Wednesday, 27 November 2013

Sinusitis Treatments in Traditional Chinese Medicine Perspective

 Sinusitis is defined as a condition of inflammation of the paranasal sinuses of which can develop headache as a result of exposure to a cold or flu virus, or an allergic reaction to pollen, mold, dust or smoke, etc..Sinusitis affects 37 million people each year.
In traditional Chinese medicine perspective(85)(86)
Traditional Chinese medicine define sinus hesdache as a condition of the lack of free flow of Blood
and Qi. due to
1. Wind-Heat of Lung, mainly caused by weather changes
a. Wind Heat:  This type of sinusitis has yellow thick runny nose accompanied with a severe headache.
Symptoms include: Sore throat, possible tooth ache, fever, red face, sweating, etc.
b.  Chinese herbal formula Chuan Xiong Cha Tiao San 
b.1. Bo he
b.2. Chuan xiong
b.3. Jing jie
b.4. Qiang huo
b.5. Bai zhi
b.6. Gan cao
b.7. Fang feng

2. Stagnated Heat of Gallbladder, mainly caused by emotions.
a. Liver and Gall Bladder Damp heat:  This type of sinusitis has a thick turbid yellow discharge accompanied with the pain of sinusitis.
Symptoms include: Fever or sensation of heat in the afternoons and evenings, a heaviness of the body, irritability, loose or greasy stools with possible burning sensation of the anus.
b. Chinese herbal formula Long Dan Xie Gan Tang
b.1. Long Dan Cao
b,2 Huang Qin
b.3. Zhi Zi
b.4. Mu Tong
b.5. Che Qian Zi
b.6. Ze Xie
b.7. Chai Hu
b.8. Sheng Di Huan
b.9. Dang Gui
b.10. Gan Cao
3. Damp Heat of Spleen/Stomach This type of sinusitis is a result of over intake of  greasy and spicy foods.
a. Symptoms include: heaviness of the body, yellowish urine, loose stool profuse and yellowish leukorrhea, yellowish and sticky tongue coating, nasal congestion, and stuffy nose with phlegm, etc.
b. Chinese herbal formula Bi Yan Pian 
b.1. Cang er zi
b.2. Xin yi hua
b.3. Lian qiao
b.4. Fang feng
b.5. Bai zhi
b.6. Zhi mu
b.7. Gan cao
b.8. Jing jie
b.9. Ye ju hua
b.10. Wu wei zi
b.11. Jie geng

4. Deficiency of Spleen can be a result of improper diet
a. Symptoms include: a runny white or clear discharge, the nasal congestion are the result of diary foods, gluten products or excessive amounts of sugar, diarrhea, mild fatigue, etc.
b. Chinese Herbal Formula: Yi Yi fu Zi Bai Jiang San
b.1. Yi Yi Ren
b.2. Fu Zi
b.3. Bai Jiang Cao

5. Qi and Blood Stasis as a result of polyps cause of sinusitis nasal congestion
5.1. Symptoms included: a loss of smell, nose bleeds, thick white or yellow nasal discharge, heavy and foggy head with possible sharp pain in the nose and sinuses, headaches, etc.
5.2. Herbs for Qi and Blood Stasis
5.2.1. Herbs for qi stagnation
Qi stagnation can be classifies into 3 groups
a. Spleen and stomach qi stagnation
a.1. Mu Gua (quince fruit)
Besides helping to increase spleen function in food digestion, it increases the kidney function in qi and fluids regulation, thereby, reducing the dampness accumulated caused by kidney qi stagnation and preventing its the moving downward tendency, causing abdominal pain and spasms during menstrual cycle.

a,2. Chen Pi (tangerine peel)
Chen pi is Spleen and kidney tonic herb. It presentation besides improves the Spleen qi function moving downward, thereby, reducing spleen stagnation causes of abdominal distention, fullness, bloating and digestive disorder, it also increases of the function to dry dampness, thus decreasing the kidney congestion, leading to coughs with stifling sensation in the chest.

a.3. Zhi Shi (immature bitter orange)
Zhi shi has been used for thousand of years in traditional Chinese medicine in treating qi stagnation in kidney caused by accumulated of phlegm due to kidney deficiency, thereby reducing the dampness causes of abdominal cramps and pain and distention. Since it cool in nature, it helps to improve the abdominal pain and constipation caused by accumulation and stagnant qi.

b. Liver qi stagnation
b.1. Xiang Fu (nut grass rhizome)

It is one the herbs helped to regulate the qi flow by smoothing the liver and congestion of Spleen qi caused by excessive yin or yang, thus reducing qi stagnation caused by disharmonization of liver and Spleen causes of abdominal cramps and pain. It is said that xiang fu also has a function impromoting regular menstruation.

b,2. Zhi Ke (ripe fruit of zhi shi)
Zhi ke promote healthy liver, it promotes a strong liver qi function, thereby, increasing its function in blood formation and transportation to the heart for circulation.

b.3. Wu Yao (lindera root)
Wu yao is one the warm with the main function of warming the kidney caused by kidney yang defieciency. It is only used for patient with evidence of liver qi stagnation caused by prolong intake of cold foods or working in a cold environment. Since its function is to restore the liver qi flow due to cold constraint, it reduces the blood stagnation causes of menstrual pain.

c. Lung qi stagnation.
c.1. Chen xiang (Aloeswood )
The herb is a warm her with bitter taste. According to traditional Chinese medicine, it works well to restore the lung qi stagnation caused by spleen, stomach and kidney channels dis-harmonization. By warming and regulating the lung qi downward movement pungent and bitter in flavour, and warm in nature, thereby reducing the upper and middle qi congestion ,thus eliminating hiccup, relieving asthma and abnormal cramps and pain caused by constipation.

c.2. Tan Xiang (sandalwood)
Tan xiang promotes lung qi movement, thus alleviating the pain caused by chest congestion and and abdomen pain caused by rebellion qi flow.

5.3. Herbs for blood stagnation
Normally blood stagnation is caused by qi stagnation or liver blood stasis. If the causes of blood stagnation is caused by qi stagnation, then by smoothing the qi flow, it will eliminate the blood stagnation. On the hand, if the blood stasis is caused by liver congestion, then the following herbs can be helpful
a. White Peony Root - (bai shao)
White peony root nourishes the blood and tones the uterus, it reduces the symptoms of yin deficiency causes of abdomen cramps and pain.

b. Ass-hide glue - (e jiao)
Ass-hide glue is a blood tonic herb that promotes the liver function in blood formation and lung dryness caused by yin deficiency. It is said that ass-hide glue also alleviates abnormal cramps and pain and stops abnormal bleeding during menstruation.
c. Wolfberry fruit - (gou qi zi)
Although wolfberry fruit is neutral herb, it has a function to promote yin and yang harmonization, thereby decreasing the dryness of lung qi which causes the blood stagnation causes of abdomen cramps and pain.

d. Polygonum multiflorum - (he shou wu)
Fleence is said to help improve the liver function by eliminating the liver toxin accumulation and expelling the "wind" from the skin, thereby increasing the liver function in blood formation and transportation.

f. Longan - (long yan rou)
Logan is warm in nature, it has been used in traditional Chinese medicine in treating yang deficiency causes of blood stagnation due to inability of the heart in blood circulation.

g. White mulberry fruit - (sang shen)
White mulberry fruit is a blood tonic herb, it helps to tonifies the blood as result of yin defieciency by promoting and generating body fluids, resulting in lessening the risk of blood stagnation causes of abdominal cramps and pain.

h. Angelica Root - (dang gui)
Angellica root is considered as a queen herb in TCM, beside helping to tonifies the blood and regulate the women menstruation, it also promotes blood flow to the abdomen, thus decreasing the risk of over active uterine muscles, causing dysmenorrhea.

There are many more herbs that help to treat liver blood stagnation, therefore there is no surprise to see your Chinese medicine practitioner uses herbs other than above. Since most herbs are classified as state of cold, hot, warm, cool and neutral, and used according to yin and yang deficiency. please make sure you talk to your Chinese medicine practitioner before applying. Intake of wrong kinds of Chinese herb can make the symptoms worse.

6.  Nasal polyps caused by Dampness accumulation
a. Symptoms include: loss of smell, heavy body a thin nasal discharge, etc.
b. Chinese herbal formula: Xing Ye Qing Fei Yin
b.1. Mai Men Dong
b.2. Shi Gao
b.3. Zhi Zi
b.4. Zhi Mu
b.5. Bai He
b.6. Huang Qin
b.7.  Pi Pa Ye
b.8. XinYi Hua
b.9. Sheng Ma
b.10.  Sheng Jiang

Author note: the article is for infomation and education only, please consult with your doctor or related field specialist before applying
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