If you are feeling the following symptoms and they have been prevailing for a certain period of time now, then you might be suffering from what is considered in medical terms as “sinusitis.”
- Postnasal drip
- Discolored nasal discharge (greenish in color)
- Nasal stuffiness or congestion
- Tenderness of the face (especially under the eyes or at the bridge of the nose)
- Frontal headaches
- Pain in the teeth
If you suffer or periodically suffer from all or only a few of the above symptoms, then chances are you have sinusitis.
The number of people suffering from sinusitis, or a condition related to it, is not small.
If sinusitis is considered together with other commonly associated comorbid conditions like allergic rhinitis, asthma, and chronic bronchitis, these diseases affect more than 90 million people in the U.S. — almost one in three Americans. And the number of people affected in Germany is not less.
Syndromes that grow over time
Over time, the side effects of having one nostril or both blocked can result in unpleasant syndromes like tiredness, even after a long night’s sleep, migraines, or loss of memory, just to name a few.
The reason is that when you can’t breathe properly, your respiratory system is also impaired. This means less oxygen reaches your lungs and not enough oxygen goes into your blood, resulting in your brain and other organs not getting sufficient oxygen to conduct their functions properly.
A common side effect of not having enough oxygen in the blood is headaches or dizziness.
Therefore, even after a long night’s sleep, you will feel tired after waking up. That’s if you are even able to catch shut-eye for the whole night without waking up during the night due to burdensome sinusitis symptoms.
The root cause might not be in the nose
What is the reason for the nose being blocked and the sinuses being inflamed?
It is understood that the accumulation of dust and pathogens, like viruses or bacteria, over time can lead to the chronic symptoms associated with sinusitis. The reason being that, if your body is healthy and balanced, it is able to expel most pathogens it encounters.
However, if your body is not in balance, then the body will lack the necessary vital foundation to tackle the problem, the result being inflammation of the respiratory system, a blocked nose, etc.
The solutions require a holistic approach
While it may seem like the most sensible thing to do — treat the nose alone when the nose is blocked — this type of symptom-based treatment is not always very effective. Unfortunately, it is the most common form of treatment approach.
A lot of people get operations in this regard, but afterward, the symptoms are still there.
Some people even take the operation two or even three to four times, often without notable success.
This is why most people believe that you can’t really treat sinusitis. But you can. How?
Acupuncture and herbal treatment
Through many clinical trials and scientific research, it is quite established that traditional Chinese medicine, acupuncture, and Chinese herbs are capable of treating many illnesses.
According to traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), the organs of the body are energetically interdependent of one another. In regard to sinusitis, the nose is connected to the lungs, and the lungs are connected to the large intestine. Experience in TCM shows that most people suffering from sinus problems also have digestion system problems.
That is why TCM does not focus only on the nose alone, but takes a more holistic approach. With acupuncture and herbal medicine, both the respiratory system and the digestive system are therapeutically treated, with the goal of balancing them out, harmonizing their functions, and thus relieving the patient from any one or all of the syndromes related to the illness.
The writer of this story is not a medical professional, and the information that is in this story has been collected from reliable sources — every precaution has been taken to ensure its accuracy. The information provided is for general information purposes only, and should not be substituted for professional health care.