For sufferers of sinus headaches, pain and congestion, seasonal changes can have a profound negative effect on well-being and comfort. These symptoms (often referred to as sinusitis) occur when the sinus cavities become inflamed and can be triggered by a range of different stimuli including pollen or chemical irritants.
The treatment of sinusitis and sinus headaches tends be focused on relieving symptoms rather than addressing inflammation issues. Common treatments include decongestant medicines, antihistamines, vaporizers or humidifiers.
While some are content with reaching for over the counter medicines when their sinuses begin to flare up, more and more people are seeking alternative treatment for sinusitis – looking to treat the cause, rather than the symptoms.
Treating Sinusitis with Acupuncture
From a traditional Chinese medicine perspective, sinusitis is the result of an underlying disharmony within the body which is then presenting itself as sinusitis. This means that, treatment of sinusitis using traditional Chinese practices can vary from person to person. An experienced acupuncturist can identify this pattern of disharmony and formulate the appropriate treatment for the individual. This may combine acupuncture treatments with diet and Chinese herbs – many of which contain anti-bacterial and anti-viral properties.
While acupuncture works to relieve pain and congestion caused by sinusitis it may also go further to help prevent future attacks and strengthen the immune system. An experienced acupuncturist will look to first identify the root cause and treat this (alongside the symptoms causing immediate discomfort).
If you are experiencing issues with sinus congestion or sinus headaches, make an appointment with Clinic 38 and find a solution to managing your sinusitis long term.