The American Journal of Medicine estimates that Americans suffer at least 24 million cases of sinusitis each year. Many of these end up being treated by antibiotics, which can lead to the development of superbugs. There is also concern about antibiotics harming your body's beneficial bacteria, and impeding digestion.
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) uses many techniques to treat conditions related to mucous production, including diet therapy. Food recommendations depend on the cause of the sinus problem. Here are a few of the recommendations by the TCM diagnosis.
Phlegm/Damp Congestion: Sometimes a person simply makes too much mucus, or is overly sensitive to foods and weather conditions that cause mucus. People with phlegm congestion may also be achy all over, especially in their sinus area, with a feeling of heaviness or even vertigo. Their tongue usually is swollen or has a greasy white or yellow coating.