Allergic rhinitis is a common respiratory disease. Generally the points like LI 20 and ST36 are selected in clinical practice. Recently a new method of acupuncture at the ST7, or sphenopalatine acupoint (SPA) has been developed. The new method has been applied in more than 130,000 patients in China, some research observed a total effective rate of 93.36%. (Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine, 2019.)
As an otolaryngologist for many yeas in China, with authorship of many academic books and professional articles, Dr. Zhangadopted several new techniques including Jing-Jin (soft tissue) management for treatment of persistent allergic rhinitis.
Allergies and Asthma
Allergies are the result of abnormal immune responses to foreign substances. These responses can cause inflammation of the skin, sinuses, airways, and digestive system. A common type of allergy is called allergic rhinitis, in which patients suffer from sneezing; runny or stuffy nose; itching of the nose, eyes, or roof of the mouth; runny and stuffy nose; and watery, red or swollen eyes.
While most allergies can’t be cured, a number of treatments can help relieve your allergy symptoms. Western medical studies also cites TCM as an alternative, natural treatment for allergies. (Clinical practice guideline: Allergic rhinitis. Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2015.) .
The American Academy of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery (AAO-HNS), the world’s largest organization representing specialists who treat the ear, nose, throat, and related structures of the head and neck, as supported by Grade A level evidence has determined the need for further research to determine the safety and efficacy of acupuncture for Allergic Rhinitis.
Allergies and Traditional Chinese Medicine: TCM interprets the cause of allergic rhinitis as a weakness of Wei-qi (Defending qi) that allows external pathogens and wind to attack. Treatment using TCM can restore the normal qi in the body’s meridians and dramatically lessen allergic reactions. It also enables most people to reduce or eliminate their dependence on allergy medication.
At Great Wall Acupuncture, we use a combination of acupuncture, Chinese herbs, Qi-gong (breathing exercises), cupping, and moxibustion to treat not only the symptoms, but also the root cause of allergies: Wei-qi deficiency.
During the pollen season, we focus on alleviating the acute symptoms by expelling the wind-cold or wind-heat. After the pollen season, we target the underlying problem by strengthening the immune system and Wei-qi. TCM is a safe, natural, and effective option for treating allergies.
A typical treatment regiment includes an initial series of treatments, for both acute symptoms and Wei-qi restoration. Some patients may need to return once or twice a year for a booster, usually in late summer and early spring.
Asthma and allergies often go hand-in-hand. Allergic asthma is a type of asthma that is triggered by an allergy (for example, pollen or mold spores). According to the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, 50% of Americans with asthma have allergic asthma.
Asthma and Traditional Chinese Medicine: Qi-gong is an easily learnable practice of regulating breathing, mind and posture. Qi-gong stretches the lungs, which can significantly improve lung function, decrease the symptoms of asthma, and lessen the dependence on medications. In fact, Dr. Wang has conducted research at Indiana University showing the benefits of mechanical stretching of the lung to asthma management (Use of continuous positive airway pressure reduces airway reactivity in adults with asthma. 2013 Feb; Eur Respir J
Incorporated with this achievement in modern research, our specialists at Great Wall Acupuncture will coach patients in medical Qi-gong practice to increase the effectiveness of asthma management, in addition to acupuncture, Chinese herbs, cupping and moxibustion.
MORE about Dr. Zhang
Dr. Zhang used to be member of a team in Purdue University Department of Speech Language & Hearing Sciences. The team is conducting scientific research with a goal to use genetically engineered stem cells to treat vocal fold paralysis and cartilage-like grafts for partial laryngeal cartilage replacement.
Dr. Zhang and Dr. Stacey Halum (MD, Laryngologist, Director of the Voice Clinic of Indiana and Research Professor of Purdue University Department of Speech Language & Hearing Sciences.) presenting their research result in a national meeting (Chicago, 2016)
As experienced physician in Ear, Nose & Throat area in Xiyuan Hospital, China Academy of Chinese Medicine Sciences, Dr. Zhang published numerous academic books and clinical reports.
1989-1994 Resident physician, Xiyuan Hospital, China Academy of Chinese Medicine Sciences, Beijing, China
1994-2000 Attending physician, Xiyuan Hospital, China Academy of Chinese Medicine Sciences, Beijing, China
2000-2001: Visiting physician: Peoples Hospital, the 2nd Affiliated Hospital of Beijing University, Beijing, China
2001-2002: Chief Physician and Associated Professor: China Academy of Chinese Medicine Sciences, Beijing, China
2003-2008: Indiana University School of Medicine,
2009-current: licensed acupuncturist, Great Wall Acupuncture Clinic Indianapolis, Indiana. Naperville, Illinois.
2015-2019: Department of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences, Purdue University
- 1995 Young Investigator Award in TCM from China National Administration Bureau of Chinese Medicine: Treatment of acute catarrhal otitis media with Chinese Medicine.
- 1999 Advanced Scientific Research in TCM Award from China Academy of Chinese Medicine Sciences: Clinical and experimental study on treatment of acute catarrhal otitis media.
Authorship of Books (in Chinese)
- Key 100 questions about how to diagnosis treat Otolaryngology diseases with Chines Medicine and Modern Medicine, 1995. (80,000 sold so far).
- Geriatrics Clinical Research in Chinese Medicine (ENT part), 1995, Beijing Press.
- Pattern Diagnosis Standard for Chinese Medicine (ENT part), 2000, Peoples Health Press.
- Advancement in Tinnitus Diagnosis & Treatment (TCM Part), 2004, Peoples Health Press.
Selected Publications in Chinese Medicine
- Zhang H, Li S, Zhu M, Bai H, et al. Treatment of acute otitis media with Oral-liquid-herb formula: Clinical Observation of 42 Cases. Shanxi journal of traditional Chinese medicine, 1995, 03
- Li S andZhang H, Treatment of Hearing Loss in Geriatrics with Traditional Chinese Medicine: 40th Anniversary of Beijing University of Chinese Medicine: 1996, P777-780.
- Li S andZhang H, Advancement in Treatment of Hearing Loss with Traditional Chinese Medicine: Experience collection from famous TCM Physician: 1997, p303-305
- Zhang H,Liu J, Xu Y, LI H, et al. Experimental study of otitis pharmacology Oral Liquid. Research of Traditional Chinese Medicine, 1999:06
- Zhang Hand Li S. Clinical observation of treatment of sinusitis with Bi-Dou-Yan He-Ji (Sinusitis oral liquid) 87 cases. Chinese journal of information on traditional Chinese medicine 2000,7(2):47-50
- Zhang H, Li s, Liu r Liu J, et al. Clinical and experimental study on treatment of acute catarrhal otitis media with Chines Medicine. Chinese Journal of Integrated Traditional and Western Medicine. PMID: 11938809.2000 Oct; 20(10):743-6.
- Zhang H, Li S, Liu R, Liu J, et al. Clinical and experimental study on treatment of acute catarrhal otitis media. 2005: Achievement of Science and Technology: 50th anniversary of Xiyuan Hospital China Academy of Chinese Medicine Sciences, p24
Selected Publications in Modern Medicine
- Wang Z, Zhang H. Antidiabetic Effects of Ginseng in Humans and Rodents. Journal of Metabolic Syndrome. 2012; 1:106.
- Wang Z, Zhang H: How We Treat Frozen Shoulder (by acupuncture). Meridians: The Journal of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine 2014: l Vol. 1, No. 1 p36
- Halum SL, Bijangi-Vishehsaraei K, Zhang H, Sowinski J, Bottino MC. (2013). Stem Cell-Derived Tissue Engineered Constructs for Hemilaryngeal Reconstruction. Annals of Otol Rhinol Laryngol. 2014Feb; 123(2):124-34.
- Zhang H, Wang Z. Yin-Yang and Zheng: Exported from Chines Medicine. Chinese Journal of Integrated Medicine. 2014 April; Vol.20: 250-255.
- Bijangi-Vishehsaraei K, Blum K, Zhang H, Safa AR, Halum SL. Microarray Analysis Gene Expression Profiles in Laryngeal Muscle After Recurrent Laryngeal Nerve Injury.Ann Otol Rhinol Laryngol. 2016 Mar; 125(3):247-56.
- Paniello RC, Brookes S, Bhatt NK, Bijangi-Vishehsaraei K, Zhang H, Halum S. Improved adductor function after canine recurrent laryngeal nerve injury and repair using muscle progenitor cells. Laryngoscope. 2018 Jul;128(7):E241-E246. doi: 10.1002/lary.26992. Epub 2017 Dec 8.
- Brookes S, Voytik-Harbin S, Zhang H, Halum S. Three-dimensional tissue-engineered skeletal muscle for laryngeal reconstruction. Laryngoscope. 2018 Mar;128(3):603-609. doi: 10.1002/lary.26771. Epub 2017 Aug 26.
- Zhang H, Harbin S, Brookes S, Wallace J, Parker N, Halum SL. Use of Autologous Adipose-Derived Mesenchymal Stem Cells For Creation of Laryngeal Cartilage. 2017, Laryngoscope .2018 Apr;128(4):E123-E129. doi: 10.1002/lary.26980