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Chinese Herbal and Acupuncture Treatment Protocols for Rhinitis - Formulas, Protocols, TCM Diagnoses


Rhinitis - Basics

Like Sinusitis, Rhinitis is a chronic condition characterized by congestion, sneezing, stuffiness and runny nose. It can be allergy-related (allergic rhinitis) or have another cause (non-allergic rhinitis). In people with allergic rhinitis, symptoms are caused by the immune system's reaction to certain allergens in the air. Generally, these allergens are otherwise harmless and can include pollen, pet dander, dust, grass and others. Non-allergic rhinitis usually presents in adults, and can be the cause of exposure to a strong irritant—such as pollution or smoke—or certain medications.

Treatments for this condition are similar for sinusitis

Below you will find alternative and natural treatment options including those from a Chinese Medicine perspective for Rhinitis.


Rhinitis - Diagnostic Patterns

The Chinese Medicine treatment of rhinitis generally involves arriving at the appropriate TCM diagnosis or pattern. This pattern within the individual is what treatment is based on not the general condition (see treating the cause and not the symptoms).

The following patterns may represent the underlying contributing factors for the development of rhinitis:



Rhinitis - Formulas From Our Store

The following herbal formulas are potentially useful in the process of treating rhinitis. For a complete list from our store with more details see our rhinitis formula section.


Rhinitis - Questions

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Using our forums our staff and our community may offer guidance with regards to the treatment of rhinitis.



Rhinitis - Related Acupuncture Points

The following (3) acupuncture points may be useful for rhinitis. A subset of these could potentially be useful with acupressure stimulation and/or tongren therapy methods as well.

Generally treatment would be based on the TCM patterns listed above instead of selecting points by function alone, (see general points selection rules.)




The following (7) Formulas TCM Herbal Formulas May Be Useful For Rhinitis

Bi Yan Wan

  • Nose Inflammation Tablets
    • For acute or chronic rhinitis resulting from the combination of lung qi deficiency and phlegm accumulation.
    • Runny nose, sneezing, congestion due to phlegm.
    • Can be used to treat for general cold or flu symptoms due to phlegm and wind.
  • Treat Phlegm
  • Transform Phlegm and Extinguish Wind

Chuan Xiong Cha Tiao Wan

  • Ligusticum Tea Pills
    • Headaches, primarily from wind-cold (but used with wind-heat/wind-damp), with neck stiffness, muscle aches and/or nasal discharge.
    • In certain cases may be useful for migraines, frequent headaches - particularly when they are influenced by cold weather and/or changing from warm to cold environments.
    • Rhinitis, sinusitis.
  • Expel Wind
  • Release Wind from the Skin and Channels
  • Cautions
  • Pregnancy
    • Use only with direction during pregnancy.
    • Avoid in cases of headache from liver yang rising or deficiencies of qi and/or blood.

Qing Bi Wan

Xin Yi Qing Fei Wan

  • Magnolia Flower Drink To Clear The Lungs
    • Colds and/or allergies with heat signs (yellow mucus and/or fever, etc.).
    • Chronic sinus congestions / issues, chronic sinusitis, chronic rhinitis, loss of smell.
    • Nasal polyps with the right underlying factors.
    • Difficult to resolve sinus issues with thick, sticky mucus.
    • Headaches from sinus congestion.
  • Release the Exterior
  • Release Exterior Disorders with Head and Neck Symptoms
  • Cautions
    • May not be appropriate with heat signs from lung yin deficiency.

Xin Yi Wan

Yu Ping Feng Wan

  • Jade Windscreen Formula
  • Frequent colds, flus, chronic bronchitis - general low immunity to common infections. Aversions to drafts, spontaneous sweating.

    The Tongue will be pale with a white coat and the Pulse will be floating, deficient and soft.

  • Stabilize and Bind
  • Stabilize the Exterior and the Lungs



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