15% of the population worldwide suffer from chronic sinusitis. The mainstays of therapy include saline irrigation, nasal steroids, and endoscopic sinus surgery
Because of the chronic nature of this illness, patients may consider complementary, holistic and alternative medicine to manage these chronic repeated symptoms
Acupunture has been used for various medical conditions including migraines and arthritis. However it is unclear whether acupuncture is effective for the management of chronic sinusitis.
A recent comprehensive review article in the ear nose and throat literature concludes that unfortunately there is insufficient evidence to support its use in chronic recurrent sinusitis.
However, it is important to note that the medical literature reviewed includes small sample size, lack of standardizing the acupuncture techniques utilized and poor diagnostic criteria for inclusion of patients in medical studies.
In other words, further research is necessary to compare acupuncture to the current conventional treatment options
DAVID L BORTNIKER,MD
EAR, NOSE AND THROAT CARE,PC
242 EAST MAIN STREET
Somerville New Jersey
We provide quality, professional specialty care to adults and children in Somerset County, including Bridgewater New Jersey, Somerville New jersey, Hillsborough New Jersey and Warren New Jersey