Sinus Allergy / Sinusitis
On this page you can find a brief discussion about sinus allergy/sinusitis according to Chinese medicine principles, the possible causes of this condition in terms of Chinese medicine diagnosis, and the treatment protocol at our clinic.
Please keep in mind that Chinese medicine is very different in principles, concepts, language, and treatment methods from western medicine. The information here is intended for the lay people who have no knowledge about Chinese medicine, therefore this discussion must be limited in scope and depth. The purpose is to impart the relevant information and to help you gain a general understanding, from your standpoint as a potential patient of Chinese medicine, how Chinese medicine views and diagnoses this condition of interest and what you can expect from a treatment if you decide to become a patient of our clinic.
Below are brief explanations of some common terms and concepts in Chinese medicine diagnosis that you would come across in a reading. This also helps you to understand better the discussion on this page.
- Qi - means energy. Qi is the universal energy that pervades within and without us everywhere in this realm of existence. Strictly speaking in our body, qi is the vital force that causes all movements, activities, functions, growth, development, control, check and balance, nourishment, protection, and transformation.
- Yin - pertains to the material basis of our body.
- Yang - pertains to the energetic, functional aspect of our body.
- Damp - refers to moisture in the body. The mentioning of damp in a diagnosis usually refers to an excessive accumulation that consequently produces problems.
- Heat, cold - temperature in our body. The mentioning of temperature in a diagnosis usually indicates an extreme level of imbalance.
- Wind - exists naturally in our body. The mentioning of wind in a diagnosis indicates an imbalance has occurred which causes the activity of wind to become excessive or in severe cases out of control.
- Meridian - another term for energy channel.
Sinus allergy in Chinese medicine is a digestive system issue. Although for many people sinus allergy is exacerbated in certain seasons or with changes in the environment, this is very much an internal problem and not external. On our face there are two major energy channels, the stomach and large intestine channels, that traverse through and around the sinus area. Therefore, the foods that we put in our body directly effect the digestive system as well as the sinus area. The diet of all allergy sufferers at our clinic is heavy on milk, cheese, eggs. These foods are notorious for producing mucus and clogging the digestive system, which also clog up the sinus area. Furthermore, the abundant mucus and its viscous consistency trap external pathogens when entered the body. When pathogens are retained in our system, they wreak havoc. This is why allergy patients suffer more in allergy season with pollens, etc. A clean and clear system is able to discharge external pathogens quickly from itself - these pathogens are not given an opportunity to remain long enough to breed problems. Keeping a clean diet that is dairy free and milk free is absolutely required in order to successfully eliminate allergy.
Sinusitis is again a digestive system issue, due to chronic congestion, clogging up of the stomach and large intestine channels that eventually causes the excessive build-up of toxicities (always accompanied by heat and toxic phlegm/mucus) in the digestive system and manifest in the sinus area.
Sinus allergy / sinusitis are the result of one or more of the following imbalances:
- Qi stagnation especially of stomach and large intestine channels
- Excessive damp and phlegm
- Heat toxicities
- Spleen qi deficiency
In treating allergy, we use acupuncture and herbs to achieve the following effects.
- Open energy system.
- Facilitate energy flow in stomach and large intestine channels.
- Disperse blockages, clear congestion and/or drainage.
- Drain heat and clear toxicities.
- Clear damp and phlegm.
- Nourish spleen qi.
The initial course of treatment is six weekly sessions and followed by a period of maintenance. As a part of this treatment, the patient must also agree to stop or reduce significantly the consumption of cheese, milk or any milk-based products, and eggs.
An in-depth assessment and individually tailored treatment recommendation are conducted in person as there may be pre/existing factors of one's health that influence the condition of interest.