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April 2002 Issue

Spring Allergies? Natural Remedies Nothing to Sneeze At

Q. Are there natural remedies I could try for my annual bouts with hay fever? A. Yes. Along with a good diet, several herbs may work as well as over-the-counter antihistamines for symptomatic relief with no drowsiness, says David Winston, a noted herbalist and founding member of the American Herbalists Guild. They work, he says, primarily by reducing inflammation. Known as hay fever, seasonal allergic rhinitis arises when the body perceives a normally innocuous substance (e.g. pollen) as foreign and produces antibodies, triggering

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