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The ABC Clinical Guide to Herbs

Mark Blumenthal (See book keywords and concepts)

The article cited a paper titled "Anaphylactic reaction to chamomile tea" (Benner and Lee, 1973), which does not specify the genus or species of the purported chamomile material implicated in the single case described, a 35-year old woman who suffered from ragweed hay fever and who developed anaphylaxis following ingestion of one cup of the purported "chamomile tea" (Awang, 1990). The incident was incorrectly inferred to be the popular German or Hungarian chamomile (M. recutita).

Herbs for Health and Healing

Kathi Keville (See book keywords and concepts)

Occasionally, I hear warnings about using chamomile to treat hay fever because it is in the same family as ragweed, which is notorious for causing hay fever. This huge family actually includes echinacea, daisies, feverfew and hundreds of other flowers grown in flower and herb gardens. Personally, I have seen chamomile do much more good than harm in treating hay fever for dozens of people, but you may want to take care. Another hot tip for treating hay fever is using onions, garlic and hot peppers to inhibit the inflammation that often comes with allergic attacks.

Staying Healthy in a Risky Environment: The New York University Medical Center Family Guide

Arthur C. Upton, M.D. (See book keywords and concepts)

It results from MARCH-MAY Tree pollens: Birch, oak, sycamore, elm, maple, ash, poplar, beech, hickory, walnut MAY-JULY Grass pollens: Orchard grass, blue grass, timothy, red top AUGUST-SEPTEMBER Weed pollens: ragweed, Russian thistle, red sorrel, hemp, Mexican firebush, pigweed, lamb's quarters, plantains Figure 8.3 THE SEASONS OF THE SNEEZE. The seasons for allergy-causing pollens in the northeastern United States. Pollen almanacs that chart hay fever plants by month and region are available. an immediate reaction to exposure to a usually harmless allergen.

Principles and Practice of Phytotherapy: Modern Herbal Medicine

Simon Mills and Kerry Bone (See book keywords and concepts)

However, persons with known sensitivity to other members of the Compositae family (such as ragweed, daisies, chrysanthemums) should avoid topical application of chamomile or chamomile products. SPECIAL WARNINGS AND PRECAUTIONS See Contraindications section. INTERACTIONS None known. USE IN PREGNANCY AND LACTATION No adverse effects expected. EFFECTS ON ABILITY TO DRIVE AND USE MACHINES No negative influence is expected. SIDE EFFECTS Dermatitis and skin reactions Chamomile was described as a trigger for eczema as early as 1921.

Earl Mindell's Secret Remedies

Earl Mindell, R.Ph., Ph.D. (See book keywords and concepts)

Since it is a member of the daisy family, which also includes ragweed, avoid it if you suffer from hay fever. Lemon balm—This pleasant-tasting herb has long been used to treat nervous tension and insomnia. Peppermint—This tea has a soothing effect on the body and may help to promote sleep. Skullcap—This herb may help to promote sleep by reducing the aches and pains that can keep you up at night. It is often included in herbal sleep formulas. Personal advice First, watch the stimulants.

Miracle Medicine Foods

Rex Adams (See book keywords and concepts)

Phyllis was allergic to practically everything, including dogs, cats, grass, dust, pollen, ragweed, mould and spores. Her home was like a drugstore, filled with pills and sprays of every kind, which gave her only temporary relief with bad side effects like drowsiness, itching rashes and indigestion. She went to a whole series of doctors. One doctor told her to avoid chills and drafts and keep her neck warm (she was very susceptible to colds and suffered repeated infections that went from her nose to her throat to her lungs, with horrible attacks of bronchitis and a deep chest cough).

Living Downstream

Sandra Steingraber (See book keywords and concepts)

These are the names of the enemies: velvetleaf, foxtail, cocklebur, pigweed, smartweed, ragweed, morning glory, lambs-quarters, jim-sonweed, dogbane, milkweed, nightshade, fall panicum, shattercane, nutsedge, Canada thisde. Each weed has its own manner of surviving and reproducing in Illinois corn and bean fields. Canada thisde is a perennial with creeping underground stems that give rise to new shoots.

Herbal Defense

Robyn Landis (See book keywords and concepts)

It can be triggered by different kinds of pollen throughout the seasons: tree pollens in spring, grass and weed pollens in summer, and ragweed pollen in the fall. Pets, molds, mildew and fungus, dust, and cigarette smoke are common household allergens that can cause symptoms similar to those of hay fever. Airborne allergies are not only irritating (and occasionally debilitating) but are also a long-term drain to the immune system, because the body is in a constant low-grade state of attack on the allergen (s). This makes the allergic person also more susceptible to infections in general.

If you're allergic to peanuts, that's one thing, but if you're allergic to ragweed it's pretty hard to escape, and if you're allergic to the family pet it can be heartbreaking. It's also long been thought that allergies were inherited, that we were cursed by fate and family legacy to suffer the misery of nonstop sneezing and swollen eyes. While in some cases genetic tissue weaknesses may contribute to the risk, or determine what area will be affected if you do become allergic, allergies are developed through health decisions made as we develop.

However rare, there have been a few scattered anecdotal reports of allergy to echinacea and chamomile (both in the same family as ragweed). If ingestion of an herb makes you uncomfortable, discontinue use and consult your natural health practitioner. ASTHMA Bronchial asthma is actually now properly called reactive airway disease, or RAD. It is usually (although not always) an allergic response, sometimes to the same allergens that cause hay fever, and is often exacerbated by stress, exercise, infection, fumes, and cold air.

The ABC Clinical Guide to Herbs

Mark Blumenthal (See book keywords and concepts)

Contraindications Consult a healthcare provider before using feverfew if you are allergic to this or other plants in the family Asteraceae such as ragweed, chrysanthemums, marigolds, chamomile, yarrow, and daisies. Feverfew is not recommended for children under 2 years of age. Pregnancy and Lactation: Feverfew should not be used during pregnancy or while breast-feeding. Adverse Effects No serious side effects have been noted in individuals taking feverfew for a period of years. Skin inflammation can result from handling fresh feverfew.

Consumer's Dictionary of Food Additives: A Consumer's Dictionary of Cosmetic Ingredients Vitamin E

Ruth Winter (See book keywords and concepts)

ALLERGY • An altered immune response to a specific substance, such as ragweed, pollen, on reexposure to it. ALLOMALEIC ACID • See Fumaric Acid. ALLSPICE • A natural flavoring from the dried berries of the allspice tree. Allspice is used in liquor, meat, and spice flavorings for beverages, ice cream, ices, candy, baked goods (1,400 ppm), chewing gum, condiments (1,000 ppm), and meats. Allspice oleoresin (a natural mixture of oil and resin) is used in sausage flavoring for baked goods, meat, and condiments.

The Encyclopedia of Popular Herbs

Robert S. McCaleb, Evelyn Leigh, and Krista Morien (See book keywords and concepts)

Contraindications: Some sources advise those who have experienced allergic reactions to ragweed or to other members of the Asteraceae family to avoid chamomile, but clinical support for this warning is lacking. In Germany, products are required to carry a warning advising against the use of chamomile near the eyes. • Drug interactions: None known.22 Dosage For the treatment of ulcers, German physician Rudolf Fritz Weiss, M.D., recommends large and frequent doses of concentrated chamomile extract or tea, taken over a longer period of time than for other purposes. Dr.

The Doctor's Vitamin and Mineral Encyclopedia

Sheldon Saul Hendler (See book keywords and concepts)

Those who are allergic to ragweed, asters or chrysanthemums may develop allergic rhinitis (inflammation of the nose, nasal congestion and sneezing) or contact dermatitis from the use of Roman chamomile. German chamomile flowers have also been used as a bitter, and a tea prepared from the flowers is occasionally helpful for indigestion. Large doses can cause nausea and vomiting. German chamomile tea does have a sedative effect for many.

The Green Pharmacy: New Discoveries in Herbal Remedies for Common Diseases and Conditions from the World's Foremost Authority on Healing Herbs

James A. Duke, Ph.D. (See book keywords and concepts)

Camomile is a member of the ragweed family, and in some people, it might trigger allergic reactions. The first time you try it, watch your reaction. If it seems to help, go ahead and use it. But if it seems to cause or aggravate itching or irritation, discontinue use. VV Goldenseal (Hydrastis canadensis) and other herbs containing berberine. Berberine is a powerful antifungal and antibacterial compound that's found in barberry, goldthread, Oregon grape and yellowroot as well as goldenseal. All have been used traditionally to treat yeast and other fungal infections.

Hay fever, one of the most common allergies, is triggered by pollens. ragweed pollen reportedly accounts for about 75 percent of cases of hay fever in the United States. Some 25 to 30 million Americans suffer from hay fever every year. Another 12 million are allergic to things other than pollen (bee stings or certain foods or drugs). Allergy Emergency Writing about herbal treatments for allergies reminds me of a woman I met in the early 1970s. She was an attractive, energetic young lady from the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C.

Camomile is a member of the ragweed family, and in some people, it might trigger allergic reactions. (Documented cases are extremely rare.) The first time you use camomile, watch your reaction. If it seems to help, go ahead and use it. But if it seems to make the itching worse, simply discontinue use. (For other herbs that can help relieve the itch associated with skin allergies, see Hives on page 261.) V Feverfew (Tanacetum parthenium). Feverfew is best known these days for its proven effectiveness in treating migraine headaches. But this herb may also help relieve allergies.

Camomile is a member of the ragweed family, and in some people, it might trigger allergic reactions. The first time you try it, watch your reaction. If it seems to help, go ahead and use it. But if it seems to cause or aggravate itching or irritation, discontinue use. Echinacea (Echinacea, various species). The immune-stimulating action of this herb is particularly beneficial for treating yeast infections, but I'd also recommend it for athlete's foot.

Mertz sent me the letter and the specimen, which I identified as jackass bitters (Neurolaena lobata), a tall perennial weed vaguely resembling American ragweed. Its tincture is a time-honored Creole-Caribbean treatment for diabetes and several other ailments, among them colds, fever, malaria and menstrual cramps. I'm not sure whether this herb really helps with all those other complaints, but there is good research to show that jackass bitters helps regulate blood sugar (glucose) levels. So it really does help manage diabetes.

Consumer's Dictionary of Food Additives: A Consumer's Dictionary of Cosmetic Ingredients Vitamin E

Ruth Winter (See book keywords and concepts)

QUERCETIN • Widely distributed in the plant kingdom especially in rinds and barks and in clover blossoms and ragweed pollen. Used therapeutically to protect blood vessels. Used in food additives to form epoxy resins. QUERCITRON • The inner bark of a species of oak tree common in North America. Its active ingredient, isoquercitrin, is used in forming resins and in dark brown hair-dye shades mainly for dyeing artificial hairpieces. Allergic reactions have been reported. See Rutin. QUERCUS ALBA • See Oak Bark Extract. QUICK GRASS • Triticum. See Dog Grass Extract.

Gary Null's Power Aging

Gary Null (See book keywords and concepts)

During the hay fever season, ragweed germination fills the air with billions of microscopic particles. They enter your body and immediately combine with the immune system cells known as immunoglobulins, specifically the type called IgE. A series of chemical transformations occur that release the substance called histamine. That is the immediate cause of the annoying allergic responses. If they continue for too long, they can actually develop into asthmatic conditions.

Overcoming the Pain of Inflammatory Arthritis

Phyllis Eisenstein and Samuel M. Scheiner (See book keywords and concepts)

We all know about this variability, of course—it's the reason why some people catch colds and others don't, why some are allergic to wool, or feathers, or ragweed, or penicillin, and others are not. Variability permeates our lives, and it's a topic we'll return to in a later chapter. Other scientists followed up on this work with another human study in 1976, and again got much the same results. Pantothenic acid was definitely necessary for human well-being, as well as for other animals.

Our Toxic World: A Wake Up Call

Doris Rapp (See book keywords and concepts)

In the past, Joe typically had a few weeks of mild ragweed hay fever when he lived in Toronto and, at times, he used one antihistamine a day for his seasonal symptoms. However, by the spring of 1997, Joe developed unusually severe hay fever with a constant runny nose, sneezing and itchy ears. By then he could not begin his day without a couple of antihistamines. He also developed ringing in the ears or tinnitus. (This continues to be a daily problem and concern.) For the first time in his life he also developed trouble catching his breath.

Miracle Medicine Herbs (Reward Books)

Richard Melvin Lucas (See book keywords and concepts)

Feverfew should not be used during pregnancy or where there are allergies to plants of the ragweed family. 13. Fringe tree is considered especially valuable as a remedy for liverish migraine headache. 14. Some migraine sufferers have benefitted from the use of fringe tree in fluid extract or tincture form, whereas others have found that the homeopathic form of fringe tree works best for them. 15. Rose hips vitamin C has brought relief from migraine headaches for some people. 16.

Feverfew should not be used during pregnancy or in conditions of allergies to plants of the ragweed family. Case Studies Show Feverfew Brings Migraine Relief "From the time I was in my late twenties (I am 38 now), I suffered agonizing attacks of migraine headaches. But thank the good Lord, I have been healed by eating one large feverfew leaf daily for the past three years, and there have been no further migraine attacks in all that time." —R. C. "I have tried numerous medications for migraine headache, but nothing helped.

Dr. Earl Mindell's Unsafe at Any Meal: How to Avoid Hidden Toxins in Your Food

Earl Mindell and Hester Mundis (See book keywords and concepts)

It is a highly allergenic tea, and can cause severe allergic reactions—includingfatal shock—in individuals with hay fever, or those sensitive to ragweed, asters, and related plants. COMFREY Comfrey is an herb used in teas for alleviating stomach ailments, coughs, diarrhea, arthritis, and liver and gallbladder problems. Though relatively safe, it does have a significant nutritional drawback: Frequent ingestion can GREEN TEA Green tea is rich in catechins, substances that have been shown to lower cholesterol in lab animals.

Radical Healing: Integrating the World's Great Therapeutic Traditions to Create a New Transformative Medicine

Rudolph M. Ballentine, M.D. (See book keywords and concepts)

TS: KM and NM; Hmp: Penthorum 6 thrice daily for 3 days, then, on fourth day, one dose of Kali iod 200C (esp in spring), in ragweed season try Ambrosia 30C three times a day, Cnstl: often Tuberc 1M; acupuncture; CPM: Bi Yan Pian; FE: Green Rose; raw thymus (NV) 0.5 gm twice daily. Prevention (start 6-12 wks before season): nasal wash with decreasing salt and temperature till using cold water; raw local honey—but only after clearing up any systemic yeast (see below).

Natural Prescriptions: Dr. Giller's Natural Treatments & Vitamin Therapies For Over 100 Common Ailments

Robert M. Giller, M.D. (See book keywords and concepts)

In the early spring, tree pollens are the major offenders, then in mid-May there are the grass pollens, followed by ragweed pollen in mid-August. And don't forget the airborne fungus spores that are common from early spring to late fall— for some people there's no respite whatsoever. One study found that more than a third of people with other allergies are also hypersensitive to cockroaches and even 12 percent of people without any histories of allergies are allergic to some roaches. And some people are sensitive to cleaning products and will develop a reaction whenever exposed to them.

The Omega Diet: The Lifesaving Nutritional Program Based on the Diet of the Island of Crete

Artemis P. Simopoulos, M.D., and Jo Robinson (See book keywords and concepts)

Or your immune system can overreact to relatively harmless substances such as mites, ragweed pollen, or cat dander, burdening you with all the discomforts of inflammation without any benefit. To some degree, the vulnerability to inflammatory diseases is inherited. African Americans, for example, are more prone to allergies and chronic inflammation. It has been proposed that their immune systems become hyperactive because they are designed to combat the bacteria and parasites that are more prevalent in Africa.

The Encyclopedia of Popular Herbs

Robert S. McCaleb, Evelyn Leigh, and Krista Morien (See book keywords and concepts)

Some sources caution people who suffer from allergies to ragweed or other aster family plants to avoid chamomile. This warning, which has also been suggested for echinacea and other aster family plants, is not supported by clinical evidence. The concept of cross-sensitization is highly controversial among allergy specialists. In the case of chamomile, the popularity of the tea suggests that many hay fever sufferers have consumed it without problems. • Side effects: None known.

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