There is reasonably good evidence that nasal irrigation with saline can be useful for relief of seasonal allergy symptoms. Other complementary practices frequently used for symptom relief, such as the herb butterbur might be helpful, but the scientific evidence is limited, conflicting, or demonstrates safety concerns of the therapies. More studies are needed before researchers can say whether these approaches are (or are not) effective and safe for treating seasonal allergy symptoms.
This issue of the Digest provides information on what the science says about several complementary health approaches for seasonal allergies, such as saline nasal irrigation, butterbur, honey, acupuncture, and other practices.
What the Science Says:
Seasonal Allergies and Complementary Health Practices
Learn what current research has to say about: