Female 65, with springtime allergic rhinitis (hay fever) successfully treated with 2 weeks of herbal medicine

About the Author

Nicholas Kimble, N.D.

Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine

Main Signs and Symptoms

Patient presenting to my clinic during the onset of spring with allergic rhinitis (hay fever).

On inspection: itchy and watery eyes, sneezing, redness, runny nose

The patient in previous years had been given rounds of steroidal Anti-inflammatory drugs for the issue. However, due to recent clinical successes in my clinic she was wanting to try herbal medicine.

After 2 weeks of treatment, her symptoms had completely resolved. This was a successful treatment.

Diagnosis and Treatment

This is hay fever to to exogenous Wind invasion. Where the Wei Qi is weak, Wind can penetrate causing Wind-Heat or Wind-Cold.

My treatment objective was to tonify the Wei Qi and secure the Exterior. Additionally, I sought to release Exterior Wind-Cold and Wind-Heat, unblock the nasal passages and reduce swelling. The standard combination of formulas I use for these cases are:

Bi Min Gan Wan (Magnolia & Scute Formula)


Yu Ping Feng San (Jade Screen Formula)

The patient reported 2 weeks later at her next consultation that her symptoms had completely resolved and she did not require medical intervention.

I advised her to take Yu Ping Feng San (Jade Screen Formula) for the duration of Spring, to prevent recurrence of the issue.

Note: higher doses are required to achieve a good clinical effect, especially in acute phases.