Just when you are looking forward to saying adieu to the gloomy gray skies and bone-chilling temperatures of winter and enjoying the cheerful and radiant skies and blooming flowers of spring, you're slammed by the seasonal effects of hay fever.

Hay fever or seasonal allergy, also known as rhinitis, is an immune response triggered by inhaling airborne allergens like grass or other plant pollen, animal hair or mould spores that you may be allergic to.

The whole mechanism behind hay fever is a result of stimulation of cells in your body called mast cells.  When the mast cells are stimulated, they break up, which forces the release of antibodies including histamines. These are the primary cause of the unpleasant itching, redness, inflammation and other symptoms.

Other hay fever symptoms you may be afflicted with include sneezing, itchy and watery eyes and nose, blocked nose and sinus passages, retention of fluid (mostly mucous) around nasal passages and forehead, pounding headaches and a dry throat.  Most of these symptoms are caused by pollen from grass and rape fields (in the US ragweed is also a likely source of pollen) which is released in massive quantities and can travel up to 100 miles on air currents.
People who are allergic to irritants like pet hair may suffer similar symptoms all year around if they have a pet around them. Pollen allergies are mostly seasonal.

One of the natural herbs that are very effective against the symptoms of hay fever is the reishi mushroom (Ganodermalucidum) taken in powder form in water or fruit juice or as a capsule or tablet. As stated above, hay fever is caused by an autoimmune response of your body in response to specific pollens and other allergens.  This causes localised release of histamine within the upper respiratory tract, which is responsible for the symptoms commonly experienced by hay fever sufferers.

Strangely responses by the regular immune system and antibody-mediated responses like hay fever are mutually exclusive in any particular zone of the body, so when one of them becomes active the other stops.  Reishi mushrooms contain unique polysaccharides that fool your body into activating the immune system, which causes the production of histamine to subside. It is a natural anti-histamine.

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