Manage your allergic rhinitis with Yu ping feng san, a Chinese herbal medicine

Allergic rhinitis, which is often triggered by allergen exposure, is a common nasal problem affecting adults. In Chinese herbal medicine, Yu ping feng san has been used to treat this problem. A study published in the journal BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine has proven that Yu ping feng san is a safe and effective treatment for allergic rhinitis. Chinese herbal medicine Yu ping feng san contains three key herbs: Astragalus membranaceus (huang qi), Rhizoma Atractylodis Macrocephalae (bai zhu), and Radix Ledebouriellae Divaricatae (fang feng).

Researchers from the  Guangzhou University of Chinese Medicine in China and RMIT University in Australia conducted a systematic review to evaluate the safety and effectiveness of Yu ping feng san in treating allergic rhinitis. They also aimed to identify the medicine’s specific duration of use through subgroup meta-analyses.

For the review, they included 22 randomized controlled trials involving 23 comparisons, wherein Yu ping feng san was compared to placebo, pharmacotherapy, and used as an additional treatment compared to pharmacotherapy.

The researchers found that Yu ping feng san alone improved allergic rhinitis symptoms, but was not as effective as when combined with other treatments. Yu ping feng san‘s combination treatment improved the symptoms of allergic rhinitis, such as itchy nose, sneezing, blocked nose, and runny nose. In addition, Yu ping feng san is more effective when used for more than three weeks. The researchers also confirmed that Yu ping feng san was safe for use in treating adult allergic rhinitis.

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Based on the findings of the review, the researchers concluded that Yu ping feng san is effective and safe for the treatment of adult allergic rhinitis. However, they also noted that more research is needed to further define the effectiveness of Yu ping feng san.

Other natural treatments for allergic rhinitis

If Yu ping feng san is not available in your area, there are many other herbal remedies you can use for allergic rhinitis. Here are some of them:

  • Ginger: Ginger is probably one of the most popular natural medicine. In addition to its culinary uses, ginger works as a natural antihistamine, strong antiviral agent, and immune booster. Ginger does not only soothes the digestive system and improve blood flow, but also relieves nasal congestion and headaches. You can drink it as a tea, and while drinking, you can inhale the steam coming out of the cup to relieve headaches and nasal congestion. (Related: Home Remedies for Allergic Rhinitis – 10 Must-Know Treatments.)
  • Perilla: Perilla, a herb belonging to the mint family, can help improve symptoms of allergic rhinitis. Studies have shown that perilla is effective in treating nasal congestion, sinusitis, allergic asthma, and eye irritation. It can also relieve allergy-related skin conditions. This herb works by reducing inflammation in the body and improving mood and feeling of well-being.
  • Sea buckthorn: This plant contains over 190 nutrients and phytonutrients. In addition to the many vitamins that this plant contains, it is also abundant in the enzyme superoxide dismutase (SOD), which is important in maintaining respiratory health. It is ideal for treating allergic rhinitis, asthma, chronic coughs, and other breathing problems.
  • Stinging nettle: This plant is an antioxidant, astringent, antimicrobial, and analgesic. It can reduce allergy-related inflammation without causing adverse effects. However, this plant has a stinging effect, hence its name, so it is advised to cook first its leaves to remove the stinging effects. You can add the leaves to your salads, soups, or stews, or brew its dried leaves to make tea.
  • Yarrow: This herb works as an antiseptic, antispasmodic, astringent, and diaphoretic. In addition to allergic rhinitis, yarrow can be used to treat colds, the flu, and fevers. It is an ideal herb for respiratory problems because of its antimicrobial and anti-catarrhal properties. Yarrow can be taken as a tea or as a tincture. However, this is not advised for daily use and should not be used for two consecutive weeks.

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