Sinusitis, now there’s a condition not to be sniffed at! So what do we know? Whilst Chronic Sinusitis presents as a benign and non life threatening affliction, it can make daily living a very uncomfortable experience. Acute Sinusitis can occur due to bacterial or viral infections or various allergy and environmental factors. For some when symptoms start they continue for weeks, even months prolonging the misery. Inflammation of the mucous membranes which line the sinus cavities leads to excess mucus production, swelling, congestion and blockage. Symptoms include a stuffed or runny nose, headache, post nasal drip, cough, sore throat, chestiness, an awful taste in the mouth, dizziness, upset stomach, fatigue and malaise. Do any of these symptoms ring a bell?
Medical treatment can include antibiotics, sprays and occasional surgery if any structural abnormality is present. Acupuncture is a very useful treatment option to clear the symptoms of sinusitis. Assessment and diagnosis through Acupuncture looks for the root cause of the problem, treating this root as well as the presenting signs and symptoms. This facilitates a more complete recovery.
So what does Acupuncture look for? We look for common patterns of disharmony. Two patterns generally emerge. One includes a deficiency pattern of clear, watery nasal discharge with lethargy. The other a heated system, over stressed, with a stuffed nose, thick secretions, headaches and dizziness. Local and distal Acupuncture points are treated to offer relief. Results can be seen immediately depending on the chronicity of the case. Please do remember the importance of treating sinus problems early before they go deeper and start to affect the whole body. Active early intervention can prevent long term illness!