Allergic Rhinitisaccording to TCM

TCM Herbal Formulas for Allergic Rhinitis

Explore below some TCM herbal formulas used to address allergic rhinitis, organized by formula type.

  • By Formula Type
  • Formulas that clear wind-Cold
  • Formulas that tonify qi
  • Formulas that dredge and disperse external wind
  • Formulas that warm interior cold
  • Formulas that clear wind-Heat
  • Formulas that warm the middle and dispel cold
  • Formulas that clear exterior disorders with interior deficiency
  • Formulas that warm and open sensory orifices
  • Formulas that harmonize lesser yang-warp disorders
  • Formulas that clear heat from the organs

All "formulas that tonify qi" recommended for allergic rhinitis

Formula Key herbs
Bu Fei Tang Ginseng (Ren Shen), Milkvetch Roots (Huang Qi)
Yu Ping Feng San Milkvetch Roots (Huang Qi)

All "formulas that dredge and disperse external wind" recommended for allergic rhinitis

Formula Key herbs
Cang Er Zi San Cocklebur Fruits (Cang Er Zi ), Biond’S Magnolia Flowers (Xin Yi Hua)
Xin Yi San Biond’S Magnolia Flowers (Xin Yi Hua), Bugbane Rhizomes (Sheng Ma)

Acupoints for Allergic Rhinitis

Explore below some acupoints used to address allergic rhinitis, organized by meridian.

  • By Meridian
  • Governing Vessel
  • Large Intestine Channel
  • Bladder Channel
  • Extra Points: Head and Neck (EX-HN)
  • Stomach Channel
Shenzhu DU-12

Shenzhu DU-12

On the back midline, in the depression below the spinous process of the 3th thoracic vertebra (T3).

Shangxing DU-23

Shangxing DU-23

On the head midline, 1 cun within anterior to the front hairline, 4 cun anterior to Baihui DU-20.

Shenting DU-24

Shenting DU-24

On the head midline, 0.5 cun above the anterior hairline.

Hegu LI-4

Hegu LI-4

Between the 1st and 2nd metacarpal bones, approximately in the middle of the 2nd metacarpal bone on the radial side.

Yingxiang LI-20

Yingxiang LI-20

In the nasolabrial groove, at the level of the midpoint of the lateral border of ala nasi.

Fengmen BL-12

Fengmen BL-12

1.5 cun lateral to the lower border of the spinous process of the 2nd thoracic vertebra (T2).

Shangyingxiang EX-HN-8

Shangyingxiang EX-HN-8

At the upper end of the nasiolabial groove, at the junction of the maxilla and the nasal cavity.

Sibai ST-2

Sibai ST-2

Below Chengqi ST-1, in the depression at the infraorbital foramen.

TCM Herbs for Allergic Rhinitis

Explore below some TCM herbs used to address allergic rhinitis, organized by herb category.

  • By Herb Category
  • Warm/Acrid herbs that release the exterior
  • Herbs that open the orifices
  • Cool/Acrid herbs that release the exterior
  • Tonic herbs for qi deficiency
  • Herbs that invigorate the blood
  • Herbs that dispel wind and dampness
  • Herbs that warm the interior and/or expel cold
  • Herbs that clear heat and relieve toxicity

"Herbs that open the Orifices" recommended for allergic rhinitis

Herb Formulas they belong to (if applicable)
Styrax (Su He Xiang) Su He Xiang Wan
Musk (She Xiang) Su He Xiang Wan
Borneol (Bing Pian) Su He Xiang Wan
Benzoin (An Xi Xiang) Su He Xiang Wan

"Cool/Acrid herbs that release the Exterior" recommended for allergic rhinitis

Herb Formulas they belong to (if applicable)
Kudzu Roots (Ge Gen) Ge Gen Tang
Bupleurum Roots (Chai Hu) Xiao Chai Hu Tang
Bugbane Rhizomes (Sheng Ma) Xin Yi San

"Tonic herbs for Qi Deficiency" recommended for allergic rhinitis

Herb Formulas they belong to (if applicable)
Milkvetch Roots (Huang Qi) Bu Fei Tang | Yu Ping Feng San
Ginseng (Ren Shen) Bu Fei Tang