TRY THESE NATURAL STRATEGIES to prevent or soothe symptoms of seasonal allergies.
ACUPRESSURE may help to relieve a runny nose and red, itchy eyes by increasing blood flow to the face, says Harry Hong, Ph.D., L.Ac., a TCM practitioner and member of chicagohealers.com.
Try it: Massage the inner and outer ends of each eyebrow, plus the acupoint between the nose and inner corner of each eye (shown here), for 30 seconds each, three times a day.
PROBIOTICS help the immune system break down allergens like pollen, says Sezelle Gereau Haddon, M.D., of The Continuum Center for Health & Healing in New York City.
NASAL RINSES with sea salt and distilled water are good for fl ushing allergens and mucus, says Haddon.
HERBS like goldenseal, peppermint, and echinacea decongest sinuses, improve circulation, and support the immune and lymphatic systems, says Paul Bergner, director of the North American Institute of Medical Herbalism.
HEPA PURIFIERS filter indoor air of irritants that can exacerbate hay fever, explains Haddon. Showering and changing clothes after being outside also keeps allergens at bay.