Barely green, which can be used in juices or simply sprinkled on salads as a topping, helps some people with sinus problems, says Julian Whitaker, M.D., founder and president off the Whitaker Wellness Center in Newport Beach, California. Barley green is available in most health food stores.
A hot water bottle is a simple, effective way to relieve sinus pain, says Agatha Thrash, M.D., a medical pathologist and co-founder and co-director of Uchee Pines Institute, a natural healing center in Seale, Alabama.
Fill about half of the bottle with hot (never boiling) water, wrap it in a towel and hold it against your nose and forehead until the pain subside.
Both apple and dark grape juices may be beneficial to those with sinus problems, says John Peterson, M.D., an Ayurvedic practition in Muncie, Indiana. He recommends drinking the juices at room temperature and apart from meals.
You can dilute either juice with water if it seems too strong, he adds.
Vitamin and Mineral Therapy:
Use a food sensitivity diet to eliminate any foods that might have a role in causing sinus problems, says David Edelberg, M.D., an internist and medical director of the American Holistic Center/Chicago.
He also says to use steam inhalation with eucalyptus oil added to the water. And he says a person with sinus problems may want to try the following regimen of dietary supplements to help relieve symptoms: 2,000 milligrams of vitamin C twice a day; 400 international units of vitamin E twice a day; and 500 millgrams of n-acetycysteine twice a day.
Both eucalyptus oil and n-acetylcysteine are available in most health food stores.
You can help both prevent and treat sinus problems if you do a yoga nasal wash, called neti, once a day, says Stephen A. Nezezon, M.D., yoga teacher and staff physician at the Himalayan International Institute of Yoga Science and Philosophy in Honesdale, Pennsylvania.
Start by filling a four-ounce paper cup halfway with warm water, then add 1/2 teaspoon of salt. Put a small crease in the lip of the cup so that it forms a spout. Slightly tilt your head back and to the left. Then slowly pour the water into your right nostril. The water will flow out of your left nostril or down the back of your throat if your left nostril is clogged.
Spit out the water if it goes down your throat, or wipe the water from your face with a hand towel if it flows out your left nostril. Fill the cup again, then repeat the procedure on the other side, pouring the water into your left nostril and tilting your head to the riht so that the water flows out of your right nostril.
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