Alternative treatment for sinus pain

Aug 24th 2010 at 12:44 PM

┬╗Alternative Treatments for Sinus Pain Sinus pain can be excruciating, and if you suffer from it, you've probably tried every remedy in the drugstore to get some relief. AOL Health talked to the experts to find some pain management tactics you may not have considered. Horseradish You love it on your pastrami sandwich -- now try it for sinus pain. The strong-flavored herb actually acts as an expectorant. In addition, it may have antibiotic properties, which can help if you have a sinus infection. To try it, get some fresh horseradish root -- not the type in the jar. You can find it at Whole Foods or other specialty stores. Grate up ┬╝ teaspoon of it. Place it on your tongue and hold it in your mouth until the flavor fades. (Beware: It's hotter than the jarred kind.) You should start to feel mucus draining down the back of your throat and the pressure alleviating. Spit the mucus out along with the horseradish. Fenugreek Tea Fenugreek is another herb that, like horseradish, acts as an expectorant. It may also help reduce inflammation, and it works well as a tea. You can find the leaves in Indian grocery stores or online. Boil 1 teaspoon of fenugreek leaves in 1 cup of water. Drink while it's still warm, like a tea. It may cause you to sweat. Don't use fenugreek if you're pregnant or allergic to peanuts. Fruit Enzymes Murray Grossan, an otolaryngologist in Los Angeles and author of "Free Yourself From Sinus and Allergy Problems Permanently" recommends papaya and pineapple enzymes, both of which are available at health food stores. The papain in papaya and bromelain in pineapple help thin mucus and reduce inflammation, thereby clearing sinuses and airways. Reflexology There is plenty of anecdotal evidence that reflexology can clear sinuses. The points to focus on are on the underside of the four smaller toes, near the outermost joint, toward the lateral side of the toe. Work the area for about two minutes. Proceed gently though -- if you have inflamed sinuses, this area will be tender. Contrast Therapy Holistic physician Jade Teta recommends a very simple contrast therapy. Hold a washcloth dipped in hot water to the sinuses for three minutes, then a cloth dipped in cold water for 1 minute. Alternate between the two several times. Because hot opens blood vessels and cold shrinks them, the contrast creates a pumping action that brings blood to the area, helping to relieve congestion and speed healing. Humming And if all else fails, says Teta, try humming. It increases vibration in the sinuses and therefore increases oxygen and blood flow to the area. "Headache," by Weezer, perhaps? More on Sinus Pain: Sinus Headaches Areas of Pain

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Nov 7th 2013 at 12:20 AM by foxychops
Interesting - thanks
Sep 29th 2010 at 9:54 PM by coolindiansurfer
Bookmarked - Thanks a ton

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