A lot of people during winter complain about persistent stuffiness and headaches caused by sinusitis. But apart from antihistamines, which is the main therapy option, is there any alternative way to treat sinusitis naturally?
Sinusitis is an inflammation of sinus mucosa. Sinuses are cavities around nasal passage that communicate with the nose. Normally, sinuses produce mucus, which hydrates nose and helps remove dust and bacteria.
Cold/flus, respiratory or viral infections, nasal polyps, allergies or allergic rhinitis may cause inflammation and swelling of the sinuses. This interferes with drainage, causes mucus to build up and increased pressure in the surrounding nasal walls.
Types of sinusitis
There are 2 types of sinusitis, the acute and chronic one. The categorization is based on the duration of sinusitis and the severity of inflammation. All types have similar symptoms making it difficult to distinguish them in the beginning.
- Chronic sinusitis, at least 12 weeks
- Acute sinusitis, less than 10 days
- Depending on the cause of sinusitis, there can be different symptoms such as:
- Nose drainage
- Nasal obstruction or congestion, causing difficulty in breathing through nose
- Pain, tenderness and swelling in face
- Reduced sense of smell and taste
- Ear pain
- Cough Sore throat
- Bad breath (halitosis)
- Fatigue or irritability
The most common treatments are antibiotics, corticosteroids, antihistamines and decongestant medicines. However, there are some herbal extracts and self-care techniques that help nasal decongestion and relief of symptoms more naturally.
Herbs for sinusitis
In nature there are herbs that have decongestant and mucolytic properties, relieve symptoms and migraine due to vasodilatation, and have antibacterial, bacteriostatic and anxiolytic properties. They also boost immune system and promote health of upper respiratory system, without having the common side effects of antihistamines (fatigue, drowsiness etc)
- Analgesics herbs: Pippali (Piper longum), Ark phool (Calotropis gigantea), Suddha Godanti (Purified Gypsum), Dhattura (Datura metel)
- Muscle relaxants - migraine: Carminative Ajmoda (Carum copticum), antacid Sodium carbonate, hepato-stimulant Bhringaraj (Eclipta alba) and prokinetic Shunthi (Zingiber officinale)
- Antiallergic properties: Cardiospermum halicacaum, Thryallis Glavca
- Antifungal - bacteriostatic properties: Oregano oil
- Anti-inflammatory action: Aralia racemosa
- Anxiolytic - adaptogenic properties: Tulsi (Ocimum sanctum)
- Nasal symptoms (runny nose, nasal congestion, sneezing): Luffa operculata
Forms, recommendations and contraindications
Herbal formulations are available in two forms, either in tablet or in nasal sprays. Dosage and method of taking is differentiated depending on the symptoms and the age of the individual. They would not be used by children under 5 years, pregnant or nursing people.
Tips for alleviating symptoms
- Use a humidifier or a pot with boiling water and make inhalations with steam
- Rinse your nasal passages with hypertonic seawater or saline
- Apply warm compresses to your face.
- Abundant water intake and fluids in general (soups, tea nettle etc.)
- Avoid alcohol and smoking
- Increase consumption of fruits and vegetables
- Reduce dairy products and refined foods
In Vita4you you can find Charak Cephagraine in tablets or in nasal spray for the treatment of sinusitis and migraine.