I've recently developed a chronic sinus problem. I've tried all types of natural remedies, but they don't seem to help. I'm beginning to think it is some type of allergy, and my doctor feels the same way. I hate to resort to pharmaceuticals, but I don't know what more I can do. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
Before trying a pharmaceutical product, I would start with the most basic natural treatment of all: nasal irrigation. This ancient, low-tech remedy costs practically nothing and is the first thing I recommend for:
- Sinus problems
- Allergic rhinitis
- Nasal polyps
All you need is a small amount of salt and some water. If you want to get fancier, you can use a traditional neti pot. Learn how to do a nasal irrigation at home.
Research has demonstrated that nasal irrigation solutions with as little as 2 percent saline can have a dramatic effect on sinus problems without having to resort to antibiotics, allergy medications, antihistamines, or nasal sprays.
Some people I know customize their neti formula by adding a little powdered vitamin C. (One study in the early 1990s found that vitamin C spray used 3 times daily reduced allergy symptoms by 74 percent and returned the pH of the nasal secretions to the normal range.) Others add a little baking soda to the mix to lessen irritation from the salt.
Other Natural Sinus Remedies
Xlear. This nasal rinse is made with saline and xylitol. Not only does xylitol help clear the nasal passages, sinuses, and upper respiratory tract, pathogens tend to feed on it—which makes them less virulent. It's a godsend if you have kids. A couple of squirts up the nose is far easier than trying to use a neti pot on them.
Butterbur (Petasites hybridus). This plant extract has been shown to be very effective among those suffering from hay fever.
Quercetin. I've seen good results from using this bioflavonoid, particularly in combination with the pineapple enzyme bromelain. Take 500 mg of each three times daily, right before meals.
Adrenal support. I don't want to confuse matters, but weak adrenal function often seems to be the trigger for developing allergy symptoms. If you've been under a lot of stress or have been experiencing blood sugar problems, it may be that your adrenal glands need additional support. Try:
- Vitamin C
- B-complex vitamins
- A quality adrenal glandular product like Drenamin, from the company Standard Process
Personally, I would try the nasal irrigation first. For a few pennies you may have a cure, particularly since this seems to be a recent problem.