Chronic sinusitis is a chronic infection of the sinuses that causes nasal congestion, sinus pain, and headaches. It can affect your energy, sleep, and work. Some research suggests that chronic sinusitis can even lead to depression and anxiety.(1)
The good news is that acupuncture and Chinese medicine can help chronic sinusitis. Acupuncture and Chinese medicine can help to reduce dependency on sinus medication and can even help people avoid surgery. (2)
Acupuncture: Treating the whole person
Acupuncture and Chinese medicine focus on targeting the underlying imbalance causing the sinus issues. Health problems are often caused by imbalances in the body’s Qi, or energy. When there is a lack of energy or an impediment to the circulation of qi, toxins can develop and lead to sinus problems. Acupuncture also helps to reduce inflammation and improves the function of the immune system.(3) Acupuncture treatment is tailored to correct the specific imbalance causing your issues. To determine this imbalance, your headache symptoms, allergies, and overall wellbeing will be considered.
An integrated approach
When it comes to treating chronic sinusitis, it is important to include many of the modalities used in acupuncture and Chinese medicine. I use acupuncture, acupressure, and Chinese herbal remedies to help relieve the headaches, sinus pressure, and inflammation.
Acupuncture is not an either/or choice. The first goal to is help you feel better. One study was examined an integrative treatment protocol which included the patient’s current therapies, in addition to acupuncture, acupressure, dietary modifications, lifestyle modifications, and self-acupressure. Most patients showed physical, social, and symptomatic improvements. (4) If you have sinusitis it may be time to experienced the healing power of acupuncture in order to relieve symptoms, reduce dependence on medications, and help people avoid surgery. And what’s great is that acupuncture is also very safe and relaxing therapy. Most people fall asleep while in the office!