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Herbal Sinus Supplements
Are you one of the 30.6 million diagnosed with sinusitis according to the CDC? You can acknowledge that sinus problem can make your life miserable. Sinusitis is the inflammation of the paranasal sinuses. Sinus infection can be categorize as Acute and chronic. Sinus infections can be caused by a cold, flu, polyps, allergens, weather changes, which left the mucous membranes swollen and production increase of the watery mucus which normally should be about one ounce a day.
The different types of sinusitis are:
Acute sinusitis: A sudden onset of cold-like symptoms such as runny, stuffy nose and facial pain. Acute sinusitis usually lasts 4 weeks or less.
Subacute sinusitis: An inflammation lasting 4 to 8 weeks.
Chronic sinusitis: A condition characterized by sinus inflammation symptoms lasting 8 weeks or longer.
Recurrent sinusitis: Several attacks within a year.
Signs and Symptoms of Acute Sinusitis
The primary symptoms of acute sinusitis include:
- Facial pain/pressure
- Nasal stuffiness
- Nasal discharge
- Loss of smell
- Bad breath
- Dental pain
Signs and Symptoms of Chronic Sinusitis
Those with chronic sinusitis may have experience the following symptoms for 8 weeks or more:
- Facial congestion/fullness
- A nasal obstruction/blockage
- Pus in the nasal cavity
- Nasal discharge/discolored postnasal drainage
Additional symptoms of chronic sinusitis may include:
- Bad breath
- Dental pain
- A cough that produces mucus
- Reduced sense of smell or taste
What causes a sinus infection?
Sinusitis can be caused by three things:
There are several forms of sinus infections, all of which can be painful and have serious consequences. The Sinuses are paired air pockets located within the bones of the face, and are further classified as:
· The frontal sinuses; located above the eyes in the center region of the eyebrows.
· The maxillary sinuses are found within the cheekbones, on either side of the nose.
· The ethmoid sinuses; found between the eyes, right behind the bridge of the nose.
· The sphenoid sinuses found right behind the ethmoid sinuses and behind the eyes.
The same viruses that cause the common cold cause most cases of sinusitis.
The main symptoms of sinusitis are a runny or stuffy nose and pain and pressure in your head and face. You may also have a yellowish or greenish drainage or drip from your nose or down the back of your throat (postnasal discharge). The area which you experience more pain and tenderness depends on which sinus is affected.
In those cases decongestants, pain killers and antibiotics are prescribe which can become ineffective after awhile. A major side effect of antibiotics is that it can weaken the immune system as it kills the good and bad bacteria that are good for gastrointestinal track and immune system function. Therefore more sinus sufferers are turning to Ayurveda Medicine, Traditional Chinese Medicine and herbal alternative to treat acute or chronic sinusitis with no side effect.
What herbs or herbal supplements are known to help with sinusitis and boost the immune system?
Bromelain: which derives from the pineapple plant is known as anti-inflammatory agent.
Licorice known for its anti inflammatory effects
Eucalyptus oil: Used to fight fungal infections and when inhale to clear nasal passages and sinus congestion.
Echinacea: Known to boost the immune system and help the body to fight infections by stimulating the production and maturation of white blood cells.
Skullcap (Scutellaria baicalensis )or Chinese Skullcap use in Chinese medicine to treat allergies, infection, inflammation and viruses. Can be purchased as a bulk root or in capsule which is usually combined with other herbs.
Goldenseal: which has a compound called berberine which kills many type of bacteria, helps reduce inflammation and also activate the white blood cells to strengthen the immune system.
Oregano oil: is not to be confused with the cooking oregano (Origanum Marjora) is known for its antibacterial and antifungal properties and to strengthen the immune system. Oregano oil can be taking in juice or with applesauce.
Tea tree oil: has some antiviral, antibacterial and antifungal properties. It can be inhale to clear nasal congestion.
Alternative sinusitis treatment can be effective, strengthen your immune system and help decreasing the need for frequent trips to the doctor and antibiotics use. It can improve the quality of life for those suffering from chronic sinusitis.