Seasonal allergies can cause a great deal of discomfort in many people, young or old. Symptoms include sneezing, congestion, runny nose and red, itchy eyes. While prescriptions of western medicine such as antihistamines, decongestants, or drugs that act on the nervous system may be effective in treating the allergic response, they often have undesirable side effects, such as drowsiness, immune system suppression or over-reliance on medications.
Using Traditional Chinese Medicine To Treat Seasonal Allergies
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) can offer an alternative to these western approaches, treating the whole person and recognizing that people with chronic allergies often show signs of spleen or kidney deficiency, even lung problems. TCM considers allergies or hay fever a manifestation of wind invading the upper body. This occurs because one’s protective Qi has been weakened, which explains why a Chinese herbalist may address these allergies by building up the body’s defensive Qi. The goal is not only to treat one’s acute symptoms and provide immediate relief, but to treat any underlying immune system imbalances, which may be the real cause of one’s allergy problems. Such treatments may take the form of acupuncture and revising one’s diet, including the addition of specific herbal formulas.
Call our office at (513) 528-2900, or use our online contact form to request an appointment for Seasonal Allergy treatment using Traditional Chinese Medicine with Dr. Peter Sheng in Cincinnati.