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Although many of us love to enjoy the great outdoors in Fall or Spring, the drawbacks associated with these 2 great seasons are, for many people, the onset of seasonal allergies.
I was 30 years old when my senses became reactive to pet hair and the changing seasons. Blooming trees in the spring time brought on symptoms of teary eyes and runny nose. Medical tests in a specialty allergy center confirmed my condition and I started treatment. Two years of weekly (then monthly) anti-allergy shots didn’t improve my condition at all.
Around that time my mom and I met an herbal doctor in a far away clinic, in Middle Asia. After a quick pulse examination he pointed out a weak digestion and disharmony between my lungs and heart. Such condition caused insufficient blood oxygenation and consequently the allergy-type symptoms described above. Western doctors attempted to treat my symptoms, but had no success. The herbal doctor, after explaining his diagnosis, prescribed an herbal treatment that he said would improve digestion and then “reboot” my system. After drinking herbal formulas for about ten months I forgot that I ever had allergy problem.
People can have various allergies that manifest themselves within the body in different ways. Some are allergic to items from birth, while others develop allergies over time. Some people get hives after eating strawberries, while others, like me, become congested and teary-eyed after exposure to pollen in the air. These symptoms are the immune system's response to the presence of substances it sees as harmful.
The catch is, that often times the substance is not harmful at all. Yet for some reason the strawberry, pollen, or other offending substance (allergen) sets off the body's production of histamine. Histamine is a chemical that occurs naturally in the body and acts as an irritating stimulant. Histamine causes the symptoms of allergy, such as runny nose and sneezing - actions specifically designed to expel the intruder from the body.
In a non-traditional (Chinese, Humoral, Ayurveda, etc.) medicine any treatment begins with a proper diagnosis. The beginning of this article explained how an herbal doctor cured me of allergy because he treated the root cause of the problem: my digestion, lungs and heart. Allergies can be triggered by any malfunctioning organ/imbalance within your body’s ecosystem. To determine the cause of your allergy, a practitioner will examine the pulse, tongue and your other vital signs.
Clinical experience of holistic practitioners proves efficacy of medicinal herbs and acupuncture in controlling and treating allergy and its symptoms. That includes itchy eyes and throat, runny nose, diarrhea, lactose intolerance, chronic migraines, etc. The immune system is strengthened via treatment of the stomach, spleen, liver and lungs. Thus, body improves its ability to defend itself against allergens and other bacterial intruders.