Sinusitis or sinus infections can be quite a debilitating ailment when it becomes recurrent. Sinuses are cavities within our head just behind the nose which extends up to our forehead and to certain areas of the cheeks. These cavities are filled with a mucosal lining which helps you breathe and also filters the air which goes to the lungs. When the mucosal lining gets inflamed, it blocks the normal drainage of the mucus into the nose. This results in headaches, nasal polyps and general discomfort. Homeopathy offers some great remedies for this condition, without side effects. Some of these are discussed below.
Homeopathic remedies for sinus problems
Belladonna: This medication is very effective when the sinusitis has resulted in a suppressed discharge from the nose which occurs intermittently. If you have a splitting headache which feels unbearable, Belladonna can help relieve the symptoms quickly. If the infection of the sinus has spread to the throat and results in cough, Belladonna can be equally effective in those circumstances as well.
Pulsatilla: If you are experiencing a greenish mucosal discharge from your nose without a painful burning sensation within it, Pulsatilla can be a very effective cure. Another indication where this medication is very effective is when you have headaches centered just above your eyes rather than over the forehead or other parts of your face.
Kali Bichrome: This is another commonly prescribed medication to deal with the symptoms of sinusitis as well as to reduce inflammation and cure sinusitis altogether. If you have a lot of mucosal discharge that drops into your throat along with discharges through the nose, Kali Bichrome is the drug to go to. Other indications where it is effective are pain and heaviness in the nose and the inability to breathe with headaches in and around the eyes.
Silicea: If you are feeling cold and constantly chilly along with nasal stuffiness, Silicea is the medication to go to. Along with discharges, your nose may form hard mucous crusts within it. Trying to manually remove these crusts may also cause bleeding. Silicea will reduce these symptoms and is also effective in reducing a headache which occurs mostly on the left side of your face.
Merc Sol: If you are experiencing a yellowish green discharge from the nose along with a burning sensation and increased saliva secretion in your mouth, Merc Sol is the remedy to turn to. It is also effective wherein the headache has spread all around the head.
Sinuses are air filled cavities located on either side of the nose. Due to allergies, cold, or bacterial infections, these may sometimes get clogged or infected. This can create various complications like headache, snoring or difficulty in breathing.
In serious cases, a sinus infection may even lead to brain fever or meningitis. There are four types of sinus problems which are common. Acute sinus usually lasts for 4 weeks or less. Sub acute lasts for 4 to 8 weeks, chronic sinus lasts 8 weeks or longer while a recurrent inflammation symptom is followed with several attacks within a year.
The good news is that there are certain home remedies for sinus that can provide instant relief. Read on to know more
Drinking water, tea or juices without sugar are good ways to keep your system hydrated. These fluids help in thinning out the mucus and bring relief to the irritated sinuses. One should avoid alcohol, caffeine and smoking, which lead to dehydration.
2. Pungent Spices
Spices such as cayenne pepper with anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties, help in breaking up and draining out congested mucus. Similarly, horseradish can be mixed with apple cider vinegar and lemon juice to create a mucus dissolving elixir. As an alternative, 1/4 teaspoon of the freshly grated horseradish root can be held in the mouth for a few minutes, once the taste has evaporated, it can be swallowed.
This one works like magic and doctors prescribe it too. Add 3 drops of pine or rosemary oil with 3 drops of peppermint, and 2 drops of eucalyptus oil to a steaming hot bowl of water or add 3 drops of rosemary with 1 drop of thyme and peppermint oil. With your face down over the water, drape a towel over the back of your head and inhale the steam, this will help in clearing a blocked nasal passage.
4. Turmeric (haldi) and Ginger Root
Turmeric root is a wonderful, fragrant spice commonly found in Indian. Not only does turmeric contain natural anti-inflammatory properties, it is also rich in antioxidants. When combined with spicy ginger root and brewed in hot tea, this combination can help loosen mucus from clogged nasal passages, relax sinus pressure, and make you feel instantly better. In his book, ‘The Complete Book of Ayurvedic Home Remedies’, Vasant Lad suggests that a mixture of fresh ginger juice with 1 tsp honey taken 2 to 3 times a day can be helpful.
5. Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar is a wonderful natural ingredient with many health benefits. A cup of hot water or tea, taken three times daily with two or three tablespoons of raw, unfiltered apple cider vinegar will help thin out excessive mucus relieving congestion and sinus pressure. Mix with lemon and honey to taste. You can also simply take 1 teaspoon of apple cider vinegar 3 times a day for better results.
A number of studies support the benefits of having soup in helping ease congestion. From chicken soup to vegetable soup with fresh herbs, you can choose from a range of recipes and pick your favourite. It is the steam combined with a bunch of healthy ingredients which help clear the sinuses.
7. Nasal irrigation
Nasal irrigation is very effective for relieving nasal congestion and irritation. Also known as saline irrigation, it simply means gently flushing out your nasal passages with a saline solution. According to author and Ayurvedic expert, Vasant Lad, you can dissolve ½ teaspoon salt into ½ cup lukewarm water. Pour the mixture in a squeeze bottle; instill 5 drops of the solution into one nostril while tilting your head so it flows out of the other nostril. Do this with each nostril. This will soothe your sinuses and also flush away bacteria and irritants.
वातावरणातील बदल किंवा वाढतं प्रदुषण यांमुळे अनेक लोकांना सायनसची समस्या उद्भवते. वातावरणातील बदलांमुळे सायनसची समस्या वाढण्याचा धोका आणखी वाढतो. सायनस म्हणजे शरीराला झालेलं एक प्रकारचं इन्फेक्शनच असतं. सायनसमुळे नाकाचं हाड, गाल आणि डोळेही दुखू लागतात. जाणून घेऊयात असे काही घरगुती उपाय ज्यांमुळे सायनसच्या समस्येपासून सुटका करून घेण्यासाठी तुम्हाला मदत होईल.
1. सायनसपासून सुटका करून घेण्यासाठी गरम पाण्याची वाफ घ्या. त्यामुळे नाकात आणि गळ्यामध्ये जमलेली धूळ आणि मातीचे कण साफ होऊन जातात. यामुळे सायनसच्या समस्येपासून सुटका होते. गरम पाण्याची वाफ घेताना त्यामध्ये निलगिरीच्या तेलाचे काही थेंब टाकणं फायदेशीर ठरतं.
2. सायनसचा त्रास होत असेल तर नेहमी थोड्याशा शिजवलेल्या भाज्यांचं सूप , सफरचंद, डाळी आणि भाज्यांचं सेवन करा. याव्यतिरिक्त कफ तयार होण्यास मदत करणारे पदार्थ म्हणजे, चॉकलेट, अंडं, साखर आणि मैदा यांसारख्या पदार्थांचं सेवन करणं टाळा. तसेच जास्त तेलकट पदार्थांचं सेवन केल्यामुळेही सायनसचा त्रास होऊ शकतो. यावर भरपूरप्रमाणात पाणी पिणं फायदेशीर ठरतं.
3. सायनसवर कांदा आणि लसणाचं सेवन करणं फायदेशीर ठरतं. कांद्यामध्ये मोठ्या प्रमाणात सल्फर असतं. जे सर्दी , खोकला आणि सायनसच्या इन्फेक्शनवर गुणकारी ठरतं. तसेच कांद्याचा दर्प सायनसवर लाभदायक ठरतो. त्यासाठी कांदा आणि लसून पाण्यामध्ये उकळून त्या पाण्याची वाफ घ्या. असं केल्यामुळे तुम्हाला सायनसच्या त्रासापासून आराम मिळेल.
4. गरम पाण्यामध्ये पुदीन्याच्या पानांच्या रसाचे काही थेंब टाकून त्याची वाफ घ्या. आराम मिळेल.
5. मेथीचे काही दाणे गरम पाण्यामध्ये उकळून प्यायल्याने सायनसचे इन्फेक्शन दूर होण्यास मदत होते.
6. जर सायनसचा जास्त त्रास होत असेल तर दररोज ऑलिव्ह ऑईलने नाकावर मसाज करा. सायनसमुळे होणारा त्रास दूर होईल.