Treating Allergies with Chinese herbs can be both safe and effective. Millions of American suffer each season from allergies. In the fall season the main culprit is the pollen from the ragweed plant. The most common signs and symptoms are: runny, stuffy and itchy nose and eyes. And in some cases sneezing and wheezing.
The discomfort can be covered up with over the counter antihistamines or prescription drugs. In any case the allergies come and go from season to season. The fundamental cause of allergy is still not known. The problem has a tendency to run in families. An allergic individual is more likely to have relatives who are allergic. One interesting fact is that infants who are breast-fed are less likely to develop allergies than bottle-fed babies.
In Oriental Medicine the primary organs that are affected by allergies are the Lungs.and Liver. When the Qi of the lungs is disturbed the Lung function of regulating water passages are impaired. Hence we see the watery discharge from the orifice of the Lungs and the Liver, the nose and eyes.
Two ancient Chinese herbal formulas that have proven to be effective for seasonal allergies are Powder of Xanthium ( Cang Er Zi) and Decoction of Magnolia ( Xin Yi San).
Clinical studies have shown Xanthium to have vitro inhibitory antimicrobial effects on staphylococcus aureus. The most telling study of this herb involves 207 clinical cases of chronic rhinitis. Local applications of this herb were applied to the nasal passages of these patients for 2 to 3 times daily for three weeks.
Only 3 out of 207 cases showed no improvement. The remaining 204 cases showed cessation of the symptoms. In these cases there was no recurrence during the follow-up period which lasted for three years.
"Written by Rev. Dr. Richard Browne