Wednesday, 14 March 2012
Sinusitis is inflammation of the nasal cavities within the passages of the nose (Para nasal sinuses). It is a very common condition that can affect people regularly throughout their lives. Symptoms can include facial pain or pressure, blocked or runny nose, post nasal drip or phlegm in the throat, muzzy, cotton wool feeling in the head. It commonly occurs when the environmental pollens irritate the nasal passages for example with hay fever. Other irritants or allergens can also trigger sinus problems such as dust mite, animal dander, food intolerances, aerosol sprays, perfumes, paints, etc. Sinusitis can also be caused by infraction, whether fungal, viral or bacterial.
How Does Chinese Medicine View Sinus Problems?
Traditional Chinese Medicine sees sinusitis as invasion of Wind-Heat or Damp-Heat, Deficiency of Spleen or Lung Qi (energy). Chinese Herbs or Acupuncture may be used to expel or purge Heat, Wind or Dampness. Usually these herbs will cause mucus to drain from the sinus and relieve pressure. Herbal tonics or specific acupuncture points may be used to strengthen or notify the lung or spleen energy. In recurring sinusitis the aggravating allergen should ideally be removed. So Allergy or Intolerance testing would be wise.
What Can Aggravate Sinus Problems?
Chinese Medicine believes that the Spleen does not like dampness and what have we in Ireland but a VERY damp climate. Thus sinus problems are very common in Ireland. Sinus problems relating to the Spleen Qi Defiance or invasion of dampness are usually worse in October/November or March/April seasons due to the fact that they are usually very damp months with lots of rain. Humid days in the summer will also aggravate sinuses or equally travelling to humid countries. Flying will affect the sinuses. Pressure changes will affect the sinuses and can cause painful episodes in some cases. Or travelling to areas of high altitude. It is vitally important to look at the diet also. Intolerance to certain foods will encourage the production of mucus. Diet can reduce the amount of mucus in the sinus.
A Zinc Deficiency can also cause problems in the mucus membranes in the respiratory tract. Exposure to air borne allergies such as dust mites, pollens, moulds, perfumes, aerosols, chemicals, animal dander, feathers, etc.
I would strongly recommend an Allergy/Intolerance Test to identify trigger factors, to correct the diet to account for any vitamin or mineral deficiencies. A simple exclusion process after this test will often be the simplest course of action to identify and eliminate the causes.
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How to Treat Sinusitis with Traditional Chinese Medicine
On your first visit a detailed assessment is carried out. This includes, Chinese tongue pulse and facial diagnoses, past and current medical history, nutrition diet and lifestyle assessment, allergy/food intolerant test.
Depending on the diagnoses, a treatment plan will then be advised for you. This may involve exclusion diet, acupuncture / needle free acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine, breathing techniques, nutrition diet and lifestyle changes.
Any exclusion diet will be fully explained and include recommendations for alternative foods. All consultations are strictly private and by appointment only.
Acupuncture cures chronic sinus congestion
Chinese herbs reduce symptoms of allergic rhinitis
Acupuncture's use in cancer patients has been recommended by the American Cancer Society (ACS) for the treatment of cancer and treatment-related symptoms. Pain, nausea, breathlessness, vasomotor symptoms and limb edema have all been found to respond to this treatment modality.(2)
Cancer the mere mention of the name, fills most of us with fear. Thankfully today much progress has been made in the fight against Cancer. Today the emphasis is on early detection, support, and aggressive treatment.
Cancer is essentially were abnormal cells in the body multiply, at an uncontrollable rate. These cells can go on to form lumps and tumors. These tumors can detach themselves and move to other parts of the body.
The main risk factors for Cancer include- family history, stress, smoking, obesity, heavy alcohol consumption, UV exposure, chemicals, pesticides, pollution, lack of exercise, poor diet, getting older, infection from certain viruses. Other causes of Cancer remain unknown.
Over 200 types of Cancer have been identified. Cancer effects all ages, sexes, and ethnic groups. The most common forms of Cancer include-
Non Hodgkins lymphoma
Treatments include, Chemotherapy, Radiation therapy, and Surgery.
There are also new improved treatments for certain types of cancer.
So what can Acupuncture and TCM do?
Acupuncture is an alternative and complementary therapy utilized in cancer management programs. More specifically, it addresses to problems which are related to the symptoms of cancer. An acupuncture depression treatment can also be possible for patients experiencing cancer. Additionally, acupuncture can treat the side effects which are brought about by the medication therapy for cancer. It can boost the blood cell count of a cancer patient, and it enhances the cells which are known to fight against cancer. Anxiety, insomnia and poor appetite which are brought about by cancer can be easily cured with the use of an acupuncture therapy treatment. If complied with regularly, it would be possible to thwart off the cancer signs and symptoms in no time.
boost energy levels
control cancer pain
reduces hot flushes associated with some cancers
boost immune system
improve dry mouth associated with some cancers
improves cancer treatment, and chemotherapy side effects
Scientists studying a four-herb combination discovered some 1,800 years ago by Chinese herbalists have found that the substance enhances the effectiveness of chemotherapy in patients with colon cancer.
The mixture, known in China as huang qin tang, has been shown in early trials to be effective at reducing some side effects of chemotherapy, including diarrhea, nausea and vomiting. The herbs also seem to bolster colon-cancer treatment: Tests on animals with tumors have shown that administering the herbs along with chemotherapy drugs restored intestinal cells faster than when chemo was used alone.
The herb combination, dubbed PHY906 by scientists, is a rare example of a plant-based product used in traditional folk medicine that could potentially jump the hurdle into mainstream American therapy. A scientific team led by Yung-Chi Cheng, an oncology researcher at Yale University, and funded in part by the National Cancer Institute, is planning to begin Phase II clinical trials to study PHY906's effectiveness in people with colon cancer.
Some herbs and plants with possible cancer-treatment benefits.
Boswellia serrata (frankincense) Reduces inflammation
What it is being studied for: To reduce tumor growth and brain swelling in patients with gliomas
Nerium oleander (rose laurel)
Reduces inflammation and modulates the immune system
What it is being studied for: To use with chemotherapy drugs to treat advanced non-small-cell lung cancer
Valeriana officinalis (garden heliotrope)
Has sedating effects
What it is being studied for: To improve sleep in cancer patients undergoing treatment
Hypericum perforatum (St. John's wort)
Has analgesic, sedative and anti-depressant effects
What it is being studied for: To reduce hot flashes in postmenopausal women with breast cancerSource: National Cancer Institutehttp://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702304177104577313821796467932.html
Diet and Cancer
While there is no, one diet fits all for cancer, it is vitally important that a good diet is adhered to. Certain foods are helpful in the fight against cancer. These include-
cruciferous vegtables- cabbage, broccolli, sprouts etc
Brightly coloured fruit and vegtables- oranges, tomatoes, etc
leafy greens- cauliflower, kale, etc
berries- rasberries, strawberries, grapes, etc
herbs and spices- garlic, onion, curry, etc
fish- salmon, cod, etc
certain nuts and seeds
The PH issue
Over acidity car-rodes body tissue. This can interrupt cellular activity, causing cancer. Cancer cells find it more difficult to survive in an alkaline environment. For more information click on the following sites-
Joanne Mc Govern - Dip Ac., Lic Ac., Dip. Chinese Herbs, Dip. Nutritional Advisor,ITEC, Dip Stress Management Consultant.