Rhinitis

Health Issues/Symptoms Connections

"Rhinitis" Issue / Symptom Connections

Below you will find various relationships to, and potential clinical treatment approaches for rhinitis.

It is critical to appreciate that in Chinese Medicine, treatment for "rhinitis" is rarely focused on the symptoms exclusively. Alternatively, a practitioner is looking at the factors that led to the development of "rhinitis" - i.e. the "cause(s)".

For non-practitioners, we recommend reading treating the "cause" and not the "symptoms" for more on the overall approach and the importance of the TCM diagnostic system in formulating treatment approaches.

Within TCM, "rhinitis" is potentially related to one or more of the following diagnostic patterns: lung dampness - phlegm heat, lung wind invasion - wind cold, lung wind invasion - wind heat, and/or spleen qi deficiency.

The above patterns are common examples. In clinical situations, however, there are any number of other possibilities. Many times there will be a layered combination of patterns in an interwoven blend with their symptoms - some being the cause of an issue and the result of another issue. While initially complex, this is illustrative of the the web of relationships that Chinese Medicine is designed to approach.

Some acupuncture points are considered "empirically" related to a specific condition or diagnostic pattern. While this would rarely, if ever, dictate the entire composition of a treatment, the following points should be considered, possibly even more so within the context of acupressure:

  • View LI 4 (Union Valley)

        In the middle of the 2nd metacarpal bone on the radial side.

        Releases the exterior for wind-cold or wind-heat syndromes Strengthens the wei qi, improves immunity Regulates the sweat glands, for excessive sweating tonify LI 4 then disperse KD 7 and vice versa. Any problem on the face - sense organ…
  • View UB 4 (Deviating Turn)

        1.5 cun lateral to GV 24, or .5 cun inside the AHL at the junction of the medial 1/3 and lateral 2/3's distance between…

        Local point for headache and/or nasal issues. Headaches, particularly frontal/sinus, eye pain, vision issues (dimness, blurry). Nasal polyps, nosebleeds, allergies, rhinitis.
  • View UB 7 (Celestial Connection)

        1.5 cun posterior to UB 6 or 4 cun above the AHL and 1.5 cun lateral to the AML.

        Clear wind and resolve the exterior - important point for sinus congestion, sinusitis, rhinitis, nosebleed, nasal polyps. Loss of sense of smell. Headaches and/or dizziness from wind and congestion. Neck pain and stiffness, throat goite…

The Tom Tam/Tong Ren Therapy system can be applied via energy healing/medical qi gong methods as well as an acupuncture component. The acupuncture aspect is generally utilized in combination with more standard TCM diagnostic approaches.

For the specific points/areas that would generally be utilized in someone experiencing "rhinitis", please read "Tam Healing and Tong Ren Therapy for Rhinitis ".

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