Effective Safe strategies to combat Sinusitis
For some this can be mild and for others this can be a debilitating condition. Allot of the time antibiotics are prescribed for this condition yet, despite constant treatment with antibiotics, many people's sinusitis continues to return. Research published in the Journal of the American Medical Association in December 2006 has confirmed that antibiotics and nasal steroid spray are ineffective for this condition.(1)
Sinusitis can be acute (short term < 30 days) or chronic (long term > 90 days), and can last for months or years if not addressed. Symptoms vary for each type but can include:
Runny nose, nasal congestion, thick coloured nasal drainage, cough, head congestion, headache, post-nasal drip, facial pain or swelling, toothache, fatigue, fever and diminished sense of smell and taste
How Sinus Infections Occur
Sinus infections occur when the mucous membranes in your nose and sinuses become irritated by a cold, allergy, pollutants or exposure to dry or cold air. This leads your membranes to become inflamed while stimulating your mucous glands to secrete more mucus than usual. As mucus accumulates in your sinuses, it can easily become infected. But this is all on the surface. All infections, including sinusitis, appear when certain health principles, such as eating a healthy diet, dealing with stress, and taking time to relax, are not followed. This dampens the strength of your immune system and allows bacteria, virus and fungus to take hold in your nose and sinuses. And when it does, you can be left battling fatigue, sinus pressure, post-nasal drip, and thick mucus making it difficult to breathe.
For an acute case of sinusitis a herbal formula of Echinacea in combination with Elderflower and Goldenseal can be used. This formula will enhance the immune system to help fight infection along with having an antiviral, anti-fungal and antibacterial action. It will also break down mucus in the upper respiratory tract. SINUPRET formula i make at the clinic is also effective. For the more severe acute infections Penicillin may have to be used also
Chronic sinusitis is more complex than an acute attack. Even after surgery on the sinus, chronic sinusitis tends to reoccur. In a 1999 study, the researchers discovered that fungal organisms were present in the mucus of 96 percent of patients who had surgery for chronic sinusitis, and inflammatory cells were clumped around the fungi, which meant the condition was an immune disorder caused by fungus.
Fungus and mold spores are in the air all the time and are commonly inhaled so most people have fungi lodged in the mucus lining of the sinuses. However, only people who are prone to chronic sinusitis will experience an immune response to the fungi that results in the symptoms of sinusitis. An over growth of fungus in the digestive tract (which can be caused by over use of antibiotics) can also cause recurrent sinusitis. These fungi produce secondary metabolites, or mycotoxin which migrate from the digestive tract and can cause an immune response in the sinus area.
Treatment of chronic sinusitis
Herbal medicines work great here. The use of antifungal herbs that act in the sinus area and also the digestive tract. Mucus membrane tonics and anti catarrhal herbs that will reduce the blockage and enhance breathing. Herbs to modulate the immune system. Anti inflammatory herbs are also indicated. Herbal treatment will be greatly enhanced by making your body less hospitable to fungus by doing the following
Avoid eating sugar. A lot of sugar in the blood can feed fungus in the body. So avoid table sugar and all that contains it and it is recommended to reduce intake of grains and fruit juices too.
Consume fish or cod liver oil. Consume a high quality cod liver oil or fish oil every day. The high order omega-3 fats, DHA and EPA are essential to maintaining and improving your immune system.
Eat coconut oil. Coconut oil is rich in lauric acid, which is known for being antiviral, antibacterial and antifungal.
Avoid eating foods containing mycotoxins. The following are the main foods that are contaminated with mycotoxins (fungal toxins) that need to be avoided. Alcoholic beverages, corn, wheat, barley, sugar, peanuts, rye, cottonseed(oil) and hard cheeses.
Irrigate your sinuses. The use of a Nettie pot for this purpose brings amazing relief to people with blocked sinus. Fill with luke warm water and a small amount of unrefined sea salt. The saline solution will help facilitate nasal irrigation.
Drink hot liquids, such as tea or hot chicken broth soup. It will help moisturize your mucous membranes, speeding up the movement of your cilia and thus washing mucus out of your sinuses more quickly. Herb tea such as Eyebright and Elderflower are good here.
Decongestants. Essential oils in the house and car are good. Olbus oil, peppermint oil eucalyptus oil are all great decongestants. These can aid sleep too.
Apply warm compresses to your face, three times a day for five minutes. A small towel soaked in warm water or herb tea, placed over your face below and between your eyes, will help increase the circulation in your sinuses, which will also help speed up the movement of your cilia.
Exercise. Physical activity causes the sinuses to expand and stimulates air circulation and cleansing mucus to move through the sinuses. This will help to clear out any particles that are contributing to the irritation.
Humming your favorite tune. A past study found that humming increases the amount of air exhaled from the nose and facilitated the exchange of air from sinuses into nasal passages, which could lower the risk of sinus infections if done routinely.
The formulation consist of the following four herbs liquorice, peony, Skullcap, and the date tree's fruit1) Antibiotics and Steroids Ineffective in Sinus Infection