is cause by inflammation of the mucous
membranes in the sinuses, the air-filled
spaces in the bones of the face. Sinus
symptoms are a blocked-up nose, a nasal
tone in the speech, and sometimes a
headache over one or both eyes, usually
worse in the mornings, when lying down
or bending forwards. Normally mucus
is channeled through the tiny air ducts
to the nose, but during colds the ducts
can become congested and when the mucus
builds up, the sinuses become inflamed.
Hay fever can also cause sinusitis,
and allergy to dust or tobacco smoke
can result in chronic cases. There can
also be a greenish-yellow or bloody
discharge from the nose.
Medicine sees the condition as mainly
connected with a lung Qi deficiency
and with damp heat. A Chinese Medicine
practitioner will prescribe peppermint,
honeysuckle, fritillary bulb, tangerine
peel and xanthium fruit are all helpful.