Chronic Sinusitis Herbal -- Natural Remedies
So you think you might have chronic sinusitis? Well, you have plenty of company because reports tell us that this condition is the most chronic disease in the United States. Also known as allergic sinusitis, this ailment is more common in women, particularly those between the ages of 45 and 64.
There are some natural remedies for sinusitis, but always consult your doctor before using any health treatment – including herbal supplements and natural remedies. Your doctor will know about any serious medical conditions you have, and what medications you are already on. His decisions are your best hope for riding yourself of this ailment.
An air filter/HEPA filter combination, because allergies are major culprits in sinusitis. A combination air filter/HEPA can eliminate potential allergens such as dirt, dust, pollen, air pollutants and animal dander. It also may help to use allergen-proof mattress and pillow covers and install an air filter on your vacuum so that it does not distribute dirt and dust back into your rooms.
Irrigating sinuses with saline solution -- nasal washes are effective as topical disinfectants. Mix ¼ teas sea salt and 1/8 teas baking soda in 4 oz warm water. Use a Neti pot or a bulb syringe to flush out your nose 2-4 times daily. Colloidal silver (1 dropperful 6 times a day) and commercial nasal washes containing Echinacea and Goldenseal are also effective.
Quercetin is an anti-flammatory and immune-boosting bioflavonoid found in the skin of red onions and apples. It helps decrease mucus production and swelling by blocking the release of histamine from immune cells. Quercetin can also be taken as a dietary supplement.
N-acetyl cysteine (NAC) is an altered form of the amino acid cysteine. This antioxidant thins mucus and provides antiviral action. Use of this substance has long been prescribed by medical doctors to treat lung congestion associated with cystic fibrosis.
Boosting your immune system – chronic sinusitis can indicate that your immune system is compromised. Taking an antioxidant supplement containing vitamin C, vitamin E, carotene complex, selenium and zinc can help bolster your immune system. Olive leaf extract and garlic may also help by fighting yeast, which can be linked to sinus infections.
Hot towels or ginger compresses to your eyes and cheeks have been help to some patients as it reduces inflammation and opens nasal passages.
Limiting dairy products, refined carbohydrates and sweets – dairy products may produce sinus-congesting mucus, while refined carbs and sweets suppress immune function.
In addition to these recommendations, if you have sinusitis you might try bromelain, an enzyme that has been shown to reduce swelling and inflammation in the sinuses. And, whenever possible, reduce your stress levels. Emotional stress is one of the most probable causes of sinusitis because it lowers immune response in the body. So – while you’re taking your natural remedies, also consider taking a break.
Esther Smith, author
Smith research for this article from Robert S. Ivker, D.O., author of
Survival. The information presented here is for educational purposes only, and is in no way intended as substitute for medical counseling.