Sinusitis is one of the most common chronic conditions in the United States today. Chronic sinusitis affects more than 37 million Americans a year.
What causes sinusitis? It can be caused by things such as bacteria, fungi, viruses, protozoa and environmental conditions, or molds. Allergies can also play a role in causing this problem.
Chronic sinusitis can drag down a person’s immune system over time. Symptoms can include sinus discharge, post-nasal drip, sinus allergies that won’t go away (or that come and go), headaches, hearing problems, ear infections, or colds. Many times the symptoms might not seem acute, but they can drag on and on, make a person tired, and drag down their immune system. If the symptoms continue untreated, they can lead to serious infection requiring strong antibiotics.
Western medicine describes chronic sinusitis as a prolonged sinus infection that usually lasts for more than three months. When a person breathes in through their nose, the sinuses act like a filter, creating mucus. If sinus pathways do not properly drain, sinuses can become ‘diseased.’ This results in difficulty breathing through the nose, facial pain, and blockage of the sinuses among other symptoms.
A sinusitis condition can interfere with a person’s lifestyle because of the constant pain and discomfort. Generally, a sinusitis condition may last for more than 10 days. There may be a discharge of thick yellow/green mucus, nasal congestion, and facial pain/pressure. There is no known ‘cure’ for chronic sinusitis. The right treatment can help resolve a current infection, but there are no guarantees that the infection won’t return.
Acupuncture can help sinusitis in both early and late stages.
Chinese Medicine professionals can help sinusitis through use of Acupuncture and Chinese herbs. Nutrition, including diet and nutritional supplements, sinus rinses and steam may also a major part of the treatment plan. Acupuncture can work wonders immediately for clearing the sinuses and relieving pain. Additionally Acupuncture plays an important role in helping the immune system stay strong.
The spring season brings pollens with all the blooms, grasses and weeds. All of this can aggravate the sinuses, causing pressure and pain. The spring season and all the allergies comes right on the heels of the flu season. A person’s immune system may need bolstering after the flu season. Acupuncture helps make a stronger immune system.
Make a seasonal Acupuncture appointment before the blooms of the spring season begin to take a toll causing sinuses to become affected.