Until a month ago; I saw doctors for 10 years who tried to treat my symptoms as if they were the problem. I was put under many a knife to remove what was causing the annoying symptoms: complete head congestion, immense pressure behind the eyes, etc... The symptoms were caused by the swelling of the lining in my sinuses. Conventional medicine thinks to remove the tissue, so it can no longer swell. Alternative and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) seek to find out why the tissue is swelling. Though, I no longer have any turbinate mucosal tissue left in the sinus cavities, and most of the sinuses are completely eradicated, I believe that whatever was causing the swelling is still present. I am sure that it is manifesting itself in other ways. Ways in which I am not yet sure of. This is very intriguing to me.
I am beginning to think that Empty Nose Syndrome is not really permanent; it is simply my body's new reaction to the same problem I have had for over 10 years. It is only now that new symptoms must present themselves, because the old ways are no longer possible. I am learning to listen to my body, I am having symptoms because there is something deeper that is not congruent. Through TCM I am experiencing resolution. I am seeing immediate results. If I happen to forget my evening supplements I feel the effects in the morning. I am more allergic, irritable, agitated; maybe I am attempting to place blame on something other than a bad nights sleep. Yet I don't really believe that.
This brings up another thought that I have been considering. How much of my belief in this regimen is helping me? I don't think I have ever wanted something to work more than I want this to. I have never wanted to be healthier than I do now. On a cellular level, am I able to manipulate my body into believing it is healthy? Is this the core belief surrounding the placebo effect? This brings us full circle to the early reference of magic. In a society ruled by pharmaceutical sales and doctors trying to keep up with it all; it is my experience that what I am getting out of this is nothing short of magic. My transformation, my health, this is all happening since I changed focus to be proactive as opposed to reactive in regards to my health. I will tell you that if you are suffering from this please do not settle for another diagnosis. Listen to what your body is telling you and seek out the answers. I believe relief is entirely possible and not at a great physical, emotional or financial expense.