Alternative medicine

By Mayo Clinic Staff

While there isn't much evidence about how well they work, a number of people try alternative treatments for hay fever. These include:

  • Herbal remedies and supplements. Extracts of the shrub butterbur may help prevent seasonal allergy symptoms. If you do try butterbur, be sure to use a product that's labeled "PA-free," which indicates it's had potentially toxic substances removed.

    There's some limited evidence that spirulina and Tinospora cordifolia also may be effective. Though their benefits are unclear, other herbal remedies for seasonal allergies include capsicum, honey, vitamin C and fish oil.

  • Acupuncture. Some people claim acupuncture can help with seasonal allergy symptoms. There's limited evidence that these treatments work, and there's little evidence of harm. 
Oct. 17, 2015