Mr. Li is among a group of doctors who believe that traditional Chinese medicine can help treat allergies and asthma. In fact, some doctors say that these Chinese treatments in May to do a better job of treating asthma and allergy food regimes prescribed by doctors in this country.
Food allergies and asthma are huge health problems in this country, especially for children. Of the 12 million Americans who suffer from food allergies, 3 million are children. Moreover, the problem is growing: The incidence of food allergy has doubled in the past 10 years. And asthma is more common: 38 million Americans, including 6 million children.
Traditional Chinese medicine has used botanical sources - plants like ginger, rhododendron and forsythia - to promote health for thousands of years. "In China, the system is different from ours," says Li "Traditional Chinese medicines are used in hospitals and doctors are trained in their use. Here, traditional Chinese medicine is treated as a food supplement. "
Meanwhile, the Chinese system seems to work best to address these two problems. "Food allergy is rare in China," Li says "Asthma is not rare in China, but it is much less common than in the United States. In China, 3% of the population has asthma. This number is 10% in the United States "
Who can benefit: Those who have most to benefit from the dynamics of ongoing research on traditional Chinese medicine are people with severe persistent asthma or makes them dependent on steroids, and people who have food allergies to peanuts, fish, shellfish or nuts.
Traditional treatment: Traditionally, treatment of food allergy was simple and low-tech: the escape. "If you are allergic to some food, while you avoid the food," explains Li If you are allergic to peanuts, you fastidiously avoid eating peanuts and all peanut products, and if you are allergic Seafood, you avoid eating shellfish. When prevention fails and patients to eat forbidden foods, they can use a liquid antihistamine to control allergic reaction, and then use an EpiPen to inject epinephrine if necessary.
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