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By Dr. Hong Chen (over 20 yrs experienced)
A stuffy nose is a major symptom of allergic reaction. Sufferers are usually allergic to flowers, dust, and cold air stimulation when temperature suddenly is changed. For allergy sufferers, sneezing, runny nose, itchy eyes, nose, or throat can occur only in a certain season of the year, or all year round for others.
Mr. Smith works in the CIBC bank and had suffered from allergies for five years. His symptoms included sneezing, runny nose, itchy throat, stress, fatigue and chest pain. Although he was using anti-histamine nose drops twice daily, his symptoms were not improving at all.
Finally, he came to my clinic to try Chinese herbs. I consulted and then prescribed about 16 different herbs to treat his allergy of nose. Allergies often arise from excess "heat" in the body, so herbs are selected which will cool the symptoms, and clear toxins from the organs and bloodstream. The herbs will also remove stagnant "Chi", helping to restore the flow of energy in meridians.
However, the most effective method should be the customized blend method that can fit individual's specific symptoms, puls, tongue and constitution better. This is the method I usually use.
The herbs which I prescribed for Mr.Smith were a customized blend suited for his specific constitution. They function as powerful immune boosters and cleansing agents.
After he took the herbs for the prescribed period of time, his sneezing, runny nose, and itchy throat disappeared. He is not tired any more and feels a lot more energy. In addition, he is surprised by the fact that his chest pain disappeared, too. He is very happy. This is one of the examples of superiority of Chinese medicine. which can look after whole body health of people, without side effects.
WHAT CAUSES ALLERGIES?
Accorking to the theories of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), allergies can be divided into two types: "wind heat" and "wind cold". We usually see more wind heat type in this country because of the North American lifestyle and envirionment. People who have a "hot" body constitution are prone to allergies. Causes of body constitutions include the following:
In terms of western medicine, the allergens such as flowers, dust and temperature changes between indoors and outdoors will stimulate nasal mucosa. The mucosa around this area secretes a lot of histamine to resist these allergens, but over- secreted histamine can lead to allergic reaction of nose.
But if we have a method to control the histamine so that it does not secrete too much, then our nasal mucosa, edema, and congestion could be alleviated. Which medicine can control the histamine not to overreact? Chinese herbs has this function. It is, of course, essential that in Chinese medicine only experienced practitioners with advanced knowledge can give a suitable herbs prescription.
TREATMENT OF ALLERGIES
Note: this article has been published on July/Augest 1998, issue of Vitality magazine. For more information please contact Dr. Hong Chen at Chen Acupuncture Herbs Shiatsu Centre, 33 Lowbank (Steeles. E/ Bestview(between Bayview and Leslie) /Harrington/Lowbank). Tel: 416 221-9074