Having an allergy to peanuts can alter a person’s life. Some people have such severe allergies to peanuts that they can’t even be in a room where there are fumes from an open peanut product present without suffering from a reaction. It’s so serious that people with this allergy must always carry an epinephrine injector just in case they eat something that contains peanuts.
Â Scientists have long been seeking a way to prevent serious allergic reactions to peanuts and limit the damage that the condition can do. Now it appears that researchers may have found a solution to this allergy.
Â A blend of Chinese herbs known as “FAHF-2” has been shown to totally block the peanut allergy in mice. After seven weeks of treatment sessions with the FAHF-2 herbs, mice with previously recorded allergies to peanuts were protected against the offending legumes for as long as six months.
Â If they were fed any food containing the nut, they did not suffer a reaction. At the end of six months, they received another treatment with the herbs and their protection was completely restored.
Â One of the greatest things about this therapy is that the herbal blend can be swallowed, so those with a fear of needles needn’t worry. This makes the therapy very accessible. The researchers aren’t giving away the secret of what makes FAHF-2 work, but it appears that there are several things this blend is responsible for.
Â For one thing, a cytokine (which is a receptor that works in your immune system) known as “interferon-gamma,” which works against histamine and allergic responses, was found to be elevated in those taking the mixture. This may be because the Chinese blend encourages T-cells to create more of this substance.
Â The research looks promising and human trials will likely be started in the near future. With any luck, this could mean the end of peanut allergies.