For many people
Spring and Summer are seasons for allergies. Allergies, or allergic rhinitis,
are due to an over-reactivity of the immune system to certain allergens. During
Spring and Summer, allergies are generally induced by wind-born tree, grass, or
weed pollen, and can cause such symptoms as: sneezing; nasal congestion; runny
nose; watery, itchy, or red eyes; headaches; fatigue; and sometimes coughing and
wheezing. When allergens and antibodies react in individuals with allergic
rhinitis, their nasal mucosa becomes swollen and may obstruct drainage from the
sinuses causing sinusitis in many people. Thus, sinus infections are a frequent
complication and consequence of allergic rhinitis.
While Spring and
Summer are the seasons of the year that bring us outdoors, many people are
unable to enjoy these warmer months due to uncomfortable symptoms. Chinese
medicine can help bring relief of symptoms, correct imbalances of the immune
system, prevent the occurrence of infection, and allow healing of tissues of the
From a Chinese
point of view, allergic rhinitis is due to a deficiency of the Lung and Kidney's
Defensive-Qi systems, combined with retention of chronic "Wind" in the nose.
rhinitis often starts in early childhood, with a constitutional weakness, but it
may also start later in life, with a progressive decline of Kidney-Qi. Lung and
Kidney Qi Deficiency is the root of the problem, therefore, with herbal medicine
and acupuncture we strengthen and nourish these organs. The manifestation of the
disease is Wind invading the Lung channel in the nose. This accounts for the
acute attacks. With herbs and acupuncture, we clear the Wind, reduce congestion,
and open the nasal passages. It is necessary to treat both the root and the
manifestation in order to produce lasting results.
treatment of allergic rhinitis relies mostly on the use of antihistamine agents.
Unfortunately, antihistamines only treat the manifestations of the disease and
not the root. In addition, they cause side-effects such as dizziness, fatigue,
insomnia, nervousness, dryness, and gastro-intestinal disturbance.
Chinese medicine offers
allergy sufferers a way to strengthen their bodies and significantly reduce
their symptoms, without unpleasant side effects. You do not have to spend
another season living with allergies.