Begin treating seasonal allergies at least six weeks before they start.  


Allergies are a sign of a malfunctioning immune system.

Mast cells are the “master” regulators of the immune system. They contain sacs, which house biologically active substances called mediators. When these mediators get released, inflammatory havoc ensues---

External allergens cause the body to release inflammatory chemicals such as histamine causing the following symptoms:    Itchy watery swollen eyes, sneezing, runny nose, congestion, hives and rashes. 

Treating Allergies with Chinese Medicine

“Wind invasion” or weakened “defensive qi” (immunity) are the diagnosis most often used to describe and treat allergic rhinitis.
The season in which your allergies act up also offers clues to which organ is the culprit.
Mostly in the spring? Your allergies are related to the Chinese “Liver,” the organ that “rules” during this season.
Mostly in the fall? Your allergies are related to the Chinese “Lung”.

Herbal Therapy

  1. Boosting the immune system with herbs like Astragalus, and Reishi mushrooms. 
  2. Cordyceps mushrooms suppress something called TSLP, which turns out to be a major contributor to mast cell development and activation.
  3. Herbal teas that contain dried chrysanthemum flowers and cassia seeds can help lower histamine production.
  4. Quercetin, a flavonoid compound, may also reduces histamine production.  It's  allergy-mediating properties go beyond the scope of treating the hay fever that affects sensitive groups during allergy season.
  5. Studies have shown that Probiotics modulates immune responses in allergic rhinitis and may have a potential to alleviate the severity of symptoms.
  6. Adrenal support improves cortisol levels helping combat Adrenal fatigue, often implicated in inflammatory disorders, including allergies.[3] 
  7. Saline irrigation can help clear mucus and reduce inflammation when used regularly during allergy outbreaks.  
  8. Alcolol is a proprietary blend of natural extracts and essential oils combined with salts that has been used for over 100 years.   Used in any nasal irrigation delivery system, Alcolol helps dissolves mucus, reduces nasal congestion and sinus swelling, all symptoms of Allergic rhinitis.

Based on differing health patterns, the right combination of herbs and acupuncture can be very effective in the treatment of allergies.  

If you suffer from seasonal allergies, begin treatment at least six weeks before the season begins.  


  Pathway for nasal irrigation

Pathway for nasal irrigation




NIH Report on Cannabinoids

Cannabis and Cannabinoids (PDQ®)–Patient Version


  • Cannabis , also known as marijuana, is a plant grown in many parts of the world which produces a resin containing compounds called cannabinoids. Some cannabinoids are psychoactive (acting on the brain and changing mood or consciousness) (see Question 1).
  • The use of Cannabis for medicinal purposes dates back to ancient times (see Question 3).
  • By federal law, the possession of Cannabis is illegal in the United States outside of approved research settings. However, a growing number of states, territories, and the District of Columbia have enacted laws to legalize medical marijuana (see Question 1).
  • In the United States, Cannabis is a controlled substance requiring special licensing for its use (see Question 1 and Question 3).
  • Cannabinoids are active chemicals in Cannabis that cause drug -like effects throughout the body, including the central nervous systemand the immune system (see Question 2).
  • The main active cannabinoid in Cannabis is delta-9-THC. Another active cannabinoid is cannabidiol (CBD), which may relieve pain, lower inflammation, and decrease anxiety without causing the "high" of delta-9-THC (see Question 2).
  • Cannabinoids can be taken by mouth, inhaled, or sprayed under the tongue (see Question 5).
  • Cannabis and cannabinoids have been studied in the laboratory and the clinic for relief of pain, nausea and vomitinganxiety, and loss of appetite (see Question 6 and Question 7).
  • Cannabis and cannabinoids may have benefits in treating the symptoms of cancer or the side effects of cancer therapies. There is growing interest in treating children for symptoms such as nausea with Cannabis and cannabinoids, although studies are limited (see Question 7).
  • Two cannabinoids (dronabinol and nabilone) are drugs approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the prevention or treatment of chemotherapy -related nausea and vomiting (see Question 7 and Question 10).
  • Cannabis has been shown to kill cancer cells in the laboratory (see  Question 6).
  • At this time, there is not enough evidence to recommend that patients inhale or ingest Cannabis as a treatment for cancer-related symptoms or side effects of cancer therapy (see Question 7).
  • Cannabis is not approved by the FDA for use as a cancer treatment (see Question 9).

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Questions and Answers About Cannabis

  • Updated: April 13, 2017

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