Also known as a cold or stuffy nose, rhinitis is an extremely common condition. It is caused by an irritation and inflammation of the nasal area. In most cases it is caused by bacteria, a virus or some sort of irritant, which results in the excess production of mucus, causing a runny nose, nasal congestion or post-nasal drip. Rhinitis is extremely common; as much as 20% of the U.S. population is estimated to be suffering from it at any given time.
Although there is no known cure for the common cold, treatment for rhinitis involves alleviating the symptoms. In most instances, moisturizing nasal spray is helpful for keeping the nasal passages lubricated, drinking extra fluids, avoiding extra stress, and getting a little extra rest is good advice.
Acupuncture is helpful immediately in opening up the sinus cavities and promoting good drainage. The local point sites give immediate improvement. In addition to local point sites, for immediate relief, we also look to the whole health picture, and want to treat underlying causes, as well. Acupuncture can help strengthen the immune system, and clean up many of the waterways in the body. One can think of the acupuncture pathways as waterways where micro-amperage current ripples along, facilitating the communication between all the tissue structures, cells, and parts of the mind-body complex. There is a bit of physics to the acupuncture workings. When you have a cold, your head is too cloudy and clogged to understand this —you just want relief.
Acupuncture helps to address underlying allergies that sometimes add to the frequency of sinus symptoms. Call with questions.