Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine offers significant help for the symptoms of sinusitis–whether acute, chronic, or frequently occurring.
Large Intestine 20 (Ying Xiang):
There are acupuncture points on the face that can help bring immediate relief from nasal congestion. One set of points lies in the folds of both sides of the nose, at the level of the nostrils. These points may also safely be self-massaged at any point to assist in clearing the nasal passages.
Another important point on the face is called Yintang which is located right between your eyes, at the level of the eyebrows. Yintang is also well known for its ability to induce calmness and send energy (Qi) in a downward direction. Therefore, massaging Yintang is particularly helpful in cases of congestion and pain due to sinusitis, as blockages in the sinus make proper drainage difficult and potentially give rise to other symptoms of sinusitis.
Large Intestine 4 (He Gu):
There is a point located on the hand that directly aids issues of the face and forehead, including headaches. This acupuncture point is located in the middle of the fleshy mound found between the base of the thumb and the first finger. Feel free to press here for any discomfort in the face, head, or sinuses–whether your symptoms are from sinusitis or another condition.
Governor Vessel 14(Da Zhui):
Located below the spinous process of the seventh cervical vertebrae, approximately at the level where the collar of a T-shirt meets the neck, activates the circulation of blood and Qi to strengthen the outer defense layers of the skin and muscle, so that your system is protected against germs and viruses.
Lung 7 (Lie Que):
This point is located above the wrist on the inside of the arm. To find this point, interlock your thumb and index finger of one hand with those of the other, the point lies on the edge of the index finger, in a depression between the sinew and the bone. This point is often used to treat conditions related to the head and neck, such as headaches, migraines, stiff neck, facial paralysis, and toothache. Stimulate this point on both hands with the tip of your index finger for approximately 30 seconds or until your cough subside.