Chronic sinusitis means a chronic inflammation of the sinuses. There are 4 pairs of sinuses. These sinuses are situated on either side of the nose and eyes. When the infection in these sinuses persists for a long time, it is known as chronic sinusitis.
What is a sinus?
Sinus is a cavity in the skull. There are four sinuses- ethmoid, maxillary, sphenoid and frontal sinuses. They produce mucous which helps in draining out dust, bacteria and viruses. They also keep the skull light by draining the mucous. This allows us to speak well.
Sinusitis is the inflammation of the tissues or the membranes lining the sinuses. This inflammation causes the sinuses to fill up with fluid or waste matter or mucous and there is no space for air, which is normally present in the sinuses. When there is no air in the sinuses and are instead filled up with mucous, there is heaviness and blocked feeling of the nose and the forehead. The voice loses resonance and becomes nasal.
In some cases, there may be sneezing or watery discharge or even fever. One tends to lose the sense of smell. Sinusitis may be acute or chronic. When the inflammation is short lived, it is called acute sinusitis. In some patients, the inflammation tends to last for long times and does not go away. This is called chronic sinusitis.
What causes Chronic Sinusitis
There are hundreds of bacteria and viruses that can possibly cause inflammation of the sinuses. Any of these microorganisms can enter the respiratory system. This may happen at any time. Once these organisms enter the respiratory system, they can cause infection in the sinuses. There are 4 sets of sinuses in the human beings. Any of these sinuses may get infected. Once the infection begins. it causes mucous to build up there. This causes blockage of the sinuses. Once the blockage occurs and the mucous gets blocked inside, the bacteria and viruses multiply manifold and that too in a very short time. That is why sinusitis often becomes chronic.
Symptoms of Chronic Sinusitis
- The common symptoms of chronic sinusitis happen to be blocked nose and heaviness of the forehead and the nasal area.
- The voice loses its natural resonance because air cannot pass through.
- One often finds it difficult to breathe through nose and has to keep one’s mouth open to breathe.
- Recurrent cold and coryza is present. There is often thick yellowish or greenish discharge from the nose.
- Sneezing is often persistent.
- Loss of smell may also be present.
- There is often a nagging headache or a heaviness in the head. The raised intracranial pressure may often cause severe pain while looking downwards or blowing the nose.
- Pain may also be present in the cheeks or near the eyes or the forehead.
- In some cases, pain may extend into the ears or may be present only in the ears. Recurrent or chronic cough may also be present. Nausea or vomiting may also be present in some cases.
Treatment of Chronic Sinusitis
The usual treatment of sinusitis in the allopathic system of medicine is to give nasal sprays and inhalation of steam. This does help temporarily in opening ip the blocked nose but that is about it. It does not have much therapeutic benefit. When it comes to allopathic medicines for sinusitis, antibiotics are usually abused in the treatment of sinusitis. They are prescribed indiscriminately. In most of the cases, the cause may be viral in origin and may have nothing to do with bacteria. In some cases they help but that is more likely in the case of acute sinusitis. Regular use of antibiotics do not help and only end up causing resistance to the antibiotics. Even the nasal sprays, which provide temporary relief are known to aggravate the problem after prolonged or regular usage.
Homeopathic treatment of Sinusitis- the best alternative or holistic cure for sinusitis
Of all the possible holistic or alternative treatments available, Chronic Sinusitis stands the best chance of being cured by Homeopathy. This has been my personal first hand experience as a homeopathic doctor as well as the experience of hundreds of patients of sinusitis who got cured by Homeopathy. The Homeopathic treatment of sinusitis is far superior as it does not resort to any strong medicines or antibiotics. The homeopathic medicine for sinusitis is mild and has the additional benefit that it does not cause any side effect at all. In fact, it strengthens the immunity of the patient and helps in fighting other infections also.
5 best Homeopathic medicines for Chronic Sinusitis
In my experience of the last 2 decades, I have had the experience of treating hundreds of cases of sinusitis. The medicines that are being mentioned here are not the only homeopathic medicines that are used to treat sinusitis. In fact, there are more than 50 homeopathic medicines that are used for treatment of chronic sinusitis. Having said that, some medicines are more commonly indicated.
Here are the 5 best Homeopathic medicines for sinusitis –
Kali Bichrome – Most commonly used homeopathic medicine for sinus
Hydrastis – best homeopathy medicine for sinus, both acute and chronic
Silicea- best sinus homeopathic medicine when cold aggravates sinusitis
Pulsatilla- best sinus treatment in homeopathy with greenish discharge
Hepar Sulph- best homeopathic medicine for sinusitis and to reduce sensitivity
The above mentioned 5 best homeopathic medicines for sinusitis have been seen to be very effective in curing acute sinusitis as well as chronic sinusitis. A brief description of the 5 best homeopathic medicines for sinusitis is being given below-
1. Kali Bichrome- the most common homeopathic medicine for chronic sinusitis
Kali Bichrome or Kali Bi, as it is usually called, is probably the most commonly used Homeopathic medicine for the treatment of Sinusitis. It is very effective in the treatment of chronic sinusitis. It affects the mucous membranes everywhere, more so of the respiratory system and causes inflammation of the membranes. The main distinguishing feature of this homeopathic medicine is that the discharge from the nose is thick, ropy and stringy in character. The mucous is thick and yellowish or greenish yellow in colour. The symptoms are aggravated in the morning. There is stuffiness of the nose and the nose feels blocked, making it difficult to breathe through the nose. There may be bad smell in the nose. Violent sneezing may be present.
2. Hydrastis – one of the best homeopathic remedies for acute sinusitis as well as chronic sinusitis
This is one of the most effective Homeopathic medicines for the treatment of chronic as well as acute sinusitis. The discharge may be thin and watery as happens in acute sinusitis or thick, yellowish and tenacious when the sinusitis is chronic in nature. There may be bad odor from the nose. There is persistent post nasal discharge, which is again thick and yellowish in colour. There may be dull pain in the frontal region. The patient feels like blowing his nose all the time as the nose seems blocked. At times, patient feels a sense of tickling in the nose, as that of a hair. It causes a lot of weakness in the patient and is therefore quite well suited to tired, weak and lethargic patients.
3. Silicea – best homeopathic medicine for sinusitis when cold aggravates the sinusitis
In this Homeopathic medicine, there is an increased sensitivity to cold and the patient lacks in natural warmth of the body. Slightest exposure to cold air or temperature can create havoc with the system of the patient. Patient feels much better in warmth, a warm room or warm weather and therefore tends to wrap himself in warm clothes or blanket. This increased sensitivity to cold is often manifested as a recurrent cold or inflammation of the sinuses. The discharges are often yellowish or greenish yellow and is more suited to the chronic sinusitis. Sneezing in the morning is a common occurrence. There may be pain in the head or the forehead region and is often felt in the right eye too.
4. Pulsatilla-the homeopathic medicine for chronic sinusitis with green discharge
This patient often feels better in open air and is aggravated in a closed place like a room or a crowded place. Tolerating heat and the summer weather is difficult for the patient. The mental symptom of crying at the slightest reason is a predominant guiding feature of this homeopathic remedy. The discharge from the nose is often greenish or yellowish green. The patient feels thirstless and hardly feels like drinking water. There is pain in the head which is better by lying down or binding the head tightly. The right nostril feels stopped, more so in the evening and there is heaviness or pressing pain at the root of the nose. Sensation of smell is often lost.
5. Hepar Sulphur-homeopathic remedy for sinusitis and to reduce sensitivity
It is an excellent homeopathic medicine to stop the sensitivity of the patient to cold temperature and cold weather. The slightest exposure to cold in any form tends to bring on the symptoms of sneezing and running nose. The nose may get blocked up on slightest exposure to cold air or cold temperature. Cough starts on the slightest exposure.The patient is physically as well as mentally sensitive. Pus like discharge from the nose may be present. A smell like old cheese may persist in the nose. The discharge is watery in the case of acute sinusitis while it is thick and greenish in the case of chronic sinusitis.
FAQs about Sinusitis and Homeopathic remedies for Sinusitis
I have chronic sinusitis. Should I opt for homeopathy for sinus treatment?
Homeopathic treatment for chronic sinusitis is by far the most effective treatment. It cures the trouble completely.
Which is the best sinus medicine in homeopathy?
Medicine selection in Homeopathy is based on the matching of symptoms of the patient with that of the remedies. Therefore, whichever medicine is similar to your symptoms, it is the best medicine for you.
Please tell me a good homeopathy medicine for cold and nose block?
As mentioned previously, there are no specific medicines in homeopathy for cold or for nose blockage. One has to look at the overall symptom picture to find the right medicine in each case.
Are there any homeopathic medicines for sinus congestion?
Homeopathy has a number of medicines that work wonders to reduce the sinus congestion. All cases of sinusitis, whether acute or chronic, cause sinus congestion. Any and every homeopathic medicine that is suitable for a patient will be able to cure the sinus congestion.
Please tell me about the best homeopathic medicine for sinus headache.
Whenever there is chronic sinusitis, it causes congestion in the forehead. This leads to heaviness in the forehead and in some cases whole of the head. Therefore, all the medicines mentioned above can cure sinus headache, provided the symptoms match with that of the patient.