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My Personal Journey of Healing

Julia Chang, MSc

8. Allergies and Asthma

Allergies

I have suffered from allergies throughout my life.  Starting at a very young age, hives and allergies to dust were constant problems.  I had sinus problems in my mid-twenties and hay fever both in the fall and spring.  My hay-fever was so bad at times that I could not breathe without decongestant nasal sprays such as Otrivin™.  I tried allergy shots for many years.  They helped but I still had problems breathing during the hay fever season.  When my liver became healthy at age 47, all of my allergy problems went away.  As we all know, allergies are an auto-immune disorder: the immune system becomes over-active and reacts to harmless substances as if they are hostile pathogens.  However, this may actually be a result of a weak immune system.  Just as a weak heart pumps faster to compensate, a weak immune system can become over-active.  Since the liver and spleen are so important to the immune system, it appears logical that if you strengthen the liver and spleen, you may reduce your allergies.

The liver, spleen, lungs, kidneys and lymph nodes are all important in the body's immune system.  When these organs are weak, they may be overworked and become overactive and as a result antibodies may be over-produced which cause the body to react to many harmless substances unnecessarily.  It seems to me that once these organs are healthy, there is no need for them to overwork.  Allergies may lessen or even disappear.  My own case is an example.  When my liver was badly congested, my allergy problems were severe enough to limit my daily activities.  After these organs were restored to health, I had no more allergy problems.  I also know of two older people (both over the age of 60) who managed to relieve their life-long allergy problems after approximately one year of strengthening their internal organs with a combination of Chinese herbs such as astragalus, self heal, fu-ling and dandelion.  These herbs can be found in our Meta Plus herbal tincture.

In Chinese medicine, allergies are classified as “Yin” diseases.  People with allergies should avoid excessively “Yin” foods such as oranges, tomatoes, lemon, grapefruit, bananas, cold drinks or cold foods.  They all tend to weaken the spleen.  Oranges are also known to be mucus-producing and usually aggravate sinus problems. 

Asthma

I never personally had asthma, although I did have severe hay-fever, and my eldest son had childhood asthma.  The holistic Chinese medicinal approach would be to treat problems such as asthma and hay-fever by strengthening the liver, lungs, and spleen.  When this is done, the problems should be reduced.  This worked for me in my own experience dealing with hay-fever, in which my hay-fever disappeared after I cleansed my liver and gallbladder, watched my diet, and did daily morning exercise.

In another example, a man from Africa used inhalers for 25 years due to his asthma, but after cleansing his liver and gallbladder a few times and taking 8 to 9 bottles of Chrysanthemum tinctures to strengthen his organs (over an extended period of time of course), he no longer needed the inhaler.  The next year he went back to Africa, and he was concerned about a relapse since his asthma started when he was there, so he took one bottle of Chrysanthemum and one bottle of Chinese Bitters with him.  As it turned out, he did not need them because there was no relapse.  Another customer told me that he was on asthma medication for 5 years, but after 6 bottles of Chrysanthemum, he was able to discontinue the medication.

A holistic approach to health would never be complete without paying attention to diet, and so while it is important to cleanse the liver and gallbladder and strengthen the organs, one must also be careful to avoid harmful foods.  See the description of foods which weaken the liver and spleen, in Section 3 of this article under the heading “Control of Diet”.


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