Homeopathy: Highly Effective for Hay Fever

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Hay Fever is Here Again

If you have a general or family practice or specialize in allergies or eyes, ears, nose, and throat problems, your phone, like ours, will start ringing to announce the opening of hay fever season. It is fascinating how such a comparatively mild condition can cause so much discomfort. You might not imagine that sneezing, a stuffy, drippy nose, plus itchy, watery eyes could be so annoying, but they are, often for weeks at a time, depending on the weather, pollen count, and whims of the gods. Many of us avidly await the arrival of the first tulip to announce that spring has sprung. But just ask any hay fever sufferer how he or she feels about spring fever and you will likely observe an expression of misery or dread. The allopathic crowd will reach for Afrin, Allegra, Claritin, or Sudafed. The more naturally informed grab stinging nettles, hesperidin, shea butter, or quercitin. In some cases, neither approach does the job.

Verified Clinically and by Research

You can find many clinical accounts of successful treatment of hay fever with homeopathic medicine. The following case is excerpted from our book, The Patient's Guide to Homeopathic Medicine and from our January, 1996 Townsend Letter article, "A Quintuplet of Hay Fever Cases." Todd, a 26 year-old computer programmer, was assured by another of my patients that homeopathy could help him with his hay fever. He came in late April in extreme discomfort. He lamented, "I'm allergic to everything that's not food!" The poor fellow's nose ran all of the time, necessitating his use of half a box of tissues per day. Todd's bleary eyes were itchy, puffy, and watery. His incessant post-nasal drip precipitated a sore throat. Swollen sinuses resulted in a pressing headache. This young man's symptoms were definitely worse outdoors. He described himself as "thoroughly wiped out "with little energy for anything but sneezing and blowing." In the past Todd's hay fever had lasted up to four months at a time. This time he came to see us after only a few days, however it was his worst bout ever. He reported that he had "tried everything" orthodox medicine had to offer him.

We prescribed Allium cepa 30C (onion), one of the most common and remarkably effective medicines for hay fever. Just think about what happens to you when you slice an onion, and you'll know just the kind of hay fever to use it for. It works wonderfully for a hay fever, or a cold, in which your nose runs like a faucet (leaving the nose and lip raw), along with itchy, watery eyes with bland tears, and considerable sneezing. Todd called us three days later to say his nose was dry. The first day after starting the Allium cepa, he experienced lots of sneezing, which passed quickly. Then he had a few mild headaches and pressure behind his eyes. By the time he called, the symptoms had passed except for occasional, slight nasal congestion. We instructed Todd to take the Allium cepa as needed.

We have one patient, Dorothy, who calls us, predictably, at the first sign of spring. We treated her constitutionally in the past, but she feels well except for the seasonal allergies and has not felt a need for further treatment. Dorothy's eyes burn and her nose is completely blocked. Whenever she sets foot outdoors, a searing, nasal discharge drives her crazy. She calls the moment her symptoms arise and we prescribe one dose of high-potency Sulphur, which resolves her symptoms for another year.

David Taylor Reilly, a highly respected homeopath, researcher, and educator from the Glasgow Hospital in Scotland, demonstrated the effectiveness of homeopathy for hay fever ("Is homeopathy a placebo response. Controlled trial of homoeopathic potency, with pollen in hayfever as model." Lancet 2: 881, 1986). Dr. Reilly compared the effects of a homeopathic preparation consisting of twelve mixed pollens in a 30C potency with that of a placebo. He found that the patients taking the homeopathic treatment had significantly fewer symptoms and needed only half the amount of antihistamines in comparison with controls over the same period of time. In our experience, if you take the homeopathic medicine that clearly matches your hay fever symptoms, antihistamines are unnecessary.

Treating Yourself for Hay Fever

If you are under constitutional homeopathic care, it is best to consult your practitioner for a number of reasons. You may simply need a repetition of your constitutional medicine or the acute hay fever symptoms may aid your homeopath in better understanding your overall picture. He or she is likely to prescribe a single dose of the appropriate medicine which, like Dorothy above, you need to take only a single time during hay fever season. Quick and easy.

If you are not receiving homeopathic care, feel free to use the following information to self-prescribe. Of course, there are over 2000 homeopathic medicines, so you may need one that is not listed here. However, in our nearly 20 years of treating hay fever, the information here will allow many of you to treat your seasonal allergies quite effectively. The following material is excerpted from our book Homeopathic Self-Care: The Quick and Easy Guide for the Whole Family.

Some Guidelines for Homeopathic Self-Care

Only take the indicated medicine if it matches your symptoms clearly. If not, use another therapy.
Take the indicated medicine. If your symptoms improve then return, repeat the medicine. If there is no improvement after two doses four to eight hours apart, it is not the correct medicine.
It is fine to use other natural therapies for hay fever along with the homeopathy with the exception of aromatics such as eucalyptus, camphor, or menthol.
Pointers to Finding the Homeopathic Medicine

The most common medicine for hay fever with watery eyes, watery nasal discharge and sneezing is Allium cepa

If there is an irritating discharge from the nose and a bland discharge from the eyes, consider Allium cepa

If itching of the nose and palate is the primary symptom give Arundo or Wyethia

When eye symptoms, especially watering, are the most significant symptoms give Euphrasia

When the eye discharge is irritating but the nasal discharge is bland give Euphrasia

When the discharge is like egg white and the person has cold sores or canker sores, a headache and perhaps a recent disappointment, rejection or grief, Natrum muriaticum is the medicine

If sneezing is the most prominent symptom strongly consider Sabadilla


Give three pellets of 30C every four hours until you see improvement.

If no improvement after three doses, give another medicine.

After you first notice improvement, give another dose only if symptoms begin to return.

Lower potencies (6X, 6C, 30X) may need to be given more often (every two to four hours).

Higher potencies (200X, 200C, 1M) generally need to be given only once. Repeat only infrequently if the symptoms return with intensity.


Are the eyes watery? Red?

Is the nose running?

What kind of discharge?


"My nose is running like a faucet." Allium cepa

"My palate and nose itch." Arundo, Wyethia

"My eyes are watering intensely." Euphrasia

"I have a cold sore." Natrum muriaticum

"I feel like a sneeze machine." Sabadilla


Does anything itch?

How much are you sneezing?

How much is your nose running?

Any food desires or aversions?

Other Self-Care Suggestions

Use an air purifier indoors to remove pollens from the air

Vacuum your living and work areas more often during hay fever season.

Bioflavonoids 1000 mg one to two times a day can be helpful.

Some people find nettles to be of benefit either in tea, capsule, or tincture form.

Sip glass of one to two Alka-seltzer Gold tablets dissolved in water

One teaspoon baking soda in a glass of water

500 mg buffered Vitamin C every two hours until symptoms pass up to 3000 mg per day

Eyedrops made from Euphrasia or other herbs, may be soothing.

Irrigate your sinuses each morning with a neti pot (yogic technique effective for many sinus problems).

Allium Cepa (Red onion)

Key Symptoms

Most common medicine for hay fever

Thin, watery, irritating nasal discharge, pouring like a faucet

Eyes and nose run as if person were peeling an onion


Fear that the pain will become unbearable


Burning nasal discharge, especially from the left nostril, irritates the upper lip

Red, burning, very watery eyes with a non-irritating discharge

Hacking, tickling cough, worse from breathing cold air

Sneezing when entering a warm room


Warm room


Cool, open air

Food and Drink

Strong hunger and thirst

Desire for onions

Aversion to cucumbers

Arundo (Reed)

Key Symptoms

Strong itching of the palate and inside the nose, which causes sneezing


Runny nose

Salivate profusely when the nose runs

Ear canals burn and itch

Bluish mucous

Food and Drink

Desire for sour foods

Euphrasia (Eyebright)

Key Symptoms

Hay fever centers on the eyes

Hot, irritating discharge from the eyes but a bland nasal discharge (the reverse of Allium cepa)


Eyes are sensitive to light and water constantly

Sneeze frequently

Frontal headache




Warm room


Open air


Wiping the eyes

Natrum Muriaticum (Sodium chloride)

Key Symptoms

Egg-white or watery discharges

Cold sores

Crack in the middle of the lower lip


Depressed, withdrawn, and sad

Illness after grief or disappointed romance

Feelings hurt very easily

Wants to be left alone when sick

Doesn't like to cry in front of others


Watery eyes with swollen lids

Lose sense of smell and taste

Nose alternates between lots of discharge and being stopped up




In the sunlight


At the ocean


Outside in the fresh air


Cool bath

Food and Drink

Desire for salt, pasta, bread,lemons

Aversion to slimy food

Nux Vomica (Quaker's button)

Key Symptoms

Runny nose in the day and outdoors; dry nose at night

Violent sneezing




Obsessed with business

Want to be the first and the best

Competitive and hard driving, Type A

Easily offended

Frustrated easily by little things


Intense crawling sensation in the nostrils

Smell acute

Nose feels blocked, but watery nasal discharge through one nostril

Spring conjunctivitis


Eyes bloodshot


Being outside

Cold air or drafts

Rich foods, high living, being sedentary

Coffee and other stimulants



Staying indoors


Hot drinks

Food and Drink

Desire spicy, fat, coffee, alcohol, and tobacco

Sabadilla (Mexican grass)

Key Symptoms

Violent sneezing that comes in attacks

Watery nasal discharge worse from the smell or even the thought of flowers


Imaginary diseases

Imagines his body to be some way it is not


Itching and tickling in the nose with a thin, irritating discharge

Nose is dry

Sensitive smell

One nostril is stuffy

Face feels hot and bright red

Lips are hot and burning


Open air

Cold air

Cold drinks



Warm drinks

Food and Drink

Desire for warm drinks, lemons, onions

Aversions to onions


Key Symptoms

Watery, burning nasal discharge when outside

Nose is plugged when indoors





Thinking all the time




Frequent sneezing

Nose is blocked on alternate sides

Tip of nose is red and swollen

Disgusted by the odors of others but can't smell his own

Burning pain in the eyes


Warmth and warmth of bed

Atmospheric changes

11 A.M.

Left side


Open air

Food and Drink

Desire for alcohol, sweets, and spicy

Wyethia (Poison weed)

Key Symptoms

Extreme itching in the throat, palate, and nose

Terrible itching at the back of the sinuses

Wants to scratch his palate with his tongue

Throat feels swollen

Back of the throat is dry and burning




Violent sneezing

Sensation as if something were in the nasal passages

Constant desire to swallow saliva to relieve dryness in throat, but it doesn't help






Looking for Further Homeopathic Help?

Assuming that these recommendations bring welcome relief for your honking and hacking, you may find homeopathy of benefit for your allergies or other chronic problems, including your mental and emotional health. Successful homeopathic treatment of acute problems can provide a taste of how much better you can feel overall - less pain and discomfort, greater energy, vitality, clarity of mind, and happiness and well-being.

Judyth Reichenberg-Ullman and Robert Ullman are licensed naturopathic physicians board certified in homeopathy. They are the authors of six books on homeopathy including Homeopathic Self-Care, Ritalin-Free Kids, Prozac-Free, Rage-Free Kids, The Patient's Guide to Homeopathic Medicine, and Whole Woman Homeopathy. They treat patients in person and by phone and can be reached at the Northwest Center for Homeopathic Medicine, 131 3rd Ave., N., Edmonds, Washington 98020 USA; 425-774-5599; Fax: 425-670-0319. Their website is www.healthyhomeopathy.com.


By Judyth Reichenberg-Ullman and Robert Ullman

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