Spring Allergies and Chinese Herbs


Spring is upon us with blooming flowers, green sprouts and the wind. Unfortunately the wind brings seasonal allergies…sneezing, congestion, runny nose, watery eyes and general suffering.

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) views springtime allergies as related to the element of wind. Allergies are considered a blockage of energy or Qi to the nose and sinuses. TCM calls allergies “bi yuan,” which literally translates to “nose-pool”. Bi yuan is rooted in a deficiency of Wei Qi, the internal force that protects us from wind. In response, herbs, acupuncture and other modalities are used to strengthen the Wei Qi. Chinese herbs have been used for centuries for the treatment of springtime allergies. There are specific herbs that dry phlegm, relieve cough and alleviate red and itchy eyes. TCM practitioners can create a tailored combination of herbs to address your symptoms, as well as the root cause.

The most common Chinese herbs used for treatment of allergies include Jing Jie (Schizonepeta) and Fang Feng (Siler Root) to dispel wind, Bai Zhi (Angelica Dahurica), Xin Yi Hua (Magnolia Flower Buds) and Cang Er Zi (Xanthium Fruit) to dry phlegm and mucus. In addition, herbs such as Chuan Xiong (Cnidium), Gua Lou (Pi, Ren) (Trichosanthes fruit, peel, seed), Chai Hu (Bupleurum), Jie Geng (Platycodon root), and Bo He (Mentha) are often added to Chinese herbal formulations.

If you experience allergies, this is a sign that there is an imbalance in your body. Please consider Chinese herbs to address the root and the many branches of spring allergies.

Wishing you a happy and healthy spring.