@turquoise-- Yes, please share your experience with Chinese herbs. I've been hearing about Chinese herbs and acupuncture for hives for sometime now but have not had a chance to try them.
I have tried stinging nettle leaf tea and aloe vera juice tough and had good results with both. They don't get rid of my hives but they do reduce itching which is the worst part of hives for me. I get both of these at the health food store, in the supplement section.