I have successfully treated numerous patients with acupuncture for sinusitis. And there is an interesting case study on acupuncture for sinusitis written by a journalist from the Daily Telegraph, who appears to have been cured of sinusitis by a single treatment. This is impressive, if true, but the majority of patients will require several treatments rather than only one. Here is another, rather more typical patient’s experience with acupuncture:
“Tried acupuncture after about 15 years of near chronic sinusitis, with bouts of high fever and doses of antibiotics at least twice a year and a week off work each time. I went to an acupuncturist for over 2 months, twice a week – as a result I didn’t have any problems with my sinuses for nearly 10 years (and I did nothing else differently in my life)”
This piece of research on acupuncture for sinusitis, from the American Journal of Rhinology and Allergy in 2009, found that acupuncture resulted in highly significant improvement nasal air flow, as assessed by active anterior rhinomanometry (ARM) as well as in subjective rating of symptoms. These outcomes were measured before, and 15 and then 30 minutes into, acupuncture treatment. There were 24 participants in the study, all of whom complained of chronic nasal congestion, not associated with nasal polyps. The study was carried out in associated with the Department of Otorhinolaryngology and Head and Neck Surgery, of the University of Heidelberg in Germany.
This study carried out in China, in the following year, included 85 participants with chronic rhinitis, and included a two year followup to see whether improvements were maintained. In China, treatment is typical given every day, which is very different from the common practice outside China which is to give treatment once a week. These patients had daily treatment for two courses of 15 days, unless they obtained significant relief before commencement of the second block of treatment. Unfortunately, in lieu of the full-text of the study, one cannot determine how many patients got results sooner, and how many took the full 30 treatments to recover. A small number of patients got no significant results, but this is likely to be because the treatment protocol for research studies is standardised and is therefore far less tailored to the individual patient than is typical in actual clinical practice.