Alternative Methods For Sinus Issues

More than annoyance!

Sinusitis is one of the most annoying nasal ailments known to man. Aside from the headache, eyestrain, and stuffy nose that comes with sinusitis, one also has to bear with the difficulty of breathing. For relief from this nasal problem, people often turn to a wide variety of medications available in the marketplace.


Sinusitis is so prevalent a problem these days that many people are turning to alternative methods to address this chronic issue. Approaches that are particularly popular today include the medical philosophies of China and India as well as aromatherapy.

After having tried in vain to get sinus relief from Western medicine, many people are developing a “taste” for alternatives. Aside from looking for a cure from traditional Chinese medicine, others have looked to growing all-natural medicines movement as a source of lasting, effective treatment for sinusitis. The herbal lore and medical traditions of China have even fascinated Western medicine-trained doctors enough to drive more in-depth research to be conducted.

What about acupuncture?

One alternative method for dealing with sinusitis comes in the form and art of acupuncture. Acupuncture is more than just sticking needles in random locations. Acupuncture follows the ancient Chinese concept of the “chi,” which is the living energy that flows within and through all life. There are certain parts of the body that act as focal points of the chi, with sicknesses emerging when the flow of the chi is blocked, delayed, or somehow stunted. According to some older texts, if the chi focuses or centers in one part of the body for too long, it can also cause an imbalance, though the consequences may prove more severe. The point of acupuncture is to stimulate these “wells of chi” to resume regular flow by restoring the proper ebb and flow of the body's internal energy. In most cases, acupuncture is accompanied by traditional herbal medications to supplement the “restoration of the body's natural harmony.”

What about Herbs?

In traditional Chinese medicine, sinusitis is like any other medical ailment. In other words, it is a disruption of the natural elemental harmony of the body. In keeping with this philosophy, Chinese healers discovered that certain herbal formulas, when mixed together in the proper proportions, can slowly realign a person's elemental harmony and, as a result, remove the sinusitis.

"Cang er san" is a typical herbal formula for traditional Chinese doctors to work with when dealing with sinusitis. Typically, the proportions are altered slightly, depending on the discretion of the doctor preparing the mix. Once the sinusitis has cleared up, traditional Chinese doctors can also provide some herbs to help secure the re-harmonized body using dang shen or huang qi.

Ayurveda, a truely ancient alternative-

Considered by many scholars to be the oldest healing science, the Indian healing system ayurveda is also gaining some recognition in the West as an alternative form of medicine.

Ayurvedic theory views all human ailments as rooted in an imbalance in the body and that the proper cure is attained by restoring that balance. The main difference from traditional Western medicine is that rather than simply matching a patient's symptom with a specific medication to relieve that symptom, ayurveda experts first determine the cause of the problem and work from there. As such, if ten people come to the same ayurveda healer for their sinusitis problem, he might need to prescribe ten different methods, depending on what he perceives to have caused the imbalance in each particular patient.

For instance:

A massage using herbal oils can be given for someone if the healer thinks the root of the problem lies in some chemical impurity, with the oils formulated specifically for the impurity in question. Meanwhile, if the healer thinks that the root of the imbalance lies in stress, a meditation regimen might be advised

Aromatherapy for sinus problems-

Another popular method that I have used quite frequently is aromatherapy. Aromatherapy is the use of aromatic substances called essential oils in the form of a massage oil blend or inhalation blend. This therapy also is an attempt to balance the body’s immune system reaction to an allergen.

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