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Partners in Practice

February 17, 2017

Focus on Seasonal Stresses


Depending on your region of the country and variable weather factors, patients may start experiencing seasonal stresses as early as February. Now is the time to talk about nutritional and herbal supplements that can help support patients’ natural defense systems.

“I find that people who have seasonal stresses just don’t feel well, and it affects their daily lives,” said Bill Hemmer, DC, of Tuscola Pain and Wellness Center in Tuscola, Illinois. “I want to help them have a better quality of life.”

According to Dr. Hemmer, many of his patients with seasonal stresses have a hard time focusing at work, have low energy levels, and struggle to exercise as often as they normally would.

What causes seasonal stresses?

Exposure to grass, pollen, and mold are common triggers for people who experience seasonal stresses. Many factors can affect the amount of airborne substances. If your area is experiencing mild winter temperatures, it can lead to early production of plant pollen. If your region has a wet spring this year, the extra moisture can encourage faster plant growth and result in increased airborne mold spores.

Many climate factors can impact the amount of pollen and spore counts, including heat, humidity, time of day, rainfall, and wind. It is not possible to predict the severity of seasonal stressors from one season to the next.

Where It All Begins

Seasonal stresses start in the immune system. When the immune system identifies a substance as an invader, it reacts by producing immunoglobulin E (IgE) antibodies. These antibodies cause cells to release histamine and other chemicals, causing a reaction. Reactions vary from person to person and can be anything from a slight nuisance to a more serious challenge.

According to Dr. Hemmer, one of the biggest challenges practitioners face when discussing seasonal challenges is lack of understanding.

“Patients think if the symptoms are gone, so is the problem,” Dr. Hemmer said. “They don’t realize that the lack of symptoms does not equal health. There is a better way.”

That “better way” is to support the immune system and the body’s natural defense systems with nutritional and herbal supplements. Two products recommended for seasonal allergies are Allerplex®, from Standard Process, and Albizia Complex, from MediHerb.*

Allerplex®

Formulated with vitamins A and C, Allerplex supports the body’s ability to handle seasonal, environmental, and dietary challenges. This supplement supports the body’s natural ability to manage mucus movement and supports healthy functioning of the liver, lungs, and respiratory system.*

Allerplex provides complex nutritional support from a variety of specialized ingredients, such as Tillandsia usneoides powder, fenugreek seed, and bovine PMG™ extracts.*

Albizia Complex

Albizia Complex contains Chinese skullcap root, albizia stem bark, and feverfew leaf and stem. This combination of herbs contains many compounds, including saponins, flavonoids (especially baicalin), and sesquiterpene lactones (particularly parthenolide). These herbs can help support a normal immune system response, including normal response to occasional seasonal stresses. Albizia Complex can also help maintain a normal respiratory tract and healthy skin and assist in maintaining healthy breathing passages to support free and clear breathing.*

“In my clinical experience, I like to use them in combination,” said Dr. Hemmer. “The Allerplex feeds the glands and the organs that need to be fed, and the Albizia Complex drives the function of the glands and organs that we are targeting.”*

When it comes to seasonal stresses, Dr. Hemmer just wants the patient to feel better.

“I always ask myself, how can I give them a better quality of life? I always keep that in mind,” he said.

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