Acupuncture for Sinuses

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Sinuses are the hollow, airway cavities in the skull that are connected to the nasal airway. What people think of sinus, where the nose becomes stuffy, is the condition sinusitis. This condition is the result of swelling or inflammation of the air cavities and leads to what most people feel which is a stuffy or runny nose. In some cases, this can be hard to manage and need treatment. 

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“I came to Doc Fu’s office with a very bad sinus and allergy condition and with his knowledge of acupuncture my body responded that night so well. I just was so excited and within 15 treatments, I have been able to live a better life and I am looking forward to other treatments.” – R.B. (Huntington Beach, CA)

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Sinuses Information

Sinus problems are very common and were found that 28.9 million or 11.6% of adults in the U.S are diagnosed with sinusitis [1]. Sometimes they can be acute and be temporary, but there are times when it is a sinus infection and becomes a chronic problem. With that, one should get treatment for their sinus infection. There is one recommended treatment by medical professionals for its effectiveness. It’s acupuncture for sinusitis (rhinosinusitis).

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How Does Acupuncture For Sinuses Work?

Acupuncture for sinuses is a treatment used in traditional Chinese medicine (TCM). It is believed that the balanced flow of body energy called qi is what keeps the body healthy. In cases where the flow of qi can be blocked, the body starts to experience issues. Acupuncture uses thin needles to target acupoints to stimulate the body to deal with the blocked qi. Because of this process, it results in the unblocking of the flow of qi and causes the body to heal itself and return to its healthy state.

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What Do Experts Say About Acupuncture For Sinus Relief?

When it comes to acupuncture for sinus relief, many health experts see acupuncture for sinuses as a reasonable treatment. There have been different studies on the effectiveness of acupuncture for chronic sinusitis.

In one study, they looked at several patients who were broken into a treatment group where they received acupuncture for sinuses and a control group. Afterward, the participants were asked questions on how they felt, and their answers were allocated and scored. With their answers, the study found that it improved quality of life and they were able to conclude that acupuncture for sinus problems is a valid treatment option [2].

In another study, they looked at the effects of acupuncture on nasal congestion. They got 24 participants who were dealing with nasal congestion from hypertrophic inferior turbinates or chronic sinusitis and had some receive acupuncture for sinuses. After the treatment, the participants were asked about their sinus congestion on a visual analog scale (VAS). With that, the study found that acupuncture for sinus congestion showed a significant improvement in VAS and also found to have a positive improvement over time. [3]

Additional Info

When it comes to sinusitis, you may experience various or multiple symptoms. Some symptoms of sinusitis include:

  • Nasal inflammation
  • Finding thick, discolored discharge coming out of your nose
  • Drainage down the back of the throat (postnasal drainage)
  • Nasal obstruction or congestion and making it difficult to breathe through the nose
  • Pain, tenderness, and swelling around your eyes, cheeks, nose, or forehead
  • Reduced sense of smell and taste

In some cases like chronic sinusitis, other signs and symptoms may include:

  • Ear pain
  • Aching in your upper jaw and teeth
  • Cough or throat clearing
  • Sore throat
  • Bad breath
  • Sinus headaches
  • Fatigue

The main cause of sinusitis is sinus blockage. In some cases of sinusitis, it can be caused by the common cold. Other causes of sinusitis include:

  • Nasal polyps
  • Deviated nasal septum
  • Respiratory tract infections
  • Allergies such as hay fever
  • Other medical conditions like cystic fibrosis, HIV, and other immune system-related diseases

Sinusitis has different types. The most common are acute and chronic sinusitis. Acute sinusitis is very short and doesn’t last more than 4 weeks. This is usually caused by a cold or other respiratory illness. For chronic sinusitis, sinusitis is considered chronic when it lasts longer than 12 weeks or keeps recurring. The cause may be different from acute sinusitis.

There are things that can increase the chances of you experiencing sinusitis. These include:

  • A deviated septum
  • Nasal polyps
  • Asthma
  • Aspirin sensitivity
  • A dental infection
  • An immune system disorder such as HIV/AIDS or cystic fibrosis
  • Hay fever or another allergic condition
  • pollutants like smoke

In some cases, sinusitis can cause some complications in one’s life. Some complications you may experience are:

  • Vision problems caused by an infection of the eye and its surrounding tissue
  • Sinus cavity blood clot (thrombosis)
  • Meningitis
  • Brain abscess
  • Bone infection


Acupuncture for sinus can help treat sinusitis but there are also some home remedies you should try out. Some include:

  • Resting
  • Rinse out your nasal passages
  • Hydrate
  • Steam / humidifier
  • Chicken soup
  • Rotate warm and cold compresses on your sinuses

[1]  Villarroel MA, Blackwell DL, Jen A. Tables of Summary Health Statistics for U.S. Adults: 2018 National Health Interview Survey. National Center for Health Statistics. 2019. Available from: 

[2] Feng S, Han M, Fan Y, et al. Acupuncture for the treatment of allergic rhinitis: a systematic review and meta-analysisAm J Rhinol Allergy. 2015;29(1):57-62. doi:10.2500/ajra.2015.29.4116

[3] Sertel S, Bergmann Z, Ratzlaff K, Baumann I, Greten HJ, Plinkert PK. Acupuncture for nasal congestion: a prospective, randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical pilot studyAm J Rhinol Allergy. 2009;23(6):e23-e28. doi:10.2500/ajra.2009.23.3380

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