Using Chinese Herbal Formulas and Acupuncture for Allergies


Acupuncture can go a long way towards allergy relief.  Treatments help open the nose, strengthen the Wei Qi (immune response), clear phlegm, and combat infection.

There are a myriad of formulas made up of Chinese herbs that can effectively relieve allergies.  There is some overlap between formulas for colds, flu and allergies. I have put together a short list of the some commonly used formulas for common ailments. An individual diagnosis is helpful in choosing the appropriate formula in order to obtain the best possible results.  Some of the more common formulas are safe to use for everyone, such as Gan Mao Ling for the common cold.
For common cold, allergies, infectious disease:

Gan Mao Ling is THE common cold remedy used in Asian countries for headache, stuffiness, aching neck and warmth or light fevers.  It clears congestion, stops runny nose and eliminates headache without side effects such as drowsiness and dryness.

Yin chiao san is another remedy for cold and flu, taken when there are more heat signs such as fevers, sweating and chills that alternate, and sore throat.  This was the formula of choice to ward off epidemic toxin such as avian flu.

Chuan xin lian pian is a patent formula for sore throat that is on verge of ulcerating, or has ulcerated, as well as for diarrhea and gastrointestinal flu.  It contains chuan xin lian, andographis, an herb that is also well known for its antiparasitic activity and has been used to treat Lyme.

Chuan xiong cha tiao san is used for headaches, and migraine.  This is especially good for the type of headache accompanied by dizziness, poor memory and aura.

Pe Min Kan Wan is for allergic rhinitis and will reduce or eliminate allergic symptoms during seasonal allergies.