Allergic Rhinitis

Allergic Rhinitis Overview:

Allergic rhinitis is the result of an overactive immune response, causing inflammation in the sinuses. Common symptoms include runny or stuffy nose, redness, sneezing, and swelling around the eyes and face. 



Allergic rhinitis is most often caused by overactive immune response to air born allergens like pollen and dust. 

Mediated by IgE triggering the cell-bound mast cells. Blood based basophil activation is more rare, but involves far more dangerous anaphylaxis immune responses. 

The activation of mast cells causes a degranulation and release of histamine into the target tissue. When found in the nose and ears, this results in mucus production and secretion, as well as localised inflammation. 



Excessive nasal secretion


Sneezing fits

Conjunctival swelling



Therapeutic Aims:

1. Reduce exposure to allergens.

Including food born and air borne.

2. Dampen overactive immune response.

Inhibit degranulation of mast cells, and modulate the immune system.

  • Immunomodulators (Ganoderma lucidum, Uncaria tomentosa)
  • Antiallergics (Scutellaria baicalensis, Albizia lebbeck, Andrographis paniculata)

3. Relieve Congestion

  • Anticatarrhal (Eucalyptus globulus)
  • Astringents (Calendula officinalis)

4. Support the lymphatic system.

  • Lymphatics (Calendula officinalis, Echinacea purpurea)
  • Depuratives (Smilax spp.)

5. Tone the mucus membranes.

  • Mucous membrane tonics (Hydrastis canadensis)

Differential Diagnosis:

  • Influenza infection
  • Bacterial infection

Herbs For Allergic Rhinitis


Justin Cooke

The Sunlight Experiment

Updated: June 2018


  1. ...