Acupuncture for Sinusitis

by Mark Whalen, L.Ac. |

Acupuncture for Sinusitis

Just the right time of seasonal transition, it’s no surprise for us to get endless calls inquiring about acupuncture for sinusitis and its symptoms: sinus pain, sinus congestion, sinus headaches and sinus infections.

Whether you suffer from chronic sinusitis, acute sinusitis or allergic sinusitis, or infectious sinusitis, we can help.

What is Sinusitis?

Sinusitis means the inflammation of the sinus cavities ("Sinu = sinuses + itis = inflammation"). This often results from allergies, chemical irritants or excess usage of over the counter nasal sprays, or the common cold. Viruses or bacteria may lead to sinus infections.

Sinusitis Symptoms

Symptoms of Sinusitis differ from person to person and also varies in intensity as the days pass by.

  • Nasal congestion
  • Headaches
  • Sinus pressure and pain
  • Difficulty breathing through the nose
  • Thick or watery mucous that may yellow or green in color.
  • Fever may be present in a sinus infection
  • Along with the main symptoms, you may experience low energy levels and trouble sleeping.
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Conventional Treatment of Sinusitis

Acute sinusitis is usually addressed by the counter decongestants (Sudafed type meds) and using vaporizers to inhale steam. These help torelieve congestion, but they can also dry you out too much, which could lead to more pain.

Chronic sinusitis is managed by frequent usage of vaporizers/humidifiers, and "neti-pots" with saline rinses. Antibiotics are prescribed if the infection is due to bacteria. It’s important to treat sinus infections as they can lead to serious complications if left untreated.

Oral steroids or antihistamines are advised for chronic sinusitis caused by allergies. The available treatment options only provide relief from the symptoms.

What’s Missing?  Addressing the Underlying Imbalance, Not the Symptoms

The traditional treatments for the common, existing sinus infections have one major missing element. Antibiotics may be effective in curing the acute infection but it cannot eliminate it permanently. We need to have knowledge about Biofilms. Simply explaining, Biofilms are tiny mucus balls used by viruses and bacteria to protect themselves from our immune response.

When you complete your antibiotics course, your immune system is stimulated again. By whom? Those creepy virus and bacteria come into action.

As a result of this hide and seek, you end up with another sinus infection.  Fun, right?

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Incorporating Traditional Chinese Medicine into Your Solution

Acupuncturists and Doctors of Chinese Medicine treat all forms of sinusitis: acute, chronic, allergic, or infectious.

Treatment is developed to target the current congestion and make your immune system stronger so it does not get hyperactive in the future.

Acupuncture minimizes inflammation (swelling) and pain so you may feel your congestion reducing during your treatment.   Treatment also improves the movement of fluids in the body, and can help in the degradation of congested mucous.

Chinese herbal medicine plays an important role in treating the existing infections. Many Chinese herbs posses anti-bacterial or anti-viral properties, treating both bacterial and viral infections.

The biggest thing to understand is that Chinese herbs will break down biofilms

When biofilms break down, our immune system is able to fight the hidden bacteria and viruses.

Using a combination of acupuncture, herbal medicine and targeted Qi Gong breathing exercises, Traditional Chinese Medicine techniques can help you get off the anti-biotic roller coaster.

Don’t allow your recurring sinus congestion to develop into a sinus infection. If you’re susceptible to sinus congestion, sinus infections, sinus pain or allergies, don’t wait any further — get acupuncture and feel better.

This article is not intended to diagnose, treat, prevent or cure any medical conditions and should not be considered medical advice. Please contact your health care provider if you have concerns regarding sinus infections.

Mark Whalen first became interested in acupuncture as a patient facing unwanted nerve surgery. Acupuncture not only resolved his issue, it changed his life, and today he is a licensed acupuncturist and certified herbalist practicing out of Massachusetts. Mark believes in integrating the traditional Chinese Medical model with a modern neuroscientific view of how acupuncture works in order to get the best results for his patients. You can learn more about Mark at

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