Acupuncture might be your cure for sinus infections.With the recent and devastating flooding due to the effects of Hurricane Harvey, many people are experiencing an uptick in allergy issues related to mold, dust from debris, along with the usual changes in the pollens due to the incoming Fall season. Persistent allergy issues can lead to things like sinus infections, bacterial infections or upper respiratory infections.

Along with pain and discomfort, sinus infections can cause missed work and school days and can even become a frequent problem for many allergy sufferers. Thankfully, there are treatments that can help reduce the instances of sinus infections and help prevent future illnesses. Acupuncture is one such treatment and the best news is that it is 100% natural.

How Do You Get A Sinus Infection?

The sinuses are tiny pockets near the eyes, your cheekbones and in your forehead that are points where fluid from your head drains. During allergy season, sometimes these pockets become fluid filled and that fluid can become infected, causing pain, discolored drainage, body aches, fever and more. Common treatments for sinus infection include antibiotics and steroids, but these often have uncomfortable side effects.

How Acupuncture For Sinus Infections Works

Some recent studies show that acupuncture can be a remarkably effective treatment for sinus infections. According to Traditional Chinese Medicine philosophy, when there are health issues somewhere in the body, it is thought to be caused by an interruption in Qi, or life-force, which can affect the blood and fluid systems in the body. TCM practitioners believe that sinus issues may be caused by a number of factors like lung heat and dampness, among other causes.

If you choose to try acupuncture as a treatment, a TCM practitioner will evaluate your needs and ask you questions about your sinus infection. Then a course of treatment will be selected, including certain acupoints through which small needles will be inserted to release pressure in the sinuses. Your practitioner may also recommend natural herbs or dietary alterations.

What You Should Know

Studies about acupuncture and its effect on sinus infections are still in their infancy, however, there is ample anecdotal evidence about how effective a treatment it is. If you’re considering trying a course of treatment, be sure to choose a certified Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioner who is well-versed in the treatment of acupuncture.

Other Things You Can Do

Aside from acupuncture treatment for sinus infections, here are a few other tips about things that you can do to help alleviate or prevent sinus infections:

  • Using saline mist or doing sinus rinses.
  • Using a nasal steroid.
  • Getting plenty of rest.
  • Applying warm compresses to painful sinuses.
  • Increase your intake of fluids.
  • Inhale steam or take a steamy shower.

To learn more about how Traditional Chinese Medicine and acupuncture can help you manage your symptoms, call 832.282.3306 or contact us to schedule your appointment today.