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Posted by on Apr 6, 2017 in Uncategorised | 2 comments

Sinusitis

Nose and its cavities are the first line of defense against the airborne gems/virus/dust/pollen/pollution.  If the immune system is not functioning optimally at any time, for example, when dehydrated, physically stressed, etc, the infection will begin. The symptoms include congested nostrils, running nose, clear or green mucus, headache, cough, even fever.  In Western medicine, typical treatment for sinusitis is the prescription of antihistamines or antibiotics that may relieve the symptoms, but do little to get at the cause of the condition. Continually treating the infections with antibiotics can weaken the immune system, casing further problems and usually ineffective.

Sinusitis in many individuals tends to become a chronic condition. The reason is that after each recurring infection, most methods of treatment fail to drain the sinus cavities completely of mucus and discharge. This creates an ongoing pattern of infection after infection. Then nasal polyps will develop and the nostrils become entirely congested which may need surgery.

Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) has been effectively treating sinusitis naturally for centuries with herbal and acupuncture modalities.  TCM modalities can break this pattern, and are actually designed to boost, not damage, the body’s immune response. TCM practitioner first evaluates the symptom and more importantly, the patient’s health background. The majority of sinusitis at the time when the patients see the practitioner is due to wind/heat. Small amount of patients see doctor earlier enough may be present with symptom of wind/cold. Accordingly, the proper treatment plan will be formulated to eliminate the infection which may take one or more weeks depending on the presence of polyps.

 

 

2 Comments

  1. Hi Raymond
    Can you confirm that if the patient insists on still taking antibiotics and steroids that it is okay for them to also take TCM?
    Also what effects is the patient likely to see eg night sweats.
    thankyou
    Julie

    • thanks for the question. I don’t think it is wise to take TCM medicine and antibiotics/steroids together. Antibiotics can be used at the acute phase of the sinusitis if that is the patient’s wish, however, in my experience, the right herbs would do better job. If the patient is already on antibiotics, let him/her to complete the course (5 days). If the the infection persists after the 1st course of antibiotics, second course of antibiotics would not work anyway. Night sweat due to sinusitis should improve when the infection is under control.

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