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By Dr. Daoshing Ni, D.O.M., L.Ac., Ph.D, Dipl.C.H.

Up to 40% of the world's population suffers from allergies or sensitivity to foreign substances in their environment. Allergies occur when our body, specifically our immune system, reacts to these foreign substances. The substances that cause allergies are called allergens that in most cases are not in themselves harmful, although some of them indeed are poisonous. Allergens can be air-based such as pollen, weeds, or grass; or food-based such as dairy products, wheat, nuts, or shellfish. When we react to an allergen, our body creates protective proteins called antibodies to fight bacteria, viruses, and allergens. These antibodies recognize and latch onto foreign substances in order to neutralize or remove them from the body. More...

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In traditional Chinese medicine theory, spring is the time of year when we need to pay special attention to detoxification and removing toxins from our food and environment. Many of us have spent more time at home this past year than ever before, so depending upon the cleaning products that we used, the air inside our home could contain two to five more toxic pollution than the air we breathe when we are out of doors. More...
 

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Ask Dr. MaoQ: I have a white coating on my tongue and a really bad taste in my mouth. People turn their heads when I talk, so I know I have bad breath. It's really embarrassing and is starting to impact my social life. I have seen my doctor and dentist but they are not able to help me!

A: The gums and the mouth are an extension of the digestive system and according to Chinese medicine they represent the condition of the stomach. Gum disease as well as bad breath is caused from excess heat in the stomach. The heat is often combined with accumulation of food and dampness. The white sticky coating on the tongue is a representation of the dampness in your system. The combined dampness and heat smolder rotting the food and producing symptoms of bad breath and bad taste in the mouth. Emotions play a role as well. Excess anger, frustration and resentment can deplete the yin in the body and engender heat. The best approach is to clear the heat, drain and disperse the dampness and accumulation. Proper diet, and lifestyle can help.

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