What Is an Allergy?
Allergies occur when the body’s immune system misidentifies a normally harmless substance as a threat to the body. Common allergens are foods, pollen, animal dander, mold, insect venom, drugs, and dust mites. Your body then triggers an inflammatory response to try to neutralize the offender.
What’s the Cause?
From the Chinese Medical perspective, there are a couple of different patterns that could be identified. Most patterns involve ‘wind’, usually combined with ‘dampness’. This combination produces a sudden onset of symptoms: sneezing, itching eyes and throat, and a heavy sensation in the head with copious mucus.
How Does Chinese Medicine Treat It?
We use a combination herbs, diet, acupuncture to produce the best result.
With herbs, we want to repel the wind using herbs that are dispersing in nature, such as Japanese catnip (Schizonepeta tenuifolia, jing jie) and Siler divaricata (fang feng).
Herbs that drain dampness are used to clear the nasal passages and sinuses; the major herbs for this purpose are Angelica dahurica (bai zhi), magnolia flower buds (xin yi hua), and Xanthium sibiricum (cang er zi).
In most cases, there is an underlying deficiency of the lung and of the digestive system. The Lung is responsible for the proper function of the entire respiratory tract, including the nasal passages. The digestive system, specifically the Spleen in this case, controls the transport of fluids. If your Spleen is weak, then fluids accumulate in the body and then lodge in the Lung…hence the evil mucus.
These deficiencies are treated with tonifying herbs that bolster lung and spleen function, such as Codonopsis (dang shen), Atractylodes (bai zhu), Poria (fu ling), and prepared licorice (zhi gan cao).
Treatment With Diet
Diet is very important in controlling symptoms. Sweets, dairy products, and cold foods all tend to increase mucus buildup, putting ice cream and yogurt at the top of the list of foods to avoid.
Excessive mucus stimulates a stronger allergic reaction. Soups, salads (in warm weather), vegetables, and boiled grains are all easy for the body to digest. When digestion is efficient, there is less of a tendency for mucus to build up.
Treatment with Acupuncture
Your treatment will depend on your underlying pattern. We will address your pattern by choosing points that will likely bolster the Digestive system, resolve mucus, and boost the Lung. In addition, points of the nose and face will likely be used to relieve allergy symptoms immediately.
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Joanne Trujillo L.Ac MSOM
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