Acute or first-time sinusitis which has troubled a patient only for a few days generally responds very well to both Chinese herbs and acupuncture. However, many people suffer from chronic sinusitis which refers to an ongoing condition, often appearing to have gone, but which constantly recurs, often manifesting as a post-nasal drip, or headaches. Allergic rhinitis (hayfever) has also been the subject of significant research showing strong evidence of the effectiveness of acupuncture.
Chronic sinusitis is notoriously resistant to treatment – even powerful steroid-based drugs sometimes achieve only temporary results, and sometimes very little improvement at all. Chinese medicine also regards sinusitis as a stubborn condition which may need a longer course of treatment and considerable patience to achieve long-lasting results.
This is because there is a resilient, hard-to shift layer of phlegm coating the sinuses. It is a bit like the … Read More »
Acupuncture, Dry Needling and Medical Acupuncture – What is the difference?
Many people are initially confused by the term “dry needling”. I certainly was when I heard it for the first time many years ago – I thought, “Dry needling?” “What could this be?” “Acupuncturists don’t wet the needles before insertion – so what on earth does this term refer to?” And what is “medical acupuncture” – since “medical” refers to treatment and healing, isn’t that what traditional acupuncture does? The facts as best as I have been able to ascertain are:
Acupuncture, as most people know, is the insertion of acupuncture needles at specific sites in order influence the flow of Qi (energy) in pathways called meridians which, for the main part, may be seen to parallel the pathways of nerves and blood vessels. (This is described … Read More »