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Alternative Medicine May Offer Relief to Chronic Sinusitis Sufferers: Study

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(BERKELEY, Calif.) -- A recent study conducted at the University of California suggests that alternative medicine, used in conjunction with Western treatment may provide relief for patients who suffer from chronic sinusitis, Health Day reports.

The study was relatively small and focused on 11 individuals -- eight men and three women -- aged 32 to 70 who suffer from chronic rhinosinusitis, a condition that causes swollen and inflamed sinuses, facial pain, headaches and impaired breathing.

Dr. Jeffrey Suh, an author of the study, said that incorporating a holistic approach, such as exercise, better sleep, an improved diet, acupuncture and self-administered acupressure along with other traditional treatments can be very beneficial.

Almost 30 million American adults were diagnosed with chronic rhinosinusitis in 2010, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The study was published in the March edition of the Archives of Otolaryngology.

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