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Chinese Medicine Can Solve Sinus Problems

Welcome to my first blog on my new website.  For my first topic I am going to address one of the most common health issues I see in my practice – chronic sinus problems.  Colorado has more sinus sufferers than most states because of our desert-like dryness.  In fact, the Colorado Plateau, which includes Colorado and much of the west, is considered to be one of the three driest climates in the world.  The dry climate causes our normal mucous secretions to become sticky, leading to clogged passages and an increased chance of infections and impaired breathing.

Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine are very effective in treating chronic sinus issues.    I have found the best way to treat sinus problems is with a multi-pronged approach tailored to each individual.  This includes acupuncture, herbs, lifestyle changes including diet and exercise, and stress reduction.

Acupuncture is the cornerstone for treating sinus problems.  Acupuncture opens blocked sinuses, clears heat and infection, and can treat underlying conditions that may be contributing to the problems.

Herbal medicine is also very important in treating sinus problems.  I use a line of herbs developed specifically by a Colorado acupuncturist to treat sinus problems in our dry climate.  Most of the patients that come to me are either using over-the-counter or prescription medications that are very drying, such as Sudafed.  While these medications do help dry the runny nose, they are ultimately too drying and will eventually make sinus problems worse.  The herbal formulas I use are both moistening and clearing.  I can also treat active sinus infections with herbal formulas and acupuncture, thus avoiding the damage to the immune system and digestive tract that occurs with antibiotics.

Diet and lifestyle are also important to address in treating sinus problems.  Dairy products, a diet high in sugar, and sometimes wheat products can impair digestion and lead to a “damp” condition and sinus problems.  Almost every sinus patient I see has a high stress level, which leads to lowered immunity and an increased chance of sinus infections.  One of the best treatments for stress reduction is acupuncture.  Scientific studies have shown that acupuncture stimulates the brain to release pain and stress-relieving endorphins.

If you would like more information about how acupuncture and Chinese Medicine might help with sinus problems, or to make an appointment, call Linda at 720-530-8218.

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