Sinusitis is cause by inflammation of the mucous membranes in the sinuses, the air-filled spaces in the bones of the face. It is a common condition, often occuring after a cold or flu.

Common sinusitis symptoms

  • Pain, swelling and tenderness around cheeks, eyes or forehead
  • Blocked nose
  • Reduced sense of smell
  • Nasal discharge, usually yellow-greenish in colour
  • Sinus headache
  • Increased temperature.

Normally mucus is channeled through the tiny air ducts to the nose, but during colds the ducts can become congested and when the mucus builds up, the sinuses become inflamed. Hay fever can also cause sinusitis, and allergies to dust or tobacco smoke can result in chronic cases. There can also be a greenish-yellow or bloody discharge from the nose.

Chinese Medicine sees the condition as mainly connected with Lung-Qi deficiency and with Damp-Heat. A Chinese Medicine practitioner will prescribe Bo He (Herba Mentha), Jin Yin Hua (Flos Lonicerae), Chuan Bei Mu (Bulbus Fritillariae Cirrhosae), Chen Pi (Pericarpium Citri Reticulatae) and Cang Er Zi (Fructus Xanthii). These are all considered to be helpful. Treatment may also include acupuncture.

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