Effect of "Fortify the Spleen and Disinhibit Dampness" Method on Pollinosis
Koi Toshitaka (Kofuku Yakkyoku Pharmacy, Tokyo)
[Objective] Pollinosis is an allergic disease, the cases of which have drastically increased for these 30 years in Japan.
Cold Phlegmas is a major trigger of pollinosis, and Spleen Vacuity is one of the root causes of Cold Phlegmas. The purpose of this report is to verify how appropriate medication and lifestyle improvement aiming at "Fortify the Spleen and Disinhibit Dampness" can successfully treat Spleen Vacuity, and consequently contribute to cure of pollinosis.
[Cases] Case 1 : 40 year old female pollinosis case. Had been suffering from pollinosis for 4 years, with worsening symptoms every year. Symptoms included itchy eyes, sneeze, runny nose, stopped nose, and deteriorated senses of smell and taste. Had a symptom of getting cold easily. This case was mostly cured in one year through basically "Fortify the Spleen and Disinhibit Dampness" medication, mostly including Jinseng, Poria(Hoelen), and Ovate Atractylodes Powder, occasionally added by medicine to resolve the exterior when symptoms were severe, and at the same time, by restraining excessive intake of water.
Case 2 : 52 year old female pollinosis case. Had been suffering from pollinosis for 10 years, though symptoms appeared only during a limited period every year when cedar pollen is carried in the air. Had gastritis caused by gastric hyperacidity, besides a history of duodenal ulcer. Symptoms of this case obviously improved in one year by prescriptions of Supplement the Center and Boost Qi, Counterflow Cold Powder, or Astragalus Center-Fortifying Decoction, and at the same time, by restricting the amount of water intake, through encouraging, for example, to drink less beer.
Case 3 : 36 year old male pollinosis case. Had been suffering from pollinosis for 10 years. Had tendencies of having loose stool, and of getting cold easily. Symptoms of this case obviously improved immediately after starting medication of Poria (hoelen), Cinnamon Twig, Ovate Atractylodes, and Licorice Decoction added by Drugs for Lung-warming and Treating Exterior Syndromes. Further more, restricting the beer intake in the summer season resulted in almost complete recovery from the previous symptoms in the following year.
[Results] Pollinosis is an allergic disease, the cases of which have drastically increased for these 30 years in Japan, with estimated 10% of the Japanese population today affected to it every year in the spring season when cedar pollen is spread through the air. Cold Phlegm is one of the causes of pollionosis. And more constitutional factors, typically including Spleen Vacuity, can be frequently observed as root causes of Cold Phlegm. In the above cases, improvement of Spleen Vacuity, accompanied by Disinhibit Dampness treatment, worked as a radical cure of pollinosis. Improvement of lifestyle, especially focused on eating habit, was vital to improvement of Spleen Vacuity and Disinhibit Dampness, beside the herbal medication.
[Conclusion] The "Fortify the Spleen and Disinhibit Dampness" method, which embraces remedy for Spleen Vacuity and removal of Phlegm-rheum, serves as an effective radical cure of pollinosis.