View Full Version : Curing a ?permanent? sinus infection???
06-06-2006, 12:38 AM
About a month ago my naturopath said I had a Â“permanentÂ” sinus infection. I exclaimed Â“PERMANENT!Â” But then he said it doesnÂ’t have to stay Â“permanent.Â” So why the hell did he scare me with that word? I think the word Â“chronicÂ” would have sufficed! Anyway, I figure I have had this thing for most of my life, so I figure over 30 years. I used to think of the problems only as allergies, which I also have. I have been doing liver cleanses and that has helped my allergies and in conjunction my sinus infection. And then going raw helped even more (4 months now). I am much less congested and such. This was all before I saw the naturopath. So now I see my Â“allergiesÂ” also as a sinus infection and to fight bacteria too. So with having it for so long, I figure itÂ’ll take time to cure myself, but I wonder if IÂ’m doing enough and how much time will it take? How much time do you guys think it will take??? I know, I know each person is different! But can you guys give me some ballpark guesses please? :confused:
In the last month, I ordered Neti (saline nasal irrigation) and have been using it for a few weeks now. The naturopath gave me herbs for fighting bacteria and fungus. The fungus herbs are mostly for my itchy ear, I think. IÂ’m running out and canÂ’t afford those herbs but may get some cheaper ones at the store, any suggestions? I am consuming cayenne to keep the congestion clear. IÂ’m taking grapefruit seed extract. I have increased my garlic intake. On good days I consume 2 large cloves 3 times a day equaling 6 cloves a day, sometimes only 4, on real bad days none. So of course I can improve that. But is there anything else I can do or take to CURE this sinus infection FOR GOOD???????? :eek:
Thanks for any help! ;)
06-06-2006, 05:52 AM
Stop putting so much focus on it. I too had an infection and was doing a LOT of "natural" stuff for it. Finally my mentor told me ~ just stop! Stop doing things specifically for it. You're putting too much focus on it. What one focuses on expands. Just focus on general health and stop making a big drama about this. Do the experiment and see what happens.
06-06-2006, 09:47 AM
I agree with Revvell... If it's already getting much better being 4 months raw, just stay raw and let nature take its course... Spend some time focusing on other areas of your life and you'll probably wake up one day and realize that infection from the past is long gone and you didn't even notice... ;)
Sharon in Colorado
06-06-2006, 09:52 AM
I had an on-going sinus infection but I'm 1/3 of the way into a 30 day fast (doing liquids) and it's gone. Even if you do a juice fast for 3 days, it would probably help to knock it out.
I think fasting is a sure way to get over any kind of illness quickly.
Oh and I agree with the Rev about using all these different therapies. Your body heals your body, herbs and spices can't. So giving your body a digestive rest through either fresh foods or a fast will help it heal the fastest. Besides that a lot of tinctures and herbs tend to irritate your body instead.
06-06-2006, 11:56 AM
I have had mine for over 6 years and the doctor has been suggesting surgery for most of that time. My bro had the surgery and it wasn't fun and it all came back within 2 years. I have used a neti pot twice daily for several years and that has helped but I was still draining a lot and nauseated all the time and vomiting frequently.
I've been raw 2 weeks and decided to not focus on it too much and just see what happens. I am still using the neti pot but usually once a day and I had taken Claritin at night and Prilosec in the morning to help with the drainage and nausea and vomiting. I stopped the meds on the 4th day of raw and haven't taken it since. I had a lot of mucus for a few days when I used the neti but since then I have not had a problem. I have no drainage, nausea or vomiting or nasty sinus headache.
I had been vegan for years before going raw so I didn't have to deal with detoxing all of that and I think that might be why I responded so quickly.
I hope you get the same results and are feeling better soon. Sinus drama is no fun.
06-06-2006, 01:55 PM
We use Lipton tea in our Neti Pot whenever we have sinus infection "stuff" going on (or starting). I heard this tip on Patrick Timone's Natural Health Radio show a couple of years ago. Central Texas tends to be fairly moldy and a lot of people have a chronic low grade infection in their sinus area. Using the tea through the Neti pot has never failed us and I've had lots of clients have really great results also. It doesn't have to be Lipton brand - any type of Orange Pekoe tea seems to do the trick. I've personally used some anti-fungal herbal tincture from my chiropractor but thought the tea was just as good and about $20.00 cheaper! We use four tea bags to two cups of water and we use it at room temperature.
06-06-2006, 01:57 PM
First you need to determine the cause of the sinus infections. In my case it was related to my job. I was working in a store at the time and my job involved opening a lot of cardboard boxes and putting out stock that included towels. My sinuses were packed with fibers from the cardboard and the towels. The Dr. had me use a nasal douche, drink tons of water, and he'd also give me corisone injections in my nose. The injections worked but caused other side effects that I didn't like. Plus they were very painful.
So what I did was get another job in the same store that did not involve towels or putting out very much freight. The sinus infections stopped.
Now I have had a few infections since then, but nothing like I used to have. Now I might have one or two a year following a cold or something. Before, they were ongoing and continual for years!
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