I’ve written on this topic before and given more recent evidence in support of a mechanisms based approach, I thought it time to revisit. Furthermore, as a sinus pain and congestion sufferer the role of Acupuncture in providing relief is definitely of interest to me!
First a quick review of the condition:
Acute sinusitis is defined as inflammation with swelling and engorgement of the nasal cavity and sinuses characterised by the existence, for 12 weeks or less, of two or more of the following symptoms (Fokkens, 2005).
- Blockage/congestion and discharge (anterior or posterior nasal drip which may result in a cough)
- Facial pain or pressure
- Reduced or loss of smell
Other associated symptoms may include toothache (involving the upper teeth), tenderness, swelling, malaise and fever (Ah-See 2007). Clinically neck pain and stiffness and headache may also occur.