Explore the health and wellbeing issues concerning hay fever, herbal medicine and honey.
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Learn about Hay Fever, Herbal Medicine and Honey Host: Spring is in the air. The flowers are blossoming. It’s a sensational riot of color but for some people spring is a massive assault to the system. Hay fever risk is its ugly head. The air is a alive with pollens and the grass seeds giving some people dripping noses, itching eyes and sneezing fits. Hay fever is a modern disease. Experts are unsure why it’s becoming more prevalent but for some reason the little creatures in our lymphatic system who generally love to eat air borne pollens before they enter our blood stream are no longer up to the job. Duncan Geddes: The reason for that is probably has to do with dirt. That it’s probably good for a child to get out there and play in the dirt and crawl in it and eat it and if we live too clean lives then our body’s react to normal things in the environment instead of just to diseases. Host: An allergy test may provide more information on which pollens you're in tolerant to. A doctor will place diluted drops of various allergens on your skin and wait to see if you develop wills or red spots in reaction to them. From there you'll be able to figure out which medicine is best for you. Every culture on the planet has a system of herbal medicine. That is, medicines based predominantly on the healing powers of plants and fungi. From western naturopathy, the traditional Chinese medicine, some people prefer to take the natural course of healing. Herbal medicine is allopathic just like modern western medicine. It seeks to quell the symptoms of an ailment with the substance that induces the opposite effect. Herbal medicine can be used to treat a variety of ailments. Women going through menopause find it effective in relieving pain and hot flashes. People suffering chronic pneumonia may be able to get off the well again, sick again antibiotic merry-go-round with a mouthful or two of drinking herbs. The applications are endless. Herbal medicines come prepared in a variety of ways. A Chinese practitioner will give you a sachet of a shrinking, looking, and smelling dried roots, leaves and berries. Your job is to boil it up unto specific instruction. That’s the easy part. The hardest part is drinking it. It’s definitely an acquired taste. Herbal medicine is the perfect compliment to your health regime. Be sure to tell your doctor which herbs you're on so that they can adjust all the medications. Since the dawn of time this amber fluid has been revered for its healing properties so what’s the latest buzz about honey. Thanks to a recent large scale study it’s been proven that honey is more effective as a cough remedy for children than a major brand of medicine bought over the counter and it’s great for the rest of us too. Honey apparently reduces the anxiety and stimulates the memory. It’s oozing with a myriad of antioxidants and anti-stress elements. But make sure you go for quality. Many bees are force fed high fructose corn syrup to pump out the honey. There are more healing nutrients in honey from free ranging bees. Try to buy cold pressed honey too. If it has been heated over 40 degrees Celsius all those wonderful antioxidants fly out the window. Ask your doctor if you can mix honey in with your herbs for a more pleasant herbal medicine experience.