Tuesday, 18 February 2014

Does Traditional Chinese Medicine Concept for Allergic Rhinitis Applies to All Types of Allergies?

Registered Acupuncturist Ka Hang Leoungk discussed about the causes of allergic rhinitis from the Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) perspective here. Due to my interest, I followed up with her further on this topic.


Question: Does this TCM concept of spleen deficiency and lung dysfunction  that you have explained here for allergic rhinitis applies to all types of allergies e.g. eczema, food allergies etc?

Ka Hang LeoungkThe TCM concept about spleen deficiency and lung dysfunction applies to allergic rhinitis and/or hay fever, i.e. the “breathing” allergies. For skin disorders i.e. eczema and psoriasis, the diagnosis would generally involve some kind of lung dysfunction but also heat, either in the blood or stomach. It’s much more of an “excessive” disorder as opposed to “deficiency”. Food allergies, on its own, does not really factor in TCM diagnosis. I tend to look at the symptoms of food allergies i.e. rash, bloatedness, lethargy etc, some of which would be due to spleen deficiency.


In case you missed it, here are my earlier Q&A with her after our TCM allergic rhinitis series ended.

Is it harder to treat perennial allergic rhinitis or seasonal allergic rhinitis?

Do patients with perennial allergic rhinitis need to do acupuncture all year round?