A lot of people suffer from various types of allergies. Moste of them have allergic rhinitis, more populary known as hayfever.
What causes hayfever?
Hayfever is essentially a mistaken immune system reaction to airborne particles which normally do not cuase the body any trouble. These particles may be pollen, animal dander, dust, mold or insects an their feces. Most people inhale these without a problem. People wiht allegies inhale these and the body reacts as if it were being invaded by a pathogen. Ther is sneezing, runny nose, red, itchy, eyes, watering eyes, headache & even asthmatic contraction of bronchioles of the lungs leading to pantin, wheezing & coughing
Western medicine treats hayfever and other respiratory allergies by a combination of anti- hisatmines and decongestants. Although the side effects of thesee Western drugs are less than they used to be, many patients do not want to stay on such drugs for long periods of time. Happily, Chinese medicine provides a time-tested alternative to Western drugs when it comes to the tretment of hayfever and other allergies.
Hayfever & diet
Because Chinese medical practitioners believe that, in most cases, the cause of hayfever is spleen weakness with too much dampness and phlegm lodged in the lungs, dietary therapy typically plays a large part in patients overall treatment plan. In particular, they are advised to stay away from or minimize sugars and sweets, fruit juices, dairy products, nuts and oils and chilled, uncooked foods, Although other factors, such as exercise and stress, play a part in many peoples hayfever, modification of ones diet is usually the cornerstone of the Chinese medical treatment plan. Happily, acupuncture and herbal medicine make such dietary changes easier to implement.