Sinus headaches are a manifestation of sinus infections. These infections usually begin when colds or allergies cause swelling in the mucus membranes. Mucus production then increases, causing congestion. A good indicator of bacterial infection is if discharge is colored yellow or green instead of clear. Sinuses are located all throughout the head, meaning that the increased pressure often leads to headaches. Traditional Chinese Medicine is useful in mitigating sinus congestion, encouraging drainage and relieving pressure that leads to headaches. According to this tried and true philosophy, sinus problems are most often associated with disruptions of the gallbladder, spleen, lungs and qi stagnation.
Acupuncture treatment for sinusitis focuses on points specifically related to the sinuses. The Bitong point is particularly useful in managing pain from sinus infections: when needled or massaged, this point helps to open up the sinuses. There are many complimentary points that can be needled along with the Bitong to encourage drainage, relieve pressure and reduce mucus production; the points we target depend on your individual diagnosis. Many people find relief from pain and pressure immediately after a treatment.
If you are interested in finding out more about how you can benefit from Traditional Chinese Medicine, call our office in Brooklyn at (718) 398-3100. Acupuncture positively affects all aspects of health. At Community Chiropractic & Acupuncture of Park Slope, we use it in tandem with chiropractic treatment to maximize your well being.
Dr. Karen Thomas, D.C., L.Ac.