Sinus Treatments with Nasal Lavage & Compresses
Source: The Forgotten Art of Hydrotherapy, Part I, by Daniel H. Chong, N.D.
The nasal lavage is a wonderful treatment used in
cases of chronic infections and/or irritations in the nose and sinuses. These
conditions include sinusitis, hayfever, and seasonal
The goal of the nasal lavage is to reduce
or eliminate the recurrent irritant so that the body can be given a chance to
heal itself. Often times antihistamines, antibiotics and/or surgery are used to
treat these conditions but do little to affect them, especially their
recurrence. Long-term use of nasal lavage in these
cases, along with appropriate diet and lifestyle changes, can be extremely
extremely important to follow all the instructions very carefully. Continue the
routine until all symptoms resolve. This may take three to six months so BE PATIENT. For acute problems, perform the nasal wash up to
four times per day until resolved.
For chronic problems, it is usual to do the
wash one or more times daily, continuing for several months. Pain or bleeding
after the lavage may mean that an infection is still
present and so it is important to continue with the program.
Be persistent as
it takes a lot of effort to rid your body of these chronic bacteria that may be
producing the low-grade infection. If your condition continues to worsen, or no
improvement is noted after a week of treatment, see your doctor.
or bottled water
or bulb syringe
The technique, outlined below, may seem
unusual at first. However, once learned, you will quickly realize how
beneficial it is for sinus problems.
a workable container. The Neti pot is specially
designed with a spout that fits comfortably in one nostril. Alternatives you
can use include a bulb syringe, a small flower watering pot, a turkey baster, or just a teacup (though the latter will be
the container with lukewarm salt water. The salt-to-water ratio is 1 teaspoon
sea salt to 1 pint (2 cups) water. Filtered or bottled water is best.
some tissues within reach for this next part. Over a sink, tilt your head
forward so that you are looking directly down toward the sink. Insert the spout
into your right nostril. It is important that you breathe through your mouth.
Turn your head to the right and let water move into the right nostril and exit
the left nostril. Normally, you will feel the water as it passes through your
sinuses. It is fine if some of the water drains into the mouth. Simply spit it
out and adjust the tilt of your head.
using a cup of water, repeat the above procedure for the other nostril.
finish, expel any remaining water by quickly blowing air out both open nostrils
15 times over the sink. Avoid the temptation to block off one nostril, as doing
so may force water into the eustachian tube.
Alternating Hot & Cold Sinus Compress
This treatment can be used as a stand-alone treatment for painful, swollen
sinuses, but can also be used in conjunction with the nasal lavage
treatment. Combining the two seems to make each one work a little better.
one face cloth in hot water. Wring it out so it is damp but not dripping. Place
the face cloth over your nose and eyes, and sinuses surrounding these areas and
leave it in place for three minutes.
the second face cloth soaking in cold water. Wring the cloth out. Remove the
hot cloth, and place the cold cloth over the same area of your face for 30
this alternating sequence two more times for a total of three alternating
sequences of three minutes hot and 30 seconds cold.
severe and acute problems, perform morning and evening.
less severe problems or maintenance, perform once a day.
procedure will take about 10 minutes once you have everything organized. If you
are trying to clear drainage from your sinus passages, perform the NASAL LAVAGE
procedure after you have completed the alternating hot and cold heating
About the Author: - Dr. Daniel Chong is a licensed naturopathic physician practicing in Beaverton, OR. His practice focuses on chronic disease
and pain management. In his practice, he strives to integrate the treatment and healing philosophies of classical naturopathic medicine, Dr. Joseph Mercola,
and Dr. Weston A. Price. He may be contacted at:
Chiropractic and Naturopathic Physicians
12195 SW Allen Blvd.
Beaverton, OR 97005
Phone: (503) 646-0697