Natural sinus remedies
The idea that certain medical conditions can be healed by using natural remedies, as opposed to medications, is one practiced in the alternative Eastern medicine. Many people, while still dependent on the traditional Western medicine practices, are becoming more and more interested in this type of remedy. If the usual medications can be replaced by something different and more unique, why not try it? Well, if you’re up to your nose with sinus problems, you may just be in luck. Treating a sinus infection can take days, so the treatment, whether it is natural or a medication, is only meant to speed that process.
Millions of people suffer from sinus problems. Sinusitis, the most common condition of the sinuses, is an inflammation or infection of the paranasal sinuses that can be viral, bacterial, fungal, allergy-related, or due to an autoimmune issue. Symptoms may include trouble breathing through the nose, aching behind or around the eye area, tenderness in the cheeks, headache, sinus congestion, nasal discharge, or post nasal drip.
Natural Remedy Options
Remember, not only should you be looking to treat sinus infections, but preventing them is also a good approach. All of these natural remedies can do both.
- Neti Pot. The name sounds a little odd, but this is the most effective home remedy of preventing and treating a sinus infection. It can go in the dishwasher so you don’t have to throw it away after one use; it is easily kept on hand. The neti pot helps clear the nasal passages of all allergens, dust, etc. The box comes with the pot and a solution to put in the neti pot. Follow the directions on the box and you’ll be free and clear in no time.
- Grapefruit. Grapefruit seed extract is a very powerful antibiotic, so adding a few drops to the neti pot will do wonders. Don’t just use the grapefruit seed extract by itself because it is very potent and needs to be diluted.
- Take a Hot Shower. Dry air often causes sinus problems or irritates the sinuses; on the other hand, inhaling moist air will help clear the sinuses and treat sinus problems. Standing in a steamy shower should do the trick.
- Essential Oils. To enhance breathing in steamy air, add about 5 drops of Eucalyptus, Lavender, or Sandalwood oil to a large bowl of steaming hot water. Drape a towel over your head and the bowl and breathe deeply for 10 minutes. You should feel much better after that.
- Acupressure. Massaging certain points on the body can relieve facial pain associated with sinus problems. This usually works by massaging your face directly. Gently but firmly press and massage on the area above each eyebrow, or the area between them, for 15 seconds.
- Sleep Well. Getting enough sleep is important to heal fully from any type of sickness or infection.
- Acupuncture. Acupuncture can ease the symptoms associated with the sinuses, including sinus pain and pressure. It can also help strengthen the immune system. An acupuncture treatment can relieve these symptoms within 24 to 48 hours.
- Clean the Air Around You. Buying an air ionizer can help keep pollutants and allergens out of the air. Breathing these in can clog up the nasal passages, especially if you have allergies.
- Vapor Rub. This can be particularly useful if you’re having trouble sleeping at night. These can be rubbed around your nose or even put on your chest so you will breathe it in while you’re sleeping. Do not put this inside the nose or mouth.
When to Talk to Your Doctor
If these natural remedies are not clearing up your sinuses or if the infection is getting worse, you need to talk to your doctor about the next step of treatment.
on Jul 8th, 2011 and filed under Alternative Medicine
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