Sinusitis (or inflammation of the sinuses) is an infection of the mucous membrane which form a lining on the paranasal sinuses. It is characterized by excess secretion of mucus membrane in the nose and throat and inflammation of the sinus passage.
Causes of Sinusitis
Sinusitis is generally caused due to infection of germs in the nasal passage. It often accompanies influenza, common cold, sore throat or other nose and throat disorders.
Symptoms of Sinusitis
- Running nose
- Excessive sneezing
- Blockage of nostrils, difficulty in breathing
- Slight fever
- Pressure around he head and face
- Pain in the forehead and below the eyes.
- Loss of appetite
Garlic: Garlic is a time tested and proven remedy for sinusitis. Garlic is rich in sulphur and Vitamin C both of which are beneficial in the treatment of sinusitis. Garlic can be taken as syrup (one tea spoon three times a day) or in the form of decoction prepared my boiling one gram of garlic in 300ml of milk and one liter of water, till it reduces to a quarter of its original volume.
Fenugreek: A decoction prepared by boiling a tea spoon of fenugreek in 500 ml of water, till it reduces to half its volume is a very effective home remedy for sinusitis. People suffering from sinusitis can drink freshly prepared decoction of fenugreek for up to 4 times a day. The dose can be reduced as condition improves over the time.
Apple Cider Vinegar: Apple Cider vinegar cleans the membrane of mucous, phlegm and catarrh and helps provides relief from nasal blockage.
Onion: Onion is a counter irritant and helps clean the bronchial tubes of phlegm and catarrh. 3 tea spoons of onion juice mixed with equal amount of honey taken twice a day is a very effective home cure for sinusitis.
Papaya: Papaya is a rich source of Vitamin C, which helps fight toxicity of the mucous membrane and Vitamin A, which helps build healthier epithelium. Thus papaya is a very effective home cure for sinusitis.
Carrot juice: Carrot has anti toxicant properties which helps reduce toxins and alleviate sinusitis. Carrot juice mixed with spinach juice in a ration of 5:2 is an effective home cure for sinusitis.
Beet juice: Beet juice mixed with cucumber juice is an effective anti toxic agent that provides relief from sinusitis.
Mango: Mango is a rich source of Vitamin A. It thus helps in the formation of healthy mucous membrane and is a very effective home cure for sinusitis.
Cinnamon: Decoction made by boiling powdered cinnamon and pepper powder in 500ml water and mixed with honey upon cooling is a very effective home remedy for sore sinusitis. Alternatively, Cinnamon tea is a beneficial home cure for sinusitis.
Ephedra (Botanical name: Trigonella foenum graecum): Nasal sprays that are generally prescribed for sinusitis contain ephedra. Ephedra helps clear clogged mucous membrane. Ephedra powder mixed with honey; given twice a day provides relief from breathing trouble and is very effective in treatment of sinusitis. Alternatively, a decoction prepared by boiling 10 grams of ephedra plant in a liter of water till it reduces to half its volume is a very effective home cure for sinusitis. Intake of ephedra in large doses should be avoided as it may lead to nausea or certain skin ailments.
Cumin seeds: Roasted black cumin seed mixed with double quantity of honey, taken two tea spoons a time, three times a day is very effective in alleviating sinusitis related problems. Alternatively inhaling the vapors of black cumin seeds helps cure sinusitis.
Diet rich in Vitamin A: Vitamin A contributes towards the formation of healthy epithelium which helps prevent attacks of infections that lead to ailments like common cold, influenza, sore throat and sinusitis. Egg, Carrot, mangoes, leafy vegetables, papaya and raw milk are some of the common food rich in vitamin A. Taking nutritional supplement tablets with Vitamin A is recommended for treatment of sinusitis.
Diet rich in Vitamin C: Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant, which helps cleanse the body of toxicity which cause of sinusitis. Pepper, guava, broccoli, cauliflower, brussels sprouts, papaya, orange and strawberries are rich sources of Vitamin C and are helpful in effective cure of sinusitis.
Sinusitis: Foods to avoid:
- Fried and oily food
- Food containing excessive starch (rice, cornmeal, oatmeal, wheat, rye, barley, breads)
- Food containing white refined sugar (sweets, candies, pie, cake etc)
- Food made of white flour
- If sinusitis is accompanied by fever, intake of solid food should be avoided. Fresh fruit and vegetable juice is recommended till fever subsides.
- Avoid use of perfumes and strong scents.
- Avoid smoking as tar aggravates sinusitis.
- Nasal inhalation of steam for five minutes thrice a day is very effective home cure for sinusitis.
- Gargle with salted warm water thrice a day to obtain relief from nasal blockages