Clinical Information For the Treatment Of Rhinitis

What Is Rhinitis?


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.

What Patterns Are Related To 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:

Lung Dampness - Phlegm HeatLung Wind Invasion - Wind ColdLung Wind Invasion - Wind HeatSpleen Qi Deficiency

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Which Tam Healing and Tongren Therapy Protocols Apply To Rhinitis?


Rhinitis - Tam Healing and Tongren Therapy Protocols

Tong Ren Therapy is the energy healing/medical qi gong aspect of the Tam Healing System. The areas of focus for rhinitis that we would use in Tong Ren techniques form the basis for our acupuncture treatments as well. Generally you would mix these primary points with points specific to the patients underlying TCM pattern and then our tuina (medical massage) would be largely focused on these points as well.

The following Tam healing and tong ren therapy protocols may be used with rhinitis:

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Formulas and Products @ Our Store Associated With Rhinitis

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

Bi Yan Wan (Nose Inflammation Tablets)

Clinical Usages

  • 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.

    Clinical Categorization

    Chuan Xiong Cha Tiao Wan (Ligusticum Tea Pills)

    Clinical Usages

    • 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.

      Clinical Categorization


      • Use only with direction during pregnancy.
      • Avoid in cases of headache from liver yang rising or deficiencies of qi and/or blood.

        Gui Zhi Tang Wan (Cinnamon Twig Decoction)

        Clinical Usages

        • Gan Mao (wind-cold) - Common cold or flu (or related illnesses, asthma, rhinitis, etc.) presenting with fever and chills (unrelieved by sweating), headache, aversion to wind, no desire for fluids, dry cough, sore throat.
        • Frostbite.
        • Pain from cold - may manifest in the joints, sciatic pain, neuralgia.
        • Some skin conditions that are worse with cold and tend to be dry and itchy.
        • Potentially useful post-partum (for colds or fevers) to strengthen the exterior (wei qi).

          Clinical Categorization

          Qing Bi Wan (Clear The Nose Decoction)

          Clinical Usages

          • Sinus issues arising from damp-heat pattern in Chinese Medicine - yellow and sticky discharge, sinusitis, rhinitis acute or chronic.
          • Sinus headache, decreased olfactory sense.  

            Clinical Categorization

            Xin Yi Qing Fei Wan (Magnolia Flower Drink To Clear The Lungs)

            Clinical Usages

            • 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.

              Clinical Categorization


                • May not be appropriate with heat signs from lung yin deficiency.

                  Xin Yi Wan (Magnolia Flower Powder)

                  Clinical Usages

                  • Colds and/or allergies with cold signs (white mucus and/or no fever, etc.).
                  • Chronic sinus congestions / issues, chronic sinusitis, chronic rhinitis, loss of smell.
                  • Headaches from sinus congestion.

                    Clinical Categorization


                      • Avoid in patients with heat signs.

                        Yu Ping Feng Wan (Jade Windscreen Formula)

                        Clinical Usages

                        • Frequent colds, flus, chronic bronchitis - general low immunity to common infections.
                        • Spontaneous sweating, aversion to wind and/or cold.
                        • With appropriate diagnosis may be used to treat acute facial paralysis/Bell's Palsy.
                        • Particularly useful for children who always get sick often and tend towards the worst versions of whatever pathogen is going around (i.e. illnesses that quickly travel deeply - common cold to bronchitis, etc.) - often needs to be taken for many months, ideally during a period when they are not sick.

                          Clinical Categorization


                            • Use with caution with patients presenting with yin deficiency.
                            • Do not use for spontaneous sweating due to an exterior syndrome - only for sweating due to wei qi deficiency.

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