Richmond Acupuncture Clinic and Wellness Center in VA
Since 1988 practicing acupuncture & Chinese Herbal Medicine
Xiaoyan Wang
L. Ac., MD (China)
3721 Westerre Pkwy.
Suite C
Henrico, VA 23233
(804) 301-1784
Monday to Friday: 9:00 AM to 5:30 PM
Sunday: 9:30 AM to 12:00 PM

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Sinusitis is an inflammation of the nasal sinuses. Most sinusitis is caused by infection (such as a cold or an upper respiratory tract infection) spreading to the sinuses from the nose along the narrow passages that drain mucus from the sinuses into the nose. Allergy to inhaled pollutants and pollen also contribute to sinus diseases. Most modern cities have problems with air quality outdoors, and indoor air is subject to pollution by furnishings, household chemicals, cosmetics and pet dander. Casual use of lawn chemicals and pesticides may inflame the sinuses.
The sinuses that are most prone to infection and inflammation are located between the eyes and either side of the nose. The main symptoms of sinusitis are:
  • Feeling of fullness in the face
  • Pressure behind the eyes
  • Postnasal drip
  • Nasal obstruction, difficulty breathing through the nose
  • Toothache (possibly)
  • Purulent, yellow nasal discharge
  • pain on the forehead, facial
Chronic sinusitis affects over 37 million Americans a year. It is the most common chronic condition in the United States today. Medications most often used to treat sinusitis include a combination of
  • Antibiotics, such as amoxicillin.
  • Decongestants, such as pseudoephedrine hydrochloride.
  • Analgesics, such as aspirin, acetaminophen, or ibuprofen, to relieve pain.
  • Mucolytics, such as guaifenesin.
  • Corticosteroids, such as beclomethasone dipropionate or prednisone, which reduce inflammation in the nasal passages. These medications may also be used as an inhaled nasal spray.
While often effective, western medications for sinusitis have a number of short-term side effects as well as possible long-term health consequences. Many people are interested in non-drug approaches. Acupuncture can help drain the sinuses by loosening mucus and stimulating movement in the head.  More importantly, it can strengthen the body’s ability to dissolve phlegm, fight infection, and rebuild strength. Taking herbs alongside acupuncture treatment can speed the process considerably. If you would like to pursue acupuncture and Chinese herbal treatment or information, please contact Xiaoyan Wang.

Richmond Acupuncture Clinic and Wellness Center in VA