The word Sinusitis is a combination of two words – Latin ‘sinuo’ meaning ‘bend, wind, curve’, and Greek ‘itis’ meaning ‘pertaining to’. In medical parlance, ‘itis’ means an inflammation. The medical dictionary defines Sinusitis as the inflammation of the mucous membrane of any sinus, especially the paranasal (adjacent to the naval cavities). Simply said, Sinusitis is the inflammation (red and swollen) of the sinuses because of an infection or another problem.
Sinusitis can be cause by an infection from a virus, bacteria or fungus. It may also be a result of an allergic or autoimmune reaction.There are two waysto classifySinusitis. One is by its severity. This includes Acute Sinusitis, which lasts up to a maximum 4 weeks. Subacute Sinusitis, which lasts from 4 to 12 weeks. Chronic Sinusitis, which lasts at least 12 weeks or keeps coming back. The other is by the cavity that Sinusitis affects. This includes Maxillary Sinusitis, Frontal Sinusitis, Ethmoid Sinusitis, Sphenoid Sinusitis.
Sinusitis is one those disorders that can put you out of action for a long period of time and upset your routine life considerably. However, there is always help available at hand in the form of medical and natural treatment. While medical treatment comes with side-effects, natural treatment are predominantly home remedies and essentially do not have side-effects. More often than not, it is the combination of both that can keep Sinusitis at bay and under control.
We will look into 5 natural treatments for Sinusitis which are easy to perform and follow for a long period of time.
It means flushing sinuses with saline solution. Mix ¼ teaspoonful of baking soda, ¼ teaspoonful of salt in 1 cup of warm water. After mixing it up thoroughly, put the solution either in your nasal irrigation system or nasal bulb or neti pot, depending on which you are using. Pour the solution in one nostril and run it out from the other while keeping your head slightly tilted. This will clear the mucus and keep your sinuses moist. The device you are using for nasal irrigation needs to be kept clean and dry to avoid infection being passed on from the device.
Grapefruit seed extract is made from the pulp of grapefruit seeds. Available in liquid and pill form, the extract has antifungal, antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. Put a few drops of grapefruit seed extract in half cup of warm water and inhale it. Alternatively, you may also put a few drops of herbal supplement in a neti pot and wash your sinuses out. Wash at least two-three times a day to kill the bacteria and fungus causing the infection.
Yoga can provide additional help when practiced along with other natural treatments for sinusitis. Every morning, do a bit of restorative yoga. It acts as a stimulant to throw out the mucus which has got collected overnight in the sinuses and is blocking the air passage. A couple of Sun Salutations is also effective. You may skip the downward doge is you are feeling badly congested. Guided visualisation and meditation will calm your nerves thus promoting natural healing.
The heat from the steam loosens up the mucus and opens up the airway letting you breathe easy. Close the door of the bathroom and run the hot water shower for few minutes. Slowly inhale the steam collected in the bathroom. If not shower then you may inhale steam from a bowl of hot water. Place a towel on your head, lean over a bowl of hot water and inhale the vapour keeping your head covered all the time. Anise, peppermint, juniper and eucalyptus are some of the oils that be mixed in the hot water to get better results.
Adding herbs like Cayenne pepper, garlic and onion in your meals help eliminate and dissolve excess mucus in the sinuses. One of the best kitchen remedies for sinusitis is and Horseradish. It contains therapeutic sulphur containing compounds that kill germs besides opening up the sinuses. A small mixture of spoonful of crushed horseradish and lemon juice is a powerful drainage remedy. Stinging Nettle too can be of great help. It contains natural antihistamines and anti-inflammatories that open up bronchial and nasal passages.
Prevention is always better than cure. Along with natural remedies, try avoiding foods that can trigger infections. These include fried and starchy foods, rice, meat and spices. Vitamin A rich food is best against fighting sinusitis.
Written by: healthplus24.com team
Date last updated: September 30, 2013