An inflammation or infection of the outer ear canal (the passage leading from the external ear to the eardrum), ear canal infection, or otitis externa, is often associated with excess water in the ear canal. It frequently occurs in children and young adults who swim a great deal, and the common name for the inflammation is ‘swimmer’s ear’.
Symptoms of otitis ear canal infection generally include:
- Ear pain, which can range from moderate to severe
- A discharge of liquid or pus from the ear
- Some degree of temporary hearing loss
Usually only one ear is affected, but in some cases the symptoms can persist for several months, which is known as chronic otitis externa. The symptoms of chronic otitis externa tend to be much milder.
Repeated exposure to water can increase your risk of otitis externa, as water can clear earwax out of the external ear canal, making it very itchy. If you try to scratch inside your ear, the sensitive skin of the canal can break down, allowing an infection to take place.
Water in the ear also creates a moist environment, which encourages bacteria to grow.
Other causes may include:
- A spot (pimple) developing inside the ear
- Something directly irritating the ear canal, such as a hearing aid or an ear plug
- A fungal infection
As with all diseases this did not happen overnight. The very first thing you must do is see a licensed health professional. Find a list of practitioners in your local area here
In the meantime, try to avoid swimming or instances where your ear is in contact with a lot of water.
Here are some things you can discuss with your practitioner:
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Certain foods can make the body prone to ear infections, and other foods can ready the immune system to fight off infections, according to nutritional therapy. Food allergies may also be responsible for repeated ear infections, especially in young children.
All common food allergens can be eliminated from the diet under the supervision of a trained professional.
For middle-ear infection in a child, a holistic practitioner may recommend removing common allergens from the diet, including:
- Dairy products, including milk and cheese
Eliminating heavy proteins and sugars is also recommended.
It is important to not add further toxicity to your system so try to adhere to the following:
- Do not consume any artificial sweeteners, such as Splenda, NutraSweet or Aspartame
- Do not consume high fructose corn syrup or mono-sodium glutamate.
- Do not drink any carbonated beverages.
- Avoid all fast food restaurants.
- Avoid all canned food.
- Eliminate conventional dairy products. The best dairy products are raw, unpasteurised and homogenised dairy from grass fed cows. If this is unavailable, then buy organic dairy.
- Avoid conventional beef. The best beef is organic grass fed beef. www.grasslandbeef.com/StoreFront.bok?affld=104400 The second best is organic meat; this includes beef, veal, lamb, chicken and turkey.
Supplementation of vitamin C, vitamin A, and zinc may also be helpful in warding off infections.
Vitamin C with bioflavonoids help to support the immune system and fight ear infections. Try one teaspoon of vitamin C crystals or powder to six ounces of water. Take 1⁄2 to one ounce of this mixture every one to three hours. Reduce the dosage if it causes a stomach ache or loose stools.
Zinc can be very helpful when fighting acute ear infections. Zinc lozenges quicken the immune response and aid in reducing an ear infection.
Beta-carotene and vitamin E with mixed tocopherols promotes healing of the mucous membranes.
- Take Vitamin D3 50,000-100,000 International Units a day for periods of 4 weeks at a time.
- Wholefood supplements are the best way of ensuring your nutritional needs are met. The best we know on the market is Kevin Trudeau’s “KT Daily” product. You can find more details here kevintrudeaudailylifesessentials.com/
- Take an Omega 3 supplement:
Prescription and non-prescription medication:
What non-prescription and prescription drugs are you taking? Your non-prescription and prescription are partially the reason that you have this illness or disease – you need to get off these medications but do so only under the guidance of a licensed health care practitioner.
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- Try Hypnotherapy to relax the mind. Find a practitioner here.
As always the fastest most effective way to receive tailored advice to your own situation, you should visit a local licensed practitioner. Find your closest Ayurvedic practitionershere
Here are some remedies that your practitioner may suggest:
Bael (Aegle marmelos) The root of the bael tree is used in a unique manner to treat ear problems. A stiff root of the tree is dipped in neem oil and it is lighted. The oil dripping from this root is allowed to fall into the ear.
ishop’s Weed (Trachyspermum ammi) Bishop’s weed is known to be very effective in treating ear congestions. About a teaspoonful quantity of it is heated in 30 milliliters of milk. The juice of the weed is allowed to permeate into the milk and this is then used as ear drops.
Holy Basil (Ocimum sanctum) The holy basil, or tulsi as it is called in Hindi, is thought to be beneficial for ear problems. The juice extracted from its leaves must be used as ear drops. It has added benefits in children who are suffering from ear problems.
Neem (Azadirachta indica) Neem has antiseptic properties due to which it can kill the organisms that produce the infections in the ear. It is effective by itself. In order to enhance its effects, it can be taken with bael root as mentioned earlier.
Traditional Chinese Medicine
To receive bespoke advice based upon your own situation you should visit a local licensed practitioner. Find your closest Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioners here
Here are some remedies that your practitioner may suggest:
According to Dr. Fratkin, one primary concept directs Chinese medicine: balancing chi (energy). According to Chinese medicine philosophy, chi is what determines whether a person is healthy or unhealthy. When chi becomes unbalanced, then the body (emotionally, physically, spiritually) experiences distress. Interventions such as herbs and acupuncture attempt to restore balance to chi and encourage health.
Another approach to chronic outer ear infections by Chinese medical practitioners is acupuncture. According to Ban Wong, L.Ac, PhD, acupuncture helps drain fluids that may be accumulating in the ear canal. Additionally, acupuncture can calm a fussy child who may be uncomfortable because his ear hurts. Acupuncture utilizes very thin needles that are placed along energy points in the body to enhance the body’s own self-healing abilities.
Each practitioner has her own unique approach to combining Chinese herbs for treatment of outer ear infections. According to Dr. Wong, there are two approaches to developing herbal tinctures: purchasing prepared herbs that are available in dropper packaging or purchasing combined herbs to be steeped and made into tea. For most parents, the prepared tinctures are the easiest to use; they can be purchased from Chinese medicine practitioners or at herbal remedy stores. Many practitioners can also recommend herbalists who can provide raw herbs to be prepared into a tincture or tea at home.
For an ear infection, try using essential oils that help relieve inflammation, such as lavender, tea tree, and Roman chamomile. A study titled ‘Effective Treatment of Experimental Acute Otitis Media by Application of Volatile Fluids into the Ear Canal’ also found basil essential oil to be effective for ear infections.
You can massage the essential oil around the outside of your ear, or place one drop of essential oil on a cotton ball and place it in your outer ear.
For adults, Aromatherapy for Dummies recommends blending eight drops each of lavender and tea tree essential oils with one-half ounce of olive oil and massaging it around the outside of the ear and down the neck. For children, cut the amount of essential oil used in half. For infants and toddlers, use only two drops of each essential oil in the olive oil.
Use 4 drops of essential oil per 25ml of carrier oil.
To ensure positive results, always check that the essential oil is a 100% pure plant distillation and that it comes from a reputable source.
Owing to the principles behind homeopathy (link to full description of what it is) it is essential you see a licensed practitioner to receive your own personalised prescription. Find your closest Homeopath here
Homeopathy is believed to be beneficial in treating ear infections in children. To stimulate the body to fight the infection, the therapy uses highly diluted, nontoxic doses of a natural substance that would produce the symptoms of an ear infection if given in full strength to a healthy person. A homeopathic remedy for ear infection depends on the person’s specific symptoms.
Possible remedies include:
Here are some remedies that your practitioner may suggest:
Herbs can offer relief for symptoms of symptoms of ear infection, as well as helping to fend off future ear aches.
Mullein flowers can be used for their ability to soothe inflamed tissue. Infused oil from this herb is commonly prescribed as eardrops but only if the eardrum is intact.
Crushed garlic is thought to kill bacterial infections, and the immune boosters Echinacea (purple coneflower) and goldenseal may also be helpful.
A possible herbal treatment for middle-ear infection (in which the eardrum is not punctured) would be drops of warmed garlic oil in the ear – specific amounts should be determined by a licensed practitioner.
Yoga – The physical postures and breathing exercises comprising the practice of yoga have long been proven by scientific research to promote feelings of relaxation while simultaneously strengthening the body. Research conducted since the 1970s has shown that regular yoga practice not only relieves stress, and stressful emotions such as anxiety and depression, but also improves blood pressure rates and overall cardiovascular health. Yoga is also effective for reducing pain, improving gastrointestinal and respiratory function, and for improving cognitive function and enhancing sight and hearing.
Note: If you are just beginning to explore yoga, it is recommended that you initially do so under the guidance of a trained yoga instructor who can guide you to become aware of the subtleties involved in each yoga posture as well as the corresponding method of breathing.
Qigong – Is a wonderful form of exercise, breath work and meditation to relieve stress and tension in the body. See article section for more information about the art of qigong.
Traditional Chinese Medicine – Ancient Healing www.naturalcures.com/healthblog/traditional_chinese_ancient_healing.php
The best way to cleansing and purification of the body www.naturalcures.com/healthblog/54_the_best_way_to_cleansing_and_purification_of_the_body_110512.php
Mother Nature’s Natural Germ Fighters naturalhealthdossier.com/2012/03/mother-natures-natural-germ-fighters/
Squeaky Clean (Colonic Irrigation) www.naturalcures.com/healthblog/squeaky_clean.php
Heal Your Body and Raise Your Consciousness – Qigong www.naturalcures.com/Members/newsletters/pdfs/NC_Newsletter_12-08.pdf
Health Care that Won’t Cost You a Single Penny – EFT www.naturalcures.com/Members/newsletters/pdfs/NC_Newsletter_12-06.pdf
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Jump for Joy – Rebounding is a great stress busting workout www.naturalcures.com/Members/newsletters/pdfs/NC_Newsletter_12-10.pdf
Hypnotherapy for stress management – why it is so effective www.naturalcures.com/healthblog/hypnotherapy_for_stress.php
Try this home remedy for ear infections: www.homeveda.com/infections-and-allergies/natural-ayurvedic-home-remedies-for-ear-infection.html
EFT for treating disease www.garythink.com/eft/physicial.htm
Further Information (links and books)
Ear infection and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) ezinearticles.com/?Ear-Infections-and-Traditional-Chinese-Medicine&id=6666285
Ayurvedic home remedies for ear ache ezinearticles.com/?Ayurvedic-Home-Remedies-for-Ear-Infections-and-Aches&id=466424
Essential oils for ear infection www.ehow.com/facts_5618764_essential-oils-ear-infections.html
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