|Posted on Sunday, December 07, 2003 - 12:57: |
I shall be very grateful if you could explain a little about the etiology and treatment of sinusitis.
|Posted on Monday, December 08, 2003 - 19:09: |
Well, yes, why not... Sinusitis is, in most cases, the collection of damp energy in the nasal cavities and sinuses. The initial etiology involves damp-cold very often. Later, it transforms into damp heat and gives purulent discharge with frontal headaches, heaviness and tightness and sometimes low fever as well. Being situated in and around the sinuses, this disorder usually affects the stomach meridian which traverses these regions. Because of this, sinusitis also creates nausea, and foods that creates damp and heat aggravate the condition. Moreover, people who have weak stomach and digestion are prone to get sinusitis more than other people - a fact which is often encountered in Ch.med. clinics. The treatment of sinusitis is usually divided in two phases, namely: the acute phase and the Ben (root) phase. In the acute phase, points are selected mainly from the Yang Ming channel: Li-4/ Li-11/ Li-20/ Yintang or B-2/ Du-23/ St-36/ St-44/ 43.
For more information about this treatment please refer to this article:
(chapter D, case II)
For the Ben-part treatment, one must strengthen the spleen, reduce St. heat and activate the Yang ming channels in the face. Sufferers of sinusitis must avoid: coffee, alcoholic beverages, dairy food, fried food, chocolate, creams and fat and greasy food, or too sweet food.
|Posted on Tuesday, December 09, 2003 - 22:17: |
Thank you for your answer Shmuel, I would also like to ask is there a need to take antibiotics along with this treatment? Is it dangerous not to take?
|Posted on Wednesday, December 10, 2003 - 20:56: |
Usually not Sarah. As much as it may sound queer sinusitis is considered an easy to cure disease in Ch.medicine. The treatment in the acute phase must be carried out daily, with or without the aid of herbs. In this fashion, the treatment is very strong (if applied correctly) and can deal with the inflammation without the need for antibiotics. Still, if it is impossible to apply a daily treatment, or if there are no herbs available, then the use of antibiotics in the acute stage need be considered.
|Posted on Monday, December 15, 2003 - 20:36: |
Thank you very much, Shmuel. I will try it this way. However, this patient has been almost totally unresponsive to everything I have done and I suspect him of possibly not responding to acupuncture. Is there any way I could check that out?}
|Posted on Tuesday, December 16, 2003 - 08:46: |
I am sorry, Octavian, but you lost me here. What discussion are you referring to here? Surely not this thread...
|Posted on Friday, January 02, 2004 - 22:32: |
I posted a query on another page on the net asking about sinusitis and you answered guiding me towards this page wehere you had already answered a similar question (see above). That's what I was referring to.
|Posted on Saturday, January 03, 2004 - 07:40: |
Oh, well, now I see. In my opinion, it is unlikely that your patient is not responding to acupuncture. Sometimes another approach need to be seeked, or maybe is something wrong with the needle technique or frequency of treatments. I can very hardly find someone who is unresponsive to acupuncture, as a rule. I have also seen people who have been given the diagnosis of sinusitis, but they did not have it really... If you are sure of your diagnosis try teaching him how to perform sinus irrigation. See instructions on my home-page at:
Also, you may prescribe for him the pill: Pe Min Kan Wan which is very effective for sinusitis - especially on the acute stage, but not only. Keep me posted how it goes.