Points - Ask the Doctor

Q: Does Traditional Chinese Medicine help seasonal allergies? Autumn is fast approaching and I've noticed that my allergies pick up at this time.

A: Yes, TCM is effective in treating seasonal allergies. You may want to follow up with immune system strengthening tips as well.

For allergies, it is important first to harmonize your immune system and eliminate the allergens. If you have not already, please discontinue smoking; it will dramatically improve your condition. To help strengthen your immune system and reduce intolerance, I recommend you incorporate the following into your diet: ginger, green onions, garlic, bamboo shoots, cabbage, beets, beet top tea, carrots, leafy green vegetables, yams, organic chicken gizzards, cilantro, oregano, and astragulus.

Avoid wheat, citrus fruits, chocolate, shellfish, dairy products, eggs, and the nightshade family of vegetables. Avoid pollen, polluted air, and always maintain a well-moving bowel (no constipation).

You might also take up tai chi or qigong exercises; these are wonderful low stress exercises that can help strengthen your body.

Here are some other tips for clearing up allergies:

1. Irrigate your nose with saline (warm salt water) twice daily.

2. Reduce the allergy-load on your body by avoiding mucus-producing foods like dairy, wheat, and sugar.

3. Take a bee pollen supplement and the herb stinging nettle.

4. Use an air purifier at home as well as in the worksplace.

5. Exercise indoors with filtered air.

6. Drink 8-12 glasses of water daily.

Strategies for a stronger immune system:

1. Keep stress low by practicing meditation, tai chi, or yoga.

2. Maintain a positive and uplifting attitude.

3. Eat lots of garlic, ginger, cilantro, and oregano.

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This month's Ask the Doctor question was answered by:

Dr. Mao Shing Ni, PhD, D.O.M., Dipl. ABAAHP . from his website:


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