A sinus is defined as a cavity in a bone; any cavity having a relatively
Sinusitis is the inflammation of a sinus, especially a paranasal
sinus. Often it is described as an inflammation of the nasal sinuses
that accompanies upper respiratory infection.
Sinuses affected by this infection include those above the eyes,
inside each cheekbone, behind the bridge of the nose, and in the upper
A number of causative agents including viruses, bacteria, or allergy.
Inadequate drainage, which may result from presence of polyps; enlarged
turbinates, or deviated septum; chronic rhinitis; general debility;
or dental abscess in the maxillary bone.
Chronic sinusitis problems may be caused by small growths in the
nose, injury of the nasal bones, smoking, and irritant fumes and smells.
Allergic sinusitis may be caused by hay fever
and food allergies, especially allergies
to milk and dairy products.
Symptoms include headache, earache, toothache,
facial pain, cranial pressure, loss of sense of smell, tenderness
over the forehead and cheekbones, and occasionally a high
fever. Sometimes sinusitis produces a swollen face followed by
a stuffy nose and thick discharge of mucus. Antibiotics may be necessary.
If drainage is clear after a week there is probably no infection.
If mucus is greenish or yellowish, this indicates an infection is
Swelling around the eyes is a serious sign. If left untreated, sinusitis
can lead to asthma, bronchitis,
pharyngitis, laryngitis, pneumonia, or
other respiratory disorders.
Please note: If you notice these symptoms, it is strongly advised
that you consult the doctor at once. Secondary infection can be quite
Bee pollen, start with small dosage and increase slowly, helps increase
immunity and speeds healing. Vitamin B complex, 125
mg. twice per day. Pantothenic acid (B5), 100 mg.
3 times per day. Vitamin C plus bioflavonoids,
2,000-10,000 mg. per day in divided doses, boosts immune
function and destroys viruses. Coenzyme Q10, 60
mg. per day, is a valuable immune system stimulant and help
increase cellular oxygenation. Garlic capsules, 2 capsules
3 times per day, is valuable as an immune system stimulant
and a natural antibiotic that keeps the infection in check. Germanium,
100 mg. per day, is valuable as an immune system stimulant.
Proteolytic enzymes, taken with and between meals, destroys free radicals
and also aids in digestion of foods. Zinc gluconate lozenges, dissolve
in mouth every 2-4 hours, is an antiviral agent and immunity
booster (use at the first sign of a cold).
- Bayberry bark
- Brigham tea
- Cayenne pepper
- Celery seeds
- Clover, red
- Flag, sweet
- Ginger, wild
- Gum plant
- Ivy, ground
- Myrtle, wax
- Palmetto, saw, berries
- Pepper, black
- Pine, dwarf, oil
- Rose hips
Do not use force when blowing the nose. This forces mucus back into
the sinus cavities. Instead, draw the secretion to the back of the
throat by sniffing, then expel. The use of a vaporizer is helpful.
Do not use decongestants for long periods of time if at all, and do
not use them if high blood pressure or heart problems are present
as they may dangerously elevate the blood pressure.
A diet of 75% raw foods should be adhered to. Drink plenty of distilled
water and juices. Do not eat dairy foods, except for soured products
like yogurt and cottage cheese.
Hot liquids help the mucus to flow, relieving congestion and sinus
Folk medicine recommends that one chew a small piece of real honeycomb
that still contains plenty of honey. Honeycomb is available in health
food stores (not suitable for diabetics). The theory behind this recommendation
is that the bee digests the pollen from many flowering plants and
some of the pollen is delivered to the patient through the honey.
Much like minute anti-allergic injections of natural pollens. This
is also a recommendation for some allergies.
A remedy for inhalations for sinusitis:
Dwarf-pine oil (5 parts)
Eucalyptus oil (3 parts)
Thyme oil (2 parts)
Place the oils (3 to 5 drops of the mixture) in a large glass dish
and cover with 1 pint to 1 quart (1/2
to 1 L) of boiling water. For the inhalation,
cover your head and the container with a cloth or towel and inhale
the herbal vapors, breathing slowly and deeply through your nose.