Plant Extract Shown To Be More Effective Than Antihistamines In Alleviating Allergy Symptoms


Plant extract shown to be more effective than antihistamines in alleviating allergy symptomsIndividuals with allergies who struggle to find relief may soon be in luck, since German researchers have recently discovered that an extract derived from the butterbur plant may help alleviate allergy symptoms like hay fever more effectively than antihistamines.

Hay fever occurs when a person breathes in an allergen and subsequently experiences swelling, itching and excess mucus production, according to the National Institutes of Health.

While antihistamines have been the go-to treatment for many doctors, this new finding may provide hope for a natural alternative therapy, since the extract Ze 339, also known as petasol butenoate complex, was shown to be both fast and effective.

Additionally, antihistamines only treat acute symptoms, but Ze 339 could reach even further.

"Our data indicate that the extract also has a preventive effect, which must be investigated further," said co-author Carsten Schmidt-Weber, head of the Center of Allergy and Environment in Munich.

The extract has already been approved as a treatment in Switzerland, but the authors noted that further research must be done before it can be considered a safe drug in the U.S.  

Personal Liberty

Special To Personal Liberty

You Sound Off! is written by our readers and appears the last Wednesday of each month. If you would like to submit an article or letter to the editor for consideration for You Sound Off!, send it to by the Friday before the last Wednesday of the month. To be considered, a submission should be 750 words or less and must include the writer's name, address and a telephone number. Only the writer's name will be published. Anonymous submissions will not be considered.

Join the Discussion

Comment Policy: We encourage an open discussion with a wide range of viewpoints, even extreme ones, but we will not tolerate racism, profanity or slanderous comments toward the author(s) or comment participants. Make your case passionately, but civilly. Please don't stoop to name calling. We use filters for spam protection. If your comment does not appear, it is likely because it violates the above policy or contains links or language typical of spam. We reserve the right to remove comments at our discretion.