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Rhinitis and Sinusitis: Acupuncture Treatment



Acupuncture is quite effective for treating rhinitis and sinusitis, regardless of whether they are allergic or non-allergic, acute or chronic. Acupuncture can alleviate symptoms such as nasal congestion, runny nose, and sneezing, and can also improve olfactory function.

The acupuncture point Yingxiang, along with Hegu, has been proven to increase the speed of mucociliary transport in patients with chronic rhinitis, though this effect is not observed in healthy individuals.


To enhance the effectiveness of acupuncture treatment for rhinitis and sinusitis, accurate point location is crucial. The local reflex area for the nose lies along the sides of the nasal bone, including the area from Yingxiang to a new point called “Bitong.” Massaging these areas with fingertips often immediately relieves or reduces nasal congestion. During acupuncture at Yingxiang, some patients may feel a pulsating sensation in the upper lip area. For noticeable results, the needles should be retained for a period without manipulation. Skin reddening around Yingxiang or slight bleeding upon needle removal are signs of effective stimulation.


For patients experiencing frontal headaches, oblique needling towards the tip of the nose at the Yintang point can be beneficial. For those with accompanying ear fullness, additional points such as Yifeng, Xiaguan, or Ermen can be needled.


Acupuncture treatment for rhinitis and sinusitis focuses on points that are believed to influence the nasal area and associated symptoms. The treatment strategy is tailored to address both local symptoms in the nose and related issues in nearby areas, such as headaches or ear fullness, providing a holistic approach to these conditions.

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