“ Dosage Form: Tissues „
Although I have really enjoyed the summer we had (past tense I have a feeling its now gone!) I really suffered with hayfever. I had all the usual symptoms really of weeping eyes, sneezing, sore throat and a general grogginess but also suffered with headaches and a skin rash and my nose started to kill me! It was awful and at the beginning of the sunshine I felt trapped indoors with closed windows and doors and quite frantic about that! Now me, I have no real problems in taking prescribed and over the counter drugs however due to other health problems that I suffer with I'm on a lot of medication already and so when possible I do like to search out alternative products to try help me. I am a big fan of Bach and this lesser known brand which is New Era. I have in the past tried (with mixed results) of a few New Era products so when I spotted these online I opted to try them as what I was taking at the time was not only expensive but not working! The Packaging: The box and the plastic tub these come in is light blue and white and the information is the same on both. We are told that they are New Era 'A Homoeopathically prepared biochemic remedy' and that they are indeed meant to treat Hayfever & Allergic Rhinitis' and that in my tub there are 450 moulded tablets then on the back of the tub other information includes being told a bit about the product, dosage advice is clearly given, warnings are listed and contact details for the manufacturer are stated. The lid is easy to pop on and off and I find the information on the tub, well a bit flaky really which I'll come on too in a minute if I may. The Tablets: Small, round and white to use these all you need to do is melt 4 tablets on your tongue and taking three doses a day however you if experiencing extreme symptoms a dose every half an hour is advised and for children (they are safe for the whole family!) just 2 tablets per dose. These are none habit forming and simply tissue salts and they melt quickly and have no flavour to them really and they are really are simple to take and melt in your mouth is seconds I did just mention that I find some of the information a bit flaky, well what I mean by that comment is actually a few bits of information I think should be on the packaging there isn't. For an example you shouldn't touch the tablets at all, your body heat can damage their composition, so I use the lid and chuck them into my mouth but people shouldn't be expected to know that. Also you shouldn't eat or drink for about half an hour after consuming these, again information missing from the packaging so heads up on that one! Do They Work?: For me yes, absolutely. I did tend to need more than 3 doses a day so I started off at the beginning taking 4 tablets every half an hour until I could feel the effects of them helping and then lowered over the course of a month to just taking 4 tablets for 3 doses. They're easy to take, effective and you do get plenty of them in a tub but for me I can't put a price on something that allowed me to go in the sun, near pollen and enjoy myself! A good buy and one I keep in my bathroom cabinet now 'just in case' and I bought these from Amazon for around a fiver however I can't see them on sale on there at the moment (they may well pop up at any time of course) however pop the title of these tablets into Google and they are vastly stocked online for about the same price that I paid, in some cases a little less!
Calling all hay fever sufferers! A slight pause here while I extricate myself from the crush. There's a lot of it about, isn't there? My particular bug-bear is oilseed rape: if I drive past a bright yellow field the first thing I notice is that lovely, fresh, floral smell, and the second thing is the onset of sneezing and itching eyes, with wheezing an optional extra. This year the stuff is already in full flower and its only the beginning of April. Thats global warming for you. I should put my hay fever in perspective here and say I don't suffer badly. I had a friend whose hay fever was so bad it brought on nose bleeds, and she had to have a course of injections about this time of year. Me, I just sneeze and my eyes itch, but they itch to drive me crazy and members of my family have to pull my hands away from my eyes. There is a huge variety of pollen allergies generated by different plants at different seasons, and people react to varying degrees. So although this product works for me as a mild sufferer in spring, it might not be effective for the next person who suffers much worse in summer. There are plenty of proprietary remedies for hay fever around, so why choose this one? Well it is homeopathic, so it will suit anyone looking for a non-chemical remedy. My reason for choosing was more prosaic - I am completed zonked by any of the usual tablets so it was a case of find something different or hibernate (estivate?) through the spring. These were recommended by my local chemist. They come packed in a blue and white cardboard box, and inside that is a plastic tub with an identical design as is on the box. For a small tub 8cm high, 4cm in diameter it carries a lot of information but I've got my glasses on so here we go. "New Era for hay fever & allergic rhinitis" it proclaims. (Same thing, no? Well, some like to make the distinction between pollen-caused and non pollen-caused rhinitis). Then "a homeopathically prepared biochemic remedy". Are these not mutually exclusive? And what exactly does biochemic mean anyway? Turn the tub round and you find that this is prepared from "natural and non-habit forming ingredients based on Dr Schuessler's Nutritional Biochemic System of Medicine". Hmm. At this point phrases like "snake oil" and "quackery" float into the mind. The capital letters do not reassure either. Time to investigate the good Dr Schuessler. I had to google at this point but here is what I found. At the end of the 19th century Dr Schuessler identified 12 vital mineral salts essential for normal body function. Deficiency in these leads to health problems but you can restore the balance by taking the missing minerals. Now the biochemic starts to make sense. The tablets are prepared by the repeated mixing and diluting of the mineral salt with lactose until you have a minute dose. However, I also found that restoring the body's naturally occurring chemicals with doses of the missing chemical is not homeopathic; a homeopathic remedy tackles the deficiency with something similar, usually a herbal extract of some kind, which does not occur naturally in the body. So biochemic, not homeopathic. From further reading of the tub I deduce that hay fever is caused by deficiencies in magnesium phosphate, sodium chloride and silica, as these are the active constituents. They also contain lactose as that is used in the process. Various numbers and letters are shown after each constituent; these seem to be the homeopathic potencies, but I'm a bit lost here. Let's move out of the laboratory and into practicalities. The tub contains 450 tiny, white tablets, about ½cm in diameter. They are moulded, not compressed, so they dissolve quickly on the tongue and go straight into the bloodstream. Recommended dosage is 4 tablets for adults, 2 for children, 3 times a day, but this can be increased to every half hour if necessary. Most of the time I can keep the symptoms at bay with 1 dose a day, although if I've had a particularly bad encounter with oilseed rape I move to the half hour emergency dosage. When taking the tablets don't touch them with your fingers - tip them into the lid, then into your mouth. Homeopathic remedies' effectiveness is reduced by the heat from your body. And don't swallow them with a drink, they are designed to be dissolved on the tongue. Taste-wise they are completely neutral. There is a brief chalky sensation as they dissolve, a fleeting hint of sweetness, presumably from the lactose, then they're gone. I don't think children would have any objection to taking them. Incidentally, the lid is not child-proof. I don't think any serious harm would come from a child taking a handful, although the tub does warn to keep all medicines out of the reach of children. It also carries the standard warning about consulting your doctor, especially if you are already taking other medicines. The price is between £4 and £4.50 for a tub of 450 tablets. That's enough for just over a month if you have to take the full dosage. I don't use nearly this many, but they have a long shelf-life. The tub I bought last year expires in 2010. If you do find they are effective for you, you'll be delighted to know that you can also cure your sciatica, neuralgia, nervous exhaustion and debility (like the sound of that), heartburn, migraine etc, etc with different New Era mineral combinations. You also won't care about the subtle differences between homeopathic and biochemic. If all else fails, you could try moving house. I was brought up on the wet west side of the country, and only started suffering from hay fever when I moved to the dry south east. Just a thought.
Aaaaaachhhhhoooooooooo! Aaaachoooo! Aaaachooo! Aaaachooooooooo! Yes, I suffer from hay fever. As soon as the sun begins to shine, the birds start to sing and the flowers pop up, I turn into a dribbling nosed, watering eyed, sneezing wreck. Over the years I've tried quite a few different remedies for my hay fever. Eye drops, nose sprays, once a day tablets, three times a day tablets. I've had them all. So have I found a cure? No. This year I was taking the same tablets that I have been taking for the last couple of years(Claratin). They tend to stop my sneezing and runny eyes & nose, but result in my nose just being completely blocked. Anyway, being the busy (or unorganised) man that I am I ran out of tablets and didn't have time to get to the doctor to renew my prescription. So I paid a visit to my local chemist to see what they had. I found their homeopathic remedy section and saw "New Era Tissue Salts For Hay fever & Allergic Rhinitis ". Catchy name I thought. I'd tried everything else, so why not give these a go? On reading the label I discovered that you should take four tablets three times a day. If needed this can be increased to every half hour. So, for the next few weeks I took the tablets. At first I took just the four tablets three times daily. But before long I was taking the maximum dosage of four tablets every half hour. The tablets don't really taste of much, you just dissolve them on your tongue. No need for a glass of water. Which is nice, but and it's a big but. They didn't work! No, they may be cheap, you may get loads of the wee pills in one packet and they might fizz nicely on you tongue, but they don't stop the onslaught of evil pollen particles. Maybe I'm being too harsh though. I do have pretty bad hay fever, so it is possible that these tablets just weren't strong enough for me and may very well work for you. However this is my opinion and for me these tablets just did nothing. I like the idea of homeopathy. But from my experience with these tablets, I think it's just a load of nonsense. My advice? Don't waste your money, visit your doctor and get some proper tablets and if they don't work go and lie in a darkened room and stay there till the winter!
New era biochemic remedies are homoeopathically prepared from safe, natural and non-habit forming active ingredients