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My allergies are acting up again.

Q. Dear Terry, “My allergies are acting up again. Are there any natural options I can take that would help? My eyes water and my nose runs non-stop – I need some relief! Help!” — Faye C., Green Bay, WI

A. Dear Faye, When it comes to allergies, I draw inspiration from one of the oldest and most effective medical systems on earth - Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). One TCM formula in particular has been studied for safety and efficacy in human trials for the specific kinds of allergies you describe. It contains Chinese Peony root, Siler root, Sweet Wormwood, Summer Cypress fruit, Dong Quai root and Licorice root. I would recommend taking 1 or 2 capsules of this herbal combination twice daily.

In one human study, 205 people suffering from allergic rhinitis or hives (itchy red welts on the skin) took the herbal combination. Healthcare practitioners examined them and evaluated their symptoms. At the end of the study, the researchers reported over 85% effectiveness in reducing allergy symptoms in the participants. While reductions in allergy symptoms were noted after only 3 days, even greater reductions were observed with longer use (13 to 30 days). Additionally, there were no significant adverse effects, and none of the drowsiness, dry mouth or dizziness commonly experienced when using typical allergy medicines.

You would also benefit greatly by adding a clinically studied, uniquely standardized boswellia extract to your daily regimen. Boswellia is a specific inhibitor of 5-LOX, an enzyme that activates leukotrienes, which induce inflammation. Because it helps reduce inflammation, along with oxidative stress (free radical damage), boswellia is effective for a variety of health conditions. I recommend taking 1-2 softgels (500-1,000 mg) of boswellia daily.

Be sure to look for a boswellia extract that provides 500 mg of Boswellia serrata gum resin extract standardized to contain 70% total organic and boswellic acids with 10% AKBA. It’s also important to find a formula that features a boswellia extract that has filtered out the majority of beta-boswellic acid. Unlike most boswellic acids, beta-boswellic acid is actually pro-inflammatory. Removing it greatly enhances the potency of the boswellia extract – look for an extract that contains 5% or less beta-boswellic acid. This is the right ratio for a strong – yet natural – boswellia extract.

Healthy Regards!

Terry . . . Naturally

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