Whether it’s intense pain, or an irritatingly runny nose — acupuncture eases sinus issues!
What are sinuses anyways? Sinuses are air pockets located in the cheekbones, between the eyes and the forehead. Small channels connect the sinuses to the nasal passages, allowing mucus to drain into the nose from the sinuses and air to flow into the sinuses from the nose.
Sinusitis is a condition when the paranasal sinuses become inflamed. This can cause headaches, tightness of the facial muscles, and increased production/discharge of mucus. Other symptoms include dizziness and the feeling of a “heavy head,” both of which are the results of congested (or blocked) sinus and other nasal passages. Sometimes nosebleeds are suffered.
Sinusitis is either classified as acute (less than four weeks) or chronic (eight weeks or longer). Either way, it can be annoying, embarrassing and painful to deal with.
A viral infection is often to blame, and when this occurs, the virus usually resolves itself without requiring any medication, and treatment consists of relieving the symptoms and not the virus itself. However in the case of allergies, the course of treatment depends on multiple factors, including the type of allergy, the patient’s overall health and also eliminating or avoiding certain environmental factors (such as mold, dust, extra dander, and extra pollen).
Food allergies play a subtle role in increasing the incidence of sinus symptoms. Symptoms are often aggravated by dairy products, caffeine, spicy foods, and alcohol. Limiting or eliminating these are advised.
Acupuncture is helpful in giving immediate relief of the symptoms, as well as treating underlying factors. We take a complete history to understand all the body systems. Point sites will be local for the immediate relief, and also other places determined by your history, as well as tongue and pulse diagnosis. The headache you may have will be relieved immediately! There will also be an immediate improvement on the stuffiness, and usually only a few treatments are needed to be of great help.
We will look at deeper underlying issues as well. In the case of viral infections, acupuncture helps to relieve stress and restore balance to your system so that your body can heal itself and return to full health quickly.
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