Table of Contents
ISRN Allergy
Volume 2013, Article ID 938751, 9 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2013/938751
Research Article

Complementary Therapies in Allergic Rhinitis

1Otorhinolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery Department, Bakırkoy Dr. Sadi Konuk Training and Research Hospital, 34147 Istanbul, Turkey
2Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Faculty of Medicine, Osmangazi University, 26480 Eskisehir, Turkey
3Department of ORL&HNS, Medical School, Dumlupinar University, Central Campus, Tavsanli Yolu 10 km, 43270 Kutahya, Turkey
4Corlu State Hospital, Department of Otorhinolaryngology, 59850 Tekirdag, Turkey

Received 8 July 2013; Accepted 19 September 2013

Academic Editors: M. Iikura, P. Piirilä, and T. A. Popov

Copyright © 2013 Ibrahim Sayin et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

Objective. To determine the prevalence of herbal treatment of allergic rhinitis. Methods. In this prospective study, patients who were diagnosed with perennial allergic rhinitis were questioned about their use of natural products/herbal therapies for their symptoms. Results. In total, 230 patients were enrolled. Overall, 37.3% of the patients stated that they had used natural products/herbal therapies at least once. Women were more likely than men to use herbal supplements (38.3% versus 32.4%). Ten different types of herbal supplements were identified, with stinging nettle (Urtica dioicath), black elderberry (Sambucus nigra), and Spirulina being the most common (12.6%, 6.1%, and 5.7%, resp.). Conclusion. This study found a high prevalence of herbal treatment usage for the relief of allergic rhinitis symptoms in Turkey. The herbal products identified in this study and in the literature are discussed.