Marilyn received Arundo (reed) for her itching of the soft palate
along with paroxysmal sneezing. Within a few days the itching and sneezing were
gone. Her symptoms returned a few days later after she used strong glue, then
were relieved again after another dose of the Arundo. She re-peated the
Arundo as needed for her same hay fever symptoms this year, also with
Catherine was given Sanguinaria (bloodroot). Sanguinaria is
notably a right-sided remedy and is well-known for right shoulder pain.
Combined with the right-sided sore throat, fluent coryza, irritability, and
extreme thirst, we felt that Sanguinaria, also known as a hay fever
remedy, was a clear choice. Catherine called to days after her visit to say her
sore throat was gone, as well as the itchy palate and coryza. Her shoulder pain
was much improved. All that remained was some nasal congestion. She told us she
was again convinced that natural medicine was the way for her.
When a patient is treated constitutionally homeopathically, for his or her
chronic symptoms, he or she may not suffer from hay fever at all, or may
continue to need the appropriate acute hay fever remedy when the symptoms
arise. Other common hay fever remedies not mentioned above are Euphrasia
(eyebright), used when the bulk of the symptoms are focused on the eyes.
Patients needing Euphrasia may have a coryza and sneezing, much like
Sabadilla and Allium cepa, however the most annoying symp- toms
will be the itching, burning, and red eyes with lachrymation. Wyethia is
another remedy for profound itching, particularly of the posterior nares, and
should be differentiated from Arundo. Naja (cobra) ia helpful for a hay
fever with excoriating coryza, lachrymation, and oppressive breathing. They are
said to wake in the middle of the night with a suffocative feeling, grasping at
their chest. We gave it once successfully to a woman whose asthmatic wheezing
was much exacerbated at 2-3 a.m. during her hay fever episodes. Many other
remedies, some of them unusual, can also be used very effectively for hay
So, for those of your patients who don't experience relief from their hay
fever from other forms natural medicine, consider using homeopathy with them or
sending them to a homeopath.
Dr. Judyth Reichenberg-Ullman and Dr. Robert Ullman are licensed
naturopathic physicians and are board certified in homeopathy. They are
President and Vice President of the International Foundation for Homeopathy
where they teach homeopathy to licensed health care professionals. They
practice in Edmonds, WA at 131 3rd Ave., N., Edmonds, WA 98020 and can be
reached at (206) 774-5599. Their new book, The Patient's Guide to Homeopathic
Medicine, is now available.