14. May 2015 · Comments Off on Banish Acute or Chronic Sinusitis Symptoms with Acupuncture · Categories: Acupuncture · Tags:

As the season and weather changes, we oftentimes are forced to experience symptoms that can only come from a sinus condition. Acupuncture is a very effective way of treating sinusitis. It helps relieve related symptoms such as sinus infections, sinus headaches, sinus congestion, and sinus pain.

Whether one is suffering from infectious sinusitis, allergic sinusitis, acute sinusitis, or chronic sinusitis, acupuncture can definitely help.

What is Sinusitis?

When a person suffers from an inflammation of his sinus cavities, he/she is suffering from sinusitis. The function of the sinus is to humidify and warm the air. The sinuses are mostly made up of cavities and they also serve to lessen the weight of the skull, serve as a buffer for trauma, and amplify the resonance of the voice.

The common cold, over-the-counter nasal sprays, chemical irritants, allergies, and other various factors can cause the sinus cavities to become inflamed. Sinus infection, on the other hand, may either be caused by bacteria or viruses.

Signs and Symptoms of Sinusitis

The symptoms of sinusitis may vary from day to day as well as may also vary for each individual. They include:

-Mucus that is watery or thick and green or yellowish in color
-Difficulty in breathing through the nose
-Sinus pain
-Sinus pressure
-Sinus headaches
-Nasal congestion

Apart from these main symptoms, secondary symptoms may also arise and may include difficulty in sleeping and lowered levels of energy.

Sinusitis Treatment

Acute sinusitis treatment may involve the use of over the counter medications (decongestants) and steam therapy through the use of vaporizers. In spite of its ability to relieve congestion, decongestants can also dry out the cavities too much which may result in the exacerbation of the pain.

Neti pots with saline rinses, and humidifiers/vaporizers are modes of treatment often used to treat chronic sinusitis. For bacterial sinus infections, the mode of treatment is usually antibiotic therapy. One should note though that serious complications may develop if you leave your infection untreated. For chronic sinusitis conditions caused by allergies, antihistamines or steroids may be prescribed by your doctor.

However, all of these treatment methods are only designed for symptomatic relief.

Why Use Acupuncture?

Acupuncture is a powerful treatment that can resolve sinusitis in all of its forms including infectious, allergic, chronic, and acute sinusitis. Some of the benefits of acupuncture which you cannot get with Western conventional treatments include its ability to make your immune systems less sensitive in the future, help make your immune system stronger, besides of course, relieving you of your ongoing symptoms.

Acupuncture therapies are so potent that you may actually experience an immediate and significant reduction of your congestion during your treatment. Possessing analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties, acupuncture can help treat the inflammation of the sinus cavities and lower pain levels. It can also aid in the faster movement of fluids in the body whilst at the same time helping breakdown the congested mucous.

Usually combined with acupuncture for sinusitis treatment in Bellingham is Chinese herbal medicine. A lot of Chinese herbs are endowed with anti-viral or anti-bacterial or properties, which makes it possible to kill the virus or bacteria responsible for your sinus infection. A customized plan of treatment may be designed for each patient based on their specific needs, if necessary.

Why delay until your current sinus congestion turns into a full blown sinus infection. Avail of acupuncture treatment now to get prompt relief of your sinusitis symptoms.

01. January 2015 · Comments Off on Helping You Get Rid of Sinusitis Using Chinese Herbs and Acupuncture · Categories: Acupuncture · Tags:

One of the most common and irksome respiratory conditions known to man is sinusitis. It can be caused by one of four things: an allergic reaction, or a viral, fungal or bacterial infection. The pain and discomfort can be experienced in the mouth, eyes or forehead depending on what sinus cavities are affected. Basically, this is accompanied by a green or yellow discharge through the nose that usually drips into the throat. And besides the pain, the head may feel achy and heavy. Sinusitis can become a chronic condition more so if the person keeps on suffering from recurring colds.

A person with sinusitis may be able to drain his sinus cavities more efficiently and get better once more if he avoids mucus-forming foods and gets enough quality rest. This condition requires the earliest aggressive treatment to avoid the risk of a severe infection that may necessitate the use of antibiotic drugs. This may result in a vicious cycle of several intakes of antibiotic drugs and recurring infections that eventually worsens the health of the immune system and makes the person more susceptible to future infections.

According to traditional Chinese medicine in Bellingham, the pathological patterns for sinusitis involve gallbladder and liver fire, lung heat, wind heat, or wind cold that has risen to the head. Acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine are used to treat sinusitis regardless of the pathological pattern that caused the condition. Acute sinusitis also can be treated effectively with Chinese herbal medicine and acupuncture although this type of sinusitis can be resolved in a matter of days compared to a longer time period required for chronic sinusitis. The acupuncture points treated for both chronic and acute conditions include the LI 20 (Large Intestine 20) as well as the Yintang or Bitong points which are very much useful for the clearing of the sinuses and nasal pathways. When the Yintang or Bitong point is needled, it may generate a painful sensation lasting for a second; however, what you get in return for the discomfort is the quick clearing of the sinuses and the nasal passages. Extra acupoints may also be included in the treatment depending on the type of disharmonic pattern that underlies the sinusitis symptoms.

The herbal remedy known as cang er san (xanthium poweder) is a good formula for sinusitis. Cang er san is composed peppermint or field mint(bo he), angelica dahurica (bai shi), magnolia (hsin yi hua), and xanthium fruit (cang er hsi). This formula has warming attributes and so cooling herbs such as scutellaria (wang qin) and honeysuckle (jin yin wa) are added if the patient shows yellow mucus or fever (which are heat signs). Bi Yan Pian is a proper remedy for sinus and nasal congestion that can be combined with
Chuan Hsin Lian Pills and other heat-clearing formulas.

Diet is an important component of the treatment since a lot of foods have mucus-producing qualities that can contribute or cause the sinus condition. Some of the foods to stay away from if you have sinusitis include very spicy and/or greasy foods as well as cold foods. Sugar only worsens the condition; it can lead to the worsening of the pain and the congestion.

After the acute sinusitis symptoms have been treated, herbs that strengthen the spleen like wang qi (astralagus) or dang shen (codonopis) need to be taken. A tonified spleen qi means less mucus making the immune system better able to ward off the colds that can result in sinusitis.

25. May 2014 · Comments Off on Acupuncture for Sinusitis · Categories: Acupuncture · Tags:

A large number of people all over the world are now aware of acupressure and acupuncture. Acupuncture is brought to use by ancient traditional Chinese medical wisdom.

Decades before, US doctors ridicule and balk at using acupuncture for their patient’s conditions. Now, acupuncture is not only widely practiced in the United States but in many parts of the world.  Acupuncture works on the principle that the regulation of vital energy or qi (and blood) flows throughout the body what the Chinese call qi or vital energy.  This is particularly true in the case of sinusitis.

Fragile and very thin needles are inserted along points on your body known as acupuncture points. Based on the health condition or illness you have, the needles are inserted at certain areas of your body.  A lot of people have derived great relief of their sinusitis using acupuncture.  You need to undergo acupuncture from a licensed acupuncturist since unlike medications acupuncture is not a remedy that you can do on yourself.

There are so many acupuncture clinics scattered all over the US that you don’t need to search far to find a licensed acupuncture clinic. Chances are that even your own doctor may you refer to a good acupuncturist who specializes in the treatment of sinusitis. Western medicine has now acknowledged that acupuncture can be of help when conventional medicine either carries the risk of several negative side effects or fails. If your doctor does not know any acupuncturist, you can ask your family and friends. Who knows some of them may just have tried acupuncture for a specific condition.