Treating chronic sinus infection with acupuncture
Acupuncture treatment tonifies the Spleen Qi to strengthen it, as well as opening & draining the sinus cavities, plus bo

Acupuncture  works with the subtle energies of piezo-electricity that courses through a highly organized network of channels. each of these channels or 'meridians' are connected with a specific organ or biological function of the body. This energy, known as Qi (chi) is accessed or manipulated at specific points along the channels.

Tonifying the Qi is accomplished by the insertion of very fine needles, which cause a series of electrical and biochemical reactions to occur.
Research has proven that acupuncture treatment triggers the release of endorphins and serotonin, and that acupuncture can cause changes in brain activity.

So how does acupuncture treat a sinus infection?

According to Traditional Chinese Medicine, the energy  or Qi of the Spleen Merdiain is responsible for
transforming and transporting substances throughout the body.  Oxygen, which the body utilizes to metabolize nutrients, is acquired through breathing in air. This oxygen must then be transformed into a liquid in order to be absorbed by the body.  The transformation process begins in the nasal passages where moisture from the mucous membranes begins to combine with the oxygen molecules. The air is transported through the esophagus and into the lungs where the transformation  continues until it is completed in the alveolars of the lungs. Once the oxygen is in a liquid state it is absorbed into the bloodstream and transported throughout the body.

Now if there is a buildup of mucous in the sinuses, this is a sign that the Spleen Qi is weakened, in other words the Spleen Qi is not strong enough to transport the excess mucous away from the area. The mucous stagnates and provides the perfect medium for growing cultures of bacteria or infection.

An Acupuncture treatment will aim at tonifying the Spleen Qi, to strengthen it, as well as opening and draining the sinus cavities, plus boosting the Qi of the Lungs and enhancing the body's immune response.  Not only should the sinus condition improve, but  there will be more oxygen available to the body, which will improve health in general. Scheduling of treatments vary according to severity of condition, but on average it would be one hour a week for 3 to 6 weeks.

With so much concern of flu this season, it would be wise to have an acupuncture treatment as a general tune-up of the body's defense network, especially if you suffer from chronic congestion.

Enjoy Good Health All Year!

About the Author:
Maryanne Smith - EARTH and SKY ACUPUNCTURE
Maryanne Smith is a licensed Acupuncturist, practicing the gentle form of Japanese style Hara-reflex Acupuncture as taught by Kiiko Matsumoto, of Boston, MA. Her practice is located in New Hope, PA.

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