Sinusitis symptoms are a very common presentation in the Chinese medicine clinic.

Acupuncture can help to reduce symptoms often with immediate effect. An acupuncturist will use points according to your Chinese medicine diagnosis, which are often on the hands and feet, combined with what’s known as local points to alleviate the symptoms like pressure in the head, headache and pain in the face.

I often give my patients pressure points they can use, and you can use acupressure as well to alleviate pain in the face and sinus symptoms.

Acupuncture points for Sinusitus Some points you can try on yourself with gentle pressure of your index finger. If you have very delicate skin, use your pinky finger.

A Chinese medicine practitioner will give you a specific diagnosis of what’s causing your sinus symptoms according to Chinese medicine. – The causes can be things like Phlegm and heat, stagnation, lingering pathogens.

The strategy for treating sinusitus esssentially is to (1) alleviate the symptoms, stop the pain, clear the sinuses – for most sinusitus patients this can be achieved within the first few acupuncture treatments. (2) treat the root of the problem – which is usually stopping the body from producing phlegm in the first place. This can often be achieved most effectively with Chinese herbs.

To learn more about the herbs we use, read our articles about Chinese herbal medicine here.

Chinese Diet therapy can offer some symptom relief and help prevent recurrence if symptoms are treated early enough. Pungent foods are often used to open the orifaces and shift phlegm stagnation. Foods like Spring onions, garlic, horseradish, coriander, mint and basil are good examples. Before starting Chinese diet therapy, your best approach is to get the diagnosis right.

It’s worth noting that symptoms of headaches and face pain can be symptoms of other problems too, not just sinusitis so if you have not yet seen your western medicine doctor (GP) this is a good place to start when experiencing undiagnosed symptoms. Your Chinese medicine practitioner may refer you to see a GP

NOTICE: this information is provided in public interest of keeping people healthy as possible. Common sense should always be applied. Too much of anything can be hazardous to health. This information is not intended as a substitute for medical advice or diagnosis by a health practitioner. If you have a health condition, you should check with your health care practitioner before using foods as medicine treatments, if you are in any way unsure about the suitability of the food agents, herbs or recipies for your body. In an medical emergency always contact emergency services, call 000 in Australia.

This article is written by Marie Hopkinson, the Chinese Herbalist & Acupuncturist at Metro Health and Medicine in North Perth. Marie is available for consultation by calling 1300 132 830 or email