Sinusitis

Acute sinusitis is defined as inflammation of the nose and sinuses characterized by the existence, for 12 weeks or less, of two or more of the following symptoms: blockage/congestion; discharge (anterior or posterior nasal drip); facial pain or pressure; and reduced or loss of smell. Other symptoms can include toothache (involving the upper teeth), tenderness, swelling, malaise, and fever. Sinusitis is chronic if it lasts for more than 12 weeks and is associated with similar symptoms.

In general, acupuncture is believed to stimulate the nervous system and cause the release of neurochemical messenger molecules. The resulting biochemical changes influence the body’s homeostatic mechanisms, thus promoting physical and emotional well-being. Stimulation of certain acupuncture points has been shown to affect areas of the brain that are known to reduce sensitivity to pain and stress.

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Acupuncture for Sinus Problems may help to relieve pain and congestion in people with sinusitis by

  • increasing endorphins and neuropeptide Y levels, which can help to combat negative affective states

  • stimulating nerves located in muscles and other tissues, which leads to the release of endorphins and other neurohumoral factors, and changes the processing of pain in the brain and spinal cord.

  • reducing inflammation, by promoting the release of vascular and immunomodulatory factors.

  • enhancing natural killer cell activities and modulating the number and ratio of immune cell types.

  • increasing local microcirculation, which aids dispersal of swelling.