Recurrent and troublesome sinusitis causes sufferers to look for various solutions to overcome them, including using herbal medicines. But in fact, the effectiveness of most sinusitis herbal medicines has not been proven medically.
Sinusitis is inflammation of the sinus wall, which is an air-filled cavity located behind the cheekbones and forehead. Viral and bacterial infections are the two main factors that can cause this condition.
The main treatment for sinusitis is medical treatment, both surgical and non-surgical. Treatment of non-surgical sinusitis is usually in the form of medical drugs and supportive therapy. For mild sinusitis can be treated with decongestants or with painkillers, such as paracetamol and ibuprofen, if sinusitis causes headaches or pain in the face.
If sinusitis does not improve within a few weeks, you need a prescription antibiotic. And if sinusitis symptoms don’t improve or get worse with regular medication, you may need surgery or surgery. An ENT specialist will determine the type of treatment that suits your condition.
Herbal Sinusitis Medication
Some recent research shows that there are several types of herbal medicines that can help relieve sinusitis symptoms. Sinusitis herbal medicine can be categorized as supportive therapy to relieve symptoms that arise, such as nasal congestion or coughing. Some sinusitis herbal medicines that are believed to overcome these symptoms, namely:
This herbal plant which is known for its spicy taste has antimicrobial, antiseptic, pain relief, anti-inflammatory, and nausea relief properties. Eating warm tea mixed with ginger can help relieve respiratory tract and nasal congestion due to colds and sinusitis. However, the benefits of ginger as a sinusitis herbal medicine is still not supported by accurate scientific facts.
There are also some people who use bromelain, which is a protein found in pineapple stems to relieve swelling in the respiratory tract, help suppress coughing, and thin the mucus in the throat. Bromelain is believed to have properties to treat sinusitis. However, there is not enough scientific evidence to support this assumption. In addition, the ingredients available in the form of these supplements can cause interaction effects with drugs that are being consumed.
Honey is believed to be effective in treating sore throats which are usually also experienced by sinusitis sufferers. According to one study, honey can relieve cough more effectively than drugs containing dextromethorphan (DMP).
Latin plant named Andrographis paniculata is believed to be useful as a sinusitis herbal medicine. The content of substances that are antibacterial, antiviral, and anti-inflammatory in bitter, allegedly can help relieve respiratory tract and relieve sinusitis symptoms. However, research related to the effects of Sambiloto as a cure for sinusitis is still limited to laboratory studies and has not been clinically tested.
But keep in mind, various sinusitis herbal medicines can only relieve symptoms only and have not been scientifically proven to cure sinusitis. You still need medical treatment for treatment.
Managing Sinusitis at Home
If sinusitis herbal medicine is not reliable yet, then how effective can it be done? In addition to seeing a doctor and getting the right treatment, the following ways can be done independently.
Sufficient fluid needs
Rinse the nose
Drink enough fluids, such as juice and mineral water, to help meet your body’s fluid needs and thin out mucus. However, avoid consumption of alcoholic drinks and caffeine because of the risk of causing dehydration and exacerbating the swelling of the nasal wall and sinuses.
Get enough rest to accelerate recovery and help the body fight inflammation.
Keep the sinus cavity damp to relieve pain and reduce mucus, such as by soaking in warm water, or breathing steam from a bowl full of warm water while placing a towel over your head. You can also place warm compresses on the face to relieve pain.
Another way to help relieve the symptoms of sinusitis is to sleep with an extra pillow so that the head is slightly raised, to relieve the disease. This can help improve the circulation and flow of mucus in the sinuses.
Rinse the nose using a special bottle called nasal lavage. If you want to do a nasal rinse yourself, make sure the water used is absolutely free from contamination. You can make a nasal rinse solution by mixing 4 cups of clean water plus 1 teaspoon of baking soda and salt. Stir, then rinse the nose with the solution.
Pain relievers, such as paracetamol, can be taken to relieve fever and pain. But avoid giving aspirin to children under 16 years. You can also use over-the-counter spray or nasal drops to relieve the respiratory tract.
One more thing to remember, avoid consuming too many over-the-counter medicines before consulting a doctor, because of the risk of causing symptoms to worsen.
Ways to Prevent Sinusitis
There are several things you can do everyday to prevent sinusitis, including:
- Go to the ENT doctor regularly, especially if you have allergies.
- Upper respiratory tract infections will cause sinusitis recurrence. As much as possible minimize contact with sufferers
- Wash your hands regularly with soap and water, especially before eating and processing food.
- As much as possible make your room moist
- Avoid air pollution and cigarette smoke which can cause irritation to the lungs and respiratory tract.
Some sinusitis symptoms can indeed be handled alone at home. But sometimes, sinusitis symptoms can become more severe and last longer than they should. Immediately consult a doctor if this condition occurs.