With the winter and the cold invading Brighton, I see more and more people sneezing, coughing and blowing their nose around me. More patients come to seek acupuncture to relieve the symptoms of a flue, or a cold but they often do not know that acupuncture is absolutely fantastic to relief the symptoms of sinusitis.
Sinusitis affect millions of people. Sinusitis is the term used to describe an inflammatory condition of the sinuses, which are small air spaces within the bones around the eyes, cheeks and forehead.
When you breathe in through your nose, the sinuses act like a filter, which creates mucus. If your sinus pathways do not properly drain, your sinuses can become ‘diseased.’ This can result in difficulty breathing through your nose, facial pain, and blockage of the sinuses among other symptoms.
Common causes of Sinusitis include:
- Bacterial infections, which often result from cold and flu.
- Allergies, especially to air-born allergens and certain foods.
- Hay fever
- Inhalation of harsh chemical fumes.
- Minor anatomical abnormalities.
Acupuncture relieves symptoms of Sinusitis through the use of needles that stimulate points to relieve both superficial symptoms and the root cause of the sinusitis itself.
In my practice, I will often needle points on the face, arm and lower legs to stimulate a body systems and organs into action, including the lungs, adrenal glands, immune and nervous system, the latter which is responsible for blood circulation to the sinus cavities.
Most patients experience immediate relief after a session of Acupuncture. Congestion clears, smell improves, and the pain diminishes to just to name a few.