Natural Sinus Relief with Acupuncture
Looking for natural treatment for sinus relief? Acupuncture can help! Many of my patients seek natural alternative sinus relief with acupuncture to treat their sinus symptoms. My patients see results quickly for symptoms such as sinus blockage, chronic sinusitis, nasal allergies, and sinus headache. Sinusitis can occur a few times a year for some, but for others chronic sinus congestion becomes their daily reality. Acupuncture to the rescue!
What causes sinus blockage?
- Sinusitis – inflammation of the sinuses due to infection, fungus, allergies, or virus
- Nasal Allergy – pollen, dust, smoke, animal dander causing immune reaction
- Nasal Polyps – overgrowth of tissue in the mucous membranes of the nose and sinus
- Hay Fever – pollen or dust allergy causing inflammation of the mucous membranes
Sinus Infection & Chronic Sinusitis
According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) About 13 percent of U.S. adults suffered from sinusitis or sinus infection in 2010. Recent studies suggest, however, that the problem may not be bacterial per se. Bacteria grows in environments when there is imbalance in the system. Imbalance in the microbes of the mucous membranes of your body creates a scenario of ‘good guys’ vs. ‘bad guys’. The bad guys? Bacteria. The good guys? Good bacteria including Lactobacillus which come from a healthy immune system. How do you achieve a good balance of good bacteria vs. bad bacteria in order to avoid dreaded sinus infections? Acupuncture and a healthy diet. Acupuncture combined with a proper diet enhances the immune system by stimulating it to create microbial balance in the sinus.
Sinus Infection Research
A small research study in the journal Science Translational Medicine measured the different types of microbes populating the sinuses of a group of people who had chronic sinusitis and another group who had no sinus issues. They found that among those with sinus infections, the microbial balance of the sinus sufferers was way out of balance. Imbalances such as too many bad bacteria vs. not enough good bacteria is often caused by a weakened immune system which may result in seasonal allergies, mold allergies, pollen, dust, and pet allergies, or just plain sinus blockage!
How Does Acupuncture Work for Sinus Relief?
Acupuncture provides natural sinus relief by clearing the blocked pathways of the nose. Needles placed in areas below the elbows and knees stimulate the flow of energy through the acupuncture meridians, also known as channels. When these channels become blocked, mucus may build up causing clogged sinuses. Since acupuncture also boosts immunity, it strengthens your whole system so you can resist environmental allergies.
Asian Diet and Sinus
Additionally, at my clinic, I advise patients to follow a non-mucus forming, low inflammation diet through our nutritional counseling service. Nutritional counseling is a part of Chinese medicine and is included in your acupuncture treatment. Eating according to Asian dietary principles unblocks your system, unclogs your nose, and increases energy so you feel better.