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The sinuses are air-filled spaces lined with mucous membrane in the bones of the face. Mucus is channelled through tiny air ducts from the spaces to the nose, during colds the ducts can become congested and the circulation of air and mucus impeded. If mucus builds up in the sinuses and they become inflamed, sinusitis results. Hay fever can also cause sinusitis, and allergy or exposure to dust and irritants such as tobacco smoke can cause persistent symptoms, or chronic sinusitis. There may be a green, yellow or bloody dischrage from the nose, and the nostril on the affected side is blocked. If the sinus is infected by bacteria the bone over it is tender, the skin may be red and swollen and accompanied by a raised temperature.
Mucus-filled and inflamed sinus, congestion, pain in forehead and cheek, green, yellow bloody discharge from the nose.
Decongestant medicines from the chemist open up the air passages and help drain mucus. For infected sinuses, doctors may prescribe a course of antibiotics.
An ancient Chinese therapy, patients are treated by sticking needles into their skin at particular points. These acupuncture points lie along invisible energy channels called meridians. The needles are said to unblock a flow of energy (called Qi) through the meridians. More Info
Treating illness with highly concentrated oils extracted from plants is known as aromatherapy. These highly scented extracts-called essences or essential oils-contain the substances that give plants their smell. Aromatherapists believe that many also have medicinal properties. More Info
The medicinal use of herbs is said to be as old as mankind itself. Tribes still use their traditional knowledge of plant and their healing properties passed on from generation to generation. The armies of slave workers who laboured to build the Egyptian pyramids took a daily ration of garlic to ward off the pestilential fevers and infections that were rife at the time. More Info
Reflexologists treat diseases in parts of the body they claim to be related to reflex areas. It is thought that illness occurs when energy channels in the body are blocked, causing damage to one area or another. Massage is aimed at destroying these blocks, allowing the energy to flow freely again and so heal the damage. More Info