How to Treat Allergic Rhinitis [by herbal medicine]

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JTCM June 2004 76/51
Sun Hao

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How to Treat Allergic Rhinitis

by Sun Hao

Allergic rhinitis is characterised by frequent sneezing, often accompanied by itching in the throat and eyes, stuffy nose, loss of sense of smell and runny nose. The condition is aggravated when the patient catches cold. The origin of the disease is commonly seen as deficiency of Spleen qi, deficiency of Lung qi and failure of defensive qi to protect the body against diseases. As deficiency of Spleen qi can reduce the ability to resist pathogens, cold easily triggers allergic rhinitis. The presenting symptoms of the disease resemble those of exopathic factors, such as wind-cold, wind-heat and damp-heat, as well as those of some allergens that cause obstruction of Lung qi. The symptoms and the cause should be treated simultaneously. The symptoms can be treated using a towel soaked in a herbal decoction put on the head to permeate the nasal cavities; a piece of gauze soaked in the solution can also be used to wash out the nasal cavities. The process should be performed twice a day, for about 10-15 minutes, for 15-20 days. The decoction used is as follows: Sang Ye (Folium Mori Albae) 9g, Ju Hua (Flos Chrysanthemi Morifolii) 9g, Bo He (Herba Menthae) 5g (decocted later), Man Jing Zi (Fructus Viticis) 10g, Cang Er Zi (Fructus Xanthii Sibirici) 10g, Chuan Xiong (Radix Ligustici Wallichii) 6g, Xin Yi (Flos Magnoliae) 6g and Bai Zhi (Radix Angelicae Dahuricae) 9g. The prescription, pungent in taste and cool and warm in nature, has the effect of expelling wind and dispersing dampness. The underlying cause of the disease should be treated by replenishing qi in the Spleen and Lung. Bu Zhong Yi Qi Wan (Tonify the Middle and Augment the Qi Pill), can be used, the dosage being 10 pills at a time (reduced for children), 3 times a day, for 1-3 months. Taking these pills can enhance immunity, resist infection and improve the constitution. The author has successfully treated 18 middle-aged and young people and 4 children who suffered with the disease, and after treatment for 2-4 months cure was achieved in 19 cases; the remaining 3 patients were cured after they had taken Bu Zhong Yi Qi Wan for a further 6 months.

JTCM June 2004

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