Sunday, November 18, 2012

Acupuncture For Sinusitis

Sinusitis is inflammation of the tissue of the sinuses, which can cause lots of mucus build up and nasal polyps that can lead to congestion, loss of smell, bad breath and facial pain.
It can occur from a serious flu or cold, bad diet or even exposure to toxic substances that can leave bad bacteria in the body. Mucus build up that is yellow or green is the result of the body fighting some unwanted pathogen, which is typical with sinusitis.

Acupuncture and adjunctive therapies that an acupuncturist can use like heat therapy, cupping  or even blood letting can stimulate and boost the body to more effectively fight off and release whatever pathogen is trapped in the body. 

The symptoms of Sinusitis in Chinese theory are considered to be heat and dampness, which can usually be traced back to the Stomach, Spleen and Lung organs and their meridians. Boosting these organs by needling corresponding points on their meridians and adding external heat or cupping over specific points can help reduce inflammation and resolve mucus. Along with opening up the nasal and sinus passages for easier and better breathing.

There are many points on the body that are specific to reducing dampness, clearing heat and opening the pores to let out toxic pathogens.  Although acupuncture is a great alternative to treating sinusitis, sinusitis comes in different forms of severity either acute or chronic.

If it is more on the chronic side it may take a series of acupuncture treatments to feel some relief. It also depends on ones lifestyle. If you suffer from sinusitis and work in an environment that leaves you prone to making the sinusitis worse more regular acupuncture treatments will be necessary. If it is more on the acute side then a handful treatments maybe all that is needed.

Acupuncture in general is a relaxing therapy that creates balance and harmony within the body, with side effects that can only boost the body to work more optimally. If you or someone you know suffers from sinusitis please tell them to consider acupuncture and if you have any questions or concerns about it, you should always be able to email or call your local acupuncturist and learn what acupuncture can do for you.

I hope you have enjoyed today’s article, if you have any questions or comments please let me know. Thank you!


  1. Is there any relation between Acupressure and Acupuncture in the treating of sinusitis?

    1. Hi Karina,

      Thanks for the question. The relation is very close, they come from the same theory, so all the points used in both are the same, the difference is that acupuncture is a deeper and stronger stimulation. Also, an acupuncturist is able to stimulate more points on the body at once that have to do with sinusitis. I hope that answers your question.

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