Traditional Chinese Medicine for Sinusitis
From the perspective of traditional Chinese medicine, sinusitis can be caused by internal and external factors. For internal factors, common patterns of sinusitis are qi deficiency in lungs, qi deficiency in spleen, lung heat. For external factors, there are six external forces invade the human body to cause diseases. They are called the six external pathogens in Chinese medicine, namely wind, heat, dampness, fire, dryness and cold. The most common external factor of sinusitis is wind heat.
Sinusitis becomes chronic condition for many people because fail to eliminate sinus infection completely. It creates an ongoing pattern of infection after infection. Continually using antibiotics for infections can weaken the immune system, causing further problems. TCM aims to break this pattern. After sinus infection has been completely cleared, TCM focuses on strengthening body’s immune system in order to prevent recurrence.
Acupuncture for Sinusitis
TCM practitioners often offer acupuncture combined with herbal formula for sinusitis. Acupuncture is very effective to deal with sinus problems. After having needles inserted at certain acupuncture points for people with sinusitis cannot breathe properly through their noses, they will open up and feel immediate relief.
The most common acupuncture point for sinusitis is the “Bitong point”, which literally means “opening up the nose” in Chinese. TCM practitioners may offer electro acupuncture, which uses thin needles inserted beneath the skin that are attached to a device that sends electric pulses into the body. You can also try stimulating acupressure points for sinusitis on your own.
Chinese Herbs for Sinusitis
After the pattern of sinusitis is identified, TCM practitioners will use an herbal formula based on your condition and constitution. For sinusitis caused by wind heat, Pe Min Kan Wan, an herbal formula is often used. It is used to disperse wind, clear heat, and unblock the nose. It contains herbs include Xin Yi Hua, Cang Er Zi, Ban Lan Gen, Huo Xiang, Ju Hua and more. Other Chinese herbs that are considered beneficial for sinusitis include Ru Xiang, Huang Qin and Sang Ye.