adult-black-blue-395088By the end of the winter, our indoor environments are polluted with all kinds of airborne allergens, everything from dust, to pet dander to pollen. This causes many individuals to develop a bad case of allergic rhinitis. It can also be caused by a prolonged case of the cold or the flu. The physical cause is a degranulation of the mast cells in the nose, which in turn causes the inflammation or irritation that causes the condition. This inflammation can also be made worse by breathing very dry air, hot air or cold air.

Symptoms include itchy eyes, throat and nose as well as sneezing and chronic nasal blockage. The individual may also have problems with smell, watery eyes, clogged ears, coughing, puffiness and circles under the eyes, irritability and headache. If left untreated this condition can turn into bronchial asthma.

Fortunately alternative medicine offers more than a few ways to deal with allergic rhinitis


Acupuncture has been used for thousands of years to treat allergic rhinitis and involves the placement of very thin sterilized needles on certain energy points on the body. The procedure is quite painless and involves the insertion of a needle tip just under the skin. Nerves and tissues are stimulating, releasing the body’s energy, resulting in the production of endorphins, a reduction in inflammation and less swelling.

Acupuncture needles are generally inserted at points along the brow bone, in the cheek area and on other side of the nose. A needle is usually also placed at the very top of the forehead. It is recommended that you get three acupuncture treatments a week to banish the allergic rhinitis for good.

Dietary and Lifestyle Changes

Some very simple changes to your diet and lifestyle can also help you beat allergic rhinitis. This includes avoiding sugar, flour and anything white, as well as dairy, which can produce mucus and inflammation and make things worse. However, the exception is raw milk, especially raw goat’s milk, which can have the affect of reversing hay fever and asthma. It also helps to give your immune system a boost to consume fruits and vegetables with a high Vitamin C content including acai, oranges, grapefruit, goji berries, papayas, strawberries, peppers, broccoli, kale and watercress.

Herbal and Homeopathic Treatments for Allergic Rhinitis

Herbs that can help with allergic rhinitis include:

  • Ginger – A natural antihistamine and immune booster.
  • Sea Buckthorn – Contains vitamins and superoxide dismutase (SOD), an enzyme critical to maintaining respiratory health.
  • Stinging nettle – An antimicrobial inflammatory that is also a natural pain reliever
  • Yarrow – Reduces mucus and treats sinusitis

There are also two herbal folk remedies that can help with allergic rhinitis

Homeopathic drops or pellets work by introducing a miniscule bit of the allergen into the body, which in turn helps the immune system boost itself up so that the allergen is easily tolerated. This results in the reduction of the symptoms of allergic rhinitis.

A naturopath, who can diagnose your condition and prescribe the right doses of the remedies, should prescribe both herbal and homeopathic remedies. If you suffer from allergic rhinitis or environmental illnesses like chronic fatigue, asthma or allergies you can book an appointment for a consultation at the Pinewood Natural Healthcare Centre. We can also provide acupuncture services and helpful dietary advice. The Pinewood Natural Healthcare Centre website that has a list of full services and products at You can also call our Toronto Office at  (416)-656- 8100.  We also have an office in Pickering, Ontario at (905)-427-0057. Send an email to and we would be happy to answer any question that you have about our holistic health services


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