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Acupuncture for Sinus Congestion? Who Knew?!

I have very little time to write as I am soon expecting my cousin and her family to show up for dinner. Roasted chicken, home baked Mac and cheese, corn on the cob and biscuits, in case you were wondering. 🙂 But I couldn’t take the chance of forgetting to share this, especially since I’ve been hearing round about the internets about how bad this allergy season already is for many of you, as it is for me.

About six weeks ago I caught an annoying cold that settled into my left ear and the left side if my head deep up in my sinuses. No runny nose, but pressure and congestion that just refused to go. I was very close to giving up about four weeks in and going for antibiotic, but right about then it eased and went away. Fast forward a couple of weeks, and here I am again, left ear crackling and left side of my head filled with pressure. Started to wonder if perhaps I am dealing with allergies rather than a cold.

Went to Acupuncture on Wednesday for the first time in two months for what I call a “tune up.” When my body is buzzing with tension due to stress, I hit my Needle Man up for a little balance. One or two treatments and I am idling back down where I’m supposed to be. He asked me how I’ve been sleeping and I said pretty good, though casually mentioning that the night before was rough due to sinus congestion. To my surprise he said, “I’ll work on that too.”

“Wait….you do sinuses???”


So in we went. He popped a few needles into my left leg and asked, “Feel anything in your ear?”


He popped in a few more needles, “How about now?”

“My ear is crackling.”

And with the satisfaction of one who knows he’s on track, said, “OK…let’s see what happens,” and left me to relax, looking like a voodoo doll.

Thirty minutes later, my left eye began to run tears like a waterfall, my ear popped clear, and post nasal drip made me start to cough like crazy…so much so that I had to alert him I had to leave so as not to disturb the other voodoo dolls in the room. He smiled knowingly and unpinned me, leaving me to spend the next hour at home blowing ten tons of crud out of my head. My ear and sinuses have been open and clear since. Abso-freakin-lutely AMAZING!!! I feel as though I’m on an antihistamine, except with none of the weird side affects.

That man and his Magic Needles are a miracle to behold. If you are suffering, I urge you to give Acupuncture a try. I am a skeptic turned believer.

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