Dry nose according to Chinese Medicine

Dry nose can be the consequence of several so-called “patterns of disharmony” in Chinese Medicine.

Chinese Medicine sees the body as a system, not a sum of isolated parts. A "pattern" is when the system's harmony is disrupted, leading to symptoms or signs that something is wrong (like dry nose here). It is similar to the concept of disease in Western Medicine but not quite: a Western disease can often be explained by several Chinese patterns and vice-versa.

A pattern often manifests itself in a combination of symptoms that, at first glance, do not seem necessarily related to each others. For instance here dry nose is often associated with dry tongue, dry skin and dry cough in the pattern “Body Fluids Deficiency”.

Once identified, patterns are treated using medicinal herbs, acupuncture, and other therapies. In the case of dry nose we’ve identified two herbal formulas that may help treat patterns behind the symptom.

We’ve also selected below the five medicinal herbs that we think are most likely to help treat dry nose.

Body Fluids Deficiency, a "pattern of disharmony" that can cause dry nose

In Chinese Medicine dry nose is a symptom for the pattern "Body Fluids Deficiency". Below is a small explanation for it with links for more details.

Apricot Seeds (Xing Ren) is the king ingredient for Xing Su San, a formula used for Body Fluids Deficiency

Body Fluids Deficiency

Pulse type(s): Choppy (Se), Fine (Xi)

Tongue shape: Cracked

If Body Fluids - all liquids in the body other than Blood - are Deficient, then this leads to many symptoms of Dryness.

In addition to dry nose, other symptoms associated with Body Fluids Deficiency include dry tongue, dry skin and dry cough.

Body Fluids Deficiency is often treated with Xing Su San, a herbal formula made of 11 herbs (including Apricot Seeds - Xing Ren - as a key herb). Xing Su San belongs to the category of "formulas that disperse dryness and moisten", which might be why it is often recommended for this pattern. Its main action as a formula is: "Clears Dry-Cold".

Read more about Body Fluids Deficiency here

Two herbal formulas that might help with dry nose

Zeng Ye Tang

Source date: 1798 AD

Number of ingredients: 3 herbs

Key actions: Nourishes Yin and Essence. Lubricates Dryness.

Why might Zeng Ye Tang help with dry nose?

Because it is a formula often recommended to treat the pattern 'Body Fluids Deficiency' of which dry nose is a symptom.

Other symptoms characteristic of Body Fluids Deficiency include dry tongue, dry skin and dry cough.

Read more about Zeng Ye Tang here

Bai He Gu Jin Tang

Source date: 1573 AD

Number of ingredients: 10 herbs

Key actions: Nourishes Lung and Kidney Yin. Lubricates the Lung and clears phlegm.

Why might Bai He Gu Jin Tang help with dry nose?

Because it is a formula often recommended to treat the pattern 'Body Fluids Deficiency' of which dry nose is a symptom.

Other symptoms characteristic of Body Fluids Deficiency include dry tongue, dry skin and dry cough.

Read more about Bai He Gu Jin Tang here

The five Chinese Medicinal herbs most likely to help treat dry nose

Why might Unprepared Rehmannia (Di Huang) help with dry nose?

Because Unprepared Rehmannia is an ingredient in several formulas indicated to treat dry nose as a symptom, like Zeng Ye Tang or Bai He Gu Jin Tang for instance.

Unprepared Rehmannia is a Cold herb that tastes Sweet. It targets the Heart, the Kidney and the Liver.

Its main actions are: Expels Heat by Cooling Blood. Tonifies Yin by promoting Fluid production. Soothes the Heart by calming Blazing Fire. Cools and nourishes.

Read more about Unprepared Rehmannia here

Why might Liquorice (Gan Cao) help with dry nose?

Because Liquorice is an ingredient in several formulas indicated to treat dry nose as a symptom, like Bai He Gu Jin Tang or Xing Su San for instance.

Liquorice is a Neutral herb that tastes Sweet. It targets the Spleen, the Stomach, the Heart and the Lung.

Its main actions are: Tonifies the Basal Qi and nourishes the Spleen Qi. Clears Heat and dispels toxicity. Moistens the Lungsexpel phlegm and stop coughing. Relieves spasms and alleviates pain. Harmonizes and moderates the effects of other herbs.

Read more about Liquorice here

Why might Ningpo Figwort Root (Xuan Shen) help with dry nose?

Because Ningpo Figwort Root is an ingredient in several formulas indicated to treat dry nose as a symptom, like Zeng Ye Tang or Bai He Gu Jin Tang for instance.

Ningpo Figwort Roots is a Cold herb that tastes Bitter. It targets the Stomach, the Large intestine and the Liver.

Its main actions are: Expels true or Internal Heat and cools the Blood. Tonifies the Yin. Reduces inflammations and drains Fire toxicity. Reduces hard nodules, especially associated with the lymph.

Read more about Ningpo Figwort Roots here

Why might Dwarf Lilyturf Root (Mai Dong) help with dry nose?

Because Dwarf Lilyturf Root is an ingredient in several formulas indicated to treat dry nose as a symptom, like Zeng Ye Tang or Bai He Gu Jin Tang for instance.

Dwarf Lilyturf Roots is a Cool herb that tastes Bitter and Sweet. It targets the Stomach, the Heart and the Lung.

Its main actions are: Replenishes Yin Essence and promotes secretions. Lubricates and nourishes the Stomach. Soothes the Lung. Nourishes the Heart.

Read more about Dwarf Lilyturf Roots here

Why might Platycodon Root (Jie Geng) help with dry nose?

Because Platycodon Root is an ingredient in several formulas indicated to treat dry nose as a symptom, like Xing Su San or Bai He Gu Jin Tang for instance.

Platycodon Roots is a Neutral herb that tastes Bitter and Pungent. It targets the Lung.

Its main actions are: Opens the Lungs and smoothes the flow of Lung Qi. Expels Phlegm and pus from the Lungs and throat, can be used for either Wind-Cold or Wind-Heat according to the other herbs in the formula. Directs the actions of other herbs to the Upper Warmer.

Read more about Platycodon Roots here

Other symptoms often associated with dry nose

Dry tongue Dry skin Dry cough Dry lips Dry stools Dry throat