, Quercetin, or herbal tinctures, because it starts working immediately, in about 20 minutes, on the same biological systems as Sudafed, but more gently and effectively. While Chinese formulas can vary, even when addressing the same ailment, Rootology's Breathe Free formula is made of 13 concentrated herbal extracts, each with specific functions as detailed on their website. Of the two most prevalent ingredients, Hagenson says, "xanthium fruit and magnolia flower are two extremely effective herbs for alleviating nasal symptoms like profuse nasal discharge and itchiness." She continues, "when taken regularly for a period of time, Rootology can actually help the sinus passageways work more efficiently." To those who may be skeptical, especially if they're not familiar with the herbs, Hagenson offers, "just give it a try! If after two or three doses you feel no change you can always quit with no harm done, especially with the thirty day guarantee. But I highly doubt there won't be a noticeable difference."
Dr. Joan Lehach, MD, a highly regarded allergist in New York City agrees. "I have been practicing Allergy and Clinical Immunology for over 25 years and I am really excited to recommend Rootology, a new all-natural product that really works. It immediately alleviates sneezing, nasal itch, congestion and rhinorrhea (runny nose) without side-effects. Rootology is first line in my practice." With these tips, hopefully you'll find your way through the fall season, especially the natural way.
You can find more information about Rootology: Breathe Free, including expert and customer testimonials and a description of exactly how it works at www.RootologyHealth.com