Traditional Chinese Medicine Treatment for Sinusitis
Sinusitis is also known as sinus infection. It is an uncomfortable condition that can be caused by a bacterial, fungal, viral infection or it can arise from an allergic reaction. In Western medicine, typical treatment for sinusitis is the prescription of antihistamines or antibiotics that may relieve the symptoms, but cannot treat the cause of the condition.
Acupuncture Treatment for Sinusitis
TCM practitioners use Chinese herbs and acupuncture to treat rhinitis, sinusitis and allergies. Acupuncture is an important way to deal with sinus problems. Patients cannot breathe properly through their noses. After having needles inserted at certain acupuncture points, they will open up and feel immediate relief. The most common acupuncture point for sinusitis is the “Bitong point”, which literally means “opening up the nose” in Chinese. TCM practitioners may offer electro acupuncture treatment, which uses thin needles inserted beneath the skin that are attached to a device that sends electric pulses into the body. You can also try stimulating acupressure points for sinusitis on your own.
Sinusitis becomes chronic condition for many patients. The reason is that most treatments fail to drain the sinus cavities completely of mucus and discharge after each recurring infection. It creates an ongoing pattern of infection after infection. Continually treating the infections with antibiotics can weaken the immune system, causing further problems.
Chinese Herbs for Sinusitis
TCM treatment for sinusitis aims to break this pattern. After sinus infection has been completely cleared, patient is given treatment to strengthen body’s immune system in order to prevent recurrence.
1) Pe Min Kan Wan is a popular Chinese herb used in treating sinus infections. It is also helpful for hay fever and common cold.
Where to buy: Pe Min Kan Wan
How to use: Pe Min Kan Wan can be used in the form of capsules.
2) Ru Xiang (Boswellia, Indian Frankincense) can reduce bronchial and sinus swelling.
Where to buy: Boswellia Extract
How to use: Boswellia Extract can be used in the forms of extract, powder and capsules.