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About Sinusitis

Sinusitis is an infection of the small, air filled cavities inside the cheekbones and forehead. Acute sinusitis is fairly common, with between one in five people in 100 being diagnosed with the condition every year. Acute sinusitis often develops quickly (over a few days) following a cold or influenza (flu). It often clears up on its own with little or no treatment. Chronic sinusitis is less common, and can last for weeks or, sometimes even months. People of all ages can get sinusitis. Typical symptoms include a high temperature, pain and tenderness over the infected area, and a blocked or runny nose. Often, no treatment is required, but painkillers may be needed and, occasionally, antibiotics are prescribed.

 

Possible Symptoms

*High temperature
*Tenderness of affected sinus
*Cold symptoms including blocked or runny nose
*Pain when chewing, eating or talking
*Green or yellowish mucus
*Headache
*Tiredness
*General feeling of being unwell

 

Western Medicine View

If your symptoms are severe, and the infection has not cleared within a week, your GP may prescribe you antibiotics. In either case, there are a number of treatments that will help relieve your symptoms in the meantime, including: over-the-counter (OTC) painkillers such as paracetamol, ibuprofen or aspirin. If you are diagnosed with chronic sinusitis your GP is likely to refer you to an ENT specialist. If your symptoms do not improve after a course of antibiotics, and you are still experiencing difficulties with your affected sinus, an operation called a functional endoscopic sinus surgery (FESS) may be performed.

 

Chinese Medicine View

Repeated invasions of external Wind, whether Wind-Heat or Wind-Cold but more frequently Wind-Heat, impair the Lung-Qi (qi refers to energy) in the nasal passages so that fluids stagnate in the nose and sinuses. The long-term stagnation of fluids leads to Phlegm and Heat which leads to a yellow nasal discharge. Repeated invasions of external Wind are the main cause of sinusitis especially when the person does not take care or have extra rest during such invasions.

 

According to Chinese Medicine theory acupuncture and Chinese herbs can be prescribed to treat sinusitis. Chinese herbs are used for the treatment of Wind-Heat. Chinese herbs combined with acupuncture are used for the treatment of Lung-Heat, Liver and Gall-Bladder Fire and Stomach and Spleen Damp-Heat.

 

Lifestyle Advice

Excessive consumption of greasy-hot foods which can lead to Phlegm and Heat may predispose one to sinusitis. This type of food may lead to the formation of Damp-Heat in the Stomach and Spleen which may be carried to the sinuses via the Stomach. However, this can only be a predisposing factor in the development of sinusitis, the repeated invasions of Wind being the main factor involved.

For personalised advice on diet and lifestyle, please ask the doctor during your consultation. Please be reminded that we offer free online health advice.

 

Case History

"I have suffered from Chronic Sinusitis for years (it has been recurring my whole life in fact) but the most serious had been the last three years, when it was making it difficult for me to fly. I had tried Western medicine, even going so far as to have surgery on my nasal septum. Nothing changed my problem. I came to Acumedic very 'weighed down' with this problem and found that in just a week or so of starting treatment I was experiencing a fantastic recovery. I would say I recovered 60 or 70 percent in the first week or two and since then (three months or so) slower but positive movement towards full health. Treatment, Chinese herbs, 1 bag a day, more recently - herbal tablets and acupuncture treatments every few weeks. My problem with flying has not recurred - it was a terrible sinus 'pressure headache' during descent. I am very happy to be rid of it! I would recommend Chinese medicine - not just as a treatment for specific problems, but as a complementary treatment to keep healthy in general. Acumedic is a great place - nice people, great treatment."

 

 

 

"I am fine overall but was suffering from stress and weak immune system in the winter. Problems with throat. Before I had lots of antibiotics. The treatment at AcuMedic has been very useful to release stress and prevent throat infections/flu. Also helps relieving sinus inflammation."

 

 

 

"I have suffered sinusitis, problems with my bowels and right hand side near my liver/gallbladder. I have also suffered headaches, poor blood circulation. It's been a couple of weeks I have been receiving treatment at AcuMedic and already feel energised and looked after. I am receiving acupuncture and herbs to cure my condition. The doctor is very attentive and professional. She create very comforting environment for me as her patient. She explains everything, is very positive and efficient. I look forward to recovering and balancing my health with Acumedic. Thanks a lot."

 

 

"I would like to thank the AcuMedic for treating me for the last 5 weeks. I have chronic sinusitis and problems with my intestines. I have been receiving acupuncture and also taking herbs. I feel that my condition starts to stabilise. For example, I used to have headaches because of sinusitis - now I haven't got them any more. My doctor at AcuMedic is very professional. She is attentive, friendly and knowledgeable. Whenever I ask her a question about my health she happily explains it to me, and I can see she knows what she is doing. When I come back I will be happy to repeat my sessions. Thanks again." 

 

Case Histories

"I have suffered from Chronic Sinusitis for years (it has been recurring my whole life in fact) but the most serious had been the last three years, when it was making it difficult for me to fly. I had tried Western medicine, even going so far as to have surgery on my nasal septum.  Nothing changed my problem.  I came to Acumedic very 'weighed down' with this problem and found that in just a week or so of starting treatment I was experiencing a fantastic recovery. I would say I recovered 60 or 70 percent in the first week or two and since then (three months or so) slower but positive movement towards full health. Treatment, Chinese herbs, 1 bag a day, more recently - herbal tablets and acupuncture treatments every few weeks. My problem with flying has not recurred - it was a terrible sinus 'pressure headache' during descent. I am very happy to be rid of it! I would recommend Chinese medicine - not just as a treatment for specific problems, but as a complementary treatment to keep healthy in general. Acumedic is a great place - nice people, great treatment."

 

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"I am fine overall but was suffering from stress and weak immune system in the winter. Problems with throat. Before I had lots of antibiotics. The treatment at AcuMedic has been very useful to release stress and prevent throat infections/flu. Also helps relieving sinus inflammation."

 

 

 

"I have suffered sinusitis, problems with my bowels and right hand side near my liver/gallbladder. I have also suffered headaches, poor blood circulation. It's been a couple of weeks I have been receiving treatment at AcuMedic and already feel energised and looked after. I am receiving acupuncture and herbs to cure my condition. The doctor is very attentive and professional. She create very comforting environment for me as her patient. She explains everything, is very positive and efficient. I look forward to recovering and balancing my health with Acumedic. Thanks a lot."

 

 

"I would like to thank the AcuMedic for treating me for the last 5 weeks. I have chronic sinusitis and problems with my intestines. I have been receiving acupuncture and also taking herbs. I feel that my condition starts to stabilise. For example, I used to have headaches because of sinusitis - now I haven't got them any more. My doctor at AcuMedic is very professional. She is attentive, friendly and knowledgeable. Whenever I ask her a question about my health she happily explains it to me, and I can see she knows what she is doing. When I come back I will be happy to repeat my sessions. Thanks again." 

Last Updated: December 13, 2012

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