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Hay Fever - Chinese Medicine explanation and treatment
The balmy days of summer can be a complete misery for hay-fever sufferers, whose allergy to pollen released by grasses, flowers and trees means that they become unwell as soon as they put their head out of doors. The pollen causes cells to release histamine and other chemicals, resulting in blocked sinuses, a permanently runny, itchy nose, often a sore, irritated throat, watery eyes and constant sneezing. In very severe cases hay fever can lead to asthma.
In Chinese Medicine hay fever is usually attributed to wind-heat invasion in the lungs. This is one of a set of atopic conditions that Chinese medicine treats very simply and successfully. Eczema, hay fever and asthma are all conditions of atopy (a form of hypersensitivity, estimated to affect 10 percent of the human race), so a treatment which works for one is quite likely to be successful in the other two. Again, it must be emphasized that Chinese Medicine treats each case individually, because the symptoms vary between patients, and are also influenced by their particular experience and environment.
In general, however, a Chinese Medicine practitioner r will open the lung qi to expel the wind heat. Chinese herbs chosen for this could be magnolia flowers, chrysanthemum flowers, mulberry leaves, ephedra and cinnamon twigs.
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Professor Song Ke
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