People with allergic reaction tend to have
frequent sneeze, running nose, with or without headache in the
front head. For severe cases, they feel such problem even with
air conditioning in a car. They may feel cold in hands and feet.
Some have frequent diarrhea, or frequent urine (especially at
night). Later on, they seem sensitive to more and more things:
dusts, warms, wind, temperature chance, noise, air pressure,
even to emotional stimulations.
From beginning, the running nose runs out
of the nose hole. Later, it runs backwards in the throat.
Furthermore, no running nose but heavy puffy feelings in the
Along with the process of the problem,
people become so weak and feel drowsy day and night but cannot
have nice or deeper sleep. They may be diagnosed as chronic
fatigue, or hypothyroidism.
Term of the allergic reaction
When we talk about allergic, people usually
mean the running nose or block feeling in the nose in spring
when flowers are floating. When consulting with doctors, they
may diagnosed as chronic sinusitis.
To us, all are the same kinds of body
reaction to outside physical or chemical stimulations: the
chronic sinusitis, asthma, chronic bronchitis, frequent ulcer in
the mouth (including in the mucus of the mouth, on the tongue or
the gum), even skin rash. For some women, it appears as ulcer in
the women area or in the tract of the urine. All means the same:
the body defense system is so weak, or the life energy is so
weak to expel the stimulators from outside of the body and the
healing process on the mucus is slow down.
Treatment of allergic reaction
In the Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM),
it is treated with acupuncture and/or herbs. TCM works to
improve bio-energy flow smoothly to the affected area (the nose,
the bronchi, the skin, etc.). It is known that with the use of
acupuncture and/or herbs, the amount of anti-body is increased,
the number of T4 lymph cells increased, and the swelling of the
inside mucus in the nose, throat and bronchi is reduced.
All of these can only be used to explain
part of the mechanisms that acupuncture and herbal therapy work
for the allergic reaction.
We know that it is not so difficult to
reduce the acute symptoms of allergic reaction by the use of
acupuncture and herbal therapy. The challenge for TCM doctors,
as for the conventional medicine doctors, is how to prevent the
recur of the problem.
If you know of some TCM doctors, you may
find that some doctors are good to reduce the acute symptoms
every time when you visit him, but you seem have to go to him
again and again, as you experienced with conventional medicine.
This is quite common that if your doctor
has no enough experience to verify your body condition is Yin or
Yang. The concept of Yin and Yang is very important that it is
not only a obscure concept in the TCM theory. For people with
chronic sinusitis, their TCM doctor may find evidence to support
a diagnosis of “Fire” syndrome for them, since the running nose
is yellow in color, the tongue of the patient is with red spot
in front of the tongue, and patients may feel dry in mouth and
the urine is yellow in color too. As routine, TCM doctor may
start to use a “Cold” herb to cool down the “Fire”. The clinic
result is just as above: it works for this time but the patient
has to come back for the same problem. After several year, the
condition seems worse and worse.
This is because the doctor did not find
that the clinic picture is actually a mixture of the Cold with
the Fire. They failed to pay attention that the tongue color of
the patient is actually with more or less purple. Patients feel
dry in mouth but they do not want to drink water or only want
warm water to drink and do not drink lots. The face looks pale
and the patents may also feel tired with slight physical or
emotional work. All of these suggest that the patient is in a
Yang deficiency condition. The “Fire” picture is false.
In the city where we are (Edmonton, Canada),
more than 90% of patients with allergic reaction is in such
There is another extreme condition that may
confuse a TCM doctor. When the Yang Qi in the patient becomes
worse, after heavy treatment with chemical drugs (chemical drugs
are principally “Cold”), or with Cold herbs due to improper use
by a doctor, patients may show as another kinds of false “Fire”:
their face is pink in color, they feel hot (body temperature may
be higher too) with sweat especially at night. Patients may also
feel dry in mouth and drink lots water.
For the second false Fire condition, if a
doctor uses Cold herbs, it will only make things worse even
causes death. This is because that the false Fire is due to the
floating of the primary life energy (we call it Yuan Qi) is now
floating and tends to leave the body.
Your doctor must be experienced enough to
understand that, once the allergic reaction becomes chronic, it
usually means that your body Yang Qi has already been exhausted
too much. You see, when your running nose cannot run out of the
nose, but back to the throat, it means that your body has no
enough energy to remove the running nose out of the body!
you are a TCM practitioner, I would like to remind you use Hot
herbs rather than a Cold herb to patients with the chronic
allergic reaction. Even if you believe that there is evidence of
Fire for the patient, you should take care of the Yang Qi of the
body after you stop the use of Cold herbs for the treatment. You
will be able to notice the difference right away. I am sure.
It is possible to
cure the chronic allergic reaction but it is not a one
day, one month or one year job. If you get better this year
after the TCM treatment, you should go to the TCM doctor again
during the summer for a maintenance. Summer is the best time for
TCM to correct your body constitution.
Your TCM doctor may use moxibustion therapy
on some of your body acupuncture points.
Repeat each year, you should experience
less and less reaction, until you do not feel any.
In our clinic, we teach you how to use the
moxibustion at home. It is not so complex and you can do it as a
Chinese family does in China. Medicine
should not be so complex and your doctor should also be you
tutor, as the word doctor mean in English.
Although we mean the treatment here for
allergic reactions, the principle of the diagnosis and treatment
is also applicable to other diseases. For example, auto-immune
disorders, such as MS, lupus, arthritis, fibromyalgia, all are
due to too sensitive of the immune monitoring mechanism in the
body, the same reason as the allergic reaction.
In TCM, the Spleen (note, meaning of the
word Spleen, Liver, Kidney, Heart, and Lung in TCM is not just
the organs in the conventional medicine. We cannot find proper
words in English dictionary to express the exact meaning of the
five major systems in the body in TCM.
In TCM, the Spleen system works as immune
monitor/detect department, besides its function in digestion,
buffering, and other functions in the body. It is the Spleen
that sense any disorder in the body and passes the signal to the
Heart that, as a king or president, functions to guide/lead a
maintenance work in the body.
Because the functional disorder of the
Spleen, it transports too much signals to the Heart to launch
immune defense function (the work of the Liver is the performing
department in the immune defense), so you have too frequent
running nose and other allergic reactions. During this time, the
chance to develop a cancer is low, since the Spleen is very
sensitive to any small disorders in the body so the cancer cells
can be cleared even if it is small in size.
However, after long time “bothering” by the
Spleen system, the Heart system is out of tolerance. It is tired
to lead an immune defense campaign in the body, so the chance
for a cancer becomes higher. In this case, we have to stop the
allergic reaction as soon as possible to restore the body immune
detect function at a reasonable tone.
Another consequence of the overwhelming
immune reaction (allergic reaction) is the bothering to the
Liver system. The
result is similar to the slow down of the Heart: cancer.
The Spleen system can also be bothered by
frequent stimulations (allergens). Once the function of the
Spleen system is slow done, the result is: overweight, since the
Spleen is no longer able to find that something is wrong in the
fat metabolism now. This is especially possible if one with over
weight actually has no higher appetite.
All above discussion means that we should
take care of the function of the Spleen, Heart, and the Liver in
the treatment of allergic reactions, though the allergic
reaction is expressed in the Lung system (the nose belongs to
the Lung system in TCM). It never cure the allergic reaction if
a TCM doctor only pay attention to the nose itself. This is a
very common error for those of doctors they do not speak Chinese
and are educated out of China. For them,
if they are qualified in clinic, they would recognize that the
running nose is the Cold in the Lung system, but in the
treatment, it is easy for them to forget or not at all realize
that their treatments have to take care of the function of other
organs. This is principle for TCM to cure any disease.
Nowadays, the reasons for many popular
diseases are not clear: cancer, overweight, diabetic, high blood
cholesterol level, hypertension, hypothyroids… To TCM, they are
all connected, though each people expresses different clinic
Then, the question is: why the Spleen
system becomes highly sensitive? In TCM, it is explained as
this: the Spleen system works in the body as a buffer in many
aspects, as the soil on the earth. If the soil is soft and
loser, raining water will be hold in the soil so not to cause
flooding. Even if we deliver garbage (or other dirty things) to
it, the garbage will disappear becoming part of the soil after
years. Now, the use of chemical fertilizer makes the soil
harder. The hard soil loses its buffer function: flooding in the
rain and hard to dissolve any garbage for ever.
Similarly, if we take too much chemical
stuff (you know what belongs chemical in your daily life), our
Spleen system will also lose its buffer function. It passes any
minus stimulation signal to the Heart to start a allergy,
without filter the non-harmful stimulations!