Sinisitis, Rinitis, HayFever


There are four pairs of sinuses in our head and the ones which are most prone to infection and inflammation are located between the eyes and either side of the nose. Sinusitis is an inflammation of the mucous membranes of these sinus cavities. This can result in difficulty breathing through the nose, facial pain, headaches and blockage/congestion of the sinuses.

Acupuncture treatment for sinusitis is based on the presenting symptoms. When the symptoms are acute then treatment is aimed at clearing the phlegm from the nasal cavities and regulating the flow of Lung energy. If the Phlegm is Yellow in colour then this indicates heat and points are selected to help the body clear this heat. Acupuncture can be very effective in reducing the inflammation, headaches, pain, and congestion caused by sinusitis. Patients report that they can use fewer medications and feel better.

Allergic rhinitis is an allergic reaction that happens when your immune system overreacts to substances that you have inhaled, such as pollen. There are two types of allergic rhinitis (a) seasonal allergic rhinitis (hay fever) and (b)perennial allergic rhinitis, which occurs year-round.Hay fever is caused by outdoor allergens e.g. pollen. Perennial allergic rhinitis is caused by indoor allergens such as dust mites, pet dander, and mold occurs year-round.Symptoms of allergic rhinitis resemble a cold, but they are not caused by a virus the way a cold is.

When Qi ( energy) and Xue (blood) flow freely through the meridians, the body is in good health and can perform at its optimum. However, if a particular energy pathway is obstructed, there will be an in balance in the energy. This imbalance will ultimately affect the functioning of the body as a whole. In the case of allergic rhinitis, the blockage of energy is situated in the lung meridian, for which the nose is considered an extension.

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