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How to Treat a Sinus Infection (Sinusitis) with Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)

What is a Sinus Infection (Sinusitis)

Sinusitis is an uncomfortable condition that can be caused by a bacterial, fungal, or viral infection, or it can arise from an allergic reaction. Depending on the sinus cavities involved, pain occurs in the forehead, between the eyes, or in the mouth area. Typically, there is a yellow or green discharge from the nose, often dripping into the throat. In addition to the pain, the head feels heavy. The condition can become chronic, especially when a person has repeated colds.

Unless a person gets sufficient rest, avoids mucus-forming foods, and recovers fully, the sinuses will not drain completely. It is important to treat this condition as early and aggressively as possible to prevent a serious infection that requires antibiotic treatment. A vicious cycle of repeated infections and antibiotic use can develop, further weakening the immune system and making the person more prone to future infections.

Treating a Sinus Infection (Sinusitis) with TCM

An appropriate patent medicine is Bi Yan Pian for the nasal and sinus congestion, along with a heat-clearing formula such as Chuan Xin Lian.

Once an acute attack has been cleared, Codonopsis root (dang shen) or Astragalus root (huang qi), herbs that tonify the spleen, should be taken. They can be found in patents such as Shen Qi Da Bu Wan. When spleen qi is strong, less mucus is produced, and the immune system is better able to fight off the colds that lead to sinusitis.


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