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3 May 2011

Plant Extract Offers Improved Therapy for Hay Fever

Further studies need to be carried out in order to allow it to be sold as a prescription drug on the German market.

A new treatment that fights hay fever with a plant extract has been shown to work, according to a clinical study by researchers of the Center of Allergy & Environment (ZAUM) of Helmholtz Zentrum München and Technische Universit?t München.


In a paper published in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, scientists explained how this plant extract worked better in alleviating allergic symptoms than the usual histamine receptor antagonists.


Antihistamine medications have been considered the treatment of choice to alleviate the symptoms of hay fever sufferers. Now, in a randomised double-blind study, Dr Adam Chaker and Prof. Dr Carsten Schmidt-Weber demonstrated that the plant extract Ze 339 (Petasol butenoate complex) combats nasal mucosa

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