Sinusitis is an inflammation of the sinus passages and is usually a complication of an infection in the nose blocking the drainage of the sinus. Hay fever, dust, pollen, cigarette smoke, exhaust fumes, food allergens and dental infections can also lead to sinusitis.
Acute sinusitis typically causes symptoms of nasal congestion and a thick yellow or green discharge. Other symptoms include tenderness and pain over the sinuses, frontal headaches, and sometimes chills, fever, and pressure in the area of the sinuses. Chronic sinusitis differs slightly, in that symptoms can be milder and may only include postnasal drip, bad breath, and an irritating dry cough.
Nutritional Supplements that could help. (Refer to the individual supplement for cautions in use.)
|Supplement/Herb||What it does||Dosage|
|Bromelain||Helps to reduce the thickness of mucous, reduce swelling and inflammation.|
|Vitamin C||Helps to support the immune system and reduce histamine levels.||1,000mg 3 times daily|
|NAC||Helps to reduce the thickness of mucous, also powerful anti-oxidant.||500mg twice daily|
|Quercetin||Anti-histamine and anti-inflammatory.||400mg 3 to 4 times daily|
|Echinacea||Supports the immune system, speeds the healing of damaged tissues.||500mg 3 times daily|
|Elderberry||Elderberry inhibits viral DNA replication, and thus this herb may also be useful in non-flu viruses.||as directed|
|Garlic||Anti-bacterial, anti-viral it also helps to break up mucous.||as directed|
|Ginger||Anti-inflammatory and pain relieving, a strong de-congestant.||as directed|
Diet and Lifestyle Factors
Avoid mucous forming foods such as dairy products, chocolate, bananas, refined carbohydrates including white bread, cakes, biscuits.
Do not add sugar to food and avoid processed foods with added sugar as it impairs immune function.
Drink plenty of water and fruit juices.
Drink pineapple juice for it’s bromelain content.
Eat oily fish such as salmon, tuna, sardines, herrings, trout for their anti-inflammatory omega 3.
Eat garlic and onions as they are antimicrobial and strong decongestants.
Suggested further reading:
- Sinuses explained
- Symptoms and treatments