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


Sinusitis - Basics

Sinusitis is the term used to describe the chronic inflammation of the sinuses. In some instances, this can occur with an acute sinus infection, which produces symptoms such as congestion, nasal drainage, headache and stuffy nose. Below you will find alternative and natural treatment options including those from a Chinese Medicine perspective for Sinusitis.


Sinusitis - Diagnostic Patterns

The Chinese Medicine treatment of sinusitis generally involves arriving at the appropriate TCM diagnosis or pattern. This pattern within the individual is what treatment is based on not the general condition (see treating the cause and not the symptoms).

The following patterns may represent the underlying contributing factors for the development of sinusitis:



Sinusitis - Acupuncture Protocols

The treatment of conditions with acupuncture can be a complicated endeavor that should only be undertaken by individuals with a deep understanding of the underlying Chinese Medicine theory (and/or whatever system being used for treatment). There are many approaches, but generally speaking few viable approaches are involved on a point to condition basis. Rather using proper diagnostic procedures the patients diagnostic pattern is ascertained and that is what is treated. The protocols listed here exemplify some of these clinical approaches.

The following Acupuncture Treatment Protocols May Be Used With Sinusitis


Sinusitis - Formulas From Our Store

The following herbal formulas are potentially useful in the process of treating sinusitis. For a complete list from our store with more details see our sinusitis formula section.


Sinusitis - Questions

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Using our forums our staff and our community may offer guidance with regards to the treatment of sinusitis.



Sinusitis - Related Acupuncture Points

The following (5) acupuncture points may be useful for sinusitis. 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.)



Sinusitis - Related Chinese Herbs

The following (2) chinese herbs may be useful for sinusitis. 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 (6) Formulas TCM Herbal Formulas May Be Useful For Sinusitis

Bi Yan Wan

  • Nose Inflammation Tablets
    • For acute or chronic rhinitis resulting from the combination of lung qi deficiency and phlegm accumulation.
    • Runny nose, sneezing, congestion due to phlegm.
    • Can be used to treat for general cold or flu symptoms due to phlegm and wind.
  • Treat Phlegm
  • Transform Phlegm and Extinguish Wind

Chuan Xiong Cha Tiao Wan

  • Ligusticum Tea Pills
    • Headaches, primarily from wind-cold (but used with wind-heat/wind-damp), with neck stiffness, muscle aches and/or nasal discharge.
    • In certain cases may be useful for migraines, frequent headaches - particularly when they are influenced by cold weather and/or changing from warm to cold environments.
    • Rhinitis, sinusitis.
  • Expel Wind
  • Release Wind from the Skin and Channels
  • Cautions
  • Pregnancy
    • Use only with direction during pregnancy.
    • Avoid in cases of headache from liver yang rising or deficiencies of qi and/or blood.

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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