Acupuncture for chronic sinusitis – now there’s a condition not to be sniffed at! So what do we know? Whilst it presents as a benign and non life threatening affliction, it can make daily living a very uncomfortable experience. Acute sinusitis can occur due to possible bacterial or viral infections or various allergy and environmental factors. Chronic sinusitis can develop where symptoms continue for weeks and even months prolonging the misery for some. Inflammation of the mucous membranes which lie in the sinus cavities can lead to further mucus production, swelling, congestion and blockage. Symptoms include stuffed or runny nose, headache, post nasal drip, cough, sore throat, chestiness, 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. These can include a deficiency pattern of clear, watery discharge and lethargy or a different pattern of a heated system, being over stressed, with stuffed nose, thick secretions, headaches and dizziness. Local and distal points can be used where fine needles are inserted. Results can be seen within one to a few sessions.Please do remember the importance of treating sinus problems early before they go deeper and start to affect the whole body. Active early intervention prevents long term illness!