Acupuncture for Sinus

Acupuncture for SinusSinus and hay fever have been treated for centuries using acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine. Many people suffer side effects when prescribed antibiotics and in 2010 and 2011 some Sudafed products were recalled because of problems. The acupuncture points that can help sinus and Chinese herbs that benefit the condition are still in use after 2000 years. In fact modern pharmacological research has found that a Chinese herb cang er zi has inhibitory effects on bacteria such as staphylococcus aureus. One acupuncture point situated near the corner of the nostrils is called “Welcome Fragrance” to exemplify its action. For best results using Chinese medicine, the treatment needs to be tailored to the individual and the specific cause of the problem addressed. There are a number of difference disease mechanisms according to traditional Chinese medical literature, some of which are listed below.

Wind-Heat of Lung: mainly caused by weather changes.

Stagnated Heat of Gallbladder: mainly caused by emotions.

Damp Heat of Spleen/Stomach: mainly caused by excess greasy and spicy foods.

Deficiency Cold of Lung Qi: mainly caused by chronic illness

Deficiency of Spleen: mainly caused by improper diet, fatigue or over-thinking.

It is not uncommon to have a number of disease patterns overlapping and the Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioner needs to diagnose carefully in order to achieve satisfactory results.

In the Hawke’s Bay region of New Zealand, it is well known that it has one of the highest incidences of sinus and hay fever in the country. Many people have reported that they never had sinus in their life until moving to the area.

Various researchers have postulated as to why this is the case but to date no satisfactory causative factor has been put forward. The local people though firmly believe it is from the history of using excessive insecticides in the orchards. The author is of the opinion it is due to the surrounding areas having been over saturated in pine plantations which then lead to excessive pollen being blown into the area. The pollen becomes infused so to say with the insecticides and thus play havoc with the people. The Liver must work overtime to eliminate the toxins. Hence, the author takes into consideration the above classical causes of sinus and combines treatment focused on the Liver to address the environmental stress.

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About Heiko Lade

Hi, I'm Heiko Lade - qualified acupuncturist at The Acupuncture Clinic in Hastings, New Zealand. If you would like to make an appointment for a consultation and treatment, please contact me.


  1. I have pollen sinus in my nose. I have had nasal acupuncture about ten years ago and benefited then. Now it come back with severe bad and severe pain associated with breathing difficulties and lack of sleeping. Can I have proper treatment for that and if so, what is the cost for it? The doctor describe the dicease as pollen.

  2. Thats interesting about what you say that Hawkes Bay has a high incidence of sinus and hayfever. I have known a number of people who told me that they only first ever got the problem after moving here. Which at first I thought was strange as some of them had moved from Auckland where it is more polluted than here. But it makes sense about the orchard sprays. Are there any special foods/diets or herbs to help the liver?

    • Heiko Lade says:

      There are a number of different diet strategies to help the liver. A simple one, as used in traditional Indian Ayurvedic medicine is to squeeze the juice of about 1 tablespoon of lemon and a glass of warm water and drink it first thing in the morning. During the daytime, drink dandelion tea, which is a good substitute for coffee. In traditional Chinese medicine terms, dandelion is cooling and detoxifies the liver. Another herb to consider is chrysanthemum flowers, known as Ju Hua in Chinese and can be obtained from Chinese grocery stores. Just add a few flowers to hot water, seep and drink.

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