According to Dr. Christy Cline, Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine at Southwest Integrative Medicine, the answer is Yes, as it is effective as a stand alone and/or integrative treatment for relief of chronic sinus pressure. But even though acupuncture is “time proven” for all types of sinusitis, many doctors still prescribe antibiotics that in many cases will not relieve the problem. This in turn may force the uninformed patient into choosing surgery:
Chronic sinus pressure relief
by Dr. Christy Cline: This overlooking of acupuncture for sinusitis treatment is unfortunate because it provides an effective alternative to antibiotics and other medication, which are costly, can be abused, and often result in negative side effects.
SINUNITIS: A REAL PAIN IN THE HEAD
At some point in their life, almost everybody contracts sinusitis—an inflammation of the paranasal sinuses caused by viruses, bacteria, fungi, protozoa, or environmental conditions. The symptoms are familiar—mucus-clogged sinuses, headaches, facial aches, labored breathing, and coughing.
Acute sinusitis is typically caused by viruses and usually runs its course in 7 to 10 days, but acupuncture can clear sinuses, relieve pain, and speed recovery quicker than 7 to 10 days.
In cases when the condition just won’t go away, acupuncture for sinusitis is an effective stand alone alternative or complement to traditional Western treatment. Acupuncture can be used as part of a holistic medicine approach that includes herbal therapy, diet, and necessary medications and manual treatments. These more holistic health approaches can be invaluable in helping chronic sinusitis sufferers recover without undergoing surgery.
SINUSITIS PATTERNS AND TREATMENTS
When using acupuncture for sinusitis, an acupuncture professional will diagnose the sinusitis pattern and then select acupuncture points accordingly.
Recognized Chinese medicine patterns are below for reference:
lung/spleen damp heat
large intestine channel disturbance
Commonly used points in acupuncture for sinusitis include:
Xin-Hui (GV 22) – top of head
Shang Xing (GV 23) – near forehead
He Liao (LI 19) – near sinuses
Ying Xiang (LI 20) – near sinuses
Lie Que (LU -7)- near wrist read whole article
Your doctor’s advice: do as I say and not as I do….
It might interest you to know that ”a study published in the online version of Health Services Research in August found that 76 percent of health care workers and 83 percent of doctors and nurses used CAM (complementary alternative medicine which includes acupuncture) , compared with 63 percent of the general population.” see this whole article
And for those of you wondering how acupuncture works in general (and for chronic sinus pressure relief), I’ve found this simple explanation by acupuncture physician Steven Chasens: