Thursday, 31 May 2018

TCM Doctors Treat Sinusitis and Allergic Rhinitis

Many young people have sinusitis and allergic rhinitis.  They usually feel that their nose is stuffy, with a bit of running nose as well as sneezing in the morning.  Then they get better in the afternoon. Some of them have acute sinusitis and have very bad running nose and sneezing. They are usually very sensitive to dust, mites and animal fur.  Some of them even have sudden shot breathing difficulties at night and need to use the western medicine puff or nebulizer. 

Sinusitis is inflammation of the air cavities within the passages of the nose. Sinusitis can be caused by infection, but also can be caused by allergies and chemical or particulate irritation of the sinuses. 

Most clinicians agree that except for rare instances, sinus infections are not contagious but it has recurrent tendency. Sinusitis always recurs over a long period of time and sometimes it continues for years.

Most of the patients who come to me have already consulted western doctors on their sinusitis problems. Some of them told me that they do not wish to have ethmoidectomy or other surgery methods to remove the infected tissue/polyps. They would rather seek TCM methods to relief their problems.  
I usually examine them with an instrument and find that they have redness around the nasal cavity, swelling of nasal polyps which block the opening of the sinuses.  I told them from the TCM point of view, sinusitis is due to the functionality of lung.  As the circulation of air and water in the lung is not smooth (气机不畅, 肺的通调水道不利), it leads to stagnation of air flow Qi”.  I explained to them, TCM herbs can be used to reduce inflammation, disperse stagnation, enhance circulation of air and water in the lung as well as improving the functionality of lung, but they have to take the medicine for 2 to 3 months to see the effect. For some acute sinusitis cases, I recommended acupuncture treatment (which can be 5 to 10 sessions or more depending on the severity of sinusitis). Clinically, I observed the condition of these sinusitis patients improved and/or the occurrences reduced or disappeared.

We have treated many cases such as breathing difficulty, shortness of breath, hard to lay down to sleep due to coughing, sudden coldness, shiver (颤抖).  The patients were happy with the results after several treatments. 

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