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ISRN Allergy. 2013 Nov 13;2013:938751. doi: 10.1155/2013/938751. eCollection 2013.

Complementary therapies in allergic rhinitis.

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Otorhinolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery Department, Bakırkoy Dr. Sadi Konuk Training and Research Hospital, 34147 Istanbul, Turkey.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To determine the prevalence of herbal treatment of allergic rhinitis.

METHODS:

In this prospective study, patients who were diagnosed with perennial allergic rhinitis were questioned about their use of natural products/herbal therapies for their symptoms.

RESULTS:

In total, 230 patients were enrolled. Overall, 37.3% of the patients stated that they had used natural products/herbal therapies at least once. Women were more likely than men to use herbal supplements (38.3% versus 32.4%). Ten different types of herbal supplements were identified, with stinging nettle (Urtica dioicath), black elderberry (Sambucus nigra), and Spirulina being the most common (12.6%, 6.1%, and 5.7%, resp.).

CONCLUSION:

This study found a high prevalence of herbal treatment usage for the relief of allergic rhinitis symptoms in Turkey. The herbal products identified in this study and in the literature are discussed.

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