Why Choose Herbs for Sinusitis?

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A lot of patients suffer from sinus diseases. Sinuses are cavities in the bones near the nose. The inflammation, commonly known as sinusitis, leads to the trapping of mucus in the sinuses leading to extreme pain. There will be some instances that you get out of hand and you already need to seek medical advice from a licensed health practitioner. When you acquire colds for an extended amount of time the chances are it will become a bacterial infection or even worse, a viral infection. An adult patient with sinusitis may manifest the following symptoms: slight fever, pain felt in the face, nasal discharges and halitosis (bad breath). In severe recurrent cases, some may experience chest congestion, severe cough and inflammation in the nasal cavity. Children may suffer symptoms which are severe but it usually doesn’t last long.

Fortunately, there are lots of remedies available in the market today. The management of sinusitis varies from prescription drugs, surgical procedures, home remedies and herbal treatments. But among all these treatments, herbal remedies are considered to be the cheapest, more natural and the safest option to treat sinus diseases. Successful and effective herb treatment has been documented for the past century. Antibiotics and many other prescription drugs may relieve the symptoms of sinusitis but did you know that these antibiotics have side effects (such as gastrointestinal irritation, hepatotoxicity and ototoxicity) plus adverse reactions in the body may occur. Some patients who are antibiotic dependent become addicted to it.

Great thing about herbal medicines and treatments, there is a minimal chance of acquiring any side effects that most antibiotics have. Here are some of the list which a certified herbalist may advice you.

Licorice or Powdered Licorice

The root of a licorice is an efficient herbal hereby which helps reduce inflammation and fuel the immune system to battle against the infection. It also has the ability to thin the mucus that is trapped in the sinuses. Before taking the medicine be sure to read the indication, you might mistakenly take the ones indicated for ulcers.

Bromelain

This herbal medicine is an enzyme derived from the stem of a pineapple tree. It is also the most common remedy effective in treating arthritis, swelling caused by injuries and other digestive ailments.

Eucalyptus

This is a fragrant herb known for opening up clogged nasal passages and is very effective when used along with vaporizers. Also, it also treats colds and sore throats aside from providing relief to sinusitis symptoms. Another method to prepare this herb is through steeping the leaves in hot water just like any tea. As an inhalant, you can prepare this by steeping some eucalyptus in a pot of boiling water. This is very helpful in unblocking clogged nasal passages.

Astragalus

This is a herbal sinusitis treatment that helps boosts the immune system and increases the body’s capability to fight and battle against viral and bacterial attacks.

Garlic

Garlic is known to have an anti bacterial agent known as allicin which has antibiotic properties. Aside from treating sinusitis, it is also noted that this herb works for hypertensive patients.

Peppermint

This herb works to calm the mucous membrane because of its anti inflammatory properties. The method of preparation is through steeping the peppermint and drinking it as a peppermint tea.  A symptom of difficulty of breathing may be relieved when peppermint is inhaled.

Ginger

Ginger is used as a complementary remedy that helps reduce inflammation and has also been effective in headache relief. This herb is available in the market as tea, capsule and even in a candied form.

Echinacea

This herb functions to help boosts the affected individual’s immune system and has been known to kill numerous viruses that cause problems in the respiratory system. You must be very cautious when taking this herb. One may take it in a capsule. If there is an onset of allergy upon usage of the herb, stop taking it.

Vitamins  and Minerals

Vitamin C and zinc can help build the immune system to lessen the duration of colds as well as to prevent the symptoms of infection. Fight the colds as early as possible to hinder and fend off any infection. Vitamin C and Zinc supplements are available in the form of capsules or lozenges. This supplement may be very helpful during cold season and especially with the onset of any symptoms.

Herbal medicines are better alternatives to treat sinusitis across the globe.  Some of the modes of actions of these herbs have drug interactions with some prescribed meds. It is therefore essential to consult a licensed herbalist and a physician before taking any of the abovementioned herbs. Over decades, herbal medicines have been very successful in treating sinus diseases.

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