Sinuses are air pockets located in the cheekbones, between the eyes and the forehead. Small channels connect the sinuses to the nasal passages, allowing mucus to drain into the nose from the sinuses, and air to flow into the sinuses from the nose.
When these passages become blocked pressure can build up in the sinus cavities, causing pain. Blockages can occur for many reasons, and when the sinuses cannot drain, they can also become infected. The linings of the sinuses themselves can also become inflamed. All this leads to pain in the face and head, irritation, stuffed or runny nose, post nasal drip, sneezing, an awful taste in the mouth, and upset stomach.
Acupuncture is very effective at treating sinusitis, and may patients experience relief at the first session. A couple of sessions may then be required after the initial treatment.
Many patients find that a visit, at the first onset of spring, can prevent any problems caused by hay-fever.