Every breath you take 

Breathing is something that most of us take for granted, and yet millions of respiratory allergy sufferers struggle to breathe through congested sinuses or tight, constricted lungs. We take over 20,000 breaths every day, and our respiratory tract represents a huge area of interaction with our environment. No wonder that many of the conditions that affect the respiratory tract are immunologically based, such as allergic hayfever and asthma. Allergies within the respiratory tract are mediated via the T-helper 2 (Th2) arm of immunity have symptoms caused by the actions of histamine, mast cells and eosinophils. 

Respiratory Allergies
When it comes to respiratory allergies, the answer is to treat both. People need quick relief to get on with life, which is why many hayfever sufferers commonly reach for over-the-counter pseudoephedrine nasal sprays. However, current restriction of these medications now leaves an ineffective pharmaceutical alternative, phenylephrine, which has been shown to be no more effective than placebo in reducing airway resistance. With the use of effective strategies I can give you relief from suffering from respiratory allergies both symptomatic and long-term support.
Is Something Getting Up Your Nose?
Beyond the effects of allergy in the airways, there is often an infectious component to upper respiratory tract illnesses, as the respiratory tract is an ideal environment for overgrowth of fungi and bacteria. Recent studies suggest that fungal infection plays a role in chronic sinus congestion, which in turn stimulates allergic sensitivity to environmental fungi. Fungus and bacteria can both proliferate in the paranasal cavities to form colonies called biofilms, which go on to develop resistance to host immunity and pharmaceutical therapies. These fungal balls and biofilms are notoriously difficult to treat with antibiotic therapy and are often responsible for recurrent sinus infections.
Saline irrigation of the nasal passages is shown to flush away fungal ball, biofilm and mucus accumulations, alleviate mucus membrane swelling and reduce the levels of inflammation, in the sinuses. We have a new antimicrobial Sinus Spray includes saline with non-irritating antimicrobial essential oils of eucalyptus, peppermint, lavender and thyme to provide topical relief to sinus cavities, reduce swelling and enhance immune function to improve nasal breathing.
Allergic Asthma
Asthma is an unpredictable condition, with multiple triggers leading to respiratory congestion and bronchoconstriction which, for some, may become life threatening. We now stock a herbal blend of reishi mushroom, licorice and sophora which have established safety records and clinically proven benefits. A clinical trial in 91 allergic asthma patients found this herbal combination had similar therapeutic benefits to prednisone after four weeks. Both arms of the trial experienced reduced IgE levels, increased forced expiratory volume (FEV) and reduced requirements for daily inhaler use. However, in contrast to prednisone, the herbal formula had no effect on patients’ adrenal function, 
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12 Jutland Place,
Currumbin Waters QLD 4223
PH: 0410 476 686


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Monday - 9am-1pm
Tuesday & Wednesday - 9am-5pm
Thursday - 8.30am-5pm (later by appt)
Friday - 11.30-1.30pm
Saturday - 8.30am-12pm