One of my kids has developed allergies over the last month or so. Like me, he gets very “loopy” on allergy medication so I wanted to find a more natural remedy for his symptoms. I reached out to my acupuncturist and friend, Portia Lee, L.Ac. for some holistic solutions. Here is what she had to say…
Allergies from the Chinese Medicine point of view:
Allergies are usually caused by a weakened immunity in the body, most connected to the lungs and spleen. In certain cases prolonged colds which are not treated properly and reoccur can weaken the lungs, making the body more susceptible to chronic sinus conditions and allergies. Here the lungs tend to be weak and cold.
Allergies may also be connected to the spleen and the digestive system if the stomach is weak. This may be caused by poor diet or eating habits that impair the function of the large intestine and connect to the lung via the meridians. In this instance allergies will more often be brought on after eating certain foods.
What you can do to fight allergies “naturally?”
Cut out dairy and reduce wheat. Dairy causes more phlegm and mucus in the body, while wheat will increase the inflammatory response.
What to eat: Quercetin!
Quercetin is a flavonoid found in several plants and food such as green tea, buckwheat tea, apples, berries, broccoli, dark leafy greens and other vegetables. It is helpful for its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. To relieve allergy systems, take a quercetin supplement (100mg/day) by taking the powder out of the capsule and mixing it with some juice.