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?".
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:
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
The following herbal formulas are potentially useful in the process of treating allergies. For a complete list from our store with more details see our allergies formula section.
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Generally treatment would be based on the TCM patterns listed above instead of selecting points by function alone, (see general points selection rules.)