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50% more people with nasal allergies due to autumn temperatures
溫差大 鼻過敏病患增五成

Above and below: Liao Hsiang-lin, a doctor of Chinese medicine at Chinese Medical University Hospital, shows various pressure points that can be rubbed after waking up in the morning to prevent and alleviate nasal allergy symptoms in Greater Taichung on Nov. 7.

Photo: Tsai Shu-yuan, Liberty Times

With autumn upon us, the number of patients visiting traditional Chinese medical clinics for sneezing, nasal congestion, runny noses, and asthma attacks, has increased by around 50 to 60 percent. For some people this is because of a naturally weak constitution, while for some it might be from drinking too many cold beverages, which can subsequently cause sickness due to gastrointestinal failure to absorb nutrients and lowered immunity.

Liao Hsiang-lin, a doctor of internal medicine at China Medical University Hospital’s Department of Chinese Medicine, says that the nose is supposed to make air warmer and more humid, but that when environmental factors change or the body loses its ability to regulate certain functions, the nose will quickly show symptoms. Liao says that many of his patients enjoy drinking cold beverages, which can cause gastrointestinal disorders, decreasing one’s ability to absorb nutrients and lowering immunity, so that when sudden changes in temperatures occur, people might experience nasal congestion, runny noses, loose stools, fatigue, get a cold, have prolonged coughing, or even asthma attacks.

A 28-year-old patient of Liao’s, who is a pink-collar worker, had a naturally weak constitution, has suffered menstrual pains since she was in elementary school, often has cold hands and feet, likes drinking cold beverages and typically stays in cold air-conditioned rooms when summer hits, and had been taking Western medicine to treat her symptoms for many years. This year, however, as soon as fall arrived, her symptoms became unmanageable. When she came to see Liao two weeks ago, he prescribed minor bupleurum formula with cassia cinnamon to quickly alleviate her symptoms, which improved significantly after taking the remedy.


1. gastrointestinal adj.

腸胃的 (chang2 wei4 de5)

例: Officials canceled school today in the district due to a widespread gastrointestinal virus.


2. cinnamon n.

肉桂 (rou4 gui4)

例: Cinnamon has been shown to reduce arthritis pain.


3. remedy n.

藥物 (yao4 wu4)

例: What sort of remedy did you use to treat the pain?


Liao says that if you rub specific pressure points on the hands located between the thumbs and index fingers and another one at the wings of the nose for several minutes each, it can prevent and alleviate nasal allergies, adding that since some people might have mixed weak and strong constitutions, experience dry mouth despite feeling cold, and have excessive heat in the body after eating supplements, they should consult a doctor before taking any supplements.

(Liberty Times, Translated by Kyle Jeffcoat)






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