ALLERGIC RHINITIS
Bi Yuan 鼻渊

 

Allergic rhinitis refers to nasal congestion, rhinorrhea with clear-watery nasal discharge, frequent sneezing - possibly associated with red and itchy eyes. Seasonal onset of the disease may be seen in many cases.

Modern medicine believes that allergic rhinitis is due to an antigen-antibody reaction in the nasal mucosa. The common antigen-antibodies include pollen particles, dust, house and dust mites’ feces, fungal spores, and animal dander. Well, this point of view is just partially correct. Two major pathogenic factors are ignored, namely wind and cold. Allergic rhinitis usually attacks people in winter and spring because wind and cold are dominant in those seasons. There are more pollen particles in summer but less allergy patients, why? Because in summer it is warmer. If during colder seasons pathogenic "wind-cold" invades the lungs, the lung-Qi is bound up and fails to disperse Qi and distribute water. Therefore, the excessive discharge flows out of the nose, which in Chinese medicine is the specific opening of the lung. In some cases, lung-Qi and kidney-Qi-deficiency are part of the causes of the disease as well.

Although the pharmaceutical drugs are effective for rhinitis, the side effects are obvious. First of all, those drugs cause dryness, such as dry nose, dry mouth, dry eyes, and dry skin. Secondly, they cause drowsiness and affect your driving and thinking ability. Moreover, they will damage the nasal mucosa! Patients who use those drugs for years will experience stuffy nose without discharge, because the nasal mucosa has become dry and thick.

Since Chinese medicine believes that allergic rhinitis is mainly caused by "wind-cold", the treatment is focused on expelling wind, warming the body, and scattering cold. Cinnamon and ginger are commonly used here. Contrary to pharmaceutical drugs, herbal therapy is very effective but without noticeable side effects such as dryness and drowsiness. Both customized herbal tea and pattern herbs are available in our clinic.