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Chinese Herbal and Acupuncture Treatment Protocols for Sinus Infection - Formulas, Protocols, TCM Diagnoses


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.



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Sinus Infection - Related Acupuncture Points

The following (6) acupuncture points may be useful for sinus infection. A subset of these could potentially be useful with acupressure stimulation and/or tongren therapy methods as well.

Generally treatment would be based on the TCM patterns listed above instead of selecting points by function alone, (see general points selection rules.)



Sinus Infection - Related Chinese Herbs

The following (2) chinese herbs may be useful for sinus infection. In most cases, however, treatment with Chinese Herbal Medicine is done with herbal formulas based on the TCM patterns listed above instead of selecting herbs by function alone. When available, relevant formulas will appear below and/or in the store listings above.



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

Er Chen Wan

  • Two Aged Herbs
    • 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. 
  • Treat Phlegm
  • Dry Dampness and Expel Phlegm
  • 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
    • 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.
  • Release the Exterior
  • Release Exterior Cold
  • Cautions
    • Avoid with issues arising from wind-heat, possibly yin qiao would be far more suitable.

Qing Bi Wan

Xin Yi Qing Fei Wan

  • Magnolia Flower Drink To Clear The Lungs
    • 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.
  • Release the Exterior
  • Release Exterior Disorders with Head and Neck Symptoms
  • Cautions
    • May not be appropriate with heat signs from lung yin deficiency.

Xin Yi Wan




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