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Aetiology and pathophysiology of Allergic Rhinitis from the perspective of Traditional Chinese Medicine

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A case study by Malika Meddings


Hayfever season has come round again, and again, as we can’t seem put the whole TCM chats down, the talk amongst our therapy group of friends turns to supporting our clients with the classic symptoms of itchy nose and eyes, runny nose, sneezing, wheezing, muzzy head and fatigue. My friend Lara Servoille, who has set up practice in Sligo on the West Coast of Ireland, told me how she had treated rhinitis successfully, not just with internal herbs but also with a nasal oil to apply directly inside the nose. In supervision with Dr Andrew Flower at the White Crane Academy, we discussed the principle of treating the Ben (root) and the Biao (manifestation) of the condition, and how treating one year seemed to have benefit in the moment, and also to show fewer symptoms the next year round. We also discussed the time frame of treating the Ben well before the Biao comes apparent, and how to consolidate treatment once the symptoms subside.

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