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Acupuncture for sinusitis

I have had four phone calls in five days from future patients who are all suffering from sinusitis. Obviously, their first question is "can acupuncture help with sinusitis?"

As we start entering Spring then allergens can be stirred up and sinusitis triggered.

So, I thought I would address the question to help you if you live with sinusitis.

Love Andrea The Travelling Acupuncturist

Acupuncture in Hertfordshire and Central Bedfordshire


What is sinusitis?

Our sinuses are small cavities behind our cheekbones and forehead. Their job is to permit air to flow from the nose into the sinuses and allow drainage of mucous from each sinus into the nose.

In sinusitis, these channels become blocked because the sinus linings are inflamed (swollen)

Sinusitis usually follows a cold or flu virus spreading to the sinuses from the upper airways. A few cases are caused by bacteria infecting the sinuses.

Acupuncture for sinusitis

The NHS website describes the symptoms of sinusitis as:

  • pain, swelling and tenderness around your cheeks, eyes or forehead

  • a blocked nose

  • a reduced sense of smell

  • green or yellow mucus from your nose

  • a sinus headache

  • a high temperature

  • toothache

  • bad breath

Depending on the nature and severity of your sinusitis you will be offered:

Home treatment: this includes rest, drinking lots of fluids, painkillers, avoiding allergic triggers and using a saltwater solution or decongestant nasal sprays

GPs: if you visit your doctor then they may give you steroidal nasal sprays or antihistamines or antibiotics.

Surgery: functional endoscopic sinus surgery is carried out under general anaesthetic

The surgeon can widen your sinuses by either:

  • removing some of the blocked tissue

  • inflating a tiny balloon in the blocked sinuses, then removing it

Or is there another way of alleviating your sinusitis with acupuncture?


Acupuncture for sinusitis

In acupuncture, sinusitis is traditionally called Bi Yuan or "nose pool".

There are four main "patterns" which we might see when diagnosing:

Wind heat:

  • headache

  • blocked nose

  • reduced sense of smell

  • yellow mucus from the nose

  • headache

  • tongue: red sides and/or front

Lung heat

  • pain, swelling and tenderness around the cheeks, eyes, forehead

  • headache

  • high temperature

  • flushed face

  • thirst

  • blocked nose

  • reduced sense of smell

  • yellow mucus from the nose

  • tongue: red with sticky yellow coat

Liver & gallbladder fire

  • headache on temples and cheeks

  • dizziness

  • bloodshot eyes

  • blocked nose

  • reduced sense of smell

  • yellow mucus from the nose

  • red face

  • tongue: red with redder sides and sticky yellow coat

Stomach and spleen damp-heat

  • frontal headache

  • feeling of heaviness/muzziness in the head

  • reduced sense of smell

  • sticky yellow mucus from the nose

  • red cheeks

  • thirst

  • tongue: sticky yellow coat in the middle


What can I do for my sinusitis?

Would you consider trying acupuncture?

I always run a free telephone call consultation where we can discuss your signs and symptoms. Drop me a message if you would like to talk.

Acupressure points

I have added below some acupressure points you can use at home for sinusitis.

Facial cupping

When I treat patients with sinusitis I always use facial cupping. These silicone cups are used on the face and I can even show you how to do it and you can continue the treatment at home.


If you have phlegm I always guide my patients to eliminate certain foods. For example

  • Dairy

  • Beer

  • Tropical fruits e.g. bananas

You can also add foods as below

Foods for colds

Foods for phlegm: acupuncture for sinusitis

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