Inflammation of the nose according to Chinese Medicine

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Inflammation of the 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 inflammation of the 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 inflammation of the nose is often associated with weak limbs, shortness of breath and aversion to cold in the pattern “Empty-Cold”.

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

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

Empty-Cold, a "pattern of disharmony" that can cause inflammation of the nose

In Chinese Medicine inflammation of the nose is a symptom for the pattern "Empty-Cold". Below is a small explanation for it with links for more details.

Milkvetch Roots (Huang Qi) is the king ingredient for Huang Qi Jian Zhong Tang, a formula used for Empty-Cold

Empty-Cold

Pulse type(s): Deep (Chen), Slow (Chi), Weak (Ruo)

In addition to inflammation of the nose, other symptoms associated with Empty-Cold include weak limbs, shortness of breath and aversion to cold.

Empty-Cold is often treated with Huang Qi Jian Zhong Tang, a herbal formula made of 7 herbs (including Milkvetch Roots - Huang Qi - as a key herb). Huang Qi Jian Zhong Tang belongs to the category of "formulas that warm the middle and dispel cold", which might be why it is often recommended for this pattern. Its main action as a formula is: "Warms and tonifies the Middle Burner (Spleen and Stomach)".

Read more about Empty-Cold here

Two herbal formulas that might help with inflammation of the nose

Huang Qi Jian Zhong Tang

Source date: 220 AD

Number of ingredients: 7 herbs

Key actions: Warms and tonifies the Middle Burner (Spleen and Stomach). Tonifies Qi. Relieves spasmodic pain.

Why might Huang Qi Jian Zhong Tang help with inflammation of the nose?

Because it is a formula often recommended to treat the pattern 'Empty-Cold' of which inflammation of the nose is a symptom.

Other symptoms characteristic of Empty-Cold include weak limbs, shortness of breath and aversion to cold.

Read more about Huang Qi Jian Zhong Tang here

Da Jian Zhong Tang

Source date: 220 AD

Number of ingredients: 4 herbs

Key actions: Warms and tonifies Middle Burner Deficiency. Directs rebellious Qi downward. Relieve pain.

Why might Da Jian Zhong Tang help with inflammation of the nose?

Because it is a formula often recommended to treat the pattern 'Empty-Cold' of which inflammation of the nose is a symptom.

Other symptoms characteristic of Empty-Cold include weak limbs, shortness of breath and aversion to cold.

Read more about Da Jian Zhong Tang here

The three Chinese Medicinal herbs most likely to help treat inflammation of the nose

Why might Maltose (Yi Tang) help with inflammation of the nose?

Because Maltose is an ingredient in several formulas indicated to treat inflammation of the nose as a symptom, like Huang Qi Jian Zhong Tang or Da Jian Zhong Tang for instance.

Maltose is a Warm herb that tastes Sweet. It targets the Spleen, the Stomach and the Lung.

Its main actions are: Fortifies Qi and tonifies the Spleen. Soothes and tonifies the Middle Warmer. Lubricates the Lungs.

Read more about Maltose here

Why might Sichuan Pepper (Hua Jiao) help with inflammation of the nose?

Because it is a key herb in Da Jian Zhong Tang, a herbal formula indicated to treat the pattern 'Empty-Cold' (a pattern with inflammation of the nose as a symptom)

Sichuan Pepper is a Warm herb that tastes Pungent. It targets the Spleen, the Stomach and the Kidney.

Its main actions are: Warms the body core, relieves pain, kills parasites and relieves itching

Read more about Sichuan Pepper here

Why might Milkvetch Root (Huang Qi) help with inflammation of the nose?

Because it is a key herb in Huang Qi Jian Zhong Tang, a herbal formula indicated to treat the pattern 'Empty-Cold' (a pattern with inflammation of the nose as a symptom)

Milkvetch Roots is a Warm herb that tastes Sweet. It targets the Spleen and the Lung.

Its main actions are: Tonifies the Wei Qi and stops perspiration. Tonifies the Spleen Qi and the Yang Qi of the Earth Element. Tonifies the Qi and Blood. Expels pus and assists in the healing of wounds. Helps to regulate water metabolism in the body and reduce edema.

Read more about Milkvetch Roots here