Although acupuncture is most frequently sought as a treatment for physical pain such as back or neck ache, its traditional use is to treat a wide variety of conditions, ranging from gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) to allergies, asthma, and sinusitis. This is one of the many reasons I think it is an effective option for CAID sufferers. Among the conditions recommended for acupuncture treatment by the World Health Organization (WHO) are sinusitis, rhinitis, allergies, and asthma.
In traditional Chinese medicine, sinus symptoms are thought to be an invasion of external heat into the lungs, spleen, and stomach. Chronic cases are attributed to heat stagnating in the lungs or a deficiency of chi in the spleen. The spleen is considered to be the lung’s mother: If there is a deficiency of chi in the spleen, the spleen cannot nourish the lungs.
The treatment of these symptoms would attempt to strengthen the spleen and remove excess heat. A traditional Chinese medical practitioner would prescribe nutritional therapy and add foods to your diet to clear heat and reinforce the spleen and lungs. Such foods include:
■ Ginger ■ Bananas
■ Eggplant ■ Dates
■ Pears ■ Yams