Psychosomatics of Sinusitis

Sinusitis (or maxillary sinusitis) is the inflammation of the nasal (specifically, maxillary) sinuses due to the accumulation of purulent mucus. These sinuses are located on both sides of the nose and are called the maxillary sinuses.

Symptoms of sinusitis include:

  • Nasal breathing difficulty,
  • Nasal discharge,
  • A feeling of pressure in the nose area (just below the eyes),
  • Sometimes pain in the cheek, forehead, or toothache, headache,
  • Difficulty breathing and a nasal voice,
  • Runny nose,
  • Body temperature increase (in acute sinusitis),
  • General malaise (weakness, loss of appetite, sleep disturbance),
  • Cheek swelling,
  • Tearing,
  • Photophobia.

Chronic sinusitis is characterized by less pronounced symptoms. Additionally, it is associated with chronic unilateral nasal congestion, chronic runny nose, and dry cough that do not heal, constant headaches, eyelid swelling in the mornings, and symptoms of conjunctivitis.

Among the causes of sinusitis are infectious diseases of the upper respiratory tract, colds, untreated colds, allergies, dental diseases, oral cavity diseases, etc.

Sinusitis Psychosomatics

Since the ailment in question is related to the nose, let’s remember that the nose is an organ of respiration and smell. Breathing is connected with life, and thanks to the sense of smell, a person perceives the world through scents. He can enjoy the ‘aromas’ of life: enjoy the familiar smell of his child or be exhilarated by the smell of freedom or creativity.

Thus, when a person has problems with the nose, it indicates that something or someone (it could be himself, his beliefs) is preventing him from breathing life easily, perceiving life lightly, enjoying communication.

Psychosomatics also draws attention to the connection of sinusitis with the inability to cry. This is also indicated by the physiological mechanism of this ailment. Normally, tears cleanse the nasal cavity, removing accumulated enzymes. But, if a person holds back and does not allow himself to cry, the sinuses do not get cleansed through tears, mucus accumulates there, bacteria proliferate, and inflammation begins.

Psychological Causes of Sinusitis

Considering the necessity of crying for physical and mental health, many authors explain sinusitis as an expression of suppressed internal crying. Indeed, tears not only cleanse the physical organ, they also ‘cleanse’ the soul of a person from negative experiences, dissolve the soul’s pain, which appears during depressions or emotional shocks. Usually, people cry from emotional pain, from self-pity due to inflicted pain, from disappointment and offense, etc.

But there is a category of people who are convinced that crying is unacceptable for them. Such people tend to be reserved, emotionally restrained, or shy and suffer from low self-esteem, which does not allow a person to express his feelings. However, like any person, they are also prone to feelings and cannot help but feel pain. Their tormenting inner experiences cannot come out due to their conscious suppression, they remain inside, turning into anger-inflammation.

The question arises: why do children get sinusitis if they, as a rule, easily release emotions through crying, tantrums? Indeed, children usually do not restrain emotions and tears, unless adults have suppressed this ability with their excessive strictness. Remember, each of us in childhood heard the phrase: ‘You can’t cry’ or worse: ‘Boys can’t cry’.

Yes, now we are all wiser and know that crying is even beneficial. We know it, but do we practice it in life, in reality? In most cases – no. We still quickly silence the child: Shh!

And the psychosomatic cause of sinusitis in children in most cases is the same – a lack of love and attention, and, as a consequence, a feeling of being unnecessary.

Another reason lies in the extreme manifestation of the first: smothering with care so that the child cannot breathe freely.

In continuation of revealing the psychosomatics of sinusitis, let’s present the explanations of the metaphysical causes of the well-known authors.

Louise Hay views sinusitis as an expression of unsaid things in relationships, suppression of emotions, resentment towards a loved one, especially when a person cannot let go of the resentment. In her view, acute sinusitis indicates experiencing a deadlock, while chronic sinusitis indicates a prolonged state of uncertainty.

Liz Burbo notes that sinusitis affects introverted people (nasal congestion as a symbol of introversion), who do not have a wide circle of communication.

Also, according to Liz Burbo, sinusitis appears in people who have to interact with unpleasant people or do unpleasant work. The psychologist believes that the resulting emotional unrest provokes breathing disturbances in the nasal cavity and leads to the appearance of sinusitis symptoms.

Dr. V. Sinelnikov sees the metaphysical causes of sinusitis as insecurity in one’s own strengths and an inferiority complex.

Paths to Healing

Provided that a person is determined and ready to act, healing will not be delayed. Nothing impossible is required of him, on the contrary, everything is quite simple: it is necessary to analyze one’s inner world. The following questions will be guiding: What prevents me from breathing life? What bothers me? What am I afraid of? etc.

Although, to tell the truth, it will not take long to search, as the main cause is one – Fear of some kind (fear of unlove, fear of loss, fear of failure, etc.). Depending on this, it takes different forms: offense, anger, uncertainty, pity, excessive care, and other negative emotions.

And then – everything is according to the same scheme: found – realized – accepted – thanked – let go.

I wish you Freedom from fear and Health!


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