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How can allergies be treated with natural herbal remedies instead of with drugs?
11 doctors weighed in

Dr. Steven Machtinger
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
4 doctors agree
In brief: Be careful
Most mds choose to use pharmaceutical drugs knowing these agents have been tested & their side-effects, interactions and benefits recorded.
They also know the source of the drug & can rely on its purity & dosage. This is often less true with herbal remedies; that's why physicians are wary of them. Use the same degree of objective scrutiny with herbs as you do with standard drugs before deciding.

In brief: Be careful
Most mds choose to use pharmaceutical drugs knowing these agents have been tested & their side-effects, interactions and benefits recorded.
They also know the source of the drug & can rely on its purity & dosage. This is often less true with herbal remedies; that's why physicians are wary of them. Use the same degree of objective scrutiny with herbs as you do with standard drugs before deciding.
Dr. Steven Machtinger
Dr. Steven Machtinger
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Dr. Steven Machtinger
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
2 doctors agree
In brief: Drugs are natural
Nothing unnatural about drugs.
Botanists find wild plants that are tested for abilities to help treat a disease. Next the principal beneficial & harmful ingredients are identified & if possible separated. If the beneficial & harmful effects are present in the same ingredient scientists attempt to alter it to improve effectiveness & minimize side effects. Drugs are optimized natural remedies.

In brief: Drugs are natural
Nothing unnatural about drugs.
Botanists find wild plants that are tested for abilities to help treat a disease. Next the principal beneficial & harmful ingredients are identified & if possible separated. If the beneficial & harmful effects are present in the same ingredient scientists attempt to alter it to improve effectiveness & minimize side effects. Drugs are optimized natural remedies.
Dr. Steven Machtinger
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Dr. Bettina Herbert
First try to avoid any foods to which you are allergic. If you have a reaction, 3ooo mg of powdered (not tablet) Vitamin C is a natural anti-histamine and will reduce food or inhalant allergies in about 10-15 minutes. Otherwise try butterbur (75 mg twice daily), also quercetin (found in apples and onions) or capsule, and stinging nettle for long term reduction of allergic rhinitis.
Dr. James Sublett
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Are remedies drugs?
I'm not sure to which "natural herbal remedies" you are referring, but anything that has an effect in the body is a drug at that point, whether it is "natural" or manufactured.

In brief: Are remedies drugs?
I'm not sure to which "natural herbal remedies" you are referring, but anything that has an effect in the body is a drug at that point, whether it is "natural" or manufactured.
Dr. James Sublett
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Dr. Yoram Padeh
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
In brief: Unclear
While there may be some "herbal" treatments for allergies which are effective, there is no medical literature at this time which delineates which treatments those may be, so no further recommendations can be made at this time.
That being said, there is some research being done at mount sinai in nyc looking at an herbal preparation which shows promise in treating allergies. Stay tuned...

In brief: Unclear
While there may be some "herbal" treatments for allergies which are effective, there is no medical literature at this time which delineates which treatments those may be, so no further recommendations can be made at this time.
That being said, there is some research being done at mount sinai in nyc looking at an herbal preparation which shows promise in treating allergies. Stay tuned...
Dr. Yoram Padeh
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