In addition to general treatment and prevention methods, herbal options may be preferred by patients in some situations. Prior to using herbal methods, consider that certain herbs may interact with other herbs, as well as some medications and supplements. Also look for other medical conditions in which the herbs are contraindicated, as well as side effects. Several herbs that may be considered for use in treating angioedema are mentioned below, with quick information added. Please remember that in many cases these are simply claims, and as with all merely human thoughts, even scientific research, may prove false.
Chamomile is often used to treat different forms of hives. It is often taken in the tea form, which is generally had up to three times in a day.
Goldenseal may be used by those with allergies to particular foods, in an attempt to lessen or prevent the allergic reactions. It is also thought to treat some symptoms that may appear in severe allergic reactions, particular gastrointestinal ones.
Green tea is thought to have antihistamine properties. It can be taken up to three times a day, however, it does contain caffeine, which may need to be taken into account.
Licorice root is used to normalize a patient's immune function, and to decrease inflammation when there is an allergic reaction. Some of the contraindications (situations in which licorice root is dangerous to use) include individuals with edema, high blood pressure, and heart disease.
Although they are not technically considered herbs, sometimes particular supplements are also used in angioedema treatment. As with herbal possibilities, also consider side effects, contraindications, and interactions that may exist for certain supplements. Some possible items are covered below:
Vitamin B12 injections may be administered to attempt to decrease the frequency of episodes. Taking vitamin C orally may also be useful, in this case toward reducing histamine levels, however if diarrhea occurs then its dosage ought to be reduced.
Bromelain, often taking with curcumin (turmeric pigment) for stronger effects, is used as an anti-inflammatory. However, citrus allergies are a contraindication for bromelain.
Quercetin may reduce the occurrences of allergic reactions. It is a plant-based flavonoid, and those with citrus allergies or sensitivities, as well as individuals taking calcium-channel blockers for high blood pressure, should not take flavonoids which are from citrus. Hesperidin methyl chalcone, abbreviated as HMC, is the water-soluble form of quercetin, and may be the type which is absorbed the best.
You can also read about other methods of treatment and prevention, as well as triggers that may be leading to angioedema episodes.