Patient with allergic rhinitis has stiff
nose, running nose, sneeze, itch in the eyes or throat. It
happens mostly during the spring and fall, but for some one, it
may happen all over the year. To treat the allergic rhinitis,
western medicine mostly use steroid-like drug or test the
allergens to ask patient away from the allergens. Surely, in the
beginning, the use of steroid drugs could release the symptoms
of allergic rhinitis, but the symptoms would come back again
soon after stop the drugs. The dose of the drug has to be
increased again and again to solve the problem, so that the side
effects of the steroid drug might become new problem. For the
allergens, along with the occur of the rhinitis each year, the
amount of the allergens would become more and more. In the
beginning, the person may be allergic to just dust, pollen, and
later, he may become allergic to addictive in the food or fibro
material in the clothes, and later on, even to the change of
weather and air temperature. At this stage, it seems that the
earth is no long suit to the person to live. Apparently, western
medicine tries to treat the allergic rhinitis from the care of
outside of the body.
Traditional Chinese medicine works well for
the allergic rhinitis. Opposite to the western medicine, the
Chinese medicine solves this problem by the correction of the
body allergic constitution. If the body is not so sensitive to
the outside stimulation, the allergic disease should not occur,
no matter how many kinds of the allergic agents that the body
To treat the allergic rhinitis or allergic
nososinusitis, Chinese medicine uses herbal therapy, acupuncture
If the patient with the allergic rhinitis
and nasosinusitis shows mostly as running nose, sneeze and more
as running nose, we use Xiao Qing Long Tang for the treatment.
Chinese medicine mostly use mixture of various herbs for the
treatment. The ingredients come from the leaves, barks, seeds,
or roots of various plants, not from a single plant (if the Xiao
Qing Long Tang causes palpitation, change it into Cong Long
Tang). If such patient also has dry mouth and throat, and
constipation, use Xiao Qing Long Tang Jia Shi Gao.
If the sneeze is the most severe symptom,
use Gui Zhi Fu Zi Tang. If there is constipation and frequent
urination, use Bai Zhu Fu Zi Tang. If the person feels cold in
the body, and has sour on whole of the body, use Fu Zi Tang. If
the person is weak in the body constitution, tends to lie down
for break, easy to feel tired, use Si Ni Tang.
Some people has mostly the stiff nose,
bloating and sour on the front head or behind the eyes, we use
Ge Geng Tang or Ge Gen Jia Huang Qin Tang.
If it is difficult to verify the types of
herbal formula to choose, directly and simply use the herbal
formula Guo Min Jian. This formula can be used for almost all
kinds of allergic diseases, including allergic dermatitis.
For above treatment, once it works to stop
the symptoms (it takes about one to two weeks), change to Jie
Min Tang for 2 to 3 weeks and shift to the body constitution
correction therapy below.
The commonly seen body constitutions that
tend to the allergic diseases are the Gui Zhi Tang constitution,
Chai Hu Gui Zhi Tang constitution, Dang Gui Shao Yao San
constitution, or Si Ni San constitution.
For the Gui Zhi Tang constitution, the
person is usually weak, easy to have sweat, dislike cold and
wind (including air conditioner), and is slim in the body. For
such person, use Gui Zhi Tang for the treatment. If such patient
is white in skin color and is with big body size, use Fang Ji
Huang Qi Tang.
It is the Chai Hu Gui Zhi Tang
constitution, if the person is slim but energized, irritable,
acute and active in action, sensitive to the environment
temperature, smell, humidity, or sensitive to the personal
relationship; and body feels some time hot, some time cold;
sometimes feels very hungry, sometimes no any appetite;
sometimes has constipation and sometimes diarrhea; feels bitter
in mouth, dry in the throat, dislikes wind, feels pain on the
joints. For such person, use Chai Hu Gui Zhi Tang for the
treatment. If such person is with dry mouth, use Chai Hu Gui Zhi
Gan Jiang Tang.
If the person is slim, feels cold in hands
and feet, easily feels tied, and short of breath after labor
work; the hands or feet are easy to become swelling; the face is
yellow-white in color without bright; dress much more than
others even in summer; the discharge is white, thin as
water-like without odor. The desire for sex is low, it is the
Dang Gui Shao Yao San constitution.
If the person is cold in hands and feet,
but likes to drink cold or ice water, has dry mouth, slight pain
in the belly from time to time, it is the Si Ni San
After correction of the body constitution
with these herbal therapy, it can be said that the allergic
rhinitis is solved. The body constitution correction therapy
needs about 2 to 3 months.
Acupuncture is also used for the treatment
of allergic rhinitis. It needs once everyday or at least once
every 2 to 3 days. The commonly used acupuncture points are Yin
Xiang, Si Bai, Yin Tang, Shang Xing, He Gu, Lie Que, Zu San Li,
Shan Zhong, Feng Shi, as well as the points on the Du meridian.
It needs about 3 to 5 times of acupuncture to control the
symptoms. But this is not the cure of the disease. Most possibly
next year, the symptoms will come back again, but the symptoms
would be much less in intensity and last much less time. The
acupuncture treatment needs to be repeated again at that time.
Then the same way is repeated on the third year. This is what we
say that, the healing of allergic rhinitis is a year-by-year
course. It is impossible to expect the cure of allergic rhinitis
by one time treatment.
Moxibustion over a piece of fresh ginger
To do the moxibution over a fresh ginger is
a special type of moxibustion. Moxibustion means to burn a
herbal pile to stimulate the body acupuncture points by the
heat/warm. Moxibustion over a ginger means to put a thin layer
(about 2 to 3 mm in thickness, and 2 to 3 cm in diameter) on the
skin, put a pyramid shape of herbal pile (about 1 cm height and
1 cm diameter on the base) on the ginger and burn the herbal
pile. Remove off the burning herbal pile when the person cannot
tolerate the hot from the ginger. Lift the ginger up and down
several times to cold down it. Put it back to the original spot,
put a new herbal pie on it and burn the herbal pile. Repeat the
moxibustion for 10 times. This therapy is very useful for the
treatment of various diseases that belong to the Cold-Weak
syndrome in the Chinese medicine.
Hot weather time moxibustion
Hot weather time moxibustion is another
common way used in Chinese medicine for the treatment and
prevention of allergic diseases. It is to put a herb mixture
onto a medical tape (can be square in ship, 2 x 2 cm), then put
this herb tape onto the skin (acupuncture point) of the patient,
with the herb mixture faces the skin). Keep the herb tape for 6
to 8 hours for an adult or 3 to 4 hours for a child. The best
time to do it is whenever the weather is hottest in the year.
Such date is variable from year to year, for year 2015, it
should be done on July 13, 14, 15, 23, 24, 25 and August 12, 13
and 14. Totally nine times a year.
In recent years, it is also done during the
very cold time of the year, so as to further more increase the
healing effect of the hot weather time moxibution. Although it
is not a burning of herbs, the herbs on the tape will make the
patient feel very hot. This is the reason to keep the
moxibustion for such therapy. It is very good for the prevention
and cure of many chronic diseases, such as chronic bronchitis,
asthma, gastric ulcer, duodenal ulcer, chronic colonitis,
allergic colonitis. If you have chance to visit Chinese medical
hospital in China, you may see that there are lots of patients
waiting there for this kind of therapy.
Overall, if your allergic rhinitis cannot
be improved by your current medical doctor, try Chinese
medicine. You still have chance to get rid of it.