Natural Healing Tips
Vitamins & Supplements
Diet and Nutrition
When having an acute attack
Foods to Avoid
Mind Body Connection
Vitamins & Supplements
¸ Multi-vitamin: Helps improve overall health and the immune system.
¸ Vitamin C: A powerful and common anti-oxidant and anti-viral that helps destroy free radicals and relieves swelling. Use it in a buffered form.
¸ Quercetin: A natural anti-inflammatory that protects against allergens and strengthens the immune system.
¸ Acidophilus: A "friendly" bacteria found in the digestive tract that helps support the immune system. It helps keep down overgrowth of Candida that has been shown to occur with sinusitis.
¸ Vitamin E: A powerful antioxidant that destroys free radicals and protects the cells. It enhances the immune system and helps fight bacteria and viruses.
Herbs have been used to address sinusitis in formulas that have stood the test of time consistently improving the symptoms of the condition. However, which combination of herbs is right for you depends on the specific nature of your symptoms. Our licensed practitioners can help determine which herbs and other approaches are appropriate for you.
Acupuncture is one of the most effective and least invasive treatments for sinusitis. By treating the whole person, not just the symptoms, acupuncture can help prevent the onset or shorten the duration of sinusitis.
Diet and Nutrition
Many factors can aggravate sinusitis. There are many foods that are considered to be therapeutic, although none can cure sinusitis outright. Diet is one of the most important aspects of staying healthy. Hippocrates, the father of modern medicine said, "Food is medicine, medicine is food." We must eat to live. Many of us act like we live to eat. The following are some basic eating principles. These are basic guidelines and should be followed up with a consultation with a physician or nutritionist familiar with an optimal sinusitis diet.
¸ Eat complex carbohydrates, low fat, and moderate animal product intake
¸ Eat a low-sugar diet
¸ Avoid coffee, caffeine, refined foods and processed foods
¸ Eat organically grown food whenever possible
¸ Drink 6-8 glasses of water per day
When having an acute attack:
¸ Reduce sugar, salt and calorie intake
¸ Take vegetable juices, broths, herbal teas
¸ Increase raw foods rich in Vitamins C and A
¸ Cooked carrots, okra, steamed and mashed parsnips, squash, pumpkin, figs and flax seed tea, steamed zucchini and squash, papaya, grated raw apple, applesauce
¸ Miso soup, psyllium seed powder, flax seed powder
¸ Foods high in the omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids: vegetable, nut, seed oils, cold water fish, evening primrose oil, black currant oil, flaxseed oil
¸ Foods high in water-soluble fiber: flax seed, pectin, oat bran, legumes
¸ Chlorophyll, e.g. in Wheat grass or in pill form
Foods to avoid:
¸ Dairy products and all phlegm-forming food: starch, oranges, sugar, sweets; coffee, caffeine, processed foods, heavy protein foods, fats, meats, vinegars.
¸ If overweight, weight reduction can help alleviate symptoms.
¸ Have your health care provider check for food sensitivities or allergies if you suspect you may have them.
¸ Irrigate your nose and sinuses 4-5 times a day with a warm salt-water solution, either via spray or using a "nettie pot."
¸ Use steam inhalation, you can use a pot of hot water with a few drops of eucalyptus or rosemary oil, place a towel over your head and breath in through your nose.
¸ Try hot or cold packs to relieve pain (see which one works best for you).
¸ Try crushed ginger root around your sinuses as a poultice for pain and pressure relief
¸ Check your Thyroid function.
¸ Avoid toxic chemicals such as paint, pesticides, herbicides, fuels or solvents.
¸ Avoid alcohol, drugs and tobacco, as they tend to aggravate sinusitis.
¸ Check for Candida overgrowth and Bowel Toxicity.
¸ Check your home and job for exposure to potentially toxic substances.
¸ Get plenty of rest, generally 7-8 hours per night.
¸ If stress is a problem in your life, find simple ways to defuse it. Take a walk in nature, meditate, help someone with his or her problems, work in a garden or just take some deep breaths. Explore and find what works for you.
In Traditional Chinese Medicine, life is movement. Anything in nature that does not move is usually inanimate. If we are to keep our life force vital, we must keep active. This does not mean that we have to work out 4 hours a day, it means we have to have a regimen of exercise that will keep us flexible and fit. For most of us that means 20-30 minutes of some kind of aerobic exercise a day. If you are unable to get exercise out of the house, finding ways to stretch, low impact exercises, tai chi, yoga massage can help.
A positive mental attitude can aid the healing process. It might mean going to church and praying, taking a walk in the woods or helping another person. What is it that makes you feel connected? Calming practices such as prayer, yoga, meditation or tai chi can help us tame the habitual patterns that control us. What we are trying to do with these calming practices is turn that dialogue down and in time, gain some control over it. For you, it might be gardening or cooking, whatever it is, the idea is to truly relax and curtail the negative patterns that stress us out and can actually make us sick.
Although there is no "cure" for sinusitis, there are many approaches that can substantially alleviate its symptoms. Herbs, vitamins, supplements, nutrition, activity and mind-body approaches can all help the sinusitis sufferer live a fuller and healthier life.
For additional information on sinusitis and other conditions, visit our website at www.HealingJunction.com.
Please be advised that this information does not constitute a treatment or cure for sinusitis. At no point should you use any approach as a substitute for the advice and counsel of a physician, nor should you discontinue any medications you are currently taking. It is important to tell your physician about any approach you may take to this or any condition.