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Acupuncture Role in ENT Clinic

Acupuncture: Open the Senses

Elias Lu, DTCM,

Acupuncture Physician

Point of Cure Acupuncture and Electromedicine in Tampa Bay, Florida

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  • Diseases affecting the ear, nose and throat affect millions of people
  • Acupuncture is effective in treating several common ENT disorders
  • Acupuncture is a relatively inexpensive supplement to mainstream therapies

ENT: Ear, Nose, Throat

Ear, nose, and throat (ENT) disorders encompass a wide range of conditions that affect the structures and functions of the head and neck. From chronic sinusitis and allergic rhinitis to tinnitus and vertigo, these disorders can significantly impact quality of life. While conventional treatments such as medications and surgery are commonly used to manage ENT conditions, acupuncture offers a holistic and effective approach to addressing the underlying imbalances contributing to these disorders.

 

Understanding Acupuncture

Acupuncture, a therapeutic modality of traditional Chinese medicine, has been used for thousands of years in Asian countries. It involves the insertion of thin needles into specific points on the body to stimulate energy pathways, known as meridians. According to TCM principles, disruptions in the flow of Qi (vital energy) along these meridians can lead to health imbalances and disease. By restoring harmony within the body and promoting self-healing mechanisms, acupuncture aims to alleviate symptoms, address root causes, and enhance overall well-being.

 

Acupuncture in ENT Clinic

Acupuncture can be an effective treatment for many ENT conditions, including:

 

Chronic Sinusitis and Rhinitis

Acupuncture can help relieve congestion, reduce inflammation, and promote sinus in the face, head, and neck.

 

Earache

Acupuncture can improve lymph drainage in the neck area and help equalize air pressure between the atmosphere and the middle ear.

 

Tinnitus and vertigo

Acupuncture has been shown to improve blood flow to the inner ear, reduce inflammation, and regulate the vestibular system.

 

Sore throat

Acupuncture can help reduce inflammation, relieve pain, and promote healing of the throat and larynx by stimulating points along the neck and upper chest.

 

Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders

Acupuncture can help alleviate jaw pain, muscle tension, and TMJ dysfunction by targeting points along the jawline, face, and neck.

 

Hay fever and sinusitis

Acupuncture has been shown to modulate the immune response, reduce inflammation, and improve nasal airflow in individuals with allergic rhinitis and sinusitis.

 

Smell dysfunction

Recently there has been increased interest in using acupuncture to decrease the recovery time of post COVID anosmia.

Tinnitus (ear ringing)

 

Dry mouth

Acupuncture can decrease the occurrence of dry mouth and increase the secretion of saliva during cancer therapy.

 

Bottom Line

Acupuncture offers a safe, natural, and effective approach to managing ENT disorders by addressing the underlying imbalances contributing to these conditions. Whether used alone or in conjunction with conventional treatments, acupuncture can provide relief from symptoms, improve quality of life, and promote overall well-being for individuals suffering from a variety of ENT disorders.

 

Contact Point of Cure Acupuncture and Electromedicine today to make acupuncture a part of your therapeutic arsenal.

References

Matovina, C., Birkeland, A. C., Zick, S., & Shuman, A. G. (2017). Integrative Medicine in Head and Neck Cancer. Otolaryngology--head and neck surgery : official journal of American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, 156(2), 228–237. https://doi.org/10.1177/0194599816671885

 

Moss, D. A., & Crawford, P. (2015). Ear Acupuncture for Acute Sore Throat: A Randomized Controlled Trial. Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine : JABFM, 28(6), 697–705. https://doi.org/10.3122/jabfm.2015.06.150014

 

Nguyen, C. T., & Taw, M. B. (2022). Acupuncture and the Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery Patient. Otolaryngologic clinics of North America, 55(5), 1087–1099. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.otc.2022.06.011

 

Vent, J., Wang, D. W., & Damm, M. (2010). Effects of traditional Chinese acupuncture in post-viral olfactory dysfunction. Otolaryngology--head and neck surgery : official journal of American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, 142(4), 505–509. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.otohns.2010.01.012

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Dr. Elias Lu, DTCM is an acupuncture physician with Point of Cure Acupuncture and Electromedicine. In practice for over 25 years, he integrates traditional Chinese medicine with modern functional therapies to help people with chronic pain, trauma, neurodegenerative disorders, anxiety, depression, and many other life's challenges.

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