Herbs and Supplements
A qualified herbalist practitioner can suggest treatments that may impact the mucous membranes positively.
High levels of vitamin C are thought to boost the body’s immune response, but scientific evidence is inconclusive on whether this is a proven benefit.
Butterbur root (Petasites hybridus)
This traditional herb is used to reduce mucus production, and some small studies have shown it to be as effective as antihistamines.
A small randomized, double blind, placebo-controlled study of the traditional Chinese herbal formula “biminne” found that it was effective in managing the symptoms of perennial allergic rhinitis. Biminne is a formula that includes, among others:
- Chinese skullcap (Scutellaria baicalensis)
- Ginkgo (Ginkgo biloba)
- Horny goat weed (Epimedium sagittatum)
- Japanese apricot (Prunus mume)
However, because of the small scale of these studies, more research needs to be performed on both butterbur root and biminne to determine overall effectiveness. It’s important to communicate with your doctor what herbs or supplements you are taking so that any negative interactions can be identified.
Rinsing your sinuses with salty water is an effective way to relieve nasal congestion and connected symptoms. You can find a squeeze bottle or neti pot to use in this process at your local pharmacy. Neti pots are small containers designed specifically for nasal irrigation. You fill the pot with warm salt water, tilt your head? to the side (over a sink or bowl), and place the spout of the pot in the upper nostril, gently pouring the water in. The water will flow through your nasal cavity and out the lower nostril.