Clinical Information For the Treatment Of Sinus Infection

What Is Sinus Infection?

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Sinus Infection - Basics

A sinus infection occurs when the sinuses become inflamed or infected. Symptoms include pain in one or more of the sinus cavities, feeling of fullness in the face, headache, stuffy nose, cough, sore throat, fever, fatigue and nasal drainage. A sinus infection can be acute (the most common, lasting up to 4 weeks), subacute (lasting from 4 to 12 weeks), chronic (lasting 12 weeks to several months, possibly years), or recurrent (having several acute infections within a year).
Below you will find alternative and natural treatment options including those from a Chinese Medicine perspective for Sinus Infection.

6 Points Are Empirically Important For Sinus Infection

2 TCM Herbs Are Potentially Used With Sinus Infection

The Following (5)Formulas TCM Herbal Formulas May Be Useful For Sinus Infection

Er Chen Wan (Two Aged Herbs)

Clinical Usages

  • The primary base formula to resolve phlegm damp, particularly in the lungs and GI system - cough (with white mucus), plugged ears, sinus blockage - along with GI symptoms of nausea, vomiting.
  • Upper respiratory tract infections, bronchitis, emphysema, COPD - when arising from phlegm damp.
  • Phlegm accumulation in the head symptoms such as dizziness, insomnia, meniere's disease, alcohol hangover.
  • Cysts from phlegm accumulation - fibroids, breast cyst, ovarian cyst, thryoid cysts, goiter. 

    Clinical Categorization

    Cautions

      • Avoid in patients with yin deficiency - i.e. cough from dryness.

        Jing Fang Bai Du Wan (Schizonepeta and Siler Powder to Overcome Pathogenic Influences)

        Clinical Usages

        • Early stages of disease arising from wind cold damp - common cold, flu, bronchitis, mumps.
        • Early stages of skin diseases - boils, carbuncles, eczema, dermatitis with the right underlying factors.
        • Mastitis arising from cold/damp.

          Clinical Categorization

          Cautions

            • Avoid with issues arising from wind-heat, possibly yin qiao would be far more suitable.

              Qing Bi Wan (Clear The Nose Decoction)

              Clinical Usages

              • Sinus issues arising from damp-heat pattern in Chinese Medicine - yellow and sticky discharge, sinusitis, rhinitis acute or chronic.
              • Sinus headache, decreased olfactory sense.  

                Clinical Categorization

                Xin Yi Qing Fei Wan (Magnolia Flower Drink To Clear The Lungs)

                Clinical Usages

                • Colds and/or allergies with heat signs (yellow mucus and/or fever, etc.).
                • Chronic sinus congestions / issues, chronic sinusitis, chronic rhinitis, loss of smell.
                • Nasal polyps with the right underlying factors.
                • Difficult to resolve sinus issues with thick, sticky mucus.
                • Headaches from sinus congestion.

                  Clinical Categorization

                  Cautions

                    • May not be appropriate with heat signs from lung yin deficiency.

                      Xin Yi Wan (Magnolia Flower Powder)

                      Clinical Usages

                      • Colds and/or allergies with cold signs (white mucus and/or no fever, etc.).
                      • Chronic sinus congestions / issues, chronic sinusitis, chronic rhinitis, loss of smell.
                      • Headaches from sinus congestion.

                        Clinical Categorization

                        Cautions

                          • Avoid in patients with heat signs.

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