Research Published in the British Medical Journal Suggests Use of Herbal Extract Butterbur is as Effective as Traditional Treatments for Hayfever

Jan 21, 2002 - An article from the most recent edition of the British Medical Journal (Volume: 324 Issue: 7330) suggests that the herbal extract butterbur is effective in the treatment of heyfever.

The researchers compared the herbal extract with cetirizine, an antihistamine free of sedative qualities. After the fortnight's trial, the treatments are said to have held similar therapeutic effects, with the herbal remedy producing less symptoms of drowsiness than the 'non sedative' cetirizine. According to the BBC, Mr John de Carpentier, ENT consultant at the Royal Preston Hospital, said that therapies of this kind would be useful as alternatives for those patients who are not able to use more conventional treatments. © 2000 Datamonitor. All rights reserved. Republication or redistribution of Datamonitor content, including by framing or similar means, is expressly prohibited without the prior written consent of Datamonitor. Datamonitor shall not be liable for errors or delays in the content, or for any actions taken in reliance thereon.

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