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New Era Tissue Salts For Hayfever & Allergic Rhinits
Member Name: Chouchin
New Era Tissue Salts For Hayfever & Allergic Rhinits
Advantages: Natural ingredients, no side-effects
Disadvantages: May not be powerful enough for chronic sufferers
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 it’s only the beginning of April. That’s 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.
Summary: They work for me!