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Clinical tests provide strong evidence that spirulina, siberian ginseng and skullcap relieve allergic rhinitis

Thursday, October 31, 2013 by: L.J. Devon, Staff Writer
Tags: adaptogenic herbs, allergic rhinitis, spirulina

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(NaturalNews) Allergic rhinitis is inflammation of the nasal airways due to an allergic immune system response. The sinuses become inflamed because of increased histamine production, as the sensitive immune system responds to a foreign allergen such as pollen, dust or animal dander. The response to the allergens triggers the production of antibodies called immunoglobulin E. These antibodies bind to mast cells and basophils, both of which contain histamine. Histamine is the inflammatory substance that causes the inflammation in the sinus cavities, the increased mucus production, the sneezing and the itchy, watery eyes.

Antihistamine pills may be used to block the histamine and relieve the symptoms in the face, but the pills do nothing to aid the immune system in the long run. Building the immune system with the right nutrients and herbs has been shown to have a more powerful, lasting effect.

Neglecting the hypersensitive immune system response and continuing the consumption of antihistamine pills causes a cycle of frustration, as seasonal allergies are developed.

The truth is - seasonal allergies don't have to come around every year. There's now strong evidence that a natural cyanobacteria called spirulina can relieve nasal inflammation. Another new study shows how eleutherococcus root (Siberian Ginseng) and skullcap herb work together to help relieve allergy symptoms.

Spirulina relieves nasal inflammation

A study from Turkey shows positive results for spirulina successfully treating allergic rhinitis. Spirulina, known for being a powerful immune-modulating superfood, brought back outstanding results. In a double-blind, placebo-controlled study, researchers treated various patients suffering from allergic rhinitis.

All patients who were fed spirulina supplements saw drastic improvement in histamine-reactive symptoms including sneezing, nasal congestion, itching and nasal discharge. When compared with placebo, spirulina was clinically effective for treating inflammation of the sinus passageway. The researchers are now calling for more studies identifying the mechanism of spirulina's effect on sinus inflammation.

Another study shows spirulina's ability to reduce allergic rhinitis

As reported in the Journal of Medicinal Food in 2005, patients suffering from allergic rhinitis saw drastic improvements in sinus function after ingesting spirulina. After measuring immune system signals in the bloodstream of patients, including interferon and cytokines levels, researchers found positive healing links to spirulina. The randomized, double-blind clinical study separated patients into three groups. One group received placebo, while the others received 1000 mg of spirulina or 2000 mg.

In the end, the placebo group saw no beneficial effect, while the 1000 mg spirulina eaters saw only slight, unnoticeable differences. But as for the ones who consumed 2000 mg of spirulina - they saw drastic improvement in their nasal allergic rhinitis.

Eleutherococcus root and skullcap combine to block allergic rhinitis

Eleutherococcus root, often termed Siberian Ginseng, possesses a unique composition, different from all other ginsengs, like American ginseng or Panax ginseng. This Siberian root is highly regarded as a strong adaptogen - great for helping the body, mind and spirit recover from periods of mental and physical stress. The root strengthens one's mental clarity, communication and social functioning. Its ability to stimulate the immune system and bring energy to the spirit is unwavering.

In a study from Belgium, researchers combined eleuthero root with skullcap (Scutellaria baicalensis) and alternatively with vitamin C to study their individual and combined effects on treating sinus inflammation.

12 patients' nasal mucosal tissue was rigorously inspected after early and late phase allergic responses were initiated through stimulation of T cells and anti-IgE.

The researchers found that the eleuthero root and skullcap combination had a potent suppressive effect on histamine and two other inflammatory cursors. The combination also blocked induction of cytokines.

The vitamin C didn't have the same anti-inflammatory effect as the herbs, but it did increase ciliary beat frequency. The researchers concluded that a combination of eleuthero root and skullcap herb blocks allergic early and late phase mediators, suppressing cytokine production and histamine reaction.

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