Sinus spaces are located above the eyebrows, in thecheekbones, under and on the sides of the nose, and deep in the skull bones. Scientistspresume that sinuses have some role in senses of the smell and taste, or in talking,but the exact sinus purpose is still not known.
Sinusitis or sinus infection is a common disease, widely spreadamong population. When the sinuses get infected, they can’t drain properly, andblocked drainage is causing the swelling and pain. Any pain along the sinusesindicates likely sinus infection.
Possible causes of sinus infections:Respiratory infectionsAllergic reactionOver use of nose dropsDeviated septum in the nose cavityPolyps in the noseNose tumorsInflamed tonsils or adenoidsSmoking
Sinusitis may be an acute or chronic condition. Usual cause ofthe acute sinusitis is a respiratory infection. On every 200 cases of respiratoryinfections, 1 patient is affected with sinusitis, too.
Conventional medicine recommends usage of antibiotics tocure the sinus infection, especially if it was caused by bacteria. In thesecases, antibiotics are a necessity. However, it might not be the best solution for all sinus infections,especially if they were caused by some other agents. Antibiotics have another fault - theydon’t always prevent sinusitis relapses.
Herbal preparations and mineral supplements could be usedalong the conventional sinusitis treatment. They heal sinus infections and usuallyprevent any future case of this condition. Additionally, these preparations don’thave the side effects of the common medications.
Strengthening the immune system usually leads to preventionof infections and successful treatment of sinusitis. Reishi and maitakemushrooms, cat's claw, Echinacea or astragalus are excellent immune boosters ifused regularly. Just one of these herbs, taken every day, might clear allthe signs of the acute sinus infections. You should take the herb for as longas it takes to be completely sinusitis-free. Chronic cases of sinus infections demanduse of couple of these immune herbs. Every herb should be used for two weeksand then you should take another, again for two weeks. This rotation will cure the illnessand prevent relapses.
Vitamin C, used with flavonoids could also enhance yourimmune system, especially if sinusitis is associated with allergies.
Ephedra (or Ma huang in Chinese) is a natural way to relievenasal decongestion and swelling down the sinuses. It is recommended intreatments of persistent, strong or acute cases of sinus infections, because ofthe potential side effects. Patients using ephedra might experience insomnia,anxiety or heart palpitations.