For more than 30 years, Mr Driscoll, a retired bank official from Southend-on-Sea, suffered from continual rhinitis (inflammation of the lining of the nose). He was plagued by sneezing fits and a continually runny nose, which was so bad at times that he was getting through a couple of boxes of tissues a day.
The problem had started in 1967 when Mr Driscoll had a flu jab. His GP could not explain why the jab had triggered rhinitis – although clearly it had sensitised his immune system to some allergen. Over the years Mr Driscoll’s GP prescribed a variety of drugs and nasal sprays in an attempt to control his symptoms, but although some temporarily eased them nothing seemed to alleviate the condition completely.
Then, three years ago Mr Driscoll retired. That winter he was advised by the practice nurse at his local surgery to have a flu jab. He agreed, forgetting that this had been the cause of his problem originally. Within two to three weeks Mr Driscoll’s rhinitis was worse than ever. Even the prescription drugs no longer provided any relief. He was desperate. It was at this point that a friend who had travelled extensively in China told him about quail egg extract.
Chinese medical practitioners have used the eggs for thousands of years to successfully combat allergies such as rhinitis, asthma, hay fever, spasmodic cough and skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis. More recently they have been used in Russia and Poland, and they are widely available from pharmacies in France, Switzerland and Germany. Now, at last, quail egg capsules have reached the UK.
As you know, here at HSI we’re committed to bringing you news on the very latest natural treatment breakthroughs that have been scientifically proven to have therapeutic benefits. However, every now and then we learn about a new natural product that hasn’t been subjected to such rigorous clinical testing but which is supported by numerous anecdotal reports over many years. This certainly seems to be the case regarding lyophilised quail eggs. While more research is needed into the use of quail eggs for treating allergies, we feel that testimonies like those given by Mr Driscoll are simply too strong to be ignored.
‘I have continued to use quail eggs ever since and remain symptom-free’
Mr Driscoll managed to track down a supplier of quail egg capsules (containing lyophilised or freeze-dried extract), and he began taking four capsules every day with breakfast and lunch. Within a few weeks his symptoms had disappeared and, to his relief, they have never returned.
Mr Driscoll says: ‘I have continued to take quail egg capsules ever since and remain symptom-free. Not many people know about lyophilised quail eggs, and I feel relieved I have discovered a ‘cure’ for my problem and one that doesn’t have side effects.’
It was Dr R. C. Truffier from Rochefort, in France, who popularised the medicinal use of quail eggs in western Europe. In the late 1960s, Dr Truffier came across two patients with chronic asthma who appeared to have been ‘cured’ by eating raw quail eggs.
So impressed was he that, after researching the use of quail eggs by the Chinese, Dr Truffier began to treat a number of allergy-related conditions with immediate success. His findings are important as the number of people suffering from allergies has increased hugely in the last ten years.
How quail eggs could provide the solution to a growing problem
According to the World Health Organisation, 10-15 per cent of the world’s population suffers from allergies; yet little is known about why this should be the case or, indeed, how to successfully tackle the problem. People with allergies are advised to avoid exposure to the particular substance they are allergic to, such as tree and grass pollens, dust mites, moulds, specific foods or environmental and household irritants, but this can sometimes be impossible to achieve.
An allergy is a response mounted by your immune system to a particular food, inhalant (airborne substance) or chemical. When an allergen enters the body of a person with a sensitised immune system, it triggers B cells (white blood cells) to produce a type of antibody known as Immunoglobulin E (IgE). These antibodies bind to histamine-containing cells called basophils, or mast cells, and trigger the release of histamine. It is histamine-release that causes the symptoms of allergy such as wheezing, cough and rashes.
While conventional antihistamines can help manage symptoms, they can cause side effects like drowsiness. That is why lyophilised quail egg extract may offer an effective treatment alternative, especially as it is free from side effects. Observation of allergic individuals who have been treated with quail eggs shows that there is a reduction in IgE antibody production. According to Dr Jacques Benveniste, researcher at the National Health and Medical Research Institute in Paris, there may be two theories to explain this.
First, components in the eggs could act directly on B lymphocytes preventing them from producing IgE antibodies. Secondly, the eggs could be affecting another type of white blood cell, known as T lymphocytes, which in turn suppresses B lymphoctyte antibody production. In both cases the result would be the same, and histamine release would be inhibited, according to Dr Benveniste.
Dr Fasoli Armando, a GP and surgeon from the Asti region of Italy, treated 275 adults in his practice who were suffering from allergy-related urticaria (hives) or recurrent asthma and allergic rhinitis. In those with urticaria, almost 100 of patients achieved recovery over a two-year treatment period. In the patients with asthmatic symptoms, 90 per cent of the patients experienced a disappearance of symptoms after 18 months of treatment. In addition, 40 per cent of the patients noticed an improvement in their general well-being and energy levels.
What to take for best results
Quail eggs are available in capsule form where the raw whole egg has been lyophilised (freeze-dried). The freeze-drying process ensures the eggs are free from bacteria and other pathogens. The suggested dose is one capsule twice a day.
For hay fever sufferers it is recommended to start taking the product at the earliest signs of allergy or whenever you feel you may be prone to an attack. For this type of allergy, take four capsules with breakfast and four capsules with lunch for one to two weeks. This dose can be repeated throughout the hay fever season leaving gaps of several weeks from treatment to treatment.
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