Believe it or not, we normally produce a litre of mucus each day. We need this to moisten and filter the air we breathe and trap tiny particles that might end up in our lungs. Mucus becomes a problem if it is too thick or there is too much, which is what happens when we are fighting infection.
We are now in the midst of the cold and ‘flu season, when infections, ear pressure, tinnitus, blocked or dripping nose, mucus coughs, and sinus congestion result in a heavy, aching head. Doctors often prescribe antibiotics and decongestants to deal with blocked and infected sinuses, but complementary therapies such as Ear Candling may also offer effective relief. Practitioner Jean Jones, who works near Galashiels, says, “Pictorial historical evidence across the globe shows that ear candling has been used in many cultures for thousands of years.The treatment
takes about half an hour, is painless, comfortable, and has no unwanted side effects.
If you are recovering from a seasonal illness and your energy field is heavy and damp from excess mucus, ear candling will change it to a drier, lighter, more comfortable state, and in the process relieve many of your symptoms.”
“Pain and congestion in the face from sinusitis can also be helped with Acupuncture, usually very quickly,” says practitioner Megan Burt. “After the treatment I use facial acupressure massage, which helps to relax the face and disperse any tension. This technique can be learned, and I can show you how to do it for yourself in-between treatments and after your treatment plan has finished. Sometimes there is congestion as well as pain. Acupuncture can help disperse any phlegm and help prevent it building up again, sometimes with the help of food (advice about what best to avoid and about foods which naturally reduce phlegm) and herbal formulas to take if the phlegm is chronic. Each individual is
different and so the number of treatments needed varies. I would normally see some improvement after the first session and usually 3-6 sessions would be enough to erase the problem.”
Also beneficial for sinusitis is Indian Head Massage which works on shoulders, upper arms, neck, scalp, face and ears. It is an energy balancing massage based on the traditional form of head massage practiced in India for over 1,000 years. Indian Head Massage is a wonderfully relaxing therapy, which includes pressure points and draining techniques that can help headaches and sinus problems.
Practitioner Cathleen Hepburn, in Kelso, explains, “It can improve blood flow to the head and neck, which increases the distribution of nutrients to encourage healing within the whole body.” It is safe to give and can promote:
- Muscle relaxation
- Loosening of tense shoulders & neck
- Relief from headaches, eyestrain, sinusitus and insomnia
- A wonderful sense of relaxation and calm