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What is sinusitis?

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Sinusitis, also known as a sinus infection, is a common condition that affects the sinuses – the hollow cavities located in the bones of the face around the nasal passages. It occurs when the sinuses become inflamed and blocked, leading to a buildup of mucus and pressure. Sinusitis can be acute, lasting for a short period, or chronic, persisting for several weeks or recurring frequently.

The most common causes of sinusitis include viral infections, such as the common cold, bacterial infections, fungal infections, allergies, and structural abnormalities in the nasal passages. When the sinuses become blocked, it becomes challenging for mucus to drain properly, leading to a congested feeling, facial pain or pressure, and other uncomfortable symptoms.

SYMPTOMS of sinusitis

If you have sinusitis, you may experience one or more of the following symptoms:

  • Facial pain or pressure, particularly around the cheeks, eyes, and forehead
  • Nasal congestion or blockage
  • Thick nasal discharge or post-nasal drip
  • Reduced sense of smell or taste
  • Headache
  • Cough, often worse at night
  • Fatigue or feeling generally unwell


Acupuncture can be an effective complementary therapy for managing sinusitis and promoting sinus health. By targeting specific acupuncture points, it aims to reduce inflammation, improve sinus drainage, and enhance overall well-being. Benefits of acupuncture for sinusitis include:

Acupuncture has been shown to have anti-inflammatory effects, helping to alleviate the swelling and congestion associated with sinusitis.

Acupuncture can promote better sinus drainage by regulating the flow of mucus and reducing blockages.

Acupuncture sessions can help alleviate facial pain, pressure, and headaches commonly experienced with sinusitis.

Acupuncture stimulates the immune system, enhancing the body’s natural defense mechanisms to fight off infections and prevent recurrent sinusitis.

Acupuncture can help improve overall respiratory function, allowing for easier breathing and reducing the frequency of sinus infections.