Chinese Herbs Benefit Allergy Sufferers

The complex issues surrounding allergies have lead to a new study that shows a positive association between allergies and chinese herb use.

Researchers from the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI) Integrative Medicine Committee concluded that certain Chinese herbal formulus can be used to treat food allergies. The primary herbal formula being tested is called Food Allergy Herbal Formula (FAHF-2). “FAHF-2 has been shown to have a prolonged preventive effect up to 40 weeks,” explained Helen Chan, MD, of Hong Kong, vice chair of the ACAAI Integrative Medicine Committee. “It has also been shown to be safe, with very few side effects, and is a one-course treatment for all allergens.” “Integrative therapies blend the art and science of medicine,” said allergist William Silvers, MD, of the ACAAI Integrative Medicine Committee. “This exciting area of medicine offers a variety of complementary approaches, so each patient receives truly individualized care.” “The use of substances found in nature, such as herbs, foods and vitamins, can be helpful in treating various allergies when combined with traditional therapies,” added Dr. Silvers.