Holistic Sinusitis Treatment in Long Island, NY
It is estimated that over 30 million people in the United States cope with sinus-related problems, usually as a result of a cold, seasonal change or allergies. Sinusitis is a term used to refer to acute inflammation or infection of the sinus cavities that causes increased mucous production. Repeated, frequent episodes of sinusitis are considered chronic and formally known as rhinosinusitis.
Traditional treatment modalities in Western medicine utilize medications like antibiotics, pain relievers, steroids, antihistamines and decongestants. Antihistamines block the production of histamine as an allergic response, but can cause drowsiness and do not address the root cause of your sinus concerns. Decongestants shrink the swollen membranes in the nose and make it easier to breathe, but decongestant nose drops and sprays can lead to increased congestion and swelling of the nasal passages if used repeatedly or for more than a few days at a time. There are equally troubling issues with steroids and antibiotics. However, there are alternative treatments available when traditional treatments have proven to be ineffective.
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) modalities attempt to break the pattern of repeat sinusitis episodes by boosting your immune response. TCM offers acupuncture as a first line of attack against sinusitis, targeting the sinus cavity and specific locations in the body that are driving the underlying sinus issue.
Herbal medications ranging from "warm herbs" like xanthium powder, magnolia flower, angelica root, and field mint or peppermint can be used, as can cooling herbs like honeysuckle and scutellaria if the sinusitis is accompanied by fever. Because sinusitis is sometimes caused by allergies to certain plants, herbs or pollen, care must be taken in prescribing herbs for sinusitis.
Natural Healing Methods and Home Remedies
A plethora of substances - ranging from apple cider vinegar to turpentine - have supporters who swear by their efficacy. Some are to be ingested orally, some use steam vapor or a Neti pot, and some are administered as drops into the nose.
Below are some of the most commonly recommended home remedies, but it is advisable to consult your healthcare provider before attempting any of these home remedies yourself. Many of the substances require extreme dilution, some are to be rubbed on the skin, some are to be ingested, and some are inhaled through steam.
- Apple cider vinegar diluted as a nasal rinse or taken as a nutritional supplement
- Hydrogen peroxide and sea salt, or alternatively, a simple saline rinse using a Neti pot
- Olive leaf
- Herbs like horseradish, garlic and cayenne pepper added to the diet can provide powerful drainage of excess mucus
- Natural dietary supplements that include ingredients like bromelain, turmeric and grapefruit seed extract also help to clear excess mucus and relieve sinus pressure
- Steam/hot water vapor - including a few drops of eucalyptus, peppermint or other essential oils
Many natural remedies also involve lifestyle changes:
- Eating healthier and exercising
- Staying hydrated
- Controlling seasonal allergies and allergy-proofing the home to remove dust, pet dander and other common allergens
- Avoiding air conditioning or cleaning A/C filters
- Avoiding dairy products
- Using a humidifier
- Avoiding cigarette smoke, mold and harsh chemicals
- Exploring possible food allergies and sensitivities
These alternative sinusitis recommendations will provide you with similar comfort that traditional treatments provide without the unwanted side effects. Ultimately, working with your healthcare provider to address the underlying cause of sinusitis - like an overactive or compromised immune system - will provide you with optimal relief of your sinusitis symptoms.
If traditional sinusitis management techniques haven't worked for you, the holistic model may be your answer to help cope, manage, and even eliminate sinus-related issues from your life. Request more information about sinusitis and holistic treatment options today. Call (929) 244-4466 or contact Manhattan Integrative Medicine online.
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