The following alternative treatments may be useful in the treatment of sinusitis:
Neti pot. Available for purchase at your local health food store, a neti pot is a device that allows you to pour saline solution into your nostril in order to flush out the nasal passages. This can help loosen and thin mucous build up. Be sure to follow the directions that accompany your neti pot in order to assure proper use.
Massage. Massaging the sinuses can help promote proper drainage. If you don’t have access to a professional masseuse, you can try self-massaging by rubbing the areas of your sinuses in circular motions for several seconds. Sinus pressure points include in between and above the eyes, on the sides of the nose, and the cheeks.
Steam baths. To make a steam bath, bring a pot of water to a near boil and then remove from heat, lean over the pot, and place a towel over your head to contain the steam rising from the water. Breathing in steam can help decongest your nasal passages. Be sure to use caution when doing a steam bath, as too much steam can result in burns to the skin.
Acupuncture. Acupuncture is a form of ancient Chinese medicine that uses the insertion of needles at various points around the body in order to restore bodily energy. Acupuncture can help to lessen inflammation, swelling, and congestion within the sinuses.
Herbal remedies, including:
- Cat’s claw