Spring is almost upon us! In addition to beautiful weather, sunshine and flowers, spring brings seasonal allergies. For people suffering from allergies, the congestion, runny nose, itchy eyes and sneezing can be debilitating!
Luckily, Chinese medicine has a treatment for seasonal allergies that treats both the “root” and “branch” of the disorder. TCM looks to the lung channel as the culprit of allergies. The lung is the body’s first line of defense against external pathogens. This concept is similar to catching a cold/flu, and seasonal allergies are treated in the same manner. Since seasonal allergies are so closely tied with the external environment, they are viewed as an external invasion. If the lung is not strong enough to ward off foreign invaders, the body becomes more susceptible to seasonal allergies.