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The ‘Wise Herb Company’: Helping with Spring Allergies and Colds

April 11, 2012

Spring is upon us in the Northern Hemisphere and this part of the planet is starting to warm up.  However, we are still liable to get cold weather and with all this pollen floating around it seems every other person is coughing, sneezing or snuffling.  We take a look at how The Wise Herb Company’s products: UP&GO and CALM&RELAX could help to stave off the snuffles.

What causes snuffles, runny nose etc?

Allergies

Allergies are an abnormal response of the immune system. People who have allergies have an immune system that reacts to a usually harmless substance in the environment. This substance (e.g. pollen) is an allergen. The allergen causes the runny nose (a over-response by our immune system).

Colds

Unfortunately, there’s still very little you can do to fight the common cold. The experts have not yet found a 100% effective way to attack the virus itself.

Flu

Influenza A usually arrives between early winter and early spring. Influenza B can appear at any time of the year. H1N1, or swine flu, is another type of influenza.

Most people catch the flu when they breathe in tiny droplets from coughs or sneezes of someone who has the flu. It is also spread when you touch a something with the virus on it, then touch your mouth, nose, or eyes.

If you have any these symptoms or have any doubts best to seek professional help.

Can Herbs & Spices help?

They probably cannot completely stave off the above but they can make you feel better and as part of a healthy lifestyle may even partly protect you.

Apart from the fact that a Hot drink and fluids in general help colds and flu – to clear mucus from airways – there is evidence that some Herbs & Spices can help in more subtle ways. We have some examples below.

  • Neem

Neem component Quercetin has an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory activity.  Quercetin is a natural compound found in herbs like Neem (Azadirachta indica) and that blocks substances and processes involved in allergies. Quercetin is a safe, natural therapy that may be used as primary therapy or in conjunction with conventional methods.

  • Green Tea

Green Tea is also getting in on the act. Maeda-Yamamoto et al, investigated epigallocatechin rich green tea (Camellia sinensis L.) and its anti-allergic effects.  Histamine release was measured after exposure to catechin mixtures and data suggest that there may be a link to an anti-allergic effect with Green Tea constituents.

Results reveal that there is an immuno-modulating activity of Centella extracts with regard to both non-specific cellular and humoral immune responses. The data available suggest that they may have chemopreventive or anticancer potential.  Similarly, the immunomodulatory activity of extracts of C. asiatica was also significant.

Cinnamon Extracts have been reported to improve immune function against microorganisms. Results suggest that Cinnamon Extracts can affect immune responses by regulating anti- and proinflammatory and GLUT gene expression.

The immune and antioxidant activities of Glycyrrhiza glabra (Liquorice) polysaccharides were studied in an animal model. The results of the experiment showed a statistically significant decrease in serum antioxidant enzyme activities. Liquorice compounds significantly enhanced immune and antioxidant enzyme activities concluding that these compounds treatment can enhance immune activities, and reduce oxidative stress.



Researchers observed that ginger extract inhibited IL-12, TNF-alpha, IL-1beta (pro inflammatory cytokines) and RANTES, MCP-1 (pro inflammatory chemokines) production in LPS stimulated macrophages. In addition ginger extract negatively affected the antigen presenting function of macrophages and it was observed that there was a significant reduction in T cell proliferation in response to allostimulation. In conclusion ginger extract inhibits macrophage activation and APC function and indirectly inhibits T cell activation.

Keeping a clear Head

Also from an Ayurvedic point of view some herbs and spices are good for clearing the airways, helping you to breathe and act as an expectorant which include:

  • Ginger
  • Licorice
  • Cardamom
  • Mint
  • Fennel

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