Chinese Restaurant Syndrome Symptoms

  • Angio-oedema
  • Arrhythmia
  • Asthma
  • Flushing
  • Migraine headache
  • Rhinitis
  • Tachycardia
  • Urticaria

CRS = Histamine Intolerance?

When you look at the chinese restaurant syndrome (CRS) symptoms it is very well possible that it is a histamine food intolerance. See for example Chin et al. (1989) : "Calculations involving representative amounts of food that can be consumed at a typical oriental meal suggest that, in some cases, histamine intake may approach toxic levels."

We refer to the website for further information.

Food to avoid 

Food which may cause symptoms are for example:

  • Fish paste/sauce/dried
  • Shrimp paste/sauce/chips
  • Soy sauce/fermented cake
  • Vinegar
  • Glutamate (a flavor enhancer)


There is a large range in histamine content for different brands!

The threshold for symptoms differ from person-to-person and depend on the food history.

When you go to a restaurant you do not always know which ingredients have been used so the best would be to cook your own dish with fresh ingredients!

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