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Natural treatments for seasonal allergies

If you suffer from seasonal allergies, you may feel like you practically live on antihistamines and other medication. But there also are many natural ways to treat allergies, including a HEPA air purifier that can provide cleaner air. While these treatments probably won’t eliminate the need for conventional medicine, they generally can provide some much-welcome relief.


Herbal remedies for allergies

There are lots of them. For example, if you’re allergic to pollen, butterbur has been shown to help. A type of marsh plant that grows throughout Europe and parts of Asia and North America, it’s long been used for medicinal purposes. Research suggests that a butterbur extract called Ze 339 may be particularly effective for relieving nasal symptoms, without the sleepiness of conventional antihistamines, though the safety of long-term use has not been studied. Two other options include plant-based phleum pratense (better known as Timothy-grass) and pycnogenol (pine bark extract). Researchers think that very small doses of phleum pratense desensitizes the body to grass pollen allergies.


Food and eating habits

For starters, chicken is a better bet than beef. A study of 334 adults with hay fever and 1,336 without found those who ate food with the largest levels of trans-oleic acid, a form of monounsaturated fat in meat and dairy products, were almost three times as likely to have hay fever as those whose diets contained the least amount. Another option is turmeric, a spice common in Indian food, that contains curcumin. It may act as a decongestant and help reduce allergy symptoms.


Rinse your nose

A nasal rinse cleans mucus from your nose, thereby easing allergy symptoms. It also can clear out bacteria, thin mucus, and cut down on postnasal drip. You can use a rinse kit or make one using a neti pot or a nasal bulb. Mix a half teaspoon salt with a pinch of baking soda in eight ounces of warm distilled or sterilized water. Lean over a sink and flush one nostril at a time. Or spritz a saline rinse into your nose daily to wash away pollen.


Try acupuncture for allergies

Research shows acupuncture might help relieve hay fever. In one study, allergy sufferers who were randomly assigned to acupuncture sessions had more symptom relief and used less antihistamine medication than those who got a “sham treatment” or did not use acupuncture. Researchers suspect the process reduces inflammatory immune-system substances involved in allergic reactions.


Clean your home

You can introduce pollen into your home when it has settled on your clothes and hair. To help, leave your shoes by the door, do your laundry with every wear and wash your hair. You can also use a smart air purifier with a HEPA filter, like Coway Airmega, to remove pollen and other allergens from the air. Visit the Coway Airmega shop here. And as always, be sure to consult with your doctor before changing your regularly prescribed medications.


1Coway air purifiers have been proven to trap dust, pollen, dander, viruses and bacteria in the air based on KCL (Korea Conformity Laboratories) testing.They have been tested in a 30㎥ size chamber according to the Korea Air Cleaning Association standard (SPS-KACA 002-132:2022 Modified) to measure the 0.01㎛ size of particle removal rate. It was tested on maximum airflow speed in normal room temperature and humidity conditions. The performance may vary in the actual living environment of customers.
→ Tested with Airmega Aim, 100, 150, 160, AP-1216L, AP-1512HH, AP-1512HHS, 200M, Icon, IconS, 230, 240, 250, 250 Art, 250S, 300, 300S, 400, 400S, ProX

299.97% of viruses, bacteria, fungi and pollen were verified to be removed from the air for Coway air purifiers which have Green True HEPA™ filter applied based on the Japan Food Research Laboratories(JFRL) testing according to JEM 1467 standard.
→ Tested with Coway Airmega AP-1512HH, AP-1512HHS, 250, 250 Art, 250S, 300, 300S, 400, 400S
→ All tested by JFRL and received above result within below time.

All tested by JFRL and received above result within below time.

- Virus: Tested with Escherichia coli phage ΦX174 NBRC 103405, 60 minutes
- Bacteria: Tested with Staphylococcus epidermidis NBRC 12993, 60 minutes
- Fungi/Mold: Tested with Penicillium citrinum NBRC 6352, 60 minutes
- Pollen: Tested with Cedar Pollen extract, 60 minutes

3Aerosol test conducted in a Biosafety level 3 laboratory with two Coway air purifier models, Coway Airmega 250 and 400 for removal of SARS-CoV-2 Aerosol by US based MRI Global, a not-for-profit laboratory and partner of US Department of Defense. The test was conducted in a 13.1ft3 chamber. Virus was aerosolized for 15 minutes and the product was turned on high for 2 minutes. Result showed each product effectively removed over 99.98% of the SARS-CoV-2 in 2 minutes. This is a result from a laboratory experiment condition and result may vary in different conditions. This result does not imply it kills SARS-CoV-2 or prevents the transmission of Covid-19. Coway Airmega 250S and 400S are identical to the tested models and has equal performance with an additional mobile connectivity function.

4The concentration of ammonia, acetaldehyde and acetic acid were proven to be removed within 30 minutes by FCG Research Institute, Inc. Human Life Science Lab. It is not a demonstration result in the actual use space. Not all odors and gases may be supported. → Tested with Coway Airmega 150, 160, AP-1512HH, AP-1512HHS, 400, 400S

5The coverage area of the air purifier is based on an area where the air cleaner can make two air changes per hour (ACPH). An air change per hour translates to how many times an air purifier can clean an area, assuming the height of a ceiling to be 8 ft, in one hour. Therefore ** means two air changes per hour means that the cleaner can clean the area once every 30 minutes and * means air changes per hour means that the air purifier can clean the area once every 60 minutes.

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