5 Bone Facts

5 Bone Facts

Safeguard yourself from future breaks and fractures with these 5 healthy facts.

CPU Vision Blues

CPU Vision Blues

Spend hours on a computer? You need to read these 6 eye-saving tips.

Painful Joints?

Painful Joints?

Whether you have aches in your knees, hips, hands or feet, you need this relief. 

How to Relieve Nasal Congestion? Try Butterbur Extract

How to Relieve Nasal Congestion? Try Butterbur Extract

If you've got nasal allergies, you know what a godsend antihistamines, inhalers, and nasal sprays can be. This herbal remedy is winning votes now, too.

It's called butterbur. In a recent small study, butterbur tablets held their own -- helping relieve sneezing, congestion, runny noses, and itchy, watery eyes. But there are cautions . . .

Best Approach to Butterbur
Extracts of butterbur may help ease allergy symptoms by inhibiting the production of inflammatory chemicals called leukotrienes -- something some allergy medicines do as well. But only a handful of short-term studies have been done on butterbur. So if you're interested in the herb, it's important that you talk with your doctor first -- especially since butterbur contains compounds that can be toxic to the liver. (People with liver problems are obvious noncandidates.) Also, butterbur could make ragweed allergies worse because the herb shares similarities with that plant. One bonus with butterbur? It didn't cause daytime drowsiness in a recent study. (Sleep better through an allergy flare-up with these tips.)

More Ways to Soothe Your Sinuses
Follow your doctor's advice regarding allergy medication. Then, add these tips and tricks for keeping allergy symptoms under control.

Get more allergy help here.

RealAge Benefits

Patrolling your health can make your RealAge as much as 12 years younger.

May, 2009