Sinusitis is an inflammation of the sinuses due to a viral, bacterial, or fungal infection.
Here’s what happened to me recently.
After flying back from two conferences in LA in March my head felt whoozy and achy and I developed a demarcated line of pain just to the left of the top of my head going from front to back.
After several weeks of this my massage therapist wondered if it was related to my sinuses. I thought I’d just portaled into another world (ala Fringe) and was waiting for my Cortexiphan to kick in. (The drug that was given to Oliva by Walter when she was a kid.)
Willing to explore the sinus theory rather than living on the Fringe, I began doing a Neti Pot treatment once or twice a day. I’m happy to report that even the NIH recommends using a Neti Pot as one of their treatment options for sinusitis!
A Neti Pot is a cup with a long spout you can use to irrigate your sinuses through your nostrils. It’s an Ayurvedic Medicine technique from India and allows you to flush out excess mucus and debris from the nose and sinuses keeping them free of infection and allergens.
The symptoms of chronic sinusitis include: facial pain, headache, bad breath, cough, a constant need to blow your nose, a watery discharge, and nasal congestion. Published research shows the benefits of saline nasal irrigation for sinusitis.
This is great news when the alternative is horribly strong antibiotics which often need to be taken for months and also change the condition from a bacterial to a fungal sinusitis. This fact was found by researchers at the Mayo Clinic in a 1999 paper titled The Diagnosis and Incidence of Allergic Fungal Sinusitis. They concluded that: The data presented indicate that the diagnostic criteria for Allergic Fungal Sinusitis are present in the majority of patients with Chronic Rhinosinusitis.
What do you put in your Neti Pot?
Distilled or filtered water, salt, baking soda and a drop of a natural antibiotic/antifungal.
Here’s the recipe.
1. Use a clean 1-quart jar.
2. Fill with distilled or filtered water.
3. Add one teaspoon of non-iodized salt. Try Himalayan Institute Neti Pot Salt for $1.69 at VitaCost.
4. Add one teaspoon of baking soda (pure bicarbonate) but make sure it’s aluminum free. Bob’s Red Mill Baking Soda is the best.
5. Shake before pouring 6 ounces in your Neti Pot that you can also buy from VitaCost.com.
6. I add one drop of Tea Tree Oil to my Neti Pot or add 1 drop of Oregano Oil to the whole quart of water…because it’s so strong.
If you just want to use a saline solution add ¼ tsp of finely powdered salt or ½ tsp of courser salt to 6-8 oz of water.
I’ll leave it up to you to google a YouTube video to describe exactly how to use a Neti Pot. It’s also up to you how often you do the treatment and to follow your symptoms to make sure they are resolving.
For me, I was fascinated that the whole left side of my head would light up with a mild “head freeze” when I first began dong treatments. On the right side, I felt nothing. After a few days I also felt nothing on the left side and the head pain stopped. But I will continue to do a daily Neti Pot for a while until I’m sure things are back to normal.
And yes, I’ll cut back on the sweet raw deserts and fruit that can give me as much sugar as a chocolate Easter Bunny! Fungus and bacteria both live off simple sugars and if you have any sign of inflammation or infection that’s the first thing to avoid!
Carolyn Dean MD ND
The Doctor of the Future®
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