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The Use of Acupuncture for Sinusitis

Sinusitis is a medical condition characterized by inflammation of the sinus linings. It might be an indication of an ongoing condition brought on by allergies or anything else, or it could be something that just lasts for a short while. Sinusitis may be treated with many different approaches. Nasal sprays containing saline and decongestants are available over-the-counter and may help relieve symptoms.

The Use of Acupuncture for Sinusitis

Acupuncture is a traditional Chinese medicine technique that has been used for thousands of years to alleviate various health conditions. One of the conditions that acupuncture has been found to be effective in treating is sinusitis, which is a common condition characterized by inflammation of the sinus cavities. Acupuncture works by stimulating specific points on the body, known as acupoints, to promote healing and balance in the body. This article will explore how acupuncture can be used to alleviate the symptoms of sinusitis and how it can be used as a complementary treatment alongside conventional medicine.

Some research (such a 2013 study on persons with acute bronchitis and a 2017 study on children with acute sinusitis) have demonstrated that some herbal remedies are beneficial in treating both acute and chronic sinusitis.(1)

Sinusitis is a common illness characterized by inflammation of the sinuses’ lining tissues. Besides the pain and pressure, the most common symptom of sinusitis is an impaired ability to breathe via the nose.

Acupuncture for Sinusitis

Traditional Chinese Medicine doctors have been using therapies like acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine for centuries to help patients recover from illness in a way that is kind on the body and mind. Acupuncture relies on the idea of meridians, which are energy pathways that permeate the body and nourish all of its tissues.

Different parts of these energy pathways may get clogged, preventing the tissues from obtaining the nutrients they require and contributing to illness and poor physical, emotional, and mental health. Sterilized, very thin needles are inserted into certain points on the body as part of an acupuncture treatment. This aids in the elimination of obstructions, which restores energy flow and encourages optimal health.

Traditional Chinese Medication (TCM) for sinusitis often combines acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine to provide symptomatic relief. The goal is to eliminate the inflammatory triggers and restore normal nasal function as soon as feasible. Damages from smoking relied upon your own body’s defence mechanisms, namely your nasal passages, mouth, and trachea.(2)

Acupuncture may help those with sinusitis by:

  • Elevating levels of feel-good hormones endorphins and neuropeptide 
  • Modifying how the brain and spinal cord interpret pain by stimulating nerves and so releasing endorphins and other neurohumoral chemicals.
  • Interventions aiming to reduce inflammation and swelling by increasing the production of vasoactive and immunomodulatory chemicals

Acupuncture comprises the insertion of thin, sterile needles, most often in the face, arms, and lower legs, to increase blood flow to the sinus cavities and energy flow to the appropriate organs and body systems such as the adrenal glands, the immune system, and the neurological system. This is often focused on the face, arms, and lower legs.

Recovering chemicals are released into the brain and nervous system after being stimulated. Improving the body’s ability to repair itself through boosting the immune system is a proven medical fact. Stimulating certain acupuncture points, which have an impact on the brain, may help those suffering with sinusitis experience less discomfort.

at majority of people who try acupuncture for their sinusitis report practically instantaneous relief. Benefits include better smell and taste, reduced facial pain, and clearer nasal passages. Therefore, acupuncture treatment for sinusitis may significantly enhance the quality of life for those who suffer from it.

Traditional Chinese Medicinal Herbs for Sinusitis

Herbal remedies are often used by Traditional Chinese Medicine doctors to speed up the healing process for patients with sinusitis. It is common practice to combine this approach with acupuncture. Herbal remedies may help reduce inflammation and its associated discomforts, such as facial pain and stuffy nose.

They may also help your body’s immune system so you don’t get ill as often. In order to ensure safe and effective use of any herbal medication, a consultation with a qualified practitioner of Traditional Chinese Remedy is recommended before usage. People who have asthma that ranges from mild to severe sometimes often suffer from chronic sinusitis.(3)

Suggestions to Help Ease the Pain of Sinusitis

The following tips can help alleviate sinusitis symptoms in addition to acupuncture treatments and Western medications.

Warm Compresses Should Be Used

Reducing sinusitis discomfort with warm compresses is a simple and quick solution. Warmth softens the tissues involved in sinusitis, making it simpler to scrape away any mucus buildup. Congestion in the nasal passages will be relieved and breathing will become less of a struggle. Use a warm cloth to wipe your face and nose. Then, relax and let the heat do its magic.

If You’re Experiencing Congestion, Try Clearing Your Nasal Passages

Patients with sinusitis may find some relief from using a salt water rinse, which helps thin the mucus and facilitates its clearance from the nasal passages. See your family doctor or local pharmacist for advice on how to properly do a salt water nasal wash.

Steam it!

It is possible that steam might help loosen any mucus that has been stuck in your nasal passages and moisten your sinuses. You may get the same result by using the steam from a hot shower or bath, a vaporizer, or by heating water in a pot.

Do Your Best To Keep Yourself Hydrated

Water helps keep your sinuses moist and softens the tissues in your sinuses, both of which may reduce sinus pressure. If you suffer from sinusitis, you should increase your daily water intake to more than 8 glasses.

Have a Restful Night’s Sleep

Not giving your body enough time to recover from acute sinusitis may lead to a more persistent form of the condition known as chronic sinusitis. Sinusitis sufferers should avoid vigorous physical activity and obtain plenty of rest.

Don’t Risk Exposure To Allergens and Other Triggers

Dust, pet hair, and cigarette smoke are just a few of the allergens that might aggravate your allergies and sinusitis. You may reduce the amount of allergy sufferers in your house by having it cleaned regularly. Nasal allergies will improve and chronic sinusitis will be avoided as a result. Cigarette use or secondhand exposure to cigarette smoke may exacerbate symptoms.

Seeking the Opinion of a Physician

When making an appointment with a family doctor, it’s important to keep in mind the following potential complications:

  1. If symptoms don’t start to get better after 7-10 days, it’s time to see a doctor.
  2. The pain and pressure on my face are becoming much, much worse.
  3. Sinusitis symptoms that come and go over and again

To determine the kind of sinusitis you have, your primary care physician will examine the inside of your nose. Your doctor may recommend painkillers to help ease your suffering. Your doctor may also recommend a nasal decongestant and/or saline irrigation to help you breathe more easily through your nose. Nasal corticosteroids and antibiotics are two treatment options for sinusitis, depending on the severity of the condition.

A stiff neck, increased edema, or a nosebleed are all indications that this problem should not be ignored. Make an appointment with your primary care physician immediately if any of these conditions appear in conjunction with your sinusitis. An ENT (a doctor who specializes in the ears, nose, and throat) may do further testing if the condition does not improve with treatment or recurs often.


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Written, Edited or Reviewed By: Team PainAssist, Pain Assist Inc. This article does not provide medical advice. See disclaimer
Last Modified On:January 28, 2023

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