Quick Natural Relief for Sinus Infections

Herbal Relief for Sinus Infections       Recent research published in the Journal of the American Medical Association indicates that antibiotics are not helpful in the treatment of most sinus infections.  As we all know, sinus infections make us miserable.  Congestion, post-nasal drip, runny nose, headaches, and exhaustion from coughing all night all make the weeks of sinus infections miserable.  This past month all the Patel family has been sick with sinus infections  While most of the infections self resolve in 2 weeks, 2 weeks of misery with sick kids at the same time is two weeks too long.  What does the Patel family do to combat the symptoms of sinus infection?

       At the first sign of infection, we start with our routine to boost our immune system, this is goes for all family members not just the sick ones:  Omega -3, vitamin D, and homeopathic immune boosters such as Engystol or Galium, both by -heel.  We also take an herbal preparation of both quercetin and bromelain.  Both herbs help improve sinus health. Common sense solutions come into play here as well, lots of hand washing, covering noses and mouths when we sneeze of cough, not sharing glasses (good luck with 3 kids), strict bedtimes for everyone, even moms and dads all help.
       Once stuffy noses are in play, we continue with the above routine but will add several other remedies.  None of these eliminate your infection, but they do help alleviate some of the symptoms and make you more comfortable.  Probably the most important of these is sinus cleansing or irrigation.  This was traditionally called a neti pot and is an ancient Indian remedy.  A saline solution is inserted into one nostril and comes out the other.  Sounds terrible, I know but it really helps.  I have numerous patients who have great success with this treatment and even my 8 and 10 year olds ask to use it when they feel sick.  A product called Sinucleanse is particularly child friendly, make sure to get the child size for your kiddos.  When using sinus irrigation it is important to follow the recommended amounts of saline and water when making the solution.
       Steam showers or inhaling steam from a pot of warm water  will also help loosen secretions and help drain your sinuses.  When doing so, make sure that the water is not too hot and off the burner when you do so.  Some people will add a few drops of tea tree oil or oregano essential oil to the water as both oils have anti-viral and anti-bacterial properties.
        My wife will make a solution of essential oils–5 drops eucalyptus, 5 drops tea tree, and 1 drop peppermint to help loosen secretions.  She will add these to an essential oil diffuser and run it for 10-15 minutes several times a day.  A mentholated rub will also help relieve congestion.
          Common sense solutions such as gargling with salt water, drinking lots of water and hot tea with honey and lemon can also help make you more comfortable.
        Individuals who have a history a sinus infections may wish to try sinus cleansing on a regular basis, weekly or monthly to ward off recurrent sinus infections.  In addition querceten and bromelain on a regular basis can help with overall sinus help.
        Please  discuss use and dosage with your health care provider for  all vitamins, homeopathic and herbal remedies.   Sinus infections are uncomfortable with no quick fixes, but hopefully the above suggestions will help you find some comfort.  What are your favorite home remedies and treatments for sinus infections?
Update:  Note:  Due to microbes that may be present in tap water, using boiled, distilled or filtered water is recommended with any nasal irrigation system.  Please make sure that everything is cleaned before and after each use and completely dry  before storage.
Vijay Patel (74 Posts)

Dr. Vijay Patel earned his doctoral degree in Chiropractic from National College of Chiropractic in Lombard, Illinois. Dr. Patel is board certified in electrodiagnostics by the American Chiropractic Neurology Board. Dr. Patel has recently received training in Manipulation under Anesthsia (MUA). Constantly striving to give his patients the most up-to-date care possible, Dr. Patel attends many post-graduate seminars including such topics as neurology, research review, and sports performance enhancement. Dr. Patel has practiced medicine at Advanced Physical Medicine and Therapy in Mt. Prospect, Illinois since 1999. Dr. Patel currently serves as president of the Chicago chapter of the Illinois Chiropractic Society. He is also a member of both the National College of Chiropractic Alumni Association and the American Chiropractic Association. Dr. Patel is fluent in Gujarati. A lifelong runner, he has completed marathons and still competes in triathlons with his college mates.

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Meet Your Farmer

If you are interested in incorporating more local healthy food into your diet you are interested in attending the CSA Expo, March 23 from 6:30 to 9:30 at the Arlington Heights Memorial Library.  What is a CSA?  CSAs allow consumers (you) to purchase a “vegetable share” directly from the farmer who grows it.   Each week you will receive a box of farm fresh veggies.  Hosted by the Holistic Mom’s Network, NW Suburban Chapter, the expo allows you to meet local farmers hosting CSA in our area.  There will also be a screening of King Corn, a documentary about the American food system.  For more information this link will take you Holistic Mom’s Network Facebook Invitation.

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Cooking Oil Comparison Chart

Fat and oil often get a bad rap.  Yet we need a certain amount of fat for our health and of course, most foods taste better with fat.  Deciding which oil to use and for what has become confusing.  Luckily for us, the bloggers at eatingrules.com and at smallbites.andybellatti.com have developed this chart to eliminate some confusion.  Please click here to go to the Eating Rules website and view the chart.

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Cosmetic Acupuncture

Are you thinking about cosmetic surgery to boost your appearance?  Before you commit to a procedure, consider cosmetic acupuncture.  This is a good alternative to painful procedures and side effects associated with it.  It provides natural results by stimulating collagen and elastin production causing the skin to plump up, smooth fine lines, reduce deep furrows, reduce age spots and sagging.  Cosmetic acupuncture is also effective at preventing wrinkles and fine lines before they appear.  This procedure is safe and effective resulting in a glowing complexion.
The Doctors at Advanced Physical Medicine and Therapy invite you to schedule a free consultation to see if you are a candidate for this treatment.  Call(847) 222-9060 today to schedule an appointment!
* Offer expires 2-29-12.

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APMT Joins Optum Healthcare Network

As of February 23, Advanced Physical Medicine and Therapy has rejoined the Optum Healthcare Network which includes United Healthcare & Great West.

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