Most of us take our ability to breathe effortlessly for granted. But, when you suffer with the sinuses you become painfully aware of how wonderful it would be to be able to breath fully!
Sinus symptoms are:
Sinus related conditions include:
From a naturopathic perspective prevention is the right move, but when you're in the throws of sinusitis many simple natural remedies often provide a better treatment than antibiotics. Antibiotics are a slippery slope. It is well documented that repeated use of antibiotics undermines your immunity and produces resistant stains of bacteria. See the home treatment recommendations at the bottom of the page. These recommendations are useful whether or not you are taking a course of antibiotics.
If your reading this article, you likely have suffered with recurrent sinus issues. Let's take a look at the underlying causes of sinus problems. A primary cause of chronic sinusitis is the fact that an acute sinusitis was treated ineffectively, which then leads to further attacks. Other causes are overuse of decongestant nasal sprays, smoking, swimming, diving, allergies, or as the Chinese say, an underlying disharmony within the body that presents itself as sinusitis.
Chinese Medicine understands that any symptom in the body is a result of disharmony. In the case of sinus conditions the #1 imbalance stems from the stomach and/or liver, secondarily the spleen. Congestion or depletion of energy in the stomach, liver or spleen are at the root of all sinus conditions. Overeating fats, hot spicy foods, sweets, or drinking alcohol create ‘damp’ and ‘heat’ in the body. Damp form phlegm while heat moves upwards (a bit like steam) lodging in the lungs and nasal cavities. This is your common cold scenario, but susceptibility to colds and flu are a result of lifestyle choices. Eating or drinking excessively, irregularly and unhealthily eating and sleep habits damage liver, stomach and spleen energy. The result is a predisposition to develop a manifestations of damp/heat conditions such as sinusitis and/or bronchitis. For a deeper understanding of the Chinese Medicine approach to healing sinus conditions check out this article from Acupuncture Council of Ireland, "Understanding Sinusitis from a Chinese perspective"
For those with chronics sinus conditions emotional aspects should also be considered. Worry, stress, long term frustrations and anger issues will affect the health of the stomach, liver and spleen. Chi Nei Tsang deep organ manipulation provides an excellent therapy to relieve congestion of these organs and promote release of nervous energy trapped in the body systems.
Anyone in the US who would like to connect with acupuncturist as a treatment option for chronic sinusitis can find a practitioner in your area by visiting the NCCAOM (National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine) practitioner directory. If you are local to Phoenix/Scottsdale Arizona, my personal recommendation is Linda Lofaro LAc and practitioner of Chinese herbal medicine, Wholeself. If you are on a budget the Phoenix Institute of Herbal Medicine and Acupuncture offers a clinic that provides very affordable treatment with advanced students working under the direction of master teachers.
Home Treatments to improve Sinusitis
The Bridge to Health Sinus Recovery Protocol offers you 3 month access to diet, lifestyle changes, nutritional and herbal support to end the vicious cycle of sinus conditions. This is an affordable to way to turn your health around and end antibiotic use! Take a step toward improved wellness and purchase your Sinus Recovery Protocol today!
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