Natural treatment for sinus (nasal) polyps involves using a holistic approach to boost the immune system and shrink polyps. A healthy, natural diet and lifestyle changes supplemented with Pranamya breathing exercises encourage the body to resist and diminish polyp growth. Various herbal remedies improve the function of the lymphatic system while natural nasal sprays reduce polyp size and make breathing easier.
What are Sinus Polyps?
Noncancerous growths in the nose found near the sinuses in the nasal cavity, usually linked to asthma and allergies are called Sinus Polyps. Small polyps don’t need treatment, but large ones block the airway and can become infected. Polyps often reoccur if lifestyle changes are not maintained.
Lifestyle Changes Support the Immune and Lymphatic Systems
A gluten-free diet emphasizing no sugar, food preservatives or additives, no coffee or alcohol (it swells mucous membranes) and reduced carbs will detoxify the body and starve polyps. It is thought that polyps grow because of ‘garbage’ that is consumed. Exercise, lymphatic massage and Pranamya breathing exercises will energize the lymphatic system while helping to shrink polyps, making breathing easier.
Herbal Treatments for Sinus Polyps
Drinking hot, clear fluids will help to drain the sinuses. Green tea is particularly beneficial, containing the most antioxidants and polyphenols. Mint, ginger and Echinacea are excellent choices for herbal teas; mint fights infections and has anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties while ginger and Echinacea have numerous benefits.
Tea Tree Oil
Cayenne, among its many health benefits, stimulates and detoxes our lymphatic system. Cayenne tea (combined with honey and lemon) is an excellent morning detox. Cayenne is especially useful against polyps when diluted with water and sprayed into the nostrils.
Goldenseal was used by Native Americans to treat many ailments and is effective against many varieties of bacteria, yeast and fungi, including candida. It is used to treat mucus membrane infections, including sinus infections. It also helps alleviate sinus and chest congestion.
The goal of all holistic treatments is to disrupt the nasal environment that encourages polyp growth and to support the lymphatic and immune systems. Diet and lifestyle changes have the added benefit of increased energy levels and improved overall health.
Continue reading to learn what remedies Earth Clinic readers have suggested to shrink their sinus polyps, including important dietary changes.