For the restoration and maintenance of our health, we usually rely on modern knowledge and medical science to treat diseases. So we often think that living in a modern society means that we get the best care for our health. Modern medicine, after all, has made great strides against diseases like heart attacks and cancer.
But not all of life’s maladies can be successfully addressed by modern medicine. Surprisingly, even a relatively minor issue such as a sinus infection is one of those maladies. Many individuals would attest that the ancient healing art of acupressure and acupuncture treats sinusitis much better than modern medicine.
Acupuncture is derived from traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), an ancient eastern medical codex thousands of years old. Once belittled and considered as pseudo medicine by Western physicians, TCM and most especially acupuncture is now a globally-accepted medical practice.
Acupuncture is based on the belief of the regulation of life energy the Chinese refer to as qi or chi. Besides the ability to regulate chi, acupuncture can also help improve blood flow.
During an acupuncture procedure, acupuncture needles which are delicate, very thin needles are inserted into specific points of your body known as meridians. Depending on your illness, the needles are placed in various strategic areas for the treatment of your illness.
For acupuncture treatment for sinusitis, your acupuncturist will know precisely what parts of the body to be needled. It is important to exactly describe the symptoms you’ve been experiencing and all relevant information to give the acupuncturist a better overview of your ailment.
It is likewise important that you only seek treatment from a licensed acupuncturist. To search for one, ask your doctor or heath care provider for recommendations. You can also find one near you by searching online.
The same benefits of acupuncture can be also provided by acupressure. Acupressure can be administered by a licensed professional although you can also administer acupressure on yourself if you are familiar with its procedure.
Instead of acupuncture needles, acupressure uses the pressure on your hands and follows the same theory acupuncture is based on, which is the stimulation of specific meridians in the body.
For the treatment of sinusitis, one of the most effective parts of your body to be treated is the area around your eyes. Applying pressure on that area is one you can do by yourself.
Acupuncture aims to treat sinusitis symptoms by:
Improving blood flow to the sinuses helping relieve the swelling
Reinforcing natural killer cell activities to attack the pathogens causing the infection
Minimizing inflammation by helping release immunomodulatory and vascular factors
Producing neuropeptides and endorphins that can aid in the treatment of sinusitis pain and discomfort
Stimulating nerves in the soft tissues and muscles leading to the release of natural painkilling chemicals such as enkephalins and endorphins. Acupuncture also alters the processing of pain in the spinal cord and the brain
Modern medical technologies and knowledge are always available and you may too often solely depend on them for addressing your ailments. You need to remember that there are other natural and safer healing alternatives that have been used successfully as treatments for diseases for thousands of years and are just as good and even sometimes better than the remedies offered by modern medicine. Acupuncture and acupressure serve as very good alternatives for treating sinusitis.