Sun Ten Magnolia Formula (Xin Yi San) Reduces Nasal Symptoms of Patients with Perennial Allergic Rhinitis


Clinical Study


Traditional Chinese medicine, Xin-yi-san, reduces nasal symptoms of patients with perennial allergic rhinitis by its diverse immunomodulatory effects


Sien-Hung Yang a,b,, Chia-Li Yu c,d, Ying-Lin Chen e, Sheng-Lin Chiao b, Mei-Ling Chen f


a School of Chinese Medicine, Chang Gung University, Taoyuan, Taiwan

b Department of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Chang Gung Memorial Hospital, Taipei, Taiwan

c Institute of Molecular Medicine, National Taiwan University College of Medicine, Taipei, Taiwan

d Center for Complementary and Integrative Medicine, National Taiwan University Hospital, Taipei, Taiwan

e Department of Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery, Chang Gung Memorial Hospital, Taoyuan, Taiwan

f Department of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Buddhist Tzu Chi General Hospital Taipei Branch, Taipei, Taiwan




Perennial allergic rhinitis (AR) is a common health problem with a high prevalence rate of 43.6% in Taiwan. In our previous study, a mixed formula of Chinese herbs consisted of Xin-yi-san, Xiao-ging-longtang, and Xiang-sha-liu-jun-zi-tang, exerted diverse immunomodulatory effects in the treatment of patients with perennial allergic rhinitis.



The aim of the present study was to determine whether Xin-yi-san (XYS) alone is effective in the treatment of AR and tried to explore its molecular mechanism of anti-allergic activity.



In a randomized double-blind study, 108 patients with AR received either XYS or a placebo for 3 months. The effectiveness of XYS was evaluated by nasal symptoms, nasal airflow resistance, nostril dissection area, and serum titer of specific IgE antibodies against house dust mite allergens. In addition, the production of T helper (Th) 1 (represented by interferon-γ) and Th2 [represented by interleukin (IL)-4, IL- 10, and IL-13] cytokines, the proinflammatory cytokine IL-8, soluble intercellular adhesion molecule (sICAM), and arachidonate metabolites prostagladin E2 (PGE2) and leukotriene C4 (LTC4) by polymorphonuclear neutrophils (PMNs) were compared before and after treatment between the two groups.



XYS attenuated nasal symptoms (sneezing and rhinorrhea) and nasal congestion through reduction of nasal airflow resistance and increase in nostril dissection areas. We also found that XYS exerted diverse immunomodulatory effects, including suppression of serum IgE levels and increased production of IL-10, sICAM-1, and IL-8 compared to placebo group. However, XYS treatment did not affect the release of PGE2 and LTC4 from PMNs.



This study originally provides the evidence that Xin-yi-san alone is an effective herb in the treatment of perennial allergic rhinitis.




2.1 Patient recruitment

2.2 Medications

2.3 Clinical evaluation

2.4 Determination of specific IgE titers against house dust mite allergens

2.5 Measurement of nasal airflow and nostril dissection area by rhinomanometry

2.6 Isolation of mononuclear cells (MNCs) and polymorphonuclear neutrophils (PMNs) from peripheral blood

2.7 Preparation of anti-CD3+anti-CD28-stimulated MNCs and IL-4-stimulated PMNs culture supernatant

2.8 Measurement of Th1/Th2 cytokine levels in MNC culture supernatants by ELISA

2.9 Measurement of sICAM-1, PGE2, IL-8, and LTC4 levels in PMN culture supernatants by ELISA

2.10 Statistical analysis

3.  Results

3.1 Effects of XYS on nasal symptom scores in patients with AR

3.2 Effects of XYS on nasal airflow resistance in patients with AR

3.3 Effects of XYS on the dissection area of nostrils in patients with AR

3.4 Effects of XYS on serum levels of house dust mite specific IgE antibodies

3.5  Production of Th1/Th2 cytokines in MNC culture supernatants after XYS treatment

3.6 Comparison of sICAM-1, IL-8, PGE2, and LTC4 levels in culture supernatant of IL-4-stimulated PMN

4.  Discussion

5. References

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