Recently somebody asked me about if I would recommend acupuncture for nasal polyps and the answer was that I didn’t quite know. I did have a patient with this condition once but I did not see her for long enough to obtain meaningful results in addition nasal polyps were not her main complaint, and so even if there had been any progress over the short length of time that I saw her, I’m not sure she would have noticed. A simple Google search is not worth much in this case, the results obtained are unreliable and untrustworthy and not backed up by serious experience or other data. I looked it up in all the English language reference works and found only one result, in a book by a Chinese practitioner that I have not heard of. The useful thing about this reference is that it gives an approximate timeframe within which to look for results; the author says that if the nasal polyps have just occrured then 7 treatments will suffice for resolution, but if they are chronic then it will take 30 treatments. But as I said, this is only one reference, and I have not heard of the author, or indeed the publishing house so it is difficult to give an opinion based on this alone.
I then looked it up in the Chinese language reference books and there was one useful result. From chapter nine of the standard textbook on ENT disorders in chinese medicine. There is quite a lengthy section on it there, and as that particular series of official textbooks has a very practical orientation and is unlikely to include obscure conditions, or those that do not respond particularly well to acupuncture and chinese medicine, this is the most reliable information I could find. It mentions a treatment protocol with Chinese herbal medicine, but does not give a prognosis or a timeframe within which to expect results. So all in all, based on this rather slender information, my provisional answer to the question, “is acupuncture good for nasal polyps?” would be probably not. In order to give a definitive answer I would have to have recourse to a database of Chinese language medical research, which I unfortunately no longer have access to. If I do come across more information, or if anybody else has any information or experiences to share, then I will update this article accordingly.