Clinical Study Shows Acupuncture Cures Rhinitis
A new clinical study examined acupuncture for treatment of chronic 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. 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.
These perspectives, both from Chinese medicine and allopathic medicine, are reconcilable in that wind-cold and wind-heat typically involve either a microbial infection or another antigen-antibody response.
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.
Acupuncture Effective In Treating 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 Acupuncture Associates of Denver we usually are able to completely 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 curable with acupuncture. 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.