Deliver Me From Sinus Pain
The pain can be unbearable – even incapacitating. Perhaps the worst of it all isn’t so much the pain, but the pressure. It can last for days or, in some cases, months.
Sinus problems are caused by any number of factors; the most common being allergens, environment pollutants (such as smoke), and pathogens (viruses and bacterium). An overexposure to any of these can lead to a condition known as sinusitis – an inflammation and swelling of the sinus tissues.
You might be wondering why we have sinuses? Their main function is to help filter and moisten the air we inhale through our nose. These functions become impaired when the sinuses are irritated and obstructed by phlegm.
Relief often comes in a multi-faceted approach in the form of over-the-counter medications, cold compresses, and nasal irrigation. How can acupuncture help?
Acupuncture stimulates your body’s production of natural chemicals, known as endorphins, which have a pain relieving effect because they alter the how the central nervous system receives pain signals. Along with their analgesic effect, these chemicals also promote a sense of well-being. Acupuncture also helps boost the immune system and increases circulation to the sinuses.
Most patients report feeling their sinuses open within the first few minutes of the acupuncture treatment. Chronic sinus problems usually require a course of treatments to receive the full benefit. The key to preventing a relapse, and the potential for infection, is maintaining a consistent regimen. In doing so, you’ll likely notice a significant different in how you’re feeling during any season.
For some people, an alternative to over-the-counter medications may be a combination of acupuncture and herbal supplements. Always consult a trained provider before starting an herbal formula. An appropriate and safe formula will be chosen for each individual patient.