NATURAL SUGGESTIONS FOR
If you got a commission on every medicine sold for a
you'd be very rich. The following alternatives will not make the drug
companies wealthy, but they might make you more healthy.
1. Watch your
food intake. Stuffy, low fiber foods like meat, white bread and candy at
least indirectly contribute to sinus congestion. The simple way to test
this natural philosophy is to drop these items from your diet and see if you
feel better and breathe easier.
chemicals in food may cause stuffiness in some people. This means that
avoiding artificial colors, artificial flavors, and preservatives might help
you. Chemicals have no nutritive value anyway, so why not?
grandfather used to relieve congestion by breathing in the vapors from a jar
of freshly-opened horseradish. He also sprinkled cayenne pepper
generously on his soup. My daughter eats a lot of hot sauce on her food
if she gets stuffy. Kitchen herbal remedies work.
4. There are
acupressure points for sinus congestion. Michael Blate's Natural
Healers' Acupressure Handbook shows you several.
5. If you look
into ayurvedic medicine (the traditional health care of India) you
will learn about foods to eat that can ease your breathing. Perfect
Health, by Deepak Chopra, M.D. is the very best book to start
with. Stuffy sinuses are likely a sign of a "kapha"
6. If you had
to choose a conventional over-the-counter decongestant, “Vicks
Vaporub” (or its generic equivalent) is still the safest, cheapest
and best. Most folks massage a bit into their neck or chest, but as kids
my brothers and I put a dab in each nostril. The label directions do not
recommend this, but we seem to have suffered no harm. “Vicks” is
actually a mixture of various herbal extracts including nutmeg, camphor and
eucalyptus oils. Similar products are probably just as good.
7. If you have
a neti pot from India,
use it. If you don't, you can go swimming without nose plugs. Enough
water will passively enter your nose to rinse it clean. Not to be TOO
gross, but did you ever notice how easy it is to blow your nose after
swimming? Humidity in general helps, of course. No pool handy? Even
a hot shower might help.
prefer to get at the causes rather than just deal with symptoms. For
this reason, we maintain that periodic vegetable juice fasting is the overall
best approach. It seems hard to believe, but sinus congestion is virtually
nonexistent when you juice a lot and eat right.
9. Take lots of vitamin C. Says one reader:
“Six weeks ago I was pretty much at
the end of my rope with sinus problems. After 2 sinus surgeries, 2 years of
allergy shots, and enough cortisone sprays, antihistimines, decongestants,
and antibiotics to sink a battleship, I was facing the prospect of trying yet
another surgery or spending half of my life on antibiotics. I had also tried
about a million different alternative therapies with no real success. Then I
found your website. I had successfully used vitamin C powder many years ago
when I had a pesky recurring bladder infection, so I launched this new attack
with great hope. The payoff has been nothing short of spectacular and I feel
like I have my life back. This is the first time in about 10 years that my
sinuses have felt perfectly normal.”
course, they never told you about that in any ads on TV!
Copyright C 2008,
2004 and prior years Andrew W. Saul.
Andrew Saul is the author of the books FIRE YOUR
DOCTOR! How to be Independently Healthy (reader reviews at http://www.doctoryourself.com/review.html
) and DOCTOR YOURSELF: Natural Healing that Works. (reviewed at http://www.doctoryourself.com/saulbooks.html
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