Allergies and Alternative Medicine

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Allergies are common in the spring season, so I would like to share our perspective on this topic.

What is it?
Allergies are described by the Merriam-Webster dictionary as “an altered bodily reactivity (such as hypersensitivity) to an antigen in response to a first exposure. exaggerated or pathological immunological reaction (as by sneezing, difficult breathing, itching, or skin rashes) to substances, situations, or physical states that are without comparable effect on the average individual.”
In terms of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), sneezing, itching or skin rashes are considered as “wind” and the causes may be multiple. In general, it represents a weakness in the “protective qi” or protective shield to the body.

What can TCM do for allergies?
There are several approaches available to the TCM practitioner such as acupuncture, herbal remedies, dietary and lifestyle recommendations.
Using a combination of the above mentioned methods helps the body to re-built the protective shield.  You may find this article https://theory.yinyanghouse.com/conditions-treated/alternative-natural-options-for-allergies useful
TCM is not meant for emergency situations, however.

Once started your treatment with TCM approach It may take few months for you to notice changes on your reactivity to some allergens, so we recommend not stopping the medication your doctor has prescribed to manage allergic symptoms.

Disclaimer: This article contains general information about health topics but does not constitute medical advice. If you have any questions related with your condition you should contact your doctor or healthcare provider. If you think you may be suffering form any medical condition, you should seek immediate medical attention.