TCM for Allergies
Updated: Apr 23, 2020
Whether year-round or seasonally, allergies affect many individuals. Allergies are caused by hypo- or hyperactivity of the immune system to something in our environment. Symptoms may include runny nose, nasal congestion, sneezing, swelling, red eyes, itchiness, or shortness of breath.
Allergies can successfully be treated with Chinese Herbal Medicine, through precise combinations of plant medicines. Some common individual Chinese herbs used for allergies are Japanese catnip (jing jie) and Siler divaricata (fang feng). However, each individual is different, so ask your acupuncturist for an herbal formula that is best fit for you and the allergies you are experiencing.
Acupuncture can also provide relief or complete remission of allergies. Symptoms can often be relieved immediately. Acupuncturists look for deep-rooted signs in individuals that present with allergies, treating the whole person. Acupuncture treatment plans for allergies seek to address the individual's acute symptoms, providing relief, while also addressing immune imbalances. Acupuncture is often used in combination with Chinese herbs and, potentially, dietary modification.