Yonago Acta medica 1999;42:167170
The Effects of Nasal Massage of the Yingxiang Acupuncture Point on Nasal Airway Resistance and Sensation of Nasal Airflow in Patients with Nasal Congestion Associated with Perennial Nasal Allergy
Hiromi Takeuchi, Satoshi Matsuo, Shigeru Higami, Yumiko Tanaka and Hisaaki Ikoma
Department of Oto-Rhino-Laryngoloy, Faculty of Medicine, Tottori University, Yonago 683-0826 Japan
The aim of the present study was to determine if nasal massage of the yingxiang acupuncture point in patients with nasal congestion associated with perennial nasal allergy had any effect on nasal airway resistance (NAR) measured by anterior rhinomanometry and sensation of nasal airflow on a visual analogue scale (VAS). Ten patients were recruited for this study. NAR and VAS were measured before (baseline), 2 min after and 10 min after massage. NAR had no ruled changes after massage although all patients felt their symptom of nasal congestion had improved. The results of this study, when taken together, indicate that nasal massage may provide some relief mainly from the sensation of nasal congestion.
key words: acupuncture; nasal airway resistance; perennial nasal allergy; yingxiang