Most people in Canada are familiar with acupuncture and how it is great for dealing with many chronic pain issues. However, few know that acupuncture works great for the flu, colds, and sinus pain issues as well? Chronic sinusitis affects over 3 million Canadians each year and is actually the most common chronic condition in Canada to date.
Our sinuses are air pockets that are located in the area under the cheekbones between the forehead and the eyes.Mucus drains into the nose from the sinuses through small channels that connect the sinuses to the nasal passages. Everyday in Canada, sinus problems can be treated with acupuncture or antibiotics. One fact that should be pointed out is that through the use of acupuncture, the use of antibiotics is dramatically decreased.
What is Sinusitis?
Sinusitis is a prolonged sinus infection that often lasts for three months or more. When you breath in through your nose, the sinuses, which act as a filter, creates mucus. The sinuses can become diseased if the sinus pathways don’t drain properly. Breathing problems, facial pain and sinus blockages can occur if the problem persists.
Constant pain and discomfort can interfere with one’s lifestyle if the sinus condition goes untreated. Sinusitis can last from a week to several months and produce a thin yellow mucus which causes nasal congestion. This in turn causes pressure and pain in the nasal cavity facial area.
There have been a variety of studies here in Canada and the Unites States regarding sinusitis, but to date there are no known cures for this chronic sinusitis condition accept for those who have tried acupuncture. Acupuncture treatments work to relieve chronic sinus pain.
What Causes Sinus Pain?
There are a few things that can cause sinus pain like the following:
- Environmental conditions (molds)
We often think of sinusitis when someone complains of symptoms like post-nasal drip, headaches, hearing problems, sinus cold, or ear infections. Over time sinusitis puts a huge burden on the immune system and will often lead to serious infections requiring the use of a strong antibiotic.
Both viral infections and allergies can trigger sinusitis and lead to sinus headaches. Other causes of sinusitis may be exposure to irritating substances like smoke and certain cosmetic fragrances that may lead to sinus congestion and pain. Sinusitis seems to be on the rise in Canada and will often require treatment with powerful drugs or acupuncture.
Treatment for Sinus Pain in Canada
Here are a few treatments for sinus pain in Canada:
- Oral antibiotics: prescribed treatments for chronic sinusitis
- Nebulized antibiotics: treating infections topically by breathing in the nebulized antibiotic through the nose
- Intravenous (IV) antibiotics: IV antibiotic therapy
- Sinus surgery: to relieve the chronic sinusitis condition through endoscopic procedures
- Acupuncture: sinus pain is relieved through the insertion of tiny needles into pressure points
Acupuncture For Relief of Sinusitis
For centuries, Chinese medical practitioners have used acupuncture to treat a variety of chronic pain issues like sinusitis. Many acupuncture patients in Canada have reported that acupuncture works wonders for clearing the sinuses and thus relieving the chronic pain associated with sinusitis.
People who cannot breathe properly through their nose due to blocked sinus cavities, often will clear most of the mucus through a nasal wash procedure. But quite often there is an ongoing mucus buildup that will not go away easy.
This is where acupuncture for sinus pain comes in. After having acupuncture needles inserted at certain points in the facial area, sinus cavities will open up and the patient will feel almost immediate relief.
Local acupuncturists in Canada will usually encourage people with sinus problems to to get regular acupuncture treatments for the relief of sinus pain. To maintain the effect from one or more acupuncture treatments, self-acupressure in the sinus nasal area is very beneficial.