If you are suffering from chronic sinusitis and are looking for alternatives to harsh antibiotic prescriptions, you may find complementary and alternative medicine provides a diverse range of new options for natural treatment. Supporting the immune system as well as the body as a whole is important for combating the illness and making a recovery.
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- Moderately Challenging
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Things you need
- Saline solution
- Neti pot
- Echinacea angustifolia extract
- Multivitamin supplement
- Manuka honey (UMF+25)
Irrigate the nasal passages with a saline solution four times daily, for as long as is required until symptoms resolve. According to Dr. Ahmet Karadag and colleagues who published an article in the scientific journal "Chest" in 2003, saline nasal irrigation helps to break up mucus and clear the nasal passageways of discharge, providing a treatment that is easier and safer than antibiotics--especially for children and seniors. Nasal irrigation can be performed with a Neti pot purchased from a pharmacy or health food store and following the recommended instructions.
Take 2000 mg of echinacea angustifolia root extract once daily with meals. Echinacea angustifolia contains plant chemicals which help to stimulate the immune system, increasing white blood cells in the body that naturally fight infection. According to Kerry Bone in his book "The Clinical Guide to Blending Liquid Herbs," this dosage of echinacea angustifolia extract is recommended for treating upper respiratory infections such as influenza, the common cold, acute and chronic sinusitis, respiratory catarrh and bronchitis. Echinacea can be taken as a capsule, pill, tea or tincture.
Increase dietary intake of foods rich in aromatic plant chemicals called mustard oil glycosides. Some food sources of these mustard oil glycosides include mustard seeds, wasabi, horseradish, red and white onions, garlic and ginger. According to Henry Osiecki in his book "The Physician's Book of Clinical Nutrition," when eaten daily, these foods will help to relieve congestion and liquefy viscous mucus in the nasal passageways. Osiecki states these foods, particularly onions and garlic, can also be applied to the cheeks and sinuses as a poultice for 20 minutes at a time.
Take a multivitamin supplement daily, choosing one with high levels of vitamin A, vitamin C, B-complex and zinc. According to author Henry Osiecki, these are nutrients are required by the body to defend itself from infection and keep the immune system healthy. Take multivitamins as directed on their label and avoid exceeding the recommended dosages.
Consume 3 tsp of manuka honey (UMF+25) each day before a meal. According to Dr. Talal Alandejani and colleagues from the University of Ottawa, manuka honey may be effective in killing bacteria that cause chronic sinus infections. Their study, published in the journal "Otolaryngology" in 2008, showed manuka was more effective than some types of antibiotics at killing these bacteria, and worked well against antibiotic-resistant bacteria such as MRSA.
Tips and warnings
- Allergies may play an underlying contributing role in sinusitis. Consult with your health-care provider about allergy testing if you believe this may be a factor.
- If you are taking prescription medication, consult with your health-care provider before taking herbal and nutritional supplements.
- If nasal irrigation causes any discomfort, such as stinging, irritation or bleeding, discontinue usage.
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