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Butterbur Comparable with Cetirizine for Allergic Rhinitis

KEY POINT

A randomized controlled trial shows that the herbal agent butterbur has beneficial effects in patients with seasonal allergic rhinitis—comparable in fact to the antihistamine cetirizine (Zyrtec—Pfizer).

SOURCES

Schapowal A. Randomized controlled trial of butterbur and cetirizine for treating seasonal allergic rhinitis. BMJ. 2002;324:144.

Fetrow DW, Avila JR. The Complete Guide to Herbal Medicines. Springhouse, Pa.: Springhouse Publications; 2000:94–5.