Getting Sinusitis Under Control with Chinese Medicine
This time of year, sinusitis is fairly common. Many people start to develop coughs, colds, and congested noses which can lead to an infection in the sinuses. Not only is this very unpleasant, but it can keep you out of work and stuck home on the couch for a few days to a few weeks. To help prevent sinusitis, or to get it under control naturally, it’s important to take the proper steps as early on as possible. The use of Chinese Herbal Medicine and Acupuncture can greatly help relieve sinusitis if you have already come down with it and can help you feel better while also balancing your body to help prevent you from getting it again.
Let’s take a look at what sinusitis is as well as some of the root causes and natural steps you can start taking right away.
What is Sinusitis?
So, what exactly is sinusitis? Sinusitis is inflammation of the cavities surrounding the nasal passages as well as the sinuses. These passages can become inflamed and filled with mucus. Sinusitis can cause symptoms involving both the nose and the sinuses and can be caused by another infection such as the common cold.
There are also two different types of sinusitis, acute and chronic. This infection is considered acute when the symptoms last for less than four weeks. Chronic sinusitis is when you experience symptoms for longer than twelve weeks.
Common signs and symptoms of sinusitis
Here is a list of some of the most common signs and symptoms of sinusitis.
Pain or pressure in the face and especially around the eyes
Feeling like you have a cold that just won’t go away
Symptoms may improve but then worsen again
Identifying the Root Cause in TCM
Unfortunately, sinusitis can become a chronic condition for many patients which often results in antibiotic use. The problem with this is that antibiotics weaken the immune system, so it ends up being a vicious cycle and you may wind up with a new infection. This is why it is so important to find the root cause of sinusitis and to treat it at its source.
For some, having a qi deficiency in the lungs, spleen, and stomach can lead to sinusitis. Think about the function of the lungs, they control respiration, and when any type of pathogen enters into the lungs, it can cause inflammation and congestion in the respiratory tract. This can lead to cold symptoms which can then lead to sinusitis.
In TCM, qi is everywhere in the body, so a deficiency can occur anywhere and affect any part of the body. Qi is often referred to as “the circulating life force,” so any imbalance can trigger infection.
Good circulation of qi is also needed for a healthy body. When qi is out of balance, you may be much more susceptible to getting sick.
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How Chinese Medicine can help?
Acupuncture can offer great relief for those experiencing sinusitis. It offers quick relief, especially for patients who are not able to properly breathe through their nose. The acupuncture needles inserted at certain points can provide relief by opening up the nasal passages. A common acupuncture point is called the Bitong point.
In addition to acupuncture, there are lots of excellent Chinese herbal supplements that can work wonders for relieving congestion.
This time of year, it is common to come down with a cold or sinus infection. However, that doesn’t have to be your outcome. If you do happen to get sick this winter, consider using acupuncture and Chinese herbal supplement to help build a robust immune system and prevent any further infection.
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. We can’t guarantee the treatment result, as the symptoms of conditions are unpredictable and vary greatly from person to person. The treatment length and recovery time also varies for individual. Please visit our clinics website: GinSen where a specialists will discuss your care and provide a consultation, and the treatment will be designed to meet your individual needs.