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Herbs can Cure Infection. Sinus Home Remedies
by Brian B. Carter, MS, LAc

Brian is the founder of the Pulse of Oriental Medicine, medical professor at Pacific College of Oriental Medicine, and author of Powerful Body, Peaceful Mind: How to Heal Yourself with Foods, Herbs, and Acupressure.

Brian Carter, acupuncturist, herbalist, and author
I was kidding about your brain! Well, not really...
It can be just annoying, or truly debilitating. The sinuses are said to be God's only design screw-up (apart from your brain) because infection can form in them so easily. Not using effective cold and flu remedies is often a cause of sinus infections. So here I will present alternatives to cure infection. Sinus problems will be a thing of the past, and then you can learn about better ways to treat colds and flus that will prevent future sinus infections.

These are your sinuses.

These are your sinuses on drugs.

Just kidding again. Boy am I a kidder. Your sinuses are air cavities. When they get closed off by mucus, bacteria festers in them and grows into infection. Imagine yellow and green pools of stagnant swamp water bacteria sitting around in there. Yuck!

So, to cure infection, sinus remedies must be employed. I'll assume you want to cure a sinus infection that followed a cold or flu. I'll deal with sinus troubles from allergies another time. (You can use some of the same herbs for both to get the sinuses clear, but allergies also require specific immune system modulation).

Basically, we use formulas composed of herbs with multiple functions. One main group is those that cure infection, sinus clearers are the other. You can look at a comparison of the pharmacologic effects of each herb in several sinus infection herbal remedies here.

Acupuncture can also be helpful, because it puts your immune system into higher gear to go fight the bacteria and cure infection. Sinus clearing is easier with both acupuncture and herbs.

Now, I realize you may not be near an acupuncturist or Chinese herbs, and that you can't wait several days for herbs to arrive through the mail, so here are some single Western herbs you can use to cure your sinus infection.

  • Barberry and Goldenseal have very similar therapeutic uses - both help combat infection, stimulate the activity of the immune system, and lower fever.
  • Echinacea is used by many herbalists to cure infections like sinusitis.
  • Ephedra - The World Health Organization supports the use of ephedra as part of treatment for the common cold, hay fever, and sinusitis. Because of some serious risks associated with this herb (like stroke and irregular heart rhythm), use of ephedra should only take place under strict guidance and supervision by an herbal specialist and physician and only for short periods of time.
  • Eucalyptus oil is a strong antibacterial and acts as an expectorant (loosens mucus in the respiratory passages) and antiseptic (prevents infection). Our housekeeper actually used this for a chronic cough she had. She's Mexican, and there is a separate Mexican herbal tradition.
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Herbs to Cure Infection, Sinus Clearing Remedies