Most people are not conscious of their sinus until they get colds or a headache. When you consult a doctor regarding a blocked or heavy feeling in your face, they will always check if your sinuses are clear. This is because a blocked sinus can make you feel that there’s pressure on your face and this can eventually lead to headache.
What are Sinuses?
A sinus is an empty cavity that produces mucus. Each person has four sinuses and all of them are located in the face. The frontal sinus is found at the bottom of your forehead, just below the middle of your eyebrows.
The sphenoid sinus is behind your nose, while the ethmoid sinus is between your eyes. And the largest sinuses are the maxillary sinuses found on your cheekbones. The main purpose of the sinus is to produce mucus so that when it gets drained through your nose, the dirt and the bacteria in it will be washed away.
However, there are times when your sinus gets blocked. This is due to mucus staying in the cavities. Some are caused by colds or allergies (like allergic rhinitis) which can give you an irritating feeling or a pressured feeling in your head. While there are medicines to clear out your sinuses, you can also consider taking acupuncture.
What is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is a kind of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) that believes in the energy that flows through the body. This energy is called qi (pronounced as “chi”) which gives your body the balance and energy it needs to be healthy. The pathways that qi goes through are called meridians.
When you are ill, acupuncturists believe that it is because qi does not flow properly through the meridians. A blocked passageway can cause negative effects on your emotional and physical well-being. This leads to your susceptibility to illnesses and mental conditions.
The way acupuncture is done is through very fine needles that are placed on pressure points. These pressure points are areas that will help stimulate proper qi circulation and is known to heal different health conditions.
How Acupuncture Affects Your Sinuses
There is a range of sinus problems that acupuncture can help alleviate. Some of those are headaches, nasal congestion, allergic rhinitis, and pressure.
Allergic rhinitis refers to an inflammation on your mucus membranes as a reaction to allergens. This can occur during specific times of the day. Some symptoms include runny nose, irritated nose or eyes, and congestion.
Acupuncture can help alleviate these conditions by targetting pressure points that directly affect your sinuses. Some of those points include the Yingxiang, Fenglong, Yangbai, Sibai, and the Hegu. There are also other pressure points that affect more than one part of your body. This means that a pressure point can help your sinus plus other body organs.
If you don’t understand where and what these pressure points are, don’t worry because a licensed acupuncturist will guide you through the process.
Why Acupuncture Should be Tried
If you want to avoid taking traditional medicine, acupuncture is a good alternative. Although there are not enough studies to show that it directly heals certain illnesses, there is a growing popularity of acupuncture in the country.
In fact, in the past few decades, the number of acupuncturists in Australia has grown to at least 4,000 which is a testament to the demand for this kind of traditional Chinese Medicine.
To add to that, acupuncture is linked to other benefits than just treating your sinus. Those common benefits include stress relief, muscle sore, and blood circulation.
A Few Things to Note
If you are wary of trying acupuncture, know that you can always consult with a licensed acupuncturist before trying this kind of treatment.
They can help you understand more about how acupuncture works and how it is a good way of healing your sinus-related problems. In fact, a good acupuncturist will walk you through the whole process and explain to you the pressure points that will be focused on.
Also, when you go to an acupuncturist, make sure to know a few things about the person. For example, ask how long they’ve been doing acupuncture and how many clients they have. Ask if they have treated anyone with sinus problems before, too. This will give you an idea of the acupuncturist’s expertise in dealing with your condition.