Sinusitis and Allergies
As the season changes, sinusitis is a common problem. Sinusitis is inflammation of the air cavities within the passages of the nose. Sinusitis can be caused by infection, but also can be caused by allergies and chemical irritation of the sinuses.
Signs and symptoms
The following signs and symptoms may be present in sinus infection:
- sinus headache
- facial tenderness
- pressure or pain in the sinuses
- nasal stuffiness
- sore throat
- facial swelling
The detrimental effects of medications
Sinusitis is commonly treated with anti-biotics such as penicillin, erythromycin and amoxicillin, oral decongestants, mucolytics and anti-histamines in the case of allergies. Not only does the repeated use of anti-biotics build up resistance, but approximately two-thirds of people with sinus infection experience side-effects from medications, such as dizziness, increased heart rate, difficulty sleeping, nausea, bloating and fatigue.
At Regenerative Health, sinusitis can be treated with Acupuncture, ozone therapy and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). According to TCM, sinus problems may be caused by several factors, including lung heat and dampness.
Acupuncture treatment is focused on diagnosing the exact problem and then stimulating the acupoints to treat it. Acupuncture operates under the belief that inserting needles into certain points along the body’s meridians will stimulate the body and cause it to heal itself, through restoration of the natural flow of life energy. In Western medicine, acupuncture is known to release neurotransmitters and hormones through the insertion of needles into various pressure points. The release of biochemicals stimulates the central nervous system, strengthens the immune system, regulates the body functions and helps to ease pain. Acupressure can also be performed on the sensitive spots on the forehead, hairline, cheeks, nose, ears and over the sinus acupuncture points in order to enhance the effects.
Insufflation of ozone gas into the ears is also proven to be effective in the treatment of sinusitis. The ears are full of capillaries which link to the lymphatic system. It is indicated for infection, sore throats and sinus drainage. Ozone is an immune system modulator, it acts as a local disinfectant, antiviral and antibacterial, improves circulation and oxygen delivery to the tissues, and decreases pain and inflammation.
Using herbal formulas to prevent and treat sinus infection is one of the best-developed and most successful aspects of TCM. Traditional Chinese herbs are effective in reducing nasal congestion and running nose, moistening the lungs and loosening phlegm. They can also have a potent anti-bacterial and antiviral effect.