Sinusitis is one of the most common respiratory conditions in the United States, accounting for approximately 12 million hospital visits each year and over 200,000 sinus surgeries. Sinusitis is inflammation (swelling) of the lining of the sinuses, caused by a viral or bacterial infection. The sinuses are small, air-filled cavities behind your cheekbones and forehead. Sinusitis typically causes a high temperature, pain and tenderness in the face, and a blocked or runny nose.  You have four pairs of sinuses in your head – two sinuses behind your forehead, two at either side of the bridge of your nose, two behind your eyes and two behind your cheekbones. When you get sinusitis it is because at least one of the four pairs of sinus cavities become inflamed.

Your sinuses open up into the cavity of your nose and help control the temperature and water content of the air reaching your lungs.

Usually, the mucus naturally produced by your sinuses drains into your nose through small channels. These channels can become blocked when the sinuses are infected and inflamed.

It is the sinuses behind the cheekbones (the largest ones) that are most commonly affected. If sinusitis persists, conventional physicians will often recommend sinus surgery, a procedure that is expensive and which all too often fails to provide lasting relief. In fact, many people who undergo sinus surgery find that their sinusitis is worse when it inevitably returns. Other conventional medicine approaches for treating sinusitis include antihistamines, decongestants, steroid nasal sprays, and antibiotics, all of which are also by and large ineffective because they fail to address and resolve the underlying causes of sinusitis.

It is a common condition and can affect people of any age.

There are two types of sinusitis—acute and chronic. While the symptoms of both types of sinusitis are the same, acute sinusitis usually occurs as a result of a sinus infection and is not long lasting, whereas chronic sinusitis presents with persistent symptoms that can grow worse over time.

Caution: Left untreated, chronic sinusitis can eventually result in the degeneration of the mucus membrane, making the body’s natural drainage of the sinuses increasing difficult, thus creating breathing problems.

Symptoms of sinusitis include head and nasal congestion, postnasal drip, headache, head and facial pain, chronic fatigue, impaired sense of smell, fever, hoarseness, and laryngitis. These symptoms tend to be more pronounced for cases of chronic sinusitis, compared to cases of acute sinusitis.

The most common symptoms of sinusitis include:

  • A blocked or runny nose. If your nose produces green or yellow mucus, you probably have a bacterial infection.
  • Pain and tenderness in the face (near the infected sinuses). You may experience a throbbing pain that is worse when you move your head, and toothache or pain in your jaw when you eat.
  • A high temperature.

Other possible symptoms include:

  • tiredness
  • a sinus headache
  • a cough
  • bad breath (halitosis)
  • pressure in your ears
  • loss of taste and smell
  • a feeling of being generally unwell

Children with sinusitis may be irritable, breathe through their mouth and have difficulty feeding. Their speech may sound nasal (like they have a stuffy cold) because their sinuses are blocked. If you notice these symptoms in your child, take them to see your licensed health practitioner.

Over the course of the last few decades, there has been an increase in the incidence of sinusitis in the U.S. and other industrialized nations that is directly related to a corresponding increase in air pollution and unhealthy indoor air, making unhealthy air and air pollution the two main factors of sinusitis. Other environmental causes of sinusitis include cold and flu viruses, bacterial and fungal infections, excessively cold or dry air, cigarette smoking, and regular exposure to second hand smoke.

Sinusitis can also be caused or exacerbated by food allergies and sensitivities, dental and gum disease, stress, lowered immunity, structural problems within the nasal cavities (such as a deviated septum), nasal cysts and/or polyps, and unresolved emotions, especially anger. Candiasis (systemic yeast overgrowth) and the overuse of pharmaceutical drugs, especially antibiotics, are two other common causes of sinusitis. Gastro-oesophageal acid reflux can also be a factor.

There are a number of ways your sinuses can become inflamed and blocked, but the most common cause is a viral infection such as the common cold or influenza. The cold or flu virus spreads to the sinuses from the upper airways.

Sometimes, a secondary bacterial infection can develop, leading to swelling inside the sinuses. An infected tooth may also cause the sinuses to become infected.

Chemicals and pesticides, disinfectants and household detergents can also be a cause.

Cystic Fibrosis, a genetic condition that causes thick, sticky mucus to build up within the body, making you prone to infections may also cause sinusitis.

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

Here are some things you can discuss with your practitioner:

Health Protocols


  • Eliminate Candida: Click here to find out how
  • Do the Hydrogen Peroxide Protocol to strengthen the immune system:
  • Drink 3oz of Colloidal Silver, three or four times a day for 60 days Silver has long been recognised as a powerful natural antibiotic.  Colloidal silver is silver that has been removed electronically from its source and then suspended in water.   It is used to treat a myriad of diseases.
  • Go on a fast to clear your system of toxic waste


Hydrotherapy is the application of water, ice, steam and hot and cold temperatures to maintain and restore health. Treatments include full body immersion, steam baths, saunas, sitz baths, colonic irrigation and the application of hot and/or cold compresses. Hydrotherapy is effective for treating a wide range of conditions and can easily be used in the home as part of a self-care program. Many Naturopathic Physicians, Physical Therapists and Day Spas use Hydrotherapy as part of treatment.

Saltwater nasal irrigation can help to clear nasal passages and improve nasal drainage. Steam inhalations can be effective, as can hot footbaths while holding a cold compress over the area of the sinus cavities. Alternating hot and cold compresses placed over the sinuses can also help improve symptoms. Note: Always be sure to start with a hot compress and end with a cold one.

We suggest several at-home hydrotherapy treatments. Please seek the advice of your alternative health care practitioner before undergoing these procedures to make sure they are appropriate for you.

*Purified water is essential for any hydrotherapy treatment. Remedies for Treating Chlorinated Bath Water offers clear instructions and recommendations.

  • To remove bacterial infections, toxic matter, improve the immune function and to encourage your body’s natural elimination process, colonic irrigation is highly effective We recommend regular colonics to remove toxicity from the body.  Read more about colonics by clicking here.  Find a practitioner here.
  • Most of the water that we drink is very acidic and in order to heal our bodies need a more alkaline state.  During the programme drink alkalised water, which you can buy from Real
  • Invest in a shower filter, as it is important to avoid chlorine implored on your skin.  Go for a recommended shower filter attachment.
  • Take a bath as often as possible up to once a day with two litres of 35% food grade Hydrogen Peroxide.

If you suffer from sinusitis, you need to be screened for food allergies and sensitivities, and then avoid eating those foods that you are allergic or sensitive to. In addition, avoid all sugar and sugar products, wheat and wheat by-products, soy products, soft drinks, commercially processed foods, and all foods containing artificial ingredients, such as additives, colourings, flavourings, and preservatives (such as BHA, BHT, sodium nitrite, sulphites, saccharin, aspartame, and cyclamates). Also minimize your intake of milk and dairy products, and coffee and other caffeine products, as well as red meat, salt, refined carbohydrates (white breads, pastries, commercial pastas), corn, chocolate, and unhealthy fats (hydrogenated or trans fats).

Drink plenty of pure, filtered water (at least eight ounces every two hours; or for best results, add fresh squeezed lemon juice and a dash of cayenne pepper) and fresh squeezed, organic vegetable juices throughout the day, as well as hot broths and soups. Diluted organic pear juice can also be helpful, in order to loosen up lung congestion. Also emphasize organic, whole foods, especially plenty of fresh, raw organic fruits and vegetables, nuts and seeds, organic, free-range meats and poultry, and wild-caught fish. Garlic, cayenne pepper, chili peppers, horseradish, and onions should be eaten regularly, due to their powerful health benefits for the lungs and respiratory system. Organic, extra virgin olive oil should also be used liberally.

According to leading naturopathic physician and researcher Joseph E. Pizzorno, N.D., President Emeritus of Bastyr University, a vegan diet can significantly improve symptoms of most respiratory conditions, including pneumonia. Such a diet involves eliminating all animal products, as well as fish, eggs, milk, and all other dairy products. Grains should also be avoided, or eaten in minimal amounts. Dr. Pizzorno advises limiting your fluid intake to pure, filtered water (avoid chlorinated, fluoridated tap water), and emphasize plenty of fresh, organic fruits and vegetables, especially romaine lettuce, carrots, beets, onions, celery, cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli, cucumber, radishes, Jerusalem artichokes, beans (except soy and green peas), blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, cloudberries, black currants, gooseberries, plums, and pears. Apples and citrus fruits (except lemon) are not recommended, however.

If you do the Jeff McCombs Candida Protocol you will already be avoiding all of the foods that trigger sinusitis.  However here are the foods to avoid at all costs.

  • 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 fried food.
  • Avoid spicy food.
  • Limit sugar and grains as they raise your insulin levels.  Fasting insulin level should be 3 or lower.
  • 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.  The second best is organic      meat; this includes beef, veal, lamb, chicken and turkey.


  • Follow a diet that includes plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables to encourage and alkaline state.
  • Include foods rich in vitamin B2 such as nuts, green leafy vegetables, fish, legumes, whole grains and probiotic yogurt.
  • Include foods rich in B3 such as paprika, tuna, swordfish, organic liver pate, and yeast extract.
  • Drink 2litres of pure filtered water each day.
  • Include high chlorophyll foods into your diet such as dandelion leaf, cilantro, spinach, parsley, wheatgrass and barley grass.  They are all great for cleansing the blood.  If you find them hard to incorporate into meals then juice them in an extractor.  You can always add apple or carrot to sweeten the juice.


Useful nutritional supplements for sinusitis include vitamin B6, vitamin C, vitamin E, beta carotene, calcium, chromium picolinate, magnesium, manganese, selenium, and zinc. Flaxseed oil and omega-3 oils are recommended, as is a multivitamin/multi-mineral complex. Proteolytic enzymes taken between meals, along with acidophilus supplements, can be helpful, as can thymus gland extract. Other useful supplements include betaine HCL, bee pollen, quercetin, grapeseed extract, and N-acetylcysteine (NAC).

  • Take Vitamin D3 50,000-100,000 International Units a day / for up to 4 weeks
  • 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
  • Vitamin C
  • Grapefruit Seed Extract
  • Bromelain an enzyme found in pineapple, has anti-inflammatory properties. It also helps thin and expel mucus. Clinical trials have shown that bromelain helps reduce inflammation of the nasal mucosa in acute sinusitis patients. Bromelain needs to be taken on an empty stomach, 250—500 mg one to three times daily.
  • Quercetin and hesperidin are two powerful plant flavonoids that can both inhibit inflammation-producing enzymes and reduce the release of histamine from immune cells. Take 500 mg of each, one to three times daily.
  • Honokiol, a compound extracted from Magnolia officinalis bark, offers powerful anti-inflammatory and immune support, along with significant additional health benefits.
  • Padma Basic is a highly-researched Tibetan herbal formula that has been shown to fight sinusitis by regulating inflammation and enhancing the immune response.

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.

Relaxation Therapy:
Regularly engaging in some sort of relaxation therapy on a daily basis can dramatically reduce the stress and tension that often contribute to sinusitis. One of the easiest ways of promoting deep relaxation is to  spend five minutes a few times a day sitting comfortably with your eyes  closed while you breathe slowly and deeply through your belly.

Here are two other relaxation exercises that are helpful for reducing headache symptoms:

  1. Lie on the floor with your head resting on a pillow. Close you eyes and comfortably position your calves on the seat of a chair. Stay in this position for five to ten minutes, breathing deeply and comfortably through your belly. When you are done, take your time getting up from the floor, continuing to breath in a deep, relaxed manner.
  2. Sit comfortably in a chair or lie down on a comfortable mattress in a room that is quiet, with the lights off. Take ten gentle, deep breaths, starting in your belly and progressing all the way to your upper chest. Without pausing, exhale, starting at your chest and moving down to your belly, taking longer to do so than you took to inhale. Ideally, you should try to spend two to five seconds inhaling and twice as long exhaling.

Once you sense yourself starting to relax, tightly tense the muscles of your feet and toes for a count of five, and then relax them. Do the same with the muscles of your lower legs and calves. Repeat this process all the way up your body, moving to your upper legs and thighs, your buttocks, your lower back and abdomen, your upper back and chest, your hands and arms, your shoulders, your neck, and, finally, your jaw, eyes, and face muscles. Throughout this process, continue breathing in a gentle, deeply relaxed manner. When you finish, gently open your eyes and then slowly stand up, continuing to breathe as you have been.

Meditation: Meditation has been scientifically shown to improve relieve stress, the major cause of all illnesses and diseases, as well as to improve overall health and immune function, and to reduce the pain and suffering caused by chronic disease. In fact, in 1984, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) recommended meditation as the more appropriate and effective choice for treating mild cases of high blood pressure, instead of commonly prescribed blood pressure medications. Meditation can offer new insights and improved coping strategies, better enabling you to meet the challenges of the day. Some types of meditation, such as Transcendental Meditation (TM), have even been shown to produce deeper states of physical relaxation than ordinary sleep.

Although there are many types of meditation practices to choose from, all of them have one thing in common: focused attention on the breath. If you are new to meditation, you can begin by sitting up straight yet comfortably and closing your eyes. Place your attention on your breathing as you inhale and exhale. Each time you find your attention starting to wander, simply refocus on your breath. Though doing so may seem difficult initially, with practice it will become easier and easier, and you will easily spend 20 to 30 minutes meditating in this manner. The key is to be gentle with yourself and not force. At first, you may find yourself unable to sit still for more than a few minutes. If that is the case, don’t continue. Instead, each day seek to add to the length of your meditation practice until you reach your goal of 20 to 30 minutes per session.

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  • Reiki healing is very powerful in releasing stress and emotional baggage.  Find a practitioner here.
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  • Try Hypnotherapy to relax the mind.  Find a practitioner here.
  • What you think about is what you attract in your life.  Watch mindfulness films such as What the Bleep Do We Know www.whatthebleep.comand You Can Heal Your Life www.youcanhealyourlifemovie.comand start using powerful positive affirmations such as “I am learning to relax” and “I can let go of this situation” Say the phrase over and over again until you start to believe them.  Never underestimate the power of your mind.

Ayurvedic Medicine

According to ayurveda, sinus infections are caused due to and imbalance in prana vata and shleshaka kapha. Prana vata is the sub dosha of vata that controls the brain and head. Shleshaka kapha controls moisture and lubrication balance. Imbalance of these two doshas blocks the sinus channel. We recommend you consult a licensed practitioner who will discuss relevant treatment for you which may include some of the following:

  • Oil massage is an effective way to cure sinus. Oil massage calms the vata dosha by preventing accumulation of kapha in the face. The oils used are  mahanarayan oil, seasame and narayana oil and for maximum effectiveness, the oil should be warmed.
  • In nasya treatment medicated oil is applied to each nostril (this should be carried out by a trained professional.) Ginger, lemon grass, basil, acorus and cubeb are used to make this medicated oil. Nasya treatment breaks up the phlegm and opens up the congested tissues of sinuses.
  • Medicated steam inhalation is also effective. Add ginger, eucalyptus oil and other medicated herbs to boiling water and then inhale the steam.
  • Add two tulsi leaves, two slices of ginger, two cloves and four mint leaves to water and drink this throughout the day.

Neti Pot –  Irrigating the sinuses with a traditional Ayurvedic Neti pot helps promote drainage. A 2.5—5-percent salt solution may be used or 1—2 drops of tea tree oil may be added to the water. Another option is to add powdered extracts of goldenseal, barberry, or Oregon grape root. These herbs contain berberine, a plant alkaloid with antibacterial, antifungal and anti-inflammatory properties. For complete instructions on safe use of a Neti pot, visit

  • According to ayurvedic medicine, it is best to avoid either very hot or ice-cold foods and beverages. Insrtead, eat food that helps to balance prana vata and shleshakha kapha i.e. the food must be light, warm and easy to digest.
  • Increase your intake of fresh organic fruits and vegetables. Make sure that you don’t skip or delay  meals as this will lead to the formation of toxins and upset the digestive system.
  • Regular intake of ginger and lemon tea helps to prevent sinusitis recurring.
  • Maintain an active lifestyle, as regular exercises that are vigorous but not exhausting will have a positive effect on metabolism, stimulate pitta and regulate vata.

Traditional Chinese Medicine

We recommend you consult a licensed practitioner who can prescribe relevant remedies, but the most widely-used herbs for sinusitis include skullcap (huang qin), magnolia (xin yi hua) and cocklebur (cang er zi).  Huang qin, or baical skullcap root is traditionally used for clearing heat from the upper respiratory system, and damp heat from the gastro-intestinal system. It has an inhibitory effect against bacteria such as staphylococcus aureuspseudomonas aeruginosa, and streptococcus pneumoniae. Research also found that staphlococcus aureus which has become resistant to penicillin will remain sensitive to skullcap. Magnolia (xin yi hua), named “barbarian bud” in Chinese, is a lily-shaped flower with a hairy bud. In traditional Chinese medicine, it enters into the Lung and Stomach energy pathways (meridians), travels to the face, and winds up at the nose. This is why it is such an effective herb to open up nasal obstruction or congestion and to treat sinus problems. Clinical research shows that a decrease in mucus production is caused by applying xin yi hua to the nasal lining. Cang er zi, or cocklebur fruit, is used for any nasal or sinus problems characterized by a thick and viscous discharge. Pharmacological research found that cang er zi has inhibitory effects on bacteria such as staphylococcus aureus. Listed below are several effective Chinese herbal patent medicines for sinusitis which are widely used around the world.


Inhaling the steamed vapours of the essential oils camphor, eucalyptus, lavender, lemon, pine, or tea tree can help improve breathing and aid in fighting infection.

Homeopathic Medicine

Arsenicum Album — for nasal discharge that is burning, thin, and watery, which becomes worse following exposure to open air, and/or is accompanied bychillsanxiety, and a desire for warm drinks

Kalium Bichromium — to relieve nasal congestion and postnasal drip when accompanied by feeling of pressure in the nose and impaired smell

Mercurius Iodatus — for sinusitis accompanied by raw or ulcerated nostrils and symptoms that are made worse at night, exacerbated by perspiration, and/or include yellowish-green nasal discharge with flecks of blood

Nux Vomica — for sinusitis accompanied by frontal headaches, increased nasal congestion at night, and sensitivities to cold, light, and noise

Silicea — for sinusitis accompanied by dry, hard, easily bleeding crusts in the nose, loss of smell, pain when the bones of the nose are touched

Euphorbium compositum — used as a nasal spray, can also be effective for sinusitis, especially chronic sinusitis


Useful herbs for treating and preventing sinusitis include Echinacea, elder flowers, ephedra, eyebright, garlic, goldenrod, goldenseal, horseradish, Oregon grape, pokeroots, purple cornflower, stinging nettle, wild indigo, and yarrow.


Improving Indoor Air Quality: Improving the quality of your indoor air, both at home and at work, is an essential self-care step for helping to treat and prevent respiratory conditions, especially sinusitis. Healthy air is warm, free of pollutants and odours, has a relative humidity of between 35 to 60 per cent, and is high in oxygen and negative ions (3,000 to 6,000 negative ions per cubic centimeter). Today’s technology makes it easy to ensure that your indoor air meets the above criteria. A negative ion generator can not only increase the oxygen and negative ion content of indoor air, but it can also cleanse air of harmful animal dander, bacteria, dust, mould, pollen, and viruses. Moreover, negative ions help to soothe and repair damaged mucosa of the nasal, lung, and bronchial pathways. For best results, choose a self-regulating negative ion generator that emits at least one trillion negative ions per second.

You should also use a humidifier to keep your indoor air moist, especially during winter months, when air tends to be drier. Choose a warm mist unit. Adding plants to your home and work environments can also help keep air moist. Certain plants, such as chrysanthemums, philodendron, and spider plants, can also help to keep your air free of circulating dust and microorganisms, since they act as natural air filters.

Also be sure that your home and work environments are properly ventilated, and avoid the use of synthetic materials in your home and workplace, including plastics.

Lifestyle: Avoid exposure to second-hand smoke and excessively cold or dry air. If you smoke, seek help in order to quit. (See Addictions for more information.) Make it a point to engage in 30 minutes of aerobic exercise three to five times a week. Stretching exercises and strength conditioning are important, as is ensuring that you get plenty of good sleep each night, sleeping in an environment that is free of dust and contains warm, moist air.

Reflexology –  Consult a registered practitioner who will recommend working on the toes in order to drain and strengthen the sinuses.

Oregano Oil – this can be added to water, put into a nasal spray and inhaled.

Medicinal mushrooms – particularly reishi and cordyceps, support immunity, digestion, and circulation while also reducing inflammation.

Neural Therapy:  For more severe sinus conditions, neural therapy—which involves injecting the tonsils and sinuses with homeopathic remedies and an anesthetic—can be effective. To find a practitioner, try the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians (

Cranial-Sacral Therapy:  Cranial-sacral therapy can help improve sinus conditions by creating more space between the cranial bones, promoting normal drainage, and relieving sinus pressure. Visit the Web site to learn more.

Traditional Chinese Medicine and Sinusitis:

Sinus issues respond well to Traditional Chinese

Reflexology and sinus problems:

Curing Sinusitis with grapefruit seed

Natural remedies for sinus cure:

How smoking harms your sinuses:


Ayurvedic home remedies and sinusitis:

Sinusitis not cured with anti-biotics:


Diet dos and don’ts for sinusitis:

Turmeric and Neti pots aid sinusitis:

Link between gastro-oesophageal acid reflux and

Anti-biotics no good for sinus and colds:

Further Information (links and books)

The Sinus Cure: 7 Simple Steps to Relieve Sinusitis and Other Ear, Nose, and Throat Conditions, Debra Fulghum Bruce and Murray Grossan;

Andrea Butje | Aromahead – aromatherapy

Carrie Vitt – organic food recipes.

David Spector-NSR/USA – meditation, stress

judith hoad – herbalist.

Kath May – reiki, tai chi.

Lillian Bridges – Chinese medicine, living naturally.

Monika – aromatherapy.

Rakesh – Ayurvedic Practitioner.

Joanne Callaghan – Thought Field Therapy (TF) releasing unresolved emotions, stress and illness.

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