Treating a sinus infection

Antibiotics shouldn’t be your go-to treatment, according to a new set of guidelines from the Infectious Diseases Society of America. Turns out, anywhere from 90 to 98 percent of the infections aren’t caused by bacteria, meaning antibiotics won’t work. Furthermore, the over use of antibiotics leads to the continuing problem of super germs.

Traditional Chinese Medicine has treated sinus infections effectively for a very long time. Acupuncture can relieve the pain and pressure in the frontal and maxillary sinus. Often this relief is instantaneous. Soon after the needles are in many of my patients will say, “ah I can breathe through my nose again.” You may be thinking, those needles in the face must hurt. The needles I use for the face are extremely thin and do not cause pain. In fact the sinus pain is worse than the needle sensation!

Chinese herbs are extremely effective for treating virus’ which are the most common cause of a sinus infection. Chinese herbs clear heat and dispel cold, they dispel damp and phlegm, and they dispel wind from the body. These are some of the terms we use to describe the assaulting pathogens that cause a sinus infection.

It is always best to consult with your Doctor of Oriental Medicine about which herbal formula is appropriate for your condition. Chinese herbs are always used in a formula, meaning there will be many different single herbs used in one formula. This is unique to Chinese herbal philosophy and makes for a very balanced approach to healing the body.

Additionally, from a dietary perspective, it is best to avoid dairy products and sugar when you have a sinus infection, allergies or a head cold.

Breathe Deep Everyone!

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