Clinical Information For the Treatment Of Allergies
What Is Allergies?
Allergies - Basics
An allergy is the body's immune system reacting to an outside substance or agent that is normally harmless to others. This reaction manifests in the form of coughing, wheezing and sneezing, and sometimes asthma. In extreme cases, an allergic reaction can lead to anaphylaxis, during which an individual can experience confusion, abdominal pain, heart palpitations, dizziness and shortness of breath, among others. Types of allergic "triggers" include indoor and outdoor allergies (or seasonal allergies), eye allergies, latex allergies, food/drug allergies and insect allergies.
From a Chinese Medicine perspective, allergies often involve the "Lung" system in Chinese Medicine terms. For general information on what is meant by the "lungs" in Chinese Medicine, you can read "My Lungs Are What?".
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What Patterns Are Related To Allergies?
Allergies - Diagnostic Patterns
The Chinese Medicine treatment of allergies generally involves arriving at the appropriate TCM diagnosis or pattern. This pattern within the individual is what treatment is based on not the general condition (see treating the cause and not the symptoms).
The following patterns may represent the underlying contributing factors for the development of allergies:Lung Wind Invasion - Wind ColdLung Wind Invasion - Wind Heat
Which Acupuncture Point Protocols May Be Applied For Allergies?
Allergies - Acupuncture Protocols
The treatment of conditions with acupuncture can be a complicated endeavor that should only be undertaken by individuals with a deep understanding of the underlying Chinese Medicine theory (and/or whatever system being used for treatment). There are many approaches, but generally speaking few viable approaches are involved on a point to condition basis. Rather using proper diagnostic procedures the patients diagnostic pattern is ascertained and that is what is treated. The protocols listed here exemplify some of these clinical approaches.
The following acupuncture treatment protocols may be used with allergies:
Which Tam Healing and Tongren Therapy Protocols Apply To Allergies?
Allergies - Tam Healing and Tongren Therapy Protocols
Tong Ren Therapy is the energy healing/medical qi gong aspect of the Tam Healing System. The areas of focus for allergies that we would use in Tong Ren techniques form the basis for our acupuncture treatments as well. Generally you would mix these primary points with points specific to the patients underlying TCM pattern and then our tuina (medical massage) would be largely focused on these points as well.
The following Tam healing and tong ren therapy protocols may be used with allergies:
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The Following (2)Formulas TCM Herbal Formulas May Be Useful For Allergies
Te Xiao Bi Min Gan Wan (Specially Effective Nasal Allergy Pills)
- Generally useful for a range of allergy symptoms - seasonal allergies, rhinitis, sinusitis, dry or watery eyes, sinus headaches, etc. Can be used both as a preventative and as a symptomatic aid for allergies.
Xiao Chai Hu Tang Wan (Minor Bupleurum Decoction)
- Shao Yang Syndrome (or "lesser yang stage") - alternating fever and chills, hypochondriac pain, irritability, bitter taste in mouth, poor appetite, nausea. Often used for illnesses (chronic or short-term) such as the flu, etc. that have "cleared" but not completely. People will describe not feeling quite right or having a range of low level symptoms for months or longer after a particular illness. Instead of fever and chills alternating they may manifest with cold extremities and warm interior or other variations.
- A range of liver related conditions including malaria, jaundice, hepatitis, liver cancer, meniere's disease, general protection from medicines that may harm the liver, etc. among issues with other digestive organs - pancreatitis, stomatitis, gastritis.
- Liver/speen disharmonies resulting in broader issues such as depression, chronic fatigue syndrome, menstrual irregularities (PMS, cramping, etc.).
- Other general immune issues such as the common cold, flu, tonsillitis, general seasonal allergies with the right underlying factors.
- Use with caution with yin and/or blood deficiencies.
- Avoid cold, raw, and spicy foods while taking xiao chai hu tang.
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