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The three common forms of allergy are: nasal, skin and stomach. The common treatment between them is first to find out what kind of things to avoid. What if the list of things to avoid is getting longer and longer? It does not seem to be the right approach because it essentially robs the patient of the pleasures of life that other people can enjoy.

The Chinese approach to allergies is to strengthen and nourish the respective organs. For nasal allergy, strengthen the nose, throat, lungs and the rest of the respiratory system. For skin allergy, strengthen and nourish the blood and the skin. For stomach allergy, strengthen and nourish the stomach, intestines, liver, spleen, and the rest of the digestive system.

Why is the strengthening approach superior? Let's take nasal allergy as an example. Why is the patient allergic to pollen or other stuff in the air while the other family members and neighbors are not, although all of them are exposed to the same environment? The answer is that the patient has a weaker respiratory system, hence the negative reactions such as congestion, sneezing, mucus, coughing, red eyes, even facial swelling in serious cases. As the respiratory system gets stronger, it will be able to withstand better the pollen and other stuff in the air. The positive reaction will be less frequent and less intense allergic symptoms. Strengthening requires gradual buildup of the respiratory system back to normal conditions.

A Chinese herbal prescription must do the following:

  • Strengthen and nourish the respiratory system (for nasal allergy).
  • Strengthen and nourish the blood and skin (for skin allergy).
  • Strengthen and nourish the digestive system (for stomach allergy).
  • Apply the REN herbs for each of the three cases (For details, click The Concept of REN)

April 2014