Particularly in cases of chronic sinusitis that have proven resistant to all the conventionally accepted therapies, alternative approaches should be considered so long as they do no additional harm.
Individuals respond differently to all types of treatment. Since the goal is primarily symptom relief, try alternative therapies, but talk to your doctor about what you’re doing. The alternative treatment needs to be evaluated in the broader context of your medical condition.
Research all herbal supplements and check with your doctor and pharmacist to guard against negative interaction with prescription medications you are taking.
Use alternative treatments as a corollary to your regular treatments. Never stop a course of treatment without consulting with your doctor. This is especially important when using antibiotics.
In traditional Chinese medicine, disruptions in the flow of the body’s energy or “chi” are believed to be the cause of disease and illness.
Using fine, sterile needles, acupuncture therapists work with pathways in the body called meridians to re-establish proper flow or the chi and open blockages.
Chronic sinusitis patients who seek acupuncture therapy often get good relief from their associated facial pain and headaches. Some also report less congestion and drainage.
There is considerable debate over the effectiveness of herbal remedies for almost any condition. It’s important to understand that pharmaceutical manufacturers have a deep-set influence on the practice of medicine.
These companies make enormous profits from the drugs they sell, and therefore have a vested interest in disparaging natural remedies.
Typically when you read up on an herbal therapy the best-case conclusions you will find from conventional medical sources describe the results of studies on the use of the preparation as “mixed” or they may say “more research is needed.”
So long as the herb will not interfere with other medications you are taking, and there are no other adverse side effects, there is no harm in trying. The most popular herbs used in cases of chronic sinusitis include:
– Echinacea, which may strengthen the immune system to ward off infections while lessening the duration and severity of an existing infection.
– Goldenseal, which reportedly has both antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties.
– Bromelain, which is believed to reduce inflammation and thus lessen congestion and mucus discharge.
If you are contemplating sinus surgery, discuss all supplements you are taking with your doctor. Some of these preparations can increase bleeding and should be discontinued in advance of a surgical procedure.
The two nutritional supplements most commonly used to combat sinus infections are Vitamin C and zinc. Popular and “official” opinions differ on this practice.
Studies insist that there is no real effect of taking large doses of Vitamin C to lessen the duration and severity of an episode, but many sinus sufferers swear by the practice.
Zinc, on the other hand, has been proven effective in shortening an infection if taken within 24-hours of the appearance of symptoms.
A helpful health guide,
A quick and easy to understand guide about some of the most commonly encountered health issues in the world. A very good and detailed overview of the causes, symptoms and available treatments for sinusitis, hay fever and allergic rhinitis that can prove to be really helpful mostly for someone among the people suffering from hay fever such as I am. A book that helped me understand the causes and treatment without the fancy wording that my doctor usually uses.
In this book I learned symptoms and signs of Sinusitis, Hay Fever and Allergic Rhinitis. I also learned how to treat these diseases with medications and with natural remedies. I really like the conversational tone of the book, which made me feel that the author was talking directly to me. All ideas were very clearly explained and I could understand everything. I liked this book and can certainly recommend it.
Goes into just enough detail
provides all I needed to know. does a good job of covering material and making it easy to understand. The lifestyle and alternative therapies section is what makes this book for me.