Sinusitis can be acute, lasting a few weeks or become a lifelong chronic affliction that manifests into a minor nuisance or an all out debilitation. When the sinuses are affected by any of the above mentioned causes, several factors can create the associated symptoms.
These include the cilia (small hairs) being unable to move along mucous therefore clogging the cavity; deviated septum, nasal polyps or even a bone spur impeding healthy sinus draining or too much mucous is manufactured as a immune system response also blocking clear breathing.
Treatments vary, from over the counter to prescription anti-histamines, steroidal formulas and weekly allergy shots. Integrated Med Solutions (IMS) considers this affliction from the inside out and treats it by using acupuncture and naturopathic medicine.
Acupuncture: Sinusitis Relief
In a study conducted by Pothman and Yeh in 1982, acupuncture for sinusitis proved to be significantly superior to antibiotics used in a control group, and symptomatic relief persisted for at least 3 months. Licensed acupuncturist, Dr. Lisanti will approach your sinusitis condition using Classical Chinese Medicine to assess the root cause which usually consists of an invasion of Wind-Cold or Wind-Heat. These invasions weaken the ascending and descending Lung Qi (pronounced chee, life energy) which in turn creates stagnating fluids in the nose and sinuses. To strengthen your weakened constitution, manipulation of your meridians (pathways) through acupuncture will release sluggish or stuck energy. With acupuncture, natural pain relieving endorphins are released, circulation is enhanced, inflammation is reduced and nerves are stimulated.
Homeopathy: Penetrating Sinusitis from Within
Homeopathy uses the concept of ‘like cures like’ allowing the body to heal itself through administering remedies derived from plants, animals, minerals and sometimes even humans. An application can come in the form of liquid or sweet pellet usually transported sublingually. For sinusitis, IMS offers a variety of homeopathic remedies individually prescribed by Dr. Lisanti. These may include: Arsenicum, Belladona, Mercurius, Hepar Sulphur or Kali Bichromicum.
Botanical Medicine: Plants and Herbs for Sinusitis
For thousands of years plants and herbal remedies have been the medicine used to naturally allow the body to heal itself. Under the care of a talented naturopathic doctor such as Dr. Lisanti these botanical remedies are safely administered and monitored. Some choices that may be helpful for sinusitis administered as a tea, steam inhalation, capsule or raw are: Marjoram, Chamomile, Horseradish, Golden Seal or Yellow Dock.
These are only some of the many remedial approaches IMS uses to assist in your sinusitis healing. Clinical nutrition, nutraceutical supplementation, detoxification and environmental medicine are some other available remedies that all work in conjunction with the above mentioned applications. At Integrative Med Solutions, we will design an acupuncture and naturopathic treatment program that works for you. In many cases, insurance covers portions of the acupuncture treatment. Allow us to support you to achieve optimal health. To make an appointment or find out more about how acupuncture and naturopathic medicine can benefit you, please call our office at 914.337.2980 or click here to schedule an online appointment.
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