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Research on Chinese herbals for asthma and allergy

Medscape has reported the results of 3 studies presented during the American Academy of Asthma, Allergy and Immunology (AAAAI) Annual Meeting.

Anti-asthma herbal medicine intervention (ASHMI)

  • A 3-herb formulation (GanCao, KuShen, and LingZhi).
  • ASHMI reduced total immunoglobulin E (IgE) levels in patients with allergic asthma.
    • Atopic individuals (those with a predisposition to an allergic reaction) can have up to 10 times the normal level of IgE in their blood.
    • Although this may not be a requirement for symptoms to occur.

Food Allergy Herbal Formula (FAHF)-2

  • Consists of 9 herbs.
  • 12 patients with a history of peanut, tree nut, fish, or shellfish allergy completed this dose-escalation study.
    • 2.2, 3.3, or 6.6 grams 3 times daily for 7 days.
  • It seems safe.

Traditional Chinese medicine

  • 14 children were treated with Erka Shizheng herbal tea, bath additives, creams, and acupuncture.
  • The researchers confirmed the content of the herbals before use.
  • A 60% to 90% reduction in atopic dermatitis was reported in 13 of the 14 patients after 3.3 months.
  • More than a 50% improvement in Dermatology Life-Quality Index scores was recorded in 13 of 14 patients in 2.4 months.
  • Peripheral eosinophilia (sign of an allergic reaction) decreased significantly, with no change in total blood counts.
  • There were no liver- or kidney-function-test abnormalities.
  • Patients reported a reduction in use of steroids, antibiotics, and antihistamines within 3 months of treatment.

3/24/09 16:09 JR

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John Russo, Jr., PharmD, is president of The MedCom Resource, Inc. Previously, he was senior vice president of medical communications at, a complementary and alternative medicine website.