Allergies can be extremely frustrating, popping up when you least expect them.
They’re caused by a dysfunctional immune response in which the body responds to a substance that’s usually harmless as though it were an unwanted invader needing to be actively and assertively fought off.
You should always seek urgent medical advice if you experience severe allergies or are concerned that your child may be having an allergic reaction. However, in milder cases, the herbs discussed below may provide symptomatic relief.
Chinese herbs traditionally used for mild allergy symptoms
A herbal formula called Minor Bupleurum Combination (or Minor Bupleurum Decoction) has been used in TCM for around 3000 years.
Today, this ancient combination of the herbs bupleurum, baical skullcap, Korean ginseng, ginger, ziziphus, pinellia and Chinese licorice is found in Oriental Botanicals AllergE, a non-drowsy formula available at pharmacies around Australia, and suitable for use by adults and children (aged 2 years and up).
In TCM, Minor Bupleurum Combination is traditionally used to support specific forms of life force energy or Qi (pronounced ‘chee’) called Defensive Qi and Lung Qi, which are believed to work together to support the body’s immune defences, improve resistance to allergens, and relieve mild allergy symptoms.
Read on to discover more about whether these herbs are suitable for you.
Ease sneezing and runny nose
Do high pollen levels or encounters with dogs, cats or horses leave you sneezing and sniffling? The baical skullcap in Minor Bupleurum Combination is traditionally used to help manage mild allergy symptoms in TCM, including:
- Sneezing and runny nose (watery nasal discharge)
- Itchy or dry eyes, nose and throat
- Inflammation of the mucous membranes of the eyes and nose
Calm coughing and mild respiratory irritation
In TCM, Chinese licorice is traditionally used to:
- Relieve mild bronchial irritation
- Soothe coughing
- Promote the expectoration of respiratory mucus (catarrh)
In Oriental Botanicals AllergE, Chinese licorice is teamed with Korean ginseng and baical skullcap (which are traditionally used in TCM to support Lung Qi, the form of life force energy mentioned above that helps boost overall resistance against allergens) and pinellia (which is traditionally used to relieve cough by encouraging Qi to move in a downwards direction).
Soothe itchy skin
Allergies that affect the skin typically cause itching, redness and heat, all of which are classic signs of inflammation. Minor Bupleurum Combination is traditionally used in TCM to:
- Relieve hot, itchy and inflamed skin conditions
- Help manage mild eczema (atopic dermatitis) and hives (urticaria)
- Clear excess Heat from the surface of the body
Manage digestive symptoms
Based on its use in TCM, Minor Bupleurum Combination may also help manage certain digestive symptoms, including those that can occur as a result of mild food intolerances, such as:
- Digestive discomfort
Always read the label. Follow the directions for use. If symptoms persist, worsen or change unexpectedly, talk to your health professional.