Alternative Medicine/Toddler with Allergies


Hello.  My two year old was hospitalized in Jan with pneumonia caused by RSV.  He had breathing treatments, steroids, etc.  UGH!!  I don't like that stuff but he was critical.  His oxygen was low and his breathing was very rapid and labored.  Anyway, it is recurring again only this time not severe enough to be hospitalized (yay).  The Dr wants him to start taking Claritin and Singulair to prevent future problems.  I do not like medications!!  Are there any natural alternatives to these drugs?  Thanks for your time!


Hello Lisa,

1. Use ALJ to break up the mucus. This is great for congestion from a cold or allergies. ALJ comes in capsules or liquid.

2.Histablock is excellent antihistamine.

Take one or more of the expectorant herbs - CC-A with Yerba Santa(For coughs and colds)comes in a liquid

I do offer phone or Skype consults as well.  You can order at my website.
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The Comprehensive Guide to Nature's Sunshine Products" is a must have for anyone who wants a good reference book.

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Take from the Comprehensive Guide to NSP products

It's that time of the year again-spring-when billions and billions of tiny pollen grains start filling the air, causing some 22 million Americans to experience itchy eyes, runny nose, sneezing and irritability. If you're one of those unfortunate souls who suffer from allergic rhinitis (known to us lay folk as hayfever) then this issue of is your cup of tea (herbal tea, of course)!

Hayfever is caused by sensitivity to the pollen released by flowering plants, especially trees, grasses and ragweed. Pollen is the male "seed" of the plant, which is carried by wind or insects for reproduction. These tiny pollen granules enter the respiratory system and lodge on the mucus membranes.
In most people they cause no discomfort, but in the hayfever sufferer the immune system is excessively sensitive to tiny foreign particles. It produces antibodies to destroy them. These antibodies tend to cling to special cells called mast cells which are very prevalent in the lungs and liver. The antibodies attach themselves to the pollen (or other irritant) to destroy it.

This antibody reaction causes the mast cell to rupture, which releases large quantities of chemicals (histamine is one of them). This in turn causes inflammation of the surrounding tissues. L is the inflammation of the mucus membranes in the sinuses, lungs and eyes which causes the suffering in hayfever (i.e., the itchiness, the redness and irritation). It also causes the thin, watery mucus discharge, which helps to "cleanse" the area of debris.

You can see why medically, hayfever is usually treated with antihistamines and anti-inflammatories. The goal of orthodox medicine is to counter the histamine or reduce the inflammation. These chemicals may help to alleviate symptoms, but they are not getting at the root causes of the problem. Furthermore, they typically have side effects such as drowsiness and depression.

Chronic suppression of the inflammatory response in the lungs through the use of these drugs can actually make the problem worse. It reduces the ability of the mucus membranes to keep themselves clean. A little recognized fact is that suppressed hayfever can turn into other problems like asthma. Most cases of asthma today are allergic reactions in the lungs which are causing swelling of the lung tissue.

Don't worry, though. Mother Nature has nontoxic and inexpensive answers to these problems which are overlooked by most people, perhaps because her methods aren't considered "scientifically proven" (whatever that means). Herbs, supplements and dietary changes may not afford the rapid symptomatic relief offered by drugs, but what they do offer is hope of a lasting cure.

Think of it like this: Have you ever had a leak in your roof? Putting a pan under the leak may protect your carpet, but it doesn't stop the leak. Drug treatment for hayfever is similar. It may ease the effects of hayfever, but it does nothing to stop the cause.

In a similar manner, a drip from the ceiling doesn't mean that the roof is leaking directly above that spot. When you check the attic, you may find the water is running along a beam and the leak is actually in another location. It's the same with allergies. Don't assume that the respiratory symptoms mean that the original cause is in your lung and sinus tissues.

Believe it or not, your runny nose is probably originating from a "leak" in your gut. When digestion isn't working properly, food ferments and putrefies in the intestinal tract causing inflammation and irritation.  The irritated mucus membranes of your stomach and bowels allow large molecules of improperly digested food, as well as the toxic end-products of fermentation, to enter your blood stream.

This overburdens the liver, an organ charged with the responsibility of filtering your blood and keeping it healthy. Your immune system has to deal with all this waste material in your blood stream and your eliminative organs become overburdened and overworked. Thus, when the hay arrives, it's one "straw" too many and the "back" of your overtaxed immune system "breaks." Put more plainly, the runny nose is a "safety valve" to let off the excess pressure from irritants in the system.

So, from the natural healer's point of view, hayfever isn't a sign that the body's immune system is running "amok." Your immune system is just doing its job. What it needs is for you to take some of the stress off of it. Eat more fruits and vegetables and less junk food. Keep your bowels and liver in good working condition. You may be pleasantly surprised at what the Tiao He colon cleansing program might do for your hayfever.

Finally, try some of the remedies listed below. They can help your respiratory passages cleanse themselves. Some can stabilize the mast cells so they are less likely to burst and help the liver and other organs remove histamine and other toxins from the system more efficiently. Others can reduce inflammation without side effects.


Herbs to the Rescue
Although plant pollens trigger hayfever, the plant community also contains many allies which can relieve both the cause and the symptoms of this disorder. Your best bet is probably an herbal combination, which will help not only with the respiratory system directly, but will address the digestive tract, liver and other underlying causes. Here are three popular herbal formulas to consider for hayfever problems.

A well-known formula with a popular reputation for relieving allergy symptoms is ALJ. However, as we examine the ingredients, we realize that half of the herbs in this formula are specific remedies for the digestive system! So this formula doesn't just treat the symptoms, it gets to the causes.
The fenugreek, fennel and horseradish in ALJ all stimulate and improve digestive function. They help increase hydrochloric acid production and settle nervous indigestion. Fenugreek also helps to decongest the sinuses and breaks up hardened mucus in the body. Along with mullein and boneset it helps drain the sinus cavities so they can cleanse and heal themselves. It's important to understand that ALJ isn't going to arrest sinus drainage like antihistamines do. Quite the contrary, you may actually notice an increase in drainage for the first day or two. As the mucus membranes cleanse themselves of irritants, the drainage stops and healing begins. Mullein and boneset also help soothe mucus tissues and reduce swelling and inflammation. Be sure to take enough, because these are mild herbs requiring high amounts in order to see best results. Anywhere from two to four capsules every four hours is usually required.

Vitamins for Hayfever
High amounts of vitamin C can act as a natural antihistamine to bring quick relief from hayfever.
Bioflavonoids, especially quercetin, help to stabilize the mast cells to prevent the release histamine. So Citrus Bioflavonoids with vitamin C would be a good choice for possible hayfever relief.

NSP' has a chewable Vitamin C

Sometimes, we need some symptomatic relief because we can't wait a couple of days for our sinuses to drain and clear. That's where sinus support comes in handy.  It dries out mucus membranes and reduces drainage. Sinus Supportalso contains herbs which work on the underlying causes of the problem while affording temporary relief of symptoms.For example, sinus support contains burdock, an herb which purifies the blood and strengthens mast cells (which reduces the release of histamine). Parsley, a diuretic, also helps to cleanse the blood. Goldenseal is a specific for chronic inflammation of the mucus membranes, while yerba santa and horehound act as decongestants to rid the body of excess mucus. Lastly, capsicum not only stimulates digestive function, it also reduces inflammation. In short, Sinus Support a good choice for weaning someone off an antihistamine drug, because it provides both short-term and long-term relief.

Other Products
Other herbs and formulas which may help hayfever or other respiratory allergies include the following:
Breathe Free is a Chinese formula designed to "ventilate the lungs." It helps to open blocked airways and may help hayfever and asthma.

HISTABLOCK Stock No. 776-1

Many people suffer from allergies, both indoor and outdoor. Nature's Sunshine is pleased to announce the introduction of the new Allergy Formula that is designed to be used both acutely and chronically for the year around allergy sufferer.

Stinging Nettle
Fructus aurantia

-Provides nutrients that support the respiratory system in its battle against allergens, pollutants and toxins.
-Provides antioxidant strength to help stabilize mast cells.
-Supports the body's efforts to control inflammation and swelling of mucous membranes.
-Supports free breathing and may help reduce unpleasantness associated with allergens.

-Quercetin, Bromelain (fruit derived), Fructus Arantia and Stinging Nettle (Urtica dioica). Quercetin is a bioflavonoid that has been used for its reputed effects in reducing the symptoms of allergies. It is believed that this antioxidant helps to stabilize mast cells. Mast cells are the cells that contain histamine that is released during an allergy attack. Stabilization of mast cells reduces or prevents the release of histamine which stops or prevents the allergy attack.
-Bromelain works as an anti-inflammatory to help control the inflammation that can occur during an allergy attack. Control of the inflammation helps reduce the swelling of the mucous membranes (eyes, throat and nose) during an allergic reaction.
-Fructus arantia contains synephrine, which is a weaker yet longer acting compound similar to ephedrine. Synephrine acts as a decongestant to open up the airways and reduce the runny nose and watery eyes.
-Stinging Nettle (Urtica dioica) has also been used for decades in successfully treating allergic rhinitis in hay fever sufferers.

For an acute allergy attack: Take 1-2 capsules every 2 hours until relief of symptoms occurs or until the maximum daily dose (12 capsules) is reached.
As a maintenance dose: Take 1-2 capsules two to three times daily.

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