• Liyan Lu


Allergy symptoms involve the skin, sinuses, airways and the digestive system. The severity of allergies varies from minor irritation to life-threatening emergency. Beside your medications and doctor’s suggestions, you may consider trying one or more of the following to help improve allergy symptoms. Healthy Ping’s remedies and Suggestions:

Vitamin B2 supports a wide-spectrum of health benefits, best known for its crucial roles in thyroid function and energy metabolism. It's also essential for healthy vision, tissue repair and the protection of the skin and mucosal. Taking vitamin B2 100mg daily can improve allergic symptoms in about a week.

Calcium & Vitamin C: Usually people take Calcium to strengthen the bones and take Vitamin C to boost their immune system. Both of them help control hives and reduce recurrence because of their anti-inflammatory and anti-histamine properties. For hives, take 500 mg calcium citrate 3 times a day and vitamin C 500 mg 1 or 2 times a day with a meal.

Zinc is required to store histamine. If zinc deficient, more histamine will be released into the surrounding tissue fluids. Excess histamine can cause many common allergic symptoms such as running nose, sneezing, hives and skin rashes etc. Taking 10 mg of zinc daily can help allergic symptoms and skin issues.

Papaya & Pineapple enzymes: Help completely digest protein and fiber, clean allergic antigens in the gut, reduce leaky gut syndrome and relieve inflammation.

Probiotics: Friendly bacteria helps regular immune response, prevents allergies; helps eliminate harmful viruses, yeast and bacteria; reduces inflammation and increases resistance to infection.

Case 1: a female patient, age 50, has suffered from sinusitis for nearly 20 years. After 4 months of taking probiotics, her symptoms such as congestion, running nose and sneezing have started to subside.

Case 2: a male patient, age 49, had sinus infections repeatedly for over 5 years, he needed antibiotics every 2 to 3 months and used antibiotic nasal rinse daily. After he took probiotics for 3 months, he had fewer infections.

Case 3 & 4: two female patients, age 30 and 35, developed and had eczema after having babies. Since taking probiotics, their eczema has gone.

Case5: a female patient, age 65, had hives and dry itchy skin, after taking zinc 10 mg daily for 2days, her skin issues are totally gone.

OPC (Oligomeric Proanthocyanidins): is a set of natural antihistamine bioflavonoid complexes present in most fruit and vegetables, particularly in plant bark, skin, and seeds. It can reduce histamine which causes inflammation and allergies. OPC also rids off free radical and boosts energy. Healthy Ping’s Drink: is natural source of OPC made with fresh fruits, vegetables and nuts. If making your own drink, you will get plenty of OPC instead of taking supplements.

Ginger Root: helps relieve hives, sinusitis, asthma, chronic cough, stomach aches, nausea, joint pain and weight loss. Blend ginger with the skin, the width of three quarters and half a lemon with 1 cup of water, drink 3 times a day. Blanch the root in boiling water for a few seconds to sterilize it before using.

Chinese herbs: to normalize the immune system, detoxify and clean out the allergens from the blood stream, treat allergies, prevent attacks and cold or flu symptoms. Some herbs have the properties of anti-inflammation and anti-infection.

Nasal rinse: daily nasal hygiene such as Sinus Rinse with a baking soda solution to wash off the excessive mucus or allergens, moisturize and subside the irritation of inflamed membranes in the nose, sinuses and throat. It also helps relieve sinus congestion and hay fever symptoms. Most of our patients suffering from sinusitis get good results from using the Sinus Rinse. Important: 1) To make a baking soda solution: add 1/3 teaspoon of baking soda into 8 oz of cooled but first boiled water. You don’t need to make a precise isotonic solution for sinus rinse, as long as you don’t feel burning from the baking soda solution, you have the right amount of baking soda in the solution. 2) Don’t rinse if your nasal passage is completely blocked, if so you may use some nasal spray to first open the blocked passage before using the nasal rinse; you can rinse with a partially blocked nasal passage. 3) To avoid introducing bacteria into your nasal passageways, clean the bottle and tube with alcohol (70%) between uses.

Herbal nasal spray: to reduce nasal congestion, inflammation and infection.

Topical paste to soothe skin irritation for insect stings and poison oak: one of the following may help. 1) make a paste 50% Epsom salt solution (mix half Epson salt with half water) on sting site for 30 minutes 2 or 3 times a day until the swelling is reduced; 2) place a few slices of cucumber or potato on the site as often as you like until you feel better. 3) Tecnu Extreme medicated Poison Ivy Scrub and Gel treat symptoms of poison oak and poison ivy to the next level, which are over-the-counter.

Calamine lotion: a famous astringent for the itch and discharge resulting from poison ivy. It helps soothe the itch and swelling from hives as well, because Calamine lotion keeps the blood vessels from leaking fluid and histamine which cause allergic reactions.

Acupuncture & Ping’s meridian therapy: helps relieve allergy symptoms, prevent allergy recurrence, reduce stress, helps with sleep and improves over all well-being. At our clinic, many patients with allergies have acupuncture to help relieve their symptoms.

Keep a diary: it helps to keep a record of your daily activities. What causes or worsens your allergies? What helps your allergies so that you can identify what triggers them so you can treat & prevent them?

Natural antihistamine drink: 1 apple with skin, 1 cup of only the white part of the watermelon and 3 cups of water, blend together into a fruit smoothie, finish smoothie throughout the day. Apple skin has antihistamine property. The white part of the watermelon is a natural diuretic (water pill) to excrete histamine from body. That is why some hypertension patients get hives and take HCTZ (water pill) for high blood pressure, their hives quickly disappear.

For more information please call Dr. Liyan Lu at (661) 513-9265 at Ping's Acupuncture/ Bamboo Acupuncture.

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