Rhinitis according to Chinese Medicine

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In Chinese Medicine, rhinitis is sometimes associated with Heat Excess in the Liver or Gallbladder, a so-called "patterns of disharmony". Chinese Medicine sees the body as a system, not a sum of isolated parts. A "pattern" is when the system's harmony is disrupted. It is not equivalent to the Western concept of "disease" because both concepts arise from totally different ways of seeing the human body.

To understand whether someone's rhinitis might be caused by the pattern Heat Excess in the Liver or Gallbladder, one needs to look for signs and symptoms associated with the pattern beyond what one might typically experience from rhinitis alone. Indeed if rhinitis is caused by Heat Excess in the Liver or Gallbladder, patients also experience symptoms such as fixed pain in the hypochondria, headaches, dizziness and red and sore eyes. Similarly, patients with Heat Excess in the Liver or Gallbladder typically exhibit full (Shi) pulses as well as a red tongue with yellow coating.

We've listed below a more detailed description of Heat Excess in the Liver or Gallbladder so that you can have a better understanding of where rhinitis might find its root according to Chinese Medicine.

Once identified, patterns are often treated using herbal formulas. Drinking herbal infusions is the most common remedy in Chinese Medicine, together with acupuncture. Here we detail below four formulas that can help treat Heat Excess in the Liver or Gallbladder.

Heat Excess in the Liver or Gallbladder, a "pattern of disharmony" associated with rhinitis

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Heat Excess in the Liver or Gallbladder

Rhinitis might be due to Heat Excess in the Liver or Gallbladder if the condition is paired with typical pattern symptoms such as fixed pain in the hypochondria, headaches, dizziness and red and sore eyes. Similarly, patients with Heat Excess in the Liver or Gallbladder typically exhibit full (Shi) pulses as well as a red tongue with yellow coating.

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The four herbal formulas that might help with rhinitis

Long Dan Xie Gan Tang

Source date: 1682 AD

Number of ingredients: 10 herbs

Key actions: Clears Heat and Fire from the Liver and Gallbladder. Clears and drains Damp-Heat from the Lower Burner.

Why might Long Dan Xie Gan Tang help with rhinitis?

Because it is a formula often recommended to help treat Heat Excess in the Liver or Gallbladder, a pattern sometimes associated with rhinitis. If it looks like you might suffer from Heat Excess in the Liver or Gallbladder, this formula might help (although please seek confirmation with a professional practitioner beforehand).

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Wan Dai Tang

Source date: 1826 AD

Number of ingredients: 10 herbs

Key actions: Tonifies the Middle Burner. Removes Dampness. Stops vaginal discharge. Strengthens the Spleen.

Why might Wan Dai Tang help with rhinitis?

Because it is a formula often recommended to help treat , a pattern sometimes associated with rhinitis. If it looks like you might suffer from , this formula might help (although please seek confirmation with a professional practitioner beforehand).

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Si Ni San

Source date: 220 AD

Number of ingredients: 4 herbs

Key actions: Regulates Liver and Spleen. Eliminates Internal Heat.

Why might Si Ni San help with rhinitis?

Because it is a formula often recommended to help treat , a pattern sometimes associated with rhinitis. If it looks like you might suffer from , this formula might help (although please seek confirmation with a professional practitioner beforehand).

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Ma Huang Tang

Source date: 220 AD

Number of ingredients: 4 herbs

Key actions: Releases exterior cold. Treats wheezing.

Why might Ma Huang Tang help with rhinitis?

Because it is a formula often recommended to help treat , a pattern sometimes associated with rhinitis. If it looks like you might suffer from , this formula might help (although please seek confirmation with a professional practitioner beforehand).

Read more about Ma Huang Tang here