Xanthium Fruit for Seasonal Allergies
Chances are good that you wouldn’t think twice about spraying weed killer on this plant should you find it growing in your backyard – but looks can be very deceiving.
Meet Xanthium strumarium, also known as the common cocklebur. It is an ugly, spiny plant that is thought to be indigenous to North America. The plant has been cultivated worldwide, however, for its medicinal properties. Primarily among these medicinal properties are an effectiveness in relieving the symptoms associated with seasonal allergies, particularly nasal congestion and sinus pain.
This medicinal property exists in the fruit of the plant and has been used by Native American and in Traditional Chinese Medicine for centuries. Its benefits are thought to be related to its strong anti-inflammatory properties, anti-tussive functions, and anti-bacterial effects (particularly against staphylococcus aureus – a major culprit in the onset of sinus infections).
Where might I find xanthium fruit? Our clinic carries Nasal Tabs 2, an herbal supplement by Health Concerns which contains xanthium fruit, along with other natural ingredients used in the treatment of nasal congestion and seasonal allergies.
Please note that it is important to discuss this supplement with our clinician to determine if it is right for you. You may schedule a free consultation to discuss how this supplement may be used and whether combination therapy (acupuncture and an herbal supplement) may offer the most benefit given the specifics of your condition.