Sinusitis is an inflammation of the paranasal sinuses (air-filled cavities inside the bones of the skull) that increases the production of mucus.

Sinusitis is a common health problem especially during the seasonal changes in Gauteng, due to excessive amounts of dust and pollen in the dry air. Sinusitis affects the person’s quality of life due to the often painful symptoms of constant nasal congestion and runny nose. Common illnesses related to sinusitis is infection, allergy and structural problems of the nasal passage.

Surgical operation would be the first choice for structural nasal problems, and oral antibiotic, antihistamines and local cortisol spray would be prescribed for sinusitis by doctors. There are many chronic sinusitis sufferers that have experienced only temporal relief from antibiotics and nasal spray, reason being that the long term use of antibiotics weakens a person’s immunity, cortisol sprays thin the membrane of nasal passages, and the body then becomes vulnerable to allergens and germs.

Chinese practitioners use Chinese herbal medicine and acupuncture treatments to open the nasal passage, drain the mucus and strengthen the immunity, which will prevent re-infection and assist the long term healing of sinusitis.

The environment of the sinusitis person is also a large factor as well, that is why avoiding certain foods such as dairy products and keeping the living areas dust free are recommended. Articles

Smoking causes about 90% (or 9 out of 10) of all lung cancer deaths in men and women. About 80% (or 8 out of 10) of all deaths from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) are caused by smoking. Smokers are at greater risk for diseases that affect the heart and blood vessels (cardiovascular disease). Smoking harms nearly every organ of the body and affects a person’s overall health.

The statistics show that one out of three people over the age of 18 are smokers globally. The tobacco addiction is a powerful addiction. For some people, nicotine can be as addictive as heroin or cocaine.

Every year millions people try to quit smoking with varies methods. More and more people choose acupuncture for smoking cessation, because acupuncture can reduce cravings and alleviate withdrawal symptoms such as irritability, anxiety and difficulty concentrating. Acupuncture has no side effects; in fact, it is very common to notice side benefits like aiding in relaxation and detoxification.

The acupuncture needles used are hair-thin. Most of time they only create a minor prick or no pain at all. In between treatments, small pellets of herbal seeds are often taped to the acupuncture points on the ear. When a cigarette craving hits, pressing on the pellets stimulates the acupuncture points to calm the mind and eliminate the craving.

Scientific study shows body start to increase produces natural opioid peptides after acupuncture treatment, which will assist in reduce the craving for the chemical (nicotine) dependence and for some people they will even notice the taste of cigarettes become unpleasant or awful.

More people are seeking medical assistance for back pain and sciatic due to lifestyle problems such as stress, poor diet, less physical activity, bad posture from sitting long periods in front of computers, TVs, etc. It is estimated that up to 80% of the world's population will suffer from back pain at some point in their lives.

The pathological diagnosis of back pain and sciatic are osteoarthritis, prolapsed lumbar disc, degenerative disks, weak abdominal and back muscles, and trauma. The common treatments are pain killer, anti-inflammation or surgery. Many clinical case studies have shown that back pain and sciatica can be treated effectively through the treatment of acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine without experiencing any side effects.

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) believes, “If there is no free flow, there is pain”. External invasions of the body, such as cold, dampness, strain, and trauma through improper exercise or accident, will affect the free flow of Qi and blood, resulting in pain.

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a common disorder that affects the large intestine (colon). Irritable bowel syndrome commonly causes cramping, abdominal pain, bloating, gas, diarrhea, constipation and mucus in the stool.

Stress is the product of modern life. Chinese medical practitioners believe that the liver regulates the Qi flow of the body. Long term stress and sudden emotional trauma can lead to the stagnation of the Qi flow and cause all the symptoms of IBS. If a person’s spleen energy is weakened by overwork, poor diet, insufficient rest, excessive worry, then diarrhea, abdominal pain and bloating will be accompanied. The liver Qi Stasis and spleen Qi Deficiency can generate Damp-Heat in the body, thus producing mucus in the stool.

The basic Chinese principle for the treatment of irritable bowel syndrome is to relieve the Liver Qi Stasis, strengthen the Spleen Qi, and eliminate the Damp-Heat in the body. The Chinese formula “Tong Xie Yao Fang” is commonly prescribed for the treatment of IBS. Acupuncture treatment on the energy points of the liver, spleen and big intestine would be selected by the trained doctor to harmonize the liver and spleen Qi

The allergy or intolerance of food, leading to irritable bowel syndrome is not yet clearly understood, but certain foods have been reported to worsen the condition, such as chocolate, spices, fats, fruits, beans, cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli, milk, carbonated beverages, alcohol, and should be avoided if possible.

Patients with irritable bowel syndrome can also benefit by doing meditation and practicing other stress-reduction techniques.

It is advisable before receiving Chinese herbal medicine and acupuncture treatment, to have a thorough physical examination by a physician to rule out other causes of the symptoms such as chronic colitis, colon polyps, gastrointestinal tumors and other diseases.

When used in conjunction with Western fertility treatments, acupuncture increases conception rates by 26% without side effects. According to several studies and medical research, acupuncture can increase fertility by increasing blood flow to the reproductive organs, reducing stress and balancing the endocrine and hormonal system.

Acupuncture can provide better blood flow to the ovaries and uterus, thus stimulate the production of healthy eggs, movement, and improve the uterine lining thus assisting implantation.

One of the ways acupuncture treatment increases fertility is by reducing stress. When people are under stress, the hormone cortisol is released in the brain. This alters the brain's neurochemical balance, thus changing hormone levels and disrupting the balance of hypothalamus – pituitary – ovary axis, which is the key to the reproductive cycle. Stress can also create spasms in both the fallopian tubes and the uterus, which can interfere with movement and implantation of a fertilized egg.

In men, stress can alter sperm counts, motility, male hormone production and cause impotence. Acupuncture infertility treatment counters the effects of stress and cortisol by releasing endorphins in the brain.

Acupuncture is the insertion of fine disposable needles into specific energy points on the surface of the body. Chinese medicine believes Qi (energy) is the life force of the body and it runs mainly in 14 major pathways, called meridians. Qi (energy) promotes the physical functions of the body, moving smoothly through the meridians. When the flow of Qi is disrupted through poor health habits, stress or other circumstances, pain and/or disease can result. Acupuncture can regulate the body’s physical and mental function, balancing the energy and restoring health. Acupuncture helps to keep the normal flow of this energy, thereby increasing a couple's chances of conceiving.

For some people who are afraid of acupuncture treatment, the option of only Chinese herbal medicine will be prescribed.

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