The right dosage and frequency is vital to the success of any herbal remedy. Discover the right way to administer sinusitis herbs for fast and effective relief.
Over the last 10 years herbal remedies have become more popular among sinusitis sufferers, due to the fact that most of the time their benefits outshine the conventional treatment choice of antibiotics. Research also concludes that these sinusitis herbs are fabulous at preventing sinusitis. A therapy that treats and prevents is the best thing to do in my office. With the hundreds of sinusitis herbs out their claiming to treat sinusitis, which ones will work for you? As always consult with a qualified health care practitioner before implementing any of these herbs.
First let’s address the immune boosting herbs Astragalus, Echinacea and the mushrooms Reishi/Miatake
Astragalus is known as an adaptogen, meaning it helps your body “adapt” to the stresses placed on it. Studies have shown that taking 200mg of Astragalus two times a day between meals increases the amount of circulating immune cells. It is also postulated it has some innate anti-vital properties, and we all know viral infections often precede a sinus infection. I also use it as a great decongestant, thinning out mucus and allowing your sinuses to drain properly. A stable for all sinusitis cases.
Echinacea is one of the most heavily researched herbs for its immune properties. Studies abound giving it both positive and negative views. In my opinion the best time to use Echinacea is before getting sick (although I do find it useful during an infection as well). It just seems to be one of those herbs that if taken the incidence of sinusitis dramatically decreases. Taking 200mg four times a day (it requires frequent dosing) has been shown to stimulate the body’s non-specific immune system cells. This was supported in a large study done by the Lancet in 2007.
Reshi/Miatake medical mushrooms contain peptidoglycans that directly stimulate the immune system. Most research has actually shown its benefits for cancer patients but I have also found they are great for general immune support. There are also some small studies indicating them as a great support in reducing airborne allergy reactions. These mushrooms must be delivered as a hot water extraction/decoction so make sure the supplement you are using is delivering it in this method. The dosages are 500mg for Reishi and 200mg of Maitake taken three times a day. If you are on an anticoagulant do not take these mushrooms.
Another important benefit of sinusitis herbs are their innate decongestant properties. Ginger and horseradish win the race in this category.
When most people think of ginger they think of its use in cooking. Which is a great way to use it, but extracts allow a greater amount of the medicinal properties to be delivered. This is a warming herb, meaning it increased general blood circulation and in turn delivery immune fighting cells to many areas of the body. This increase in blood flow also raises the local tissues temperature. It is this property that causes the thinning of mucus, allowing it to drain. This herb has also been found to be a great vertigo (dizziness) relief when it is associated with sinusitis. Many people experience a general body temperature increase so be careful with this herb.
Horseradish is only for hotdogs right? That is one use but its innate medicinal qualities make this one of the most effective herbs for sinusitis. Just like ginger it increases blood flow to local tissue beds, but most important it also stimulates lymphatic movement. Lymph is the excessive fluid not taken back up into the blood stream. Low lymph flow leads to swollen tissues and of course excessive mucus production. Most people do not use this herb as its pungent quality can make it difficult to ingest orally. But it is this exact property that makes this herb so valuable. Push through the smell and taste and you’ll quickly realize your symptoms are gone.
Other noteworthy sinusitis herbs include Cats Claw, Elderberry, Chamomile and Eucalyptus.
Remember it is best to implement these herbs under the care of a reputable health care practitioner. Many get frustrated with the lack of response from herbs but this is usually due to either the wrong dosage or wrong part of the plant being used as a single herb has many different medicinal properties according to the part of the plant. A qualified practitioner will help you delineate the best source and dosage necessary to find your sinusitis relief.