Allergies / Nasal Disorders
SYMPTOMS AND SIGNS: Nasal congestion, runny nose, profuse nasal discharges, sour and painful nose, loss of smell, headache. If symptoms are present during all seasons, especially in spring, it is called allergic rhinitis. Other disorders in this category include nasal sinusitis, chronic rhinitis, accessory nasal sinuses.
ETIOLOGY AND PATHOLOGY: Nasal disorders are usually associated with the Lung organ in· Chinese medicine. Since the nose is the orifice of the lung; wind pathogenic factor easily attacks the lung via the nose and respiratory track. When wind cold or wind heat attacks the lung through the nose, it causes heat or cold of lung organs. Therefore, nasal disorders are caused by lung disorders, wind cold and wind heat. Allergies are associated with kidney deficiency, as well as special allergic pathogenic factors, such as pollen and other allergens to which the individual is hypersensitive.
1. Wind Cold:
Indications: Nasal congestion, or runny nose, profuse and loose nasal discharges, loss of smell, sore and painful nose, headache, fever and aversion to cold. Above symptoms may show only during certain periods of the year; or after contact with pollen or hay. White and thin tongue coating, floating and tight pulse.
Treatment & Formulas: To dispel wind cold and open the nasal orifices. Both of the following herbal formulas are very good at this stage.
2. Wind Heat:
Indications: Fever, slight aversion to cold, nasal congestion, rhinorrhea, yellow or odiferous nasal discharges, loss of smell, dry or hot sensation of nose. Thin and yellow tongue coating, floating and rapid pulse.
Treatment & Formulas: Dispel wind heat; clear lung heat and open the nasal orifices.
- Xin Yi Qin Fei Yin (Magnolia Flower and Gypsum Combination, Item No. 2099): Treat lung heat with some lung Yin deficiency cases.
- Bi Liang Tang (Pueraria Nasal Combination, Item No. 2245): Treat wind heat with interior lung heat.
- Jing Jie Lian Qia Tang (Schizonepeta and Forsythe Combination, Item No. 2167): Treat lung heat with strong wind symptoms, such as fever, headache, aversion to wind, runny nose and eyes. Symptoms will be worse with exposure to wind.
3. WIND COLD WITH INTERIOR YANG DEFICIENCY
Indications: Fever, aversion to cold or intolerance to cold, nasal congestion, runny nose, profuse and loose nasal discharges, heavy head or headache, swollen face, cough, dyspnea, shortness of breath fullness in the chest, heaviness and cold sensation of the body and perspiration, pale tongue body, white and greasy tongue coating, floating pulse.
Treatment & Formulas: Dispel wind cold and tonify the spleen and lung Qi (or Yang).
- Jia Wei Xiao Qin Long Tang (Minor Blue Dragon Combination plus, Item No. B3007, D3007 To treat wind cold nasal disorders with spleen and lung Yang deficiency.
- Jia Wei Chang Chun (Ginseng & Condonopsis Combination, Item No. S3101, D3041): Treat nasal disorders with kidney deficiency. Symptoms show frequent and persistent nasal problems, hard to cure, hard to recover. Other kidney deficiency symptoms are lower energy, lumbago, frequent urination, etc.