A new clinical study examined acupuncture for treatment of chronic rhinitis. The study examined a test group of 85 patients and notes that chronic rhinitis is due to wind-cold or wind-heat obstructing lung Qi. The results concluded that acupuncture resolves rhinitis.
Rhinitis is nasal congestion usually accompanied with post-nasal drip. There is irritation and inflammation of nasal tissue. In western medicine, this is attributed to a viral or bacterial infection (or other antigen such as pollen) that stimulates mucus production.
If untreated, chronic rhinitis can last many years. Rhinitis triggers many symptoms including nose bleeds, thick yellow or profuse white phlegm in the sinus and throat, coughing, insomnia, foggy thinking, difficulties with smelling, and asthma.
From a Chinese medicine perspective, the wind-cold and wind-heat patterns associated with rhinitis typically involve either a microbial infection or another antigen-antibody response. So by applying Chinese medicine treatment to alleviate wind-cold and wind-heat, this condition can be improved, and in many cases resolved.
Acupuncture Resolves Rhinitis
This recent clinical study had an effective rate of 96.5 percent with 61 persons obtaining total recovery, 21 with marked improvement, and 3 with no effect. To achieve the standard of total recovery, the the patient’s symptoms had to be completely resolved. Rhinoscopy (looking into the nose with a scope) and the absence of symptoms were used to confirm the results. A two year follow-up confirmed total recovery.
At a rate of one treatment per day, fifteen acupuncture sessions consisted of one course of treatment. The 96.5 percent effective rate was achieved after two courses of treatment (30 acupuncture treatments) unless total recovery was achieved sooner. In our practice at Raleigh Acupuncture we typically are able to resolve chronic rhinitis within 12 treatments.
Acupuncture Treatment Protocol
The acupuncture points chosen were: GB20, LI4, and St36. Supplementary acupuncture points were BL12, BL13, Yintang, and GV14. Supplementary acupuncture points were chosen dependent upon the specific needs of individual patients.
Analysis of the Study
The Western medicine view is that a microbial pathogen or other antigen is the cause of the chronic rhinitis. In Chinese medicine, weakness of the lungs, spleen and pathways leading to the nasal system are important causes of rhinitis. In addition, environmental conditions such as dryness, heat, dampness and coldness play a role in developing this chronic condition. Moreover, dietary and emotional factors also contribute to developing chronic rhinitis.
This study supports our experience that chronic rhinitis is treatable with acupuncture. Acupuncture resolves rhinitis by strengthening your own body to fight off pathogens and antigens. If you suffer from chronic nasal congestion, come in for treatment. You can stop using prescription and over the counter medications, sleep better, have more energy, and breathe easier again.
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References for this blog post: An Hua, Qinhuangdao Port Hospital, Hebei, China. “Treatment of 85 Cases with Chronic Rhinitis by Acupuncture.” J. Acupunct. Tuina. Sci. 2010, 8 (5): 318.
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