Allergic Rhinitis (allergies)

Allergic rhinitis is caused by hypersensitivity of the mucus membranes and immune system, inflammation and irritation which results in irritation and dryness of the mucus membranes of the nasal passages. Airborne allergens such as dust, moulds, pollens, pollution and chemicals will aggravate these symptoms and trigger this allergic immune response. When these allergens enter the nose they initiate an inflammatory response via histamine production in the mast cells (immune cells), this histamine raises the production of inflammatory mediators and an immune response and leads to the symptoms of a runny nose, itchy nose and throat, itchy watery eyes and sneezing.


  • Bee pollen
  • Wine and Beer (due to the Tyramine content)
  • Coffee (due to the caffeine content)
  • Dairy foods such as cheese and milk due to the lactose or casein content
  • Wheat (due to the Gliadin from Gluten)
  • Citrus fruits (especially oranges)
  • Pineapple (due to the Tyramine content).
  • Peanuts (due to the Lectin and mould content)
  • Soy products (soy beans, tofu, soy milk)
  • Chocolate (due to the Tyramine content)
  • Nuts (due to the proteins or moulds)
  • Shellfish (due to proteins)
  • Respiratory allergens (pollution, smoke, moulds, pollens, dust, animal dander, fungi)


  • Excessive consumption of simple sugars
  • Cosmetic Ingredients such as Propylene Glycol (applied topically as a constituent of some Skin care products)
  • Hypochlorhydria (insufficient production of Hydrochloric Acid)
  • Intestinal Permeability (leaky gut, Crohnes Disease, Colitis, Coeliacs Disease)
  • Chronic dehydration
  • Food additives such as Sodium Metabisulfate
  • Candida albicans proliferation may allow antigens to enter into the circulatory system
  • Pharmaceutical Drugs Sulfonamides (a group of pharmaceutical Antibiotics)


There are some alternatives to these medications which can give better long term results so that you don’t rely on pharmaceuticals for management of your symptoms. Herbs such as Pinella, Skullcap, Albizzia, Ginger, Bupleurum, Nettle, Olive Leaf, Licorice, Korean Ginseng, Chinese Red Date and Perilla are anti-inflammatory and anti-histamine in action. A good herbal combination to soothe the mucus membranes is Fenugreek and Horseradish which should be easy to find in a tablet form supplement at a Health food shop.


  • Reduce dairy, refined wheat and sugar in your diet (three common allergens). This will lighten the load on the liver and lymphatic system and also help to reduce acidity in the body
  • Drink plenty of water to ensure that you are well hydrated (at least two litres/ day) to help flush the kidneys and lymphatic system of wastes
  • Herbal teas such as fenugreek and rosehip, ginger, chamomile, peppermint, elderflowers, licorice may help to soothe mucus membranes and decrease allergies
  • Eat fruits such as red grapes and berries as these contain powerful antioxidants to help combat any external pollutants
  • Start each day with a small glass of warm water and add some lemon juice to it. Lemon juice has an affinity for cleansing the body


  • See a Health care professional and have an allergy test to determine what you are specifically allergic to and then reduce exposure to these
  • Do a liver detoxification to help the immune system be less sensitive and able to cope with foreign particles (allergens) better
  • Try to get out of the city now and then. Go swimming and walking in the fresh air. Breathe deeply and take advantage of the healing power of nature


  • Cod Liver oil is high in Vitamins A & D which are natural anti-inflammatory’s to reduce inflammation of the mucus membranes
  • Natural anti-histamine herbs are Perilla, Albizzia, Scutellaria and Cats Claw may be taken in conjunction with Echinacea, Golden Seal, Licorice, Marshmallow, Zizyphus, Garlic or Fenugreek
  • Vitamin C and bioflavinoids (especially hesperidan) as this reduces inflammation and allergic responses
  • Fish oil may help to help decrease the dryness of the lining of the respiratory tract and retain moisture in the the nasal passages