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Ligusticum (chuan xiong) is a popular herb in Chinese medicine. While the root and rhizomes have therapeutic properties, ligusticum is also used for flavoring and fragrance due to its pungent and warm qualities. Ligusticum’s properties are well suited for autumn and ailments that typically occur during the change of seasons.
Ligusticum is featured is the formula chuan xiong cha tiao san or “ligusticum chuan xiong powder to be taken with green tea”. The Chinese Medicine Materia Medica specifies this formula for exterior disorders with head and neck symptoms. Exterior disorders affect the most yang aspects of the body. In the perspective of Chinese medicine, the head and neck are located furthest from the earth and therefore the most yang. Wind-heat or wind-cold disorders often manifest in the head and neck. The common symptom profile is headache with chills and fever, dizziness, and nasal congestion.
From a western medical slant, chuan xiong cha tiao san can be seen as a formula that treats conditions such as upper respiratory infection, migraine headache, tension headache, neurogenic headache and acute and chronic sinusitis. Ligusticum helps to promote healthy bloodflow and relieve pain. Many Chinese medicine practitioners also prescribe Ligusticum as part of an individualized formula to treat irregular menses, migraine headache and infertility.
Some 30 million Americans suffer from sinusitis, or sinus infection. Typically associated with a cold or allergy episode, sinus tissue swells and production of watery mucus increases, causing blocked breathing and a heavy-headed feeling. Symptoms of sinusitis include: thick, yellow/green mucus, indicating bacterial infection; nasal congestion; sinus headache and/or facial pressure; sometimes even fever and nosebleed.
Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine offer a comprehensive and highly effective approach to sinus problems. After just one acupuncture treatment, many patients who have suffered for years will feel instant relief. Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine are used widely in the Orient to treat all patterns of sinusitis. There are unique Chinese herbal formulas and acupuncture treatment plans for acute sinus infection, chronic sinusitis, and for the prevention of further infections. The use of acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine can eliminate the need for antibiotics in cases of acute and recurrent sinusitis. Given the potential negative side effects of frequent rounds of antibiotics, alternatives are especially valuable for chronic conditions.
Traditional Chinese Medicine regards the diet as an important aspect of treatment. Sinus problems can be exacerbated by the over-consumption of dairy products, which can have a congesting effect. If you have sinusitis, try to avoid cheese, milk, butter, and fried foods. Breathing easier can be achieved with acupuncture and Chinese herbal formulas; visit your practitioner of Traditional Chinese Medicine today.