I would like to talk about seasonal allergies and some of you may have heard me talk about it, but I think it is because of this time of year, it is the time to talk about it and see how we can help people with this condition.
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Hello, my name is Moshe Heller, and I would first like to think the American Acupuncture Council for having this, having me on this show. So great privilege and it’s a great show and helping us acupuncturists talk about different stuff. And I’m the first today I would like to talk about seasonal allergies and some of you may have heard me talk about it, but I think it is because of this time of year, it is the time to talk about it and see how we can help people with this condition.
So I will start with.
The weather’s getting warmer. The trees are starting to bloom and we are starting to feel that. Or our patients are starting to feel the effect of of this season. And I don’t know about you, but I’ve been getting a lot of calls to my office to try to help with these seasonal allergies.
So I wa I thought the best way to discuss how to help people with it is to bring a case. I’m going to talk about this young boy has, he was nine years old when he came to see me. And he’s been, he has been suffering from allergies for the past, about five years. So since he was about four and it’s interesting cause I’ve been seeing more and more children with allergies because I think it is actually a condition that is growing in numbers and we see more and more children and.
And adults would that matter who are suffering from allergies and we can see the numbers are growing. Even the CDC has published information about that too. So you are going to see more and more of these cases in your office to them. Sure. So he’s a nine year old. He is a chief complaint is nasal congestion, sneezing.
These are all and watery, itchy eyes. These are all very common symptoms of the seasonal allergies. Occasionally you will experience a lung congestion. So it goes down to his lung and he’ll have cough with a clear. And sometimes yellow sputum and this user does sputum is difficult for him to expect rate.
So it sounded it’s a sign of some congestion. The patient mother says that he’s more susceptible to catching colds than his peers. And family members. And she’s also reports that he’s allergy testing a reveal that he’s allergic to soy and tree nuts, which indicated to me, so other than the environmental allergies, he also has some food allergies.
He had a difficulty falling asleep and it was very hard for him to wake up because he would go to sleep late. And then only have six hours of sleep for a nine-year-old. As far as I’m concerned, this is not really a sufficient amount of hours. He also suffered from nasal clear nasal congestion.
He would have headaches when he was tired. And interestingly enough, he also had called sores one or two times per year. That cold sores for me are signs that there’s some kind of immune disorder. And also there’s a lingering pathogenic factor as involved with. He’s very sensitive to smells and his tends to have eczema behind the knees and elbows or in the elbow bends.
And the rash is usually red and itchy and raised in bumpy, but not Uzi. Eczema as usually another common disease that is Como co coincide with children who are very allergic. And also we see that with adults. He would have chest tightness and shortness of breath, especially when he’s exposed to cold.
So cold will make it the condition worse.
So his tongue is pale and puffy, which points towards some deficiency and slight center crack, and a red tip with particular in the upper jaw. And the coding is slightly thick and white meaning that there’s some More on the cold side and that the particular showing some underlying heat.
As we can see, it’s already pulling, pointing towards a complex. Condition, the pulse was slippery in the turn, but otherwise weak and his lymph LAN glands were congested and positive. This is something I do on a regular basis when I see children I palpated for the lymph glands under the jaw.
And along the anterior aspect of the SCM. So if they feel that if I feel that there are marble sized protrusions, then definitely that’s a positive lift Glen and a, usually those are the, when the lymph glands are positive, it points to. Maybe the condition involves a lingering pathogenic factors.
They have to see other factors also, but it’s a, quite a a strong, positive although he was nine, I was still looking at the finger vein and finger vein observation is something that we do a lot in pediatrics. It’s mostly done for children around to. Two years old, from from newborns to, to two or three afterwards traditionally it wasn’t used so much, but I’ve found it very helpful to look at that to look at the finger vein, even at older kids, because they’re radically.
At that age, it should not be president if it is it’s indicative of something. The finger Bain was very dark usually indicates heat. That was another indication that there was some underlying heat disorder in his case we, I observed his face and his cheeks seemed to be a bit red.
And the mother reports that they are a lot of times are red. And she said always red and there were also dark circles under the eyes and they were puffy. I have actually included a picture. You, it’s hard to see the redness in the cheeks and with the lighting. Case, but believe me, this area, this whole area, you could see it’s a little discard colored.
And you, and in real life, this was red. You could definitely see the dark area under his eye and you can absolutely see the puffiness of.
So I diagnose this, a guy with lingering passion, pathogenic factors and LPF with phlegm accumulation and underlying lung chief acuity. So there is definitely some lung T vacuity in the sense that that the tendency to get sick. And the lung congestion that happens as a result of that are all indicating that the lingering pathogenic factor included the large lymph gloat and the lymph gland and the history of having frequent colds and the phlegm accumulation could be seen in his tongue.
And and post. And the symptoms. I chose to use a combination of points, large intestine, 11 to help clear the heat, the underlying heat lung seven, to regulate the lung and strengthened the lung. Gallbladder 40 as a point to help clear the sinuses. It’s a point. Frequently when I see rhinitis or allergic rhinitis, a lot of times I would use that with moxa, especially if there’s pure cold in this case I didn’t, but frequently I will use marks on go about at 40, I use spleen nine to.
To the spleen transform dampness and and so screen nine is a point I use a lot when I see that the spleen needs to trends to help in the evacuation of damp and phlegm. And then I also have added liver five is I know that some of you may have not don’t remember, but Oliver five is the master point of plump.
It for me, that trans translation of that, or understanding of that is that liver five helps to work. The liver work through phlegm. No. We know that Fleming damp does hinder the flow of Liberty. And therefore I look at liver five as a point that helps deliver, move through phlegm and help the transformation and movement to a phlegm and resolution.
So I used that a lot of times when phlegm is involved live. I sent the, I sent him home with magnets and I do that frequently with children to support the treatment or continue the treatment to have a more significant effect. And so magnets are an amazing tool. Both were adults and kids.
I find them very helpful if you understand how they work. Then it’s really easy to use. And I’ve used it for, I use it a lot with children and also adults, as I said before, the advantage of the magnets is that you have. Of the polarity. You have the ability to either disperse or tonify. So depending on what magnets you use the magnets I use come with a dispersing aspects.
Facing the skin. So if I use, if I stick the magnet to buy lab, as I received it, then this would be a dispersing function on by Lao. If I flip it over, it will be tonifying therefore you be 13 and you be 20. I flip them over and help to To tonify both the lung and the spleen. And then I use this point below stomach 44.
It’s on the other side, on the the sole side of the foot behind opposite to stomach 44. That’s a point that’s used by Kiko Matsumoto for Allergies in general and specifically allergic rhinitis. The use of below stomach 44 the opposite side of stomach 44 with a magnet and dispersion is a great take home for kids and also adults as a.
I recommended them to avoid dairy and wheat. And the reason is of course we I do believe that they are very allergy forming foods. But also they are if you remember, they are the major phlegm producing foods in, in Chinese medicine dietary theory. Avoiding dairy and wheat will help with resolving damp and phlegm, as well as avoiding soy and nuts.
Those, we also see that he’s allergic to, and it will be good to avoid them until the body is able to ex you know we clear some of the heat and the phlegm, and there’ll be an improved. And we also talked a lot about trying to increase the sleep to at least seven hours so that he starts going back to trying to sleep early.
We talked about different things like either yoga moves or chicken moves to help him move into. Sleep. And I taught him some of those and that also helped him to fall asleep a little faster in. I gave him some herbs as part of the treatment. I combined shout child who tongue with a variation of Wu may one.
You may ask yourself why why did he use womanly one? We’ll talk about that in a few minutes, but I use that frequently for patients who are trying to address allergic or atopic tendencies the treatment was continued once a week. The acupuncture treatment for six treatments. And at that time, the patient reported.
He felt less congested and the skin rash was almost completely gone in general. His, he had quite a significant improvement. The treatment continued for another six treatment, but every two weeks and after which the patient skin has cleared completely. And at the time the patient was, I gave another formula.
I changed the formula. We took him off of the shell child who tongue and gave him every Haitian of Jade windscreen for continued treatment and every changing of the season, he comes for our a tune up to prevent the recurrence of the allergies. And this has been very successful.
I put here the formulas in ingredients. So you have it, I’m going to send or post the PDF version of these slides. So you can have. But this is a variation of G of a jar. The will, may one. And this is the shower chow Yukon tongue, the classical shower champ, shallow child who tongue I use in his case.
And this is the variation of the Jade windscreen. I added some Jean one and a Jaguar to the combo to support his condition. I wanted to just Talk a few minutes, a few seconds about why I chose we’ll may one as my formula. This comes from the studies that Dr. Lee did for the treatment of food allergies and also allergies in general.
And she based her and you can actually see, read this article if you have a moment. I think it’s very interesting. The reason she chose the idea behind it, it comes from diet. The concept that actually. The exposure to per Siddiq two parasites in patients who have allergies will reduce their allergies or in air in areas where parasites are very common allergies are much.
Present. She thought that an antiparasitic formula will create similar effects. And indeed she did some studies that were very favorable and therefore I decided to this formula and right here you’ll have the exact base formula, which he star, she based her. Her research on, she called this formula F a H F one.
And it is basically the classical rule may wand. And one, one more second about this in her original formula, he she. The form of the, she took she food, the foods and the shisha were eliminated in her test form nine. And I guess they had some issues with both of these herbs and as a, as part of the formula, I later on created a similar format and I’ll talk to her about that in a few minutes.
I added it back. I also wanted to mention that allergies always equals diets for me. I have never treated an allergy person without discussing whether it’s food, whatever, the allergic reaction where it’s allergic asthma or allergic eczema or any atopic disorder. When we suspect there’s an allergy at the root of your patient’s disorder always discussed die.
It’s really important to eliminate phlegm producing foods. It’s a live and just look at the diet and see if it is a contributing factor. I want to remind you that there is at day two logical factors for allergy there’s. One of them is actually. Pesticide and GMO foods that irritate the gut and cause what we call a leaky gut syndrome.
So that’s also something that we need to look at and And so it’s really important to make a real important discussion, to have a really important discussion about food. So I always start by asking them, what do they eat? How’s their schedule and what’s happening. And I asked them to keep a three week journal food, John journal of what they’re eating and how it is affecting them in here.
You have. The chart that I have them fill out for each day. So that keeps me, keeps the record and helps me see if there’s any patterns or any foods that are being consumed that could be contributing to the factor. And as I said here, pesticides and GMO can be irritating to the gut and cause me one of the causes for the allergy allergic reaction.
I also strongly believe that vaccinations can definitely contribute to To the allergic reaction and because of their effect on or how we see the effect on the body and the FA the fact that the pathogen that is being injected can actually become a latent and cause hyper activity in the immune system.
So I actually developed a formula called guard in my company that’s called motion herbs. And you’ll see the link at the end of the slideshow a formula that’s called guard, and it is a formula that you will Give to your patients before and about two weeks before and keep it on two weeks after each vaccination.
So it helps to eliminate that causative factor. I also, as I mentioned before, leaky gut syndrome is another theory that we have about why a children have or adults also in that case have allergies. As you can see here, there’s an irritation of the gut and the relationship of.
The gut to the immune system will or could create allergies. I one of the Part of another syndrome that we should probably discuss, just because we are talking about allergies is mass cell activation syndrome. I have a few slides in here that are, that talk a little bit about what is mass cell activation and also.
What are the diagnostic criteria is here? There’s a, an article because this is a really important factor when we talk about allergies. Here’s the definition of mass cell activation disorders and And one of the sentence I wanted to point out is dermatographic ism, which means that when you scratch the skin, it leaves a mark, a stronger than most people.
And that’s a really good sign to an indicator for muscle activation disorder. I am going to leave you. To read the signs and symptoms and this really going all over many Systems in our body affecting many systems around a body, but I wanted to also talk to you, just point you to this three herbs Chinese Arbel three Chinese herbs that are, that there were some lists research done on how they can affect.
The the reduce mass cell activation. So it’s called the three or formula Shuang one Leons and it stabilizes mass cells through the activation of the ma mitochondrial calcium on a uni. These are really, this is, I thought very interesting. And you’ll have, this is the summary of the Arctic of the, this article.
And and so it will, I think it’s really helpful to read about that and know that this syndrome actually exists and we can help it a lot with Chinese herbs and acupuncture Points that I consider to to work on when I when I see that there’s mass cell or for that matter allergic or a topic disorder.
So I always look at this kind of area of between large intestine, 10 and 11, and even towards the the triple burner channel this whole area is an area that regulates the immune system. And if it’s tender, I usually will need it needle it We also think of triple warmer, 16 is our lymph regulator because a lot of times we will have liver congestion as part of the syndrome.
So that’s really important to think about it. Do 12. Is helps with lung T regulation and we call it the thymus Glen reflex. And we know that the thymus gland is something is an, a Glen that deteriorates as we age, but is takes an important part in regulating the immune system at younger ages. So do 12 is a point.
I always pop it to see if there’s any sensitivity. I already mentioned behind stomach 44, which I used with case studies that we discussed and that I will. Popping along the spine to look for tight spots around, do two or three around L four L five L three and also around T 11, which is two six.
I also want to quickly mention this formula called Santiam 12. I used. Formula a lot for it’s a formula that is that is you can order it. It’s a patent and it is great for allergic rhinitis. And I look at these herbs as herbs that are very help with allergy symptoms.
So I always look at this formula and take herbs that pertain to the patient I’m working with to to reduce allergic reaction. I also created my own version of the of the variation of well may one. And I called it react with motion at motion herbs and react is a great support for children and adults who are having either food or environmental allergies.
And you have all the ingredients here. To to look at, and also I added this kind of idea of what are the indications and some of the specific dosage suggestion and cautions of this form. And a little bit of how I formed it. And finally additional support, like what I would do to help support it.
I just want to mention that core sit-in is an amazing supplement that you can Dispense to your patients to support to your treatment with seasonal allergies and allergies in general, it’s a natural bioflavonoid that downgrades, the histamine response. So it’s a sort of like a natural anti-histamine and it works really great.
Yeah. Strongly recommend that you explore that. And I use usually a product called de hissed by so the highest is a combination, of course, certain nettles. And I think bromelain is there too. It is fantastic. And if you suspect any gut Irritation or leaky gut. I always think of glutathione as a supplement to, to support my treat.
Thank you very much for listening. I hope that what I’ve talk to you about today, you can actually take to your clinic and use it to help many children or even adults in this transition time so that they can also enjoy the spring. And so thank you very much.
I also would, again, to thank the American Acupuncture Council for doing this show. It’s a, it’s really great. And hopefully you’ll join the continuing sessions of this this program. Thank you very much.