Skip to content
Customer Support               
800-344-2466  Email  Wholesale

Supporting Your Journey To Health Since 1994


Your cart is empty

Article: You Can’t Avoid the Rain

You Can’t Avoid the Rain

The first half of this year has brought some much-needed precipitation. The added moisture is also bringing more growth and more pollen. People are experiencing heightened allergy symptoms. It’s a good time to take a look at another model for an alternative way to deal with allergies. The Chinese would not have you avoiding this fabulous wet weather but rather looking for a more complete solution.


There may be multiple causes of allergic types of immune response. Most allergic folks will admit that they are more reactive when under stress. If this is so, then what are they allergic to—the allergen or the stress? Indeed, which is the allergen? Both, perhaps. There are at least two factors in this allergic equation. There are quite possibly many more unidentified allergic players. Helping the body to process many levels of information and allowing it to self-adjust in relation to allergies is what Oriental medical theory advocates.


The Western view of allergies is to identify the allergen, often a complex process, and then determine a strategy of avoidance. Where does this leave you? Out of the woods, not in shopping malls, and shunning your pet-loving friends. Avoidance may not always be easy to carry out. For example, a common allergen for “allergic” people is formaldehyde. It is in plastics, drywall, perfumes, cleaning chemicals, etc. Avoiding it is virtually impossible.


Another possible approach is to work more directly with the body and its apparent imbalance. Why is the body responding to a relatively harmless external agent in such a severe way? The internal information system is confused. The body is getting messages that are inaccurate, and as a result, the response is out of proportion to the stimulus. This confusion must be addressed.


Intervention hits a figurative and literal wall when it is applied to systemic disease processes. Western medicine is having a good deal of trouble with the likes of allergic responses and autoimmune type maladies such as rheumatoid arthritis and lupus. They tend to fixate on the resulting symptom instead of the disease etiology, or path of causation, simply because they have no effective model to deal with causal relationships.

Oriental medicine has such models. The basic concept is to nourish the body’s systems in such a way that this confusing information is normalized once again. Chinese herbs in a balanced formula can provide this nourishment. As a result, the symptoms of the allergic response are ameliorated. The branch symptoms often disappear when the root is addressed. This is similar to the indicator light on the dashboard no longer being illuminated when the problem in the engine is fixed.


Nourishing the root and strengthening the chi can have profound effects on stress. People often ask OHCO about having herbs for stress relief. The appropriate choice depends on where you place your stress. If you manifest the more common allergy symptoms, Cold Snap is probably your choice. Signs are fatigue, being run down, and always getting sick. If you are emotionally distressed and/or put your stress in your digestive system, Stomach Chi is the one. The nourishing quality of Stomach Chi can help you digest experiences as well as food. And if you are carrying the weight of the world on your shoulders and frequently end up stiff and sore, then OHCO-Motion works for general improvement while OHCO-Flow is focused on the upper body. By nourishing the system instead of treating the symptoms, you will be dealing with the problem at the root level. The latest formula, Chi’ll Out, will assist you with sleep and anxiety.


These herbs, possibly along with acupuncture, can balance a confused system. This is different from “formula” acupuncture where every person gets the same treatment for allergies. Eventually, you will need to address the root of the problem. You can’t avoid the rain.

Leave a comment

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

All comments are moderated before being published.

You might also enjoy

Tui Na Massage and Gua Sha: Ancient Practices for Ultimate Wellness

In today's fast-paced world, the wisdom of ancient healing remains captivating for those seeking holistic well-being. Tui Na and Gua Sha, originating from Tr...

Needling Harmony: Exploring Acupuncture's Path to Vital Energy & Holistic Wellness

Rooted in the heart of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and seamless...

The Art of Cupping: Enhancing Qi Flow and Wellness in TCM

Cupping therapy is an ancient healing technique that alleviates various bodily discomforts, addresses ailments, and boosts immune function. By employing the principles of suction and decompression, this art ...

The Significance of Righteous Qi: Enhancing Your Body's Vital Energy

Discover the significance of righteous qi in Traditional Chinese Medicine and its role in enhancing your body's vital energy.

Qigong vs Tai Chi; Everything You Need to Know

Qigong and Tai Chi are similar in many aspects. However, there are subtle distinctions between the two practices, often leaving people curious about which form is best suited for them.

Understanding Gu Syndrome: CIRS and Its Impact on Chronic Health Issues

In the realm of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), complexity finds simplicity. While the Western medical model relies on a spectrum of testing for diagnosis and chemical medications to alleviate s...

Commitment is Key: How To Optimize The Effectiveness of Herbal Medicine

Chinese herbal medicines are designed to treat the root of health issues, resulting in long-lasting benefits. This type of medicine requires commitment, patience, and a willingnes...

TCM Tongue Diagnosis - Understanding Your Health from Your Tongue

The color, texture, and coating of your tongue can reveal valuable insights to your health. Learn more about TCM Tongue Diagnosis in our complete guide.

Liver Qi Stagnation - Warning signs & healing herbs

 In traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), the liver is considered the organ that is responsible for the smooth flow of qi (vital energy) throughout the body. When this flow is disru...

Understanding Yin Deficiency and its Impact on Your Health

Yin is a concept in TCM that refers to the cool, moist, and nourishing aspects of the body. Yin is responsible for providing the body with the moisture it needs to function proper...