Thursday, 9 January 2014

Do You Suffer From Sinusitis and Gerd? A TCM Perspective...


Came across this article on stomach acid affecting sinuses in the local newspaper today (Mind Your Body from The Straits Times, 9 Jan 2014) and thought some readers out there with allergies might also have this condition. This article explains Gerd (gastro-oesophageal reflux disease) with sinusitis from a traditional chinese medicine (TCM) perspective. Click on article to enlarge for reading.

A quick summary:
  • Causes: deficiencies in liver, spleen, and stomach
  • Trigger: 
(a) Insufficient qi and blood cannot nourish the nose well, and pathogenic (disease-causing) factors, such as "wind", "cold"and "heat", can easily invade the nose and trigger Gerd with sinusitis.
(b) When the qi is stagnant in both the liver and stomach for a prolonged period, it can result in "heat'and blood stasis, and trigger Gerd with sinusitis.
  • What can you do? 
Other than using herbs to boost the qi, this is what you can do to improve your condition:

1) Avoid smoking, alcohol, coffee, tea and food which is deep fried, oily or spicy

2) Take easily digested food e.g green vegetables, porridge and fish

3) Chew and swallow food slowly, have small meals and stop eating 4 hours before bedtime

3) Keep warm and avoid changes in temperature

4) Keep to a smoke-free and good ventilation environment

5) Avoid negative emotions 

6) Do exercise such as brisk walk, swim and practise yoga

*Please consult your physician before consuming any herbs. Do not self-medicate.