When cavities in the bones around the cheeks, forehead, and eyes, all known as the sinuses become inflamed, it slows down the mucus draining process causing pressure to build up. This increases the likelihood of infection that can aggravate your condition. Migraines and/or facial pain can ensue that can become debilitating and make life miserable.

Acute sinusitis often starts with a respiratory infection and can endure for a number of weeks.  Lasting for months, chronic sinusitis usually stems from an allergic reaction caused by airborne allergens such as hay fever, mold and dust, certain foods and chemical fumes from new carpeting and household cleaners.

Conventional Treatment of Sinusitis

Western medicine often adopts a short term approach focused on the immune system to help alleviate sinusitis symptoms such as cough, sore throat and fever.

-Nasal irrigation using a nasal bidet or Neti pot to remove allergens
-Mucolytics, decongestants and pain relievers to alleviate pain and pressure
-Antibiotics if the cause of the inflammation is a bacterial infection

Treating   Sinusitis with Acupuncture

The aim of acupuncture treatment for sinusitis is to address the immediate symptoms as well as the underlying cause of the body’s heightened sensitivity to allergens, virus or bacteria.

The main problem in sinusitis is the immune system’s over-reaction to certain substances. Several organs such as the circulatory system, nervous system, adrenal glands and the lungs may contribute to this oversensitivity problem as they all are associated with the sinus cavities.  All the issues in these systems can be addressed with acupuncture
Clinical Studies of Acupuncture for Sinusitis

The September 2004 issue of Allergy Magazine featured an article about how seasonal allergies have been effectively addressed using Chinese herbs and acupuncture.

The Qinhuangdao Port Hospital in China did a clinical study in 2010, involving 85 patients suffering from post-nasal drip nasal congestion and chronic rhinitis. The study found out that 30 or less acupuncture treatments resulted in total relief for 61 patients with 21 showing significant improvement while three did not respond to the treatments at all. After two years, a follow-study discovered that complete recovery was experienced in those patients who have recovered.

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