If you’re like many, you’re SUFFERING during the spring bloom… summer winds… and autumn falling leaves.
Maybe it’s the pollen that really gets you… or the grasses, weeds, trees, or any NUMBER of other allergens.
All you know is that your nose is red, runny, and itchy…
And you’re sneezing and MISERABLE.
Scientists call it “seasonal allergic rhinitis”…
But you may know it better as hay fever — or just “allergies.”
Antihistamines can seem like your only option, but those meds can make you drowsy and loopy in the short term… and they can STEAL your precious memories in the long run.
Fortunately, there’s a way to BLOCK the allergens… and REVERSE immune hypersensitivity…
WITHOUT messing with your mind.
Here’s what can help you maintain a normal immune response… no matter WHAT the season throws your way.
China’s ancient allergy blocker
Astragalus (Astragalus membranaceus) is considered in the pea or bean family…
But it’s not the legume we’re after when it comes to alleviating the MADDENING symptoms of seasonal allergies.
What we want is the extract from its yellow roots.
This herbal remedy was originally described in China’s most ancient medical text, the Materia Medica – written by Shennong, the “father of Traditional Chinese Medicine.”
In fact, astragalus is STILL considered one of the most important herbs used in TCM – as indicated by its Chinese name, “huang qi,” which means “yellow leader.”
Thousands of years of human use have shown that this herb helps to…
- REGULATE your immune response so as not to overreact to allergens, and
- REDUCE your inflammatory reaction by as much as four times, in some cases ELIMINATING it altogether.
Clinical research has confirmed what traditional medicine has known for a long time…
But it’s also revealed that astragalus helps NEUTRALIZE allergens by trigging specialized cells to gobble them up (a.k.a. phagocytosis).
Now, Western scientists have been studying this herb and its chemical constituents only since 1952…
And so far, they’ve found at least A DOZEN flavonoids locked away inside the plant’s root – all showing potential for anti-inflammatory and immunoregulatory action.
Several studies have also shown that the main inflammation fighter in astragalus could be astragaloside IV – which has both shown to both ease asthma and extend longevity.
You can find isolated astragaloside IV in capsule form…
But much of the contemporary clinical research has been on a to-be-patented form of astragalus extract known as Lectranal.
One clinical trial showed that taking Lectranal over the course of six weeks improved allergy symptoms by 70%.
Unfortunately, it’s only available in Europe and Asia… at least, so far.
So for now, look for the whole herb in the supplement aisle of your local health food store or online.
It’s perfectly safe to take over a long period of time…
In fact, it’s better if you take it the ENTIRE allergy season – and begin taking it a little bit before the season starts.
As you know, Traditional Chinese Medicine rarely prescribes any single herb on its own…
So while this root may lead the pack among Chinese herbs, you can also combine it with dong quai (“female ginseng”).