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Allergy in TCM Point of View

ANOTIMPUL ALERGIILOR: PRIMAVARA DEVREME SI SFARSITUL VERII

Spring is here and for some people, it means a great time outdoors sporting. But for those millions of people with chronic or acute allergy problems, spring can be a dreaded event. In spring, the flowers are blooming, and some people are sneezing away as the pollen wafts through the air. According to WHO, allergy problems affect at least 10-25% of the population, and is one of the most common complaints of patients seeking medical attention in the season of spring.

Allergy infections can be both acute and chronic. Usually, the infection starts with a cold due to factors such as weather changes; or an allergy episode that causes swelling of the mucous membranes and increases production of watery mucus. The classic allergy symptoms are nasal congestion, thick yellow nasal discharge (or thin and clear discharge in mild cases), frontal headache, and possibly fever with a sore throat.

Western Medical treatments for allergy include prescribing decongestants, mucolytics (drugs that thin mucus secretions), pain relievers, and antibiotics. Nasal decongestants can become ineffective and can lead to dependency if used for a long time. Antibiotics work well in some conditions, but not all. There are often cases that do not respond to them at all. As a last resort, surgery may be used to clean out and drain thick secretions that are blocking the allergy if drug therapy is not effective, or if there are structural abnormalities.

ALERGIILE IN MTC

Ancient healing traditions such as Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) believe that in order to treat any condition, the body as a whole should be analyzed. Orice dezechilibre de yin si yang pot fi corectate folosind plante medicinale si/sau acupunctura.

Conform principiilor MTC, temperaturile scazute pot slabi puterea digestiva. Aceasta duce la un sistem imunitar slabit si creaza un mediu fertil pentru ca virusii si bacteriile sa atace. Bautul de lichide fierbinti (ceaiuri din plante medicinale, supe etc.) si imbracatul ǎre sa tina de cald ajuta sa se pastreze puternc sistemul imunitar.

One of the best-proven TCM herbs for fighting allergy is Huang Qi (Astragalus Radix). Astragalus (Astragalus membranaceus) has been shown to increase nearly every phase of immune-system activity. One study showed that astragalus increases  the production and storage of interferon, a substance that alerts the body to invading viruses, bacteria and stimulates cells to begin their defense, and to  increase interferon’s effects in fighting illnesses. It is  indicated in bacterial and viral respiratory infections including common cold, and acute allergy.

According to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), many of the symptoms that are manifested as allergy infection could be due to an imbalance of other organs. A commonly seen condition is where a patient suffers from running nose, reddish eyes, sinuses, itchy face and so on. If the immune systems are not able to get strong, it leads to imbalance in the upper body, and to produce the wastes. The herbal formulas used in this case would be useful to treat these conditions and reduce all uncomfortable symptoms.

O formula tipica pentru o persoana su simptome de alergie cum ar fi nas înfundat, secreţii nazale abundente, dificultăţi de respiraţie este alcatuita din Yu Ping Feng San, Qing Zao Jiu Fei Tang, Xin Yi San si Qing Bi Tang. In termenii MTC vedem alergiile ca o tulburare a imunitatii, prin urmare fitoterapia poate intari sistemul imunitar si poate reduce simptomele alergiilor.

Following is a case study, which is an interesting approach to treat allergy and to directly modulate the immune system. Also, we try to restore immune system to balance.

[STUDIU DE CAZ]

Informatii de baza despre pacient

Nume: XXLin
Sex: Feminin
Varsta: 23 ani
Ocupatie: Asistenta
Stare Maritala: Necasatorita
Inaltimea: 162 cm
Greutatea: 58 kg
Nr de inregistrare medicala: 03050603
Primul tratament: Martie 2006
Principala problema: Alergie de 9 ani

Current medical history

Aceasta doamna are 23 de ani si a avut alergie de 9 ani. I-a curs nasul, a avut ochii inrositi si cu mancarime, gat uscat, tuse si, uneori, febra dupa-amiezile. Aceste simptome s-au intamplat la inceput de primavara si la sfarsit de vara in fiecare an. Ne-a vizitat in luna martie 2006, in that moment, she lost her voice and she wished us to reduce the symptoms, which affect her normal life. Am incurajat-o sa faca tratament de MTC si acupunctura, si apoi sa participe la sedinte de intretinere un timp mai indelungat (3 luni) pentru a reduce sansele de a mai apare alergia.

Past history / Operations

She took nasal decongestants and antibiotics 3 years ago and stopped it in last year, because she saw it ineffective on her symptoms.

Personal history

Ne-fumator,
Ne-bautor,
Nu are un istoric de alergie la medicamente si alimente.

Family history

Tatal sau are astm si rinita alergica.

TCM diagnostic methods

Tongue: red tip with a thin white coating.
Pulse: floating and rapid
Wind-Heat attack exterior.

Prescription

Yin Qiao San (Lonicera & Forsythia Formula)
Qing Zao Jiu Fei Tang
(Eriobotrya & Ophiopogon Combination)

The most important things for dosages of these herbs depend upon a person’s size, age, and specific conditions, such as pregnancy, metabolic rate, and particular allergies. Self-medication of herbs can be harmful and it is best to see a practitioner for the right prescription and dosage.

Analysis

In TCM term, allergy belongs the wind and heat attack to the exterior of the body; therefore, Yin Qiao San can disperse wind and removes heat and toxins. It is used to help a person with the beginning stage of heat-related symptoms brought on by wind and heat. The symptoms are mild aversion to wind and cold, fever, no perspiration, headache, thirsty, sore throat, coughing caused by virus or flu, influenza in the spring, summer or fall seasons, common cold, and so on.

Qing Zao Jiu Fei Tang can moisten lung, and increases body fluids. It is used to help reduce the symptoms of inflammation of the respiratory tract due to influenza, common cold, asthma, coughing, sore throat, dry mouth, etc.

We gave her one-week medicine, which was three times a day with warm water. Other recommended were no ice/ cold stuff.

(AL DOILEA TRATAMENT)

TCM diagnostic methods

She felt 80% of improved since last treatment; she still had running nose and reddish/ itchy eyes. The cough was gone.
Tongue: pale with a thin white coating.
Pulse: floating and soft.

Prescription

Yu Ping Feng San (Siler & Astragalus Formula)
Qing Zao Jiu Fei Tang
(Eriobotrya & Ophiopogon Combination)

Strengthen the exterior

Analysis

Yu Ping Feng San can augment the qi; consolidates the exterior; helps stop excessive perspiration due to yang deficiency. It is very often used to help a person who catches cold easily due to a weak constitution and qi deficiency.

Qing Zao Jiu Fei Tang can moisten lung, and increase body fluids. It is used to help reduce the symptoms of inflammation of the respiratory tract due to influenza, common cold, asthma, coughing, sore throat, dry mouth, etc.

We gave her one-month medicine, which was three times a day with warm water. Other recommended were no ice/ cold stuff.

The result of this case was pretty successful, after one month, Miss Lin said she felt good and no more allergy in this late spring season. She continued taking Yu Ping Feng San to maintain her body and avoided cold stuff. After 3 months, she was live without allergy during the summer. She reduced the dosage of Yu Ping Feng San and continued taking some food supplements. She thought that her body foundation changed a lot during past 3 months. She became strong and felt good for her body conditions.

Most of TCM are come from natural herbs, they are gentle and effective in reducing the symptoms. Using Herbal Medicine Therapy can decrease the use of antibiotics, thus avoiding their abuse and side effects. It is important that the society is aware of the options available to them so that they can make an informed and educated decision.

SUPPLEMENTS THAT HELP WITH ALLERGY INFECTIONS:

  • Garlic contains allicin, which makes it a potent antibacterial agent. It is a natural antibiotic that is effective against bacteria and viruses, and it is easily accessible.
  • Vitamins supplementation reduced histamine levels in people with either high histamine levels or low blood levels of vitamins. Histamine is associated with increased nasal and sinus congestion.
  • Drink warm water; avoid the cold stuff, such as ice water, soft drink, etc.
  • Exercise to train the muscle and build the balance immune system.
  • Before taking any medicine, go to see the practitioner.

Finally, for all of you, best wishes for a healthy life!

de Chun Yi Lu O.M.D., LAc.

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