Sinusitis (sinus infection)
Sinusitis is swelling of the sinuses, usually caused by an infection. It's common and usually clears up on its own within 2 to 3 weeks. But medicines can help if it's taking a long time to go away.
Sinusitis is common after a cold or flu.
Symptoms of sinusitis include:
- pain, swelling and tenderness around your cheeks, eyes or forehead
- a blocked nose
- a reduced sense of smell
- green or yellow mucus from your nose
- a sinus headache
- a high temperature
- bad breath
Signs of sinusitis in young children may also include irritability, difficulty feeding, and breathing through their mouth.
In Chinese Medicine, it belongs to the category of "nasal sinusitis" (BiYuan), caused by the invasion of exogenous cold or heat into the lungs, which leads to the obstruction of lung qi with unhealthy qi attacking the upper area and accumulating in the nasal cavity, or due to deficiencies of the spleen and lung causing qi and blood flow failure thus unable to nourish the nose; condition of which includes...
Excess Syndrome - turbid discharge from the nose with yellow colour and foul smell, nasal obstruction with no sense of smell, accompanied by fever, cough, headache and rapid pulse if there is excessive heat in the lung meridian. Further symptoms include headaches, bitter taste, dry throat, vexation, irritability, red tongue with yellow coating, wiry and rapid pulse due to stagnant heat in the gall bladder meridian; or accompanied by a heavy sensation of the head and lassitude of the body, distension and oppression in the epigastrium, poor appetite, red tongue with yellow and greasy coating, and soggy pulse if there is damp-heat in the spleen meridian.
Deficiency Syndrome - Nasal Obstruction with white and thick discharge from the nose, hyposmia, or accompanied by dizziness, cold body and limbs, shortage of breath and weakness, pink tongue with thin coating, moderate and weak pulse if there is a deficiency of cold lung qi; or accompanied by lassitude of the limbs, sallow complexion, poor appetite and abdominal distention, diarrhoea and clear urine, pink tongue with white coating, moderate and weak pulse if there is a deficiency of spleen qi.
Therapeutic Methods Includes...
- Body Acupuncture
- Ear Acupuncture
- Acute Nasosinusitis symptoms may be quickly controlled with acupuncture and moxibustion, where Chronic Nasosinusitis onset can be reduced or alleviated, and have general symptoms improved.
- It is important to actively prevent the occurrence of this disease, requiring strengthening of physical training, and to avoid the cold.
- Chinese-English Illustrated Acupuncture-Moxibustion Therapies for Common Diseases.