Table of Contents
- QUESTIONS & ANSWERS
- Alkaline Diet
- Antibiotic Link
- Apple Cider Vinegar
- Castor Oil
- Castor Oil, pH Balance
- Colloidal Silver
- Dietary Changes
- Eliminate Sugar
- Eliminate Yeast From Diet
- Essiac Tea
- Fiber Supplement, Probiotics, Enzymes
- Fish Oil Capsules, Diet
- General Feedback
- Helminthic Therapy
- Homeopathic Remedies
- Hydrogen Peroxide
- Hydrogen Peroxide, Colloidal Silver, Reduced Wheat
- Lugol's Iodine
- Manuka Honey Sinus Rinse
- Multiple Remedies
- Nasal Irrigator
- Remedies Needed
- Saline Rinse
- Sinus Papilloma
- Tea Tree Oil
- Vegan Diet, Water Fasting
- Vitamin C, Grape Seed Extract
"Nasal polyps are polypoidal masses arising mainly from the mucous membranes of the nose and paranasal sinuses. They are overgrowths of the mucosa that frequently accompany allergic rhinitis. They are freely moveable and non-tender. Nasal polyps are usually classified into antrochoanal polyps and ethmoidal polyps. Antrochoanal polyps arise from the maxillary sinuses and are much less common, ethmoidal polyps arise from the ethmoidal sinuses. Antrochoanal polyps are usually single and unilateral whereas ethmoidal polyps are multiple and bilateral. Symptoms of polyps include nasal block, sinusitis, anosmia or loss of smell, and secondary infection leading to headache.
The pathogenesis of nasal polyps is unknown. Nasal polyps are most commonly thought to be caused by allergy and rarely by cystic fibrosis although a significant number are associated with non-allergic adult asthma or no respiratory or allergic trigger that can be demonstrated.
These polyps have no relationship with colonic or uterine polyps. Irregular unilateral polyps particularly associated with pain or bleeding will require urgent investigation as they may represent an intranasal tumour.
Nasal polyps are most often treated with steroids, topical or oral, but can also be treated with surgical methods." (Wikipedia)
Also check out our page on Sinus Headache Relief from Folk Cures.
Our readers offer information and opinions on Earth Clinic, not as a substitute for professional medical prevention, diagnosis, or treatment. Please consult with your physician, pharmacist, or health care provider before taking any home remedies or supplements or following any treatment suggested by anyone on this site. Only your health care provider, personal physician, or pharmacist can provide you with advice on what is safe and effective for your unique needs or diagnose your particular medical history.
[YEA] 12/30/2012: Oliver from Paris: "Nasal Polyps - I've suffered from nasal polyps for seven years now and the last three I have lost my sense of smell. I've tried every possible remedy and two sinus operations and nothing works. The tea tree oil remedy some of you mention is, I believe, only effective for polyps caused by fungus, or perhaps those in sinuses you can get to with a Q tip. Mine are too far inside for that and although the diluted tea tree oil feels good and opens up the airways it did not cure them.
I've tried everything else, including fresh water ray oil, acupunture, Sinus Wars homeopathic remedy, various natural cold remedies, antihisthamies, all kinds of antibiotics -- you name it. There are only two things that work, and both temporarily: corticosteroids and a draconian alkaline diet. I think you all know about steroids; in high doses they work like a dream, but the polyps come back after a few weeks and, at least for me, the sprays don't work.
However, the diet I did was near miraculous. I was actually not even thinking about the polyps, but just wanted to do a near fasting diet for a week or so. I eliminated coffee, alcohol, dairy products, meat and anything else that causes mucus, and lived basicically on a few nuts, water and raw vegetables for a week. Suddenly everything cleared up and I felt like new and could smell and taste again. Even my ears, which I hadn't realized were partially blocked because of the sinusitis caused by the polyps, were suddenly free. Unfortunately after I started adding back some cooked foods (although still totall vegan) the polyps returned and I lost my sense of smell again. At least I lost 7 kilos in less that a month.
So if you are really frustrated and have some self control, try a fast or near fast and eliminate all acidic foods."Replies
02/11/2013: Manpan from Yuma, Az replies: "For me I used the natural breathing technique of pranamya and it has worked wonders. Note: Since starting pranamya my polyps have reduced significantly. I can now breathe through my nose via both nostrils (polyps for me developed in the right nostril so right nostril and right ear became blocked) but when I first discovered polyps at first
I struggled to breathe through my right nostril at all - I used nasal sprays and sometimes steam to get rid of any mucus causing nasal congestion in my nose and then to soothe the inflammation caused by polyps. Gradually I was able to get enough out that I could more effectively use pranamya to breathe through the nostril and now a significant amount is gone. I still use nasal spray as needed - it helps reduce inflammation - note: when I sneeze I find it easy to exhale and the polyps come to the surface with liquid from spray also coming out my nose.
My ENT specialist says situation in my case is not bad enough to undergo surgery I can just keep doing pranamya and using spray as needed. I was also given a spray to lubricate my blocked ear and that has also helped. At first my nose and ear were so blocked that even when there's no liquid stuck in the ear if I tried gently using a cotton swab to clean excess earwax the cotton would get stuck in the ear. Not anymore I can safely put a cotton swab in my ear to remove earwax and pull it out.
When the ear was too blocked for a cotton swab I used an earwax removal liquid product my doctor recommended for loosening the wax in the ear. I've heard some say its not a good idea anyway to use cotton swabs no matter how careful you are. I'll probably just start using such sprays in my ear to reduce the earwax regularly now even when ear is completely opened.
I don't know how or why when polyps develop it occurs in one nostril instead of another - for me as noted it was the right nostril but have had great relief with this approach. Also to help sleep at night I use a Vicks like solution that can be put in the nose to provide temporary relief to help breathe through your nose.
Also recently to help reduce the chance of nasal infection and clean the insides of my nose I use a nasal saline spray - that is non-medicated but according to the bottle is pediatrician recommended. One can look up on the Internet instructions to make their own home made nasal saline sprays using water and non iodized salt - iodized salt tends to cause more irritation in the nose. The nasal saline spray I have is a sample bottle that was purchased (I don't remember where) so its not a home made solution.
I hope this helps."
[SIDE EFFECTS] 06/24/2009: Siva Ram from Hyderabad, India: "Pain Killer and Sinus Relationship. I have sinus problems. I got polyps in my both nostrils. I have neck pain also. For that i use ____ tablet (Brufen 400mg + Paracetamol 500 mg) two times a day. With that my pains were under control. I am also taking Citrezen 10 mg everyday and a course of Anti botics every month. Once i took 15 days leave from my work and taken rest. With that rest, i reduced the intake of Pain killer from 2 tablets a day to one tablet in alternate day. Immediately i have taken 15 more days leave. Taken rest, light exercises, morking walk etc. and taking brufen once in 3 days. In these 30 days, i dint got need to take anti botics also. My doctor said polyps were reduce mainly due to reduce of anti botics."Replies
11/07/2010: Vatos from Nijmegen, Netherlands replies: "Water fasting can heal the polyps because they are 'eaten away' in the cleaning and healing process. I think that water fasting is the first step. Because, eating 'non-allergenic' foods will only stop the polyps from swelling, but they will always remain because they are not completely removed. So eating those foods will help you only in the short term, AND you are devoted to eating non of those allergenic foods at all the rest of your life"
08/11/2011: Gary from Sacramento, California, Usa replies: "Try Tea Tree Oil applied directly via a Qtip. The polyp will fall off in about 3-4 days."
08/22/2011: Shane from Port Elizabeth South Africa, Eastern Cape Rsa replies: "Hi Gary from Sacramento, What is a Qtip and have you tried using Tea Tree Oil? Thanks"
EC: More info: http://www.qtips.com/variety.php
08/23/2011: Ehope from Canmore, Ab replies: "How often did you have to apply the tea tree oil?"
08/24/2011: Jeannie from Lexington, Ky replies: "How often did you apply the tree oil?"
08/30/2011: Gary from Sacramento, Ca replies: "To Ehope and Jeanie,
In Australia they call a Qtip a "cotton bud" - maybe the same in South Africa. Tea tree oil does not burn or have any adverse affects that I have observed - so apply it as frequently as you like. I probably did it 3 times a day."
09/01/2011: Curt from Taos, Nm replies: "I've had polyps for about 13 years. I had them removed surgically 10 years ago, but they grew back right away and then I couldn't smell or taste. I've been on steroids and steroidal nasal sprays ever since, but they haven't helped much, just kept them in check.
Then recently I developed Thrush as a side effect of my asthma inhaler. My doc gave me an anti-fungal gargle called Nystatin. It got rid of the Thrush and also my polyps!
I've been using it for about 3 weeks now and I can taste and smell again and sleep through the night without having dry-mouth from not breathing through my nose.
You don't need to swallow this gargle, so the side-effects of this drug are minimal."
02/28/2012: Dawn from Lubbock, Tx replies: "West Texas wind has done more than damage my sinuses. Allergies run rampant year around. I have had polyps for 3 years with no relief till I found this website. Thank you for suggesting the tea tree oil. You have made me very happy again!!!!"
03/06/2012: Manaf from Dubai, Uae, Uae replies: "Hi Dawn, Could you please elaborate on how did you use Tea tree oil, how frequently, how long it took to get a cure etc? Did the polyps get removed by applying the oil? You applied it using a cotton bud? Cheers"
03/13/2012: Dave from Central, Virginia replies: "Hey Gary, Have been applying Tea tree Oil directly (BID) and after 3 days polyps are breaking down? Thanks for the great tip."
03/26/2012: Sunny from Dresden, Germany replies: "Mint oil! It helps."
03/30/2012: Owner from Fontana, Ca replies: "Hey guys thanks a lot for suggesting Tea Tree Oil. I have been using that for 4 days now and my polyps are falling off now. Seriously guys try it. You can buy it on Ebay for like 5 bucks for a 10ml bottle.
I also know of another remedy using manuka honey, distilled water and a "Neilmed Ready Rinse" bottle. You put a teaspoon of the honey and fill the bottle with distilled water and use it to irrigate your nose. Its really good at killing the bacteria in your nose and removing the bad odor. Supposidly its supposed to get rid of the polyps but I wasnt beeing constant with it. Your supposed to try it 2 times a day and then to 3 times a day when you get comfortable with it. Still it does a really good job."
04/16/2012: Bev from San Clemente, Ca replies: "Ok, I am on day 2 of using Tea Tree Oil for my polyps. I have found that it makes me sneeze a lot when I first use it. Did anyone else find that? Other than that, I have found that I am starting to be able to breathe better. Still can't smell, hopefully that will come after another couple of days."
04/19/2012: Mike E from Huntington Beach, California replies: "BEWARE!!! I have nasal polyps and have gone to the doctor in the past. He gave me nasal steroid spray and it worked. I would prefer a natural solution. I came across this link and tried Tea Tree Oil applied with a Q-tip. It made the polyps worse and I am miserable! Headache and hard to sleep b/c lack of air. The polyps have become larger! Try one nostril first if you decide to try this method!!"
05/15/2012: Gsk from London, Uk replies: "I wonder if you can spray T tree into the nostrils using a nasal spray bottle... The oil would have to be diluted in pure water. Has anyone tried this instead of applying with Qtips?"
05/23/2012: Frank from Toronto, Ontario replies: "Thank you Gary for posting about tree tea oil.. I was skeptical at first but decided to give it a go.... The first couple of days my insides of my nose had a burning sensation that lasted maybe 30 seconds but after 5 days of continual use, I could not believe it. I could breathe through my nose again. It has been almost 3 weeks since. Still breathing through my nose and just using a nasal rinse to keep my nasal pasages moist. Thanks Again"
05/26/2012: Gsk from London, Uk replies: "Frank from Toronto: Did you find that on the first day or two the polyps seemed to get worse? I am trying T tree and it seems worse... But I wonder if that is just a process I have to go through. Please any feedback will be very useful. Thank you."
[SIDE EFFECTS] 05/27/2012: Jim from Iowa City, Iowa replies: "Be very careful with tea tree oil. After about 3 days of use (cutips on the polyp) and then with my nose running, the oil came back out and burned the outside of my nostrils. The nostrils became very chapped with little cuts to the skin. I would suggest diluting the tree tea oil with another oil like olive or sesame. I quit using it. It took a week for it to heal. Now I am trying castor oil."
06/25/2012: Frank from Toronto, Ontario replies: "Gsk from London, Uk... The only side effect I felt was the burning sensation. As of this day, I still breathe through my nose and have could not feel better. The only thing I do now is I use a Nasal Rinse just to clean my nasal cavities. Its basically a saline solution."
06/26/2012: Des from London, Ontario replies: "How are you supposed to put the oil directly onto the polyp if you can't see it?"
08/06/2012: Raaj from Poughkeepsie, New York Usa replies: "Hello All, Plz need advice urgent. I have been using Tea Tree Oil for 4 days , my polyps getting worse, cannot able to breath, and sleep, Did anyone find that on the first day or two the polyps seemed to get worse? I am trying T tree and it getting worse... But I wonder if that is just a process I have to go through. Please any suggest me that should I Continue or stop using , feedback will be very useful. Thank you."
08/09/2012: Yesssa1 from Atlanta, Ga replies: "I do not want to have another nasal operation. So, I am looking for natural alternatives. Today, I started the tea tree oil treatment.... Burns at first. But, nothing compared to the pain of the operation. I plan to hit it hard for a week and see what happens... More to follow....."
08/10/2012: Gsk from London, Uk replies: "Yessa1....please be sure to let us know how you get on. I tried this treatment for a while and it worked, but not sure about long term benefits."
08/16/2012: Raekesh from New Delhi, India replies: "Hi everyone, I just chanced upon this website. I have had polyls for over 15yrs, when my doctor gave me an ultimatum to get operated, lest they spread towards the brain. That was over 6 yrs ago, when I got operated. Since then, it has been kind of under control by steroid nasal sprays, and anti-allergy tablets, off and on, but around once a year for about 2 months I take a mild dose of oral steroid, 5 mg/ day, and I can smell the world, use up my collection of perfumes....
I know, this is not a good solution, so the tea tree oil seems a good idea, but none of you have written how long does one have to use the TT oil, is it a permanent fixture, or one time treatment. Also, do you use a dropper, to reach the oil down under to polyps?
Do share your experiences, thanks, and good luck"
08/20/2012: Doeboymcjc from London, Uk replies: "Hello, I have had polyps for 5 years, with no smell or taste etc. I had one operation to combat them but no good - they came back after about 2 weeks. I currently use Micromist spray three times daily as this works really well to unblock my nose. I also take an antihistamine daily to try to combat problems with my asthma and nose. I have mild asthma which gets worse with vigorous excercise, dairy products and pollen.
They are ruining my life.
The following things affect me the most: milk, cheese (I am allergic and this blocks me up so much), chocolate, alcohol (another huge blocker), fizzy drinks, ice-cream and chlorine from swimming pools.
I am going to try the Tea Tree Oil method and cut out sugar also just to make sure as I know that the polyps feed off sugar. I will apply tea tree oil straight to the cotton bud (about four drops) into my nostrils three times daily and see what happens.
I will keep you posted with the results. Thanks for reading."
08/21/2012: Doeboymcjc from London, UK replies: "Hi, just a quick update. Day three of the no sugar diet and tea tree oil (tto) mission. No results yet. I can't smell and my nose is still blocked up. The tto makes my nose run like mad and I have to insert tissue to counter this. Have been adding 4 drops to the cotton bud and inserting fully into the nose. I can't see the polyps but my right nostril seems to be much worse than my left.
Eating no sugar is making me tired and craving sweet snacks and drinks. I will persevere. Update coming soon.
I am also still using the nasal spray as I can't work without it. Maybe this will be a mistake but I have to."
08/22/2012: Gsk from London, Uk replies: "Hi Doeboymcjc, I am also in London. Thank you for your updates. I suffered for years from polyps, tea tree worked for me, but my polyps were so severe I had to have surgery about two months ago. If they come back I will be using TT again. Keep up and let us know what happens with you. I started using Xylitol instead of sugar - it is very sweet but actually good for you (look it up on the net)."
08/26/2012: Peggy from Mountain View, Ar, Usa replies: "I am using the tree tea oil for my nasal polyps, but diluting the tree tea oil with sweet oil, and then applying it into my nose. Are most of you just using it straight? Just checking. I am hoping and praying that it helps. I am sick of surgery for removal. Thanks."
09/04/2012: Marcelo from Waialua, Hawaii replies: "I have nasal polyps since 1992, three surgery, too much steroids, nose spray, antibiotic, etc... I lost my since of smell and I cannot tell if the juice that I am drinking is mango, orange or something else. My Dr. , like all others, keep telling me that I will not die because I have polyps, but die with it. Last week I was so frustrated and I ran out off my nose spray, my nose was blocked, cannot sleep, I was upset and losing my patience with anything, so I decided to Google for answer and I found this guy online that claim to have a cure that I am looking for 20 years, and I bought his eBook for $37 and most of what I read was not something new, but was the first time I heard about Tea Tree Oil.
What the hell, I have nothing to lose and as his directions I start to wash my nostrils and apply TTO with QTips, my polyps is located all the way inside of my nostril, so the QTip did not find a clean and open way to the back and it hurt a little bit until reach the polyps, it burned when ran to my throat and outside my nose, it burns everywhere that it touch. First day was too bad and I had an impression that my polyps got worse, my nose was running for hours and I had some bad headache. So I applied TTO two times (morning and afternoon) I washed my nose with salt water about 30 minutes before use TTO, on the second day I was already able to sleep breathing thru my noise, and I could not believe, I am not saying that it was 100% clean, but was great. I notice some blood coming out of my nose when I sneeze or blow it out, today is my third day and I can admit some improvement and I could breathe thru my nose most of the day and I cannot wait to have a nice sleep night, my right nostril is still 50% blocked, but the left side is clean, I want to say 100% clean but I cannot believe yet.
The TTO is not burning like before, I am still using two times a day, early in the morning and around 4pm, I don't want to use right before to go to the bed because I still get some running nose for may be 2 hours after apply TTO.
Beside the TTO I am taking OMEGA 3, 6 and 9. I am eating lots of fruit, salad, Zinc, vitamin complex.
I will keep giving some updates. Good lock for everyone."
09/10/2012: Doeboymcjc from London, Uk replies: "Hi, just an update from my last post, Sunday 19th August 2012: on 23rd August I stopped using the TTO as it made my nose completely blocked and would run for about 2 hours after use. I am not going to do this again, EVER. Sorry to those who swear by it. For me it is a waste of time as it feels like i'm going backwards.
I am still on my no sugar diet but have reintroduced carbs as I realised that I was becoming so weak that I could not think properly. I am on my forth week of the no sugar diet and still no results. I DID however get my smell back for about 2 hours in the evening on Saturday 1st September and it was sensational! But it went as soon as it came, pretty much. I am using my Micromist still three times daily. No sugar is a killer as I crave sweet things but I guess it's healthier and good for my teeth. So when my dentist asks me how I got such amazing teeth my answer will be "polyps" ;)
If this diet does not work after 1 month then i'm going to try something called 'Sinus Wars 13'. It's supposed to be a cure at about £70 a bottle. It's not a natural cure like the no sugar diet, but i'm desperate. I hate this condition.
I will keep y'all posted. Thanks.
10/24/2012: Nyla from Rivendale, Middle Earth replies: "I've been suffering with these major allergies and these polyps for as long as I can remember--I'm 17 now and it feels like the polyps are only getting worse. I can't breathe through my nose AT ALL when I sleep, and those rare times when I can breath with my mouth closed are so short-lived. I'm desperate! My parents have taken me to a specialist who prescribed a certain medication--but the insurance didn't cover it, and we couldn't afford it, so that was a fail. As for the allergie medicines I used when I was younger, don't remember them ever helping. So after reading a few of these Tea Tree Oil reviews--I'm willing to give it a shot-- praying this will be my solution... It's so embarassing to be snoring at a sleep over and having your siblings always teasing you about it on top of that. So, anyways, hope this isn't gonna burn my nose off."
12/10/2012: Gcook from Newnan, Ga replies: "I tried the tea tree oil recommendations on my sinus polyps and they are gone. To ensure the never come back, I mixed tea tree oil with alkalol in a old sinus spray bottle and use twice a day. Last Friday; a sinus polyp fell out and I have been smelling every since. It works! I had this problem going on for eight years with two surgeries to no avail........ Thanks for the recommendations, I thank God for this site and all the info here..."
12/11/2012: Gsk from London, Uk replies: "Hi Gcook, thats great! A little more info would be really useful please.... How much TT are you using, what type of alchohol is its and I assume you are diluting it in water. I want to try this method. Thanks"
12/11/2012: Gcook from Newnan replies: "GSK from London, I used a nasal spray bottle that I gotten over the counter from the pharmacy, poured out the contents and used my mixture. Pour the [nasal rinse] in the sinus bottle about 3/4 full then pour in the tea tree oil the remainder of the bottle and shake gentle. NO water, then you can use the spray as much as need. It is strong but it works..."
01/06/2013: Karen from Freeport, Fl replies: "Hi, GCOOK, do you think you could make the mix a little clearer? What exactly are you putting into the spray bottle? It sounds like first you fill the sprayer 3/4 full with the nasal spray that originally came in the sprayer. What kind of spray is that, what are the ingredients? Then you fill the remaining 1/4 of the sprayer with the tea tree oil, or is that a mix of tea tree oil and isoprophyl rubbing alcohol, or something else? Half and half or what? Thanks so much for sharing."
02/13/2013: Jackie from Columbia, Sc replies: "What is the nasal rinse that you are mixing with the tea tree oil? Please share your info."
02/26/2013: Wpwpoet from Citra, Florida replies: "What great information. I have just now started using the tea tree oil, I mixed it with distilled water about 60% to start and 40% tea tree oil. I put it in a nasal spray bottle, shake real good and spray... What a rush. I will see how it goes but that first spray helped."
03/15/2013: Doeboymcjc from London, Uk replies: "Hi guys, Just another update. After using a bottle of pills from a website that is supposed to cure polyps, I am about £50 down and my nasal polyps are still as bad as they were previously. What a con! My next mission is to get another professional allergy/intollerance test and cut out anything that shows up on it. I am really desperate now as my nose is really blocked all the time even with the micromist nasal spray. I asked my GP to refer me to a hospital in London on the NHS for a specialist who is the best in the UK apparently but he said that I would have to go through the local hospital first to get the referral as the London hospital would not fund it for me as i'm not in the region or something. Very annoying!
I am cutting out sugar at the moment because I feel this helps a little until I get my results from the allergy testing back. I really want to get a steroid spray or drops for the condition again as this is the only way to bring me back to normal for a while. I actually considered suicide briefly because it's so horrible living with this and I feel so embarrassed at work blowing my nose all the time. I wonder what people think of someone who fears social events because their nose is blocked - its crazy. I hate it so much. I will probably have another operation to remove the polyps and if I do then I will stay on a strict diet with only water, no bread, no sugar, low carbs etc and see if this helps.
I am going to also try tea tree oil again but not on cotton buds, in a spray bottle with distilled water as it seems to help a lot of people on here.
I will keep you posted with my progress.....
PS. I am getting sore throats a lot due to breathing with my mouth all the time and stress..."
03/15/2013: Joy from Battleground, Wash replies: "I was reading a library book when I was soaking my back pains away in the tub for over a year. I found this book, Your body's many Cries for Water by F. Batmanghelidj, M.D. and curious, I decided to try it out.
I had some serious allergies. I drank the water and ate the salt as prescribed and my neighbor called to invite me to pick some ovely scented flowers (peonies) they are so beautiful and give me a nasty migraine after 20 minutes... but I got them and couldn't smell them.
I get them every year and keep them mostly on the porch between sniffs. But the water and salt decreased my histamine responses , so it wasn't until the next day when my imbalance in water and salt returned, I had---to put those flowers on the porch.
I got on his website and ordered his other books and sent some to my sis.
Histamine in his definition ---a signal from our body that dehydration is in process and salt keeps the water in our cells... Too much salt is not good... not enough or wrong balance of minerals can also cause problems."
Apple Cider Vinegar
[YEA] 08/03/2011: Jill from Brisbane, Queensland Australia: "I recently had a problem with a nasal infection and polyps blocking one side of my nose. I discovered your site and tried ACV and by next day my nose was clear. Meanwhile my husband had a sinus problem and I wanted him to try ACV as well. He didnt like the taste... So I am better and he still has sinus... go figure! Your site is excellent - thanks so much."Replies
08/06/2011: Brian from Foutain Valley, Calif/usa replies: "What was the treatment? How do I find it. I have a polyp right now. It's terrible."
10/03/2011: Margo from Jeffersonton, Va replies: "I am very anxious to know how you used ACV to cure the polyp. I'm suffering, and I *really* don't want to go back for more polyp-surgery."
10/11/2011: Captnhammer from Kallangur, Queensland, Australia replies: "Jill, I am also from Brisbane. Can you please let me know how much ACV to take and how often. Many Thanks, Brian"
11/26/2011: Earthsong from San Luis Obispo, Calif replies: "Put 2 teaspoons of Apple Cider Vinegar in a large coffee cup, along with water. Heat until it steams, then inhale the steam. Clears up sinus problems, but I don't know about polyps.
You can also put 2 tsps of ACV in hot tea and drink it. Tastes a bit like what lemon would taste like but instead it has apple flavor. I do not recommend ACV from the grocery store because it has been filtered. Buy the ACV from a health food store that has the "mother" in it (non filtered). I use store bought ACV (filtered) for hair rinse and rashes. Stings lightly at first, but then fades quickly and no itch afterwards. Great for dogs too, since fleas hate ACV.
Anyway..try the steam with ACV and inhaling, but be careful to not make it too hot so you burn yourself."
12/27/2011: Chasj from Okc, Ok replies: "How many days do you drink the tea with Apple Cider Vinegar in it and how many times a day?"
07/06/2012: Coll from Brisbane, Australia replies: "I dont know if I have Polyps, but get severe sinus each year. How do you determine if you have polyps? My problems is, it wont come out! But runs down the back of my throat constantly... After reading your posts on ACV I will get some today."
[QUESTION] 02/07/2009: Seth from South Bend, IN: "I have nasal polyps and have tried everything including surgery to remove them with no success. I read that blood root was used before western medicine to successfully treat polyps. I'd like to know if black salve can be used to treat nasal polyps."Replies
12/24/2009: Chad from Anchorage, Alaska replies: "yeah, i am also looking at Bloodroot for treatment of nasal polyps, but can't find any information about it. wonder why? i do have extensive experience with the black salves, and know the positive/negative aspects of bloodroot, but seeing no decent alternative to nasal polyps, i am curious about mixing 1 Tblspn of Bloodroot and 1 Tblspn of Zinc Chloride (ZnCl2) in 8oz (240ml) of water, and using the tea as a nasal spray ... gosh, with 7 billion people in the world, i'd think someone has already tried this! do i have to be the guinea-pig? :)"
06/22/2010: Cyann from Akron, Oh replies: "This message is for Chad from Anchorage AK, he wanted information if he should use bloodroot and zinc chloride for nasal polyps. Chad, DO NOT USE BLOOD ROOT FOR NASAL POLYPS!!!. Read an article entitled Don't Use Corrosive Cancer Salves (Escharotics) by Stephen Barret MD. Just happened to be searching the internet and came across this article. After you read this you will NOT use any blood root for anything, believe me. This is truly a shocking report of what blood root can do to destroy skin tissue. I'm sorry I did not see your message before now. The best to you."
06/24/2010: Brenda from San Antonio, Texas replies: "got a good story about polyps: seen them go away in 2 wks using these four herbs in liquid or caps: they are sheep sorrel, burdock, turkey rhubarb and slippery elm. you can find many products with this combination. good luck, brenda"
EC: Brenda is referring to the herbs commonly known as Essiac Tea.
11/10/2010: Amanda from Coloma, Michigan replies: "In reference to blood root, you must look into the following books:
"Back to Eden" by Jethro Kloss- one of the best and most reliable books on herbal usage available. It has also much information about food, nutrition, exercise, it also has the botanical names of plants, which is very important. It has information on blood root.
"The way of Herbs" by Michael Tierra. Another very extensive and also talks about blood root.
Well, truth of the matter of it is that blood root certainly does work for everything from nose polyps to using it as an ink or dye for clothes. It can be used as an emetic, a stimulate, and as a topical application for pain. Now, when you go to look for it on the Internet, it will probably be expensive. But the truth of the matter is that it grows wild near ponds and similar water ways. It is literally littered all over the nearby woods along the river banks and ponds. I recommend to save yourself some money and also increase your intelligence, get a book with colored pictures for wild flowers and fauna of north America and go out and find some. It should be gathered in the early spring. But, please do get these books, they are wonderful and the authors know what they're talking about which means you are in safe hands taking their instruction, of course if you ask the doctor he'd rather cut into your face than admit an herb ( a natural gift from our Creator) would work. In truth, nutrition, herbs and exercise along with a constructive interest( such as natural medicine) are all you need to cure anything from a sore throat to skin cancer and even aids and syphilis. So, good luck! And remember, let's use all that has been given to use to keep us on the right track."
06/19/2011: Sylvie from Gloucester, Uk replies: "Bloodroot does NOT harm skin tissue, in fact it is quite the reverse! I used a blood root salve on my Mother's skin cancer and it removed it within 3wks and without any scar tissue whatsoever. My friend had the same type of skin cancer and much younger than my Mother, however she chose to have a Doctor remove it and now has a horrible scar about the size of a 50p coin. It is quite deep too, so compare that - a 40yrs woman left scarred opposed to a 99yrs old woman with no scar? The article on the blood root herb was a disinformation article clearly. I bought this salve from a man who was quite recently, mysteriously dragged onto a plane literally by 'men in black' in Equador and he has never been seen again since?!"
06/19/2011: Gailforce66 from Chicago, Il replies: "Sylvie, I have collected Bloodroot previously and have also been driven off by the disinformation. The older generation in my native Apalachia used it for many ailments but I fear it has been lost. The man in who was taken in Equador is very interesting.... Did he routinely make herbal medicines? I'm sure this would make him a target as the codex alimentarius was supposedly passed in the UK? Also, did he list ingredients on his salve? I make my own salves and would be very interested. Thanks for the post."
[YEA] 08/26/2011: Terezia from Dallas, Tx replies: "I'd like to testify on behalf Bloodroot.
I myself have just used the very Black Salve sold by the above mentioned gentleman, who had been jailed, chased out of the country, harassed and kidnapped for making the original Black Salve, so effective, it removes skin cancer in a week.
His name is Greg Caton, his family still operates in Equador, under Alpha Omega Labs.
The Black Salve I received from him, removed 5 cancers from my face, out of which one was on the tip of my nose.The salve does not harm the skin in the 12 hours it has to be kept on. It causes rosiness, similar to the effect of dry-brushing.
But it instantly reveals cancer, causing it to become black, as it is literally eating it away, until it becomes a black stub and falls out.
I've done my research before getting Black Salve, and decided to do it after finding the video on Youtube about the lady who had enough of being butchered by doctors, and who's nose cancer healed perfectly, leaving no scar.
That is because by cutting, the cells are mutated. The Black Salve on the other hand, removes the harmful cells in full, leaving the healthy ones untouched, and the body takes care of the healing process, just like it does when you fall and cause damage to your tissues.
Black Salve removed a green pea size of malignant tissue out of my nose, leaving me with a hole. But of course it instantly started to fill up. Right now it is completely filled up, and there still is a flat little scab on the top of my nose, which I'm patiently waiting for to fall.... especially because I haven't been outside for two weeks :)
The important thing is not to remove the scab, but wait for it to fall off.
So on whatever problem you may apply the Black Salve, don't panic when it starts removing malignant tissue, it is the best surgery you can get, and it will heal just like any other wound heals on your body.
My Best to Everyone,
God Bless you People"
09/02/2011: G from Nyc, Ny replies: "Terezia: which product did you buy from this company.... Ie Bloodroot Paste; Cansema Salve. Also, when I clicked to get estimated shipping costs, I could not find the U. S. on the list of countries. Thank you."
09/24/2011: Terezia from Dallas, Usa replies: "The USA site of the A&O Labs is herbhealers.com.
[YEA] 11/01/2011: Determined from Traverse City, Mi, Usa replies: "After reading this I decided to give it a shot. I had just run a course of steroids for my nasal polyps, so having a clean slate, was a great time. For the last week I have been using the following concoction in my neti pot: 1/2tsp salt, 12 drops of bloodroot tincture, filled to 3/4 with the hottest tap water, then topped off with H2O2.
I have been using this once a day, and my sinuses just don't appear to be producing a fraction of the mucus. I am unsure if it is to drying, but drying of any sort is a vast improvement."
11/07/2011: Kathryn from Kitchener, Ontario replies: "The one poster mentioned not to take Bloodroot to shrink nasal polyps, they had read an article by Stephen Barrett... Stephen Barrett is a retired psychiatrist, in other words 'organized medicine', nothing more than a drug-pusher... He comes against natural healing... Lorraine Day who is an orthopedic trauma surgeon got breast cancer and she refused chemotherapy and radiation, she used natural approaches and he really mocked her for this approach... I definitely wouldn't go by what he says regarding anything 'natural'."
12/14/2011: Determined from Traverse City, Mi replies: "Just a follow up:
The sinus rinse with the neti pot has been doing it's part. I went to a web site, www.rxhomeo.com and put nasal polyp into the search box. It brought up three homeopathics for control of nasal polyps. I ordered them and have been taking them for over a month now. My sinus creates half of the mucus it would otherwise, and I can always clear it out at the beginning of the day."
[YEA] 06/25/2011: Lara from Sydney, Nsw, Australia : "Hello I wanted to share with all those suffering from polyps, sinusitis etc. Like most of you mine is an on going saga of surgery to remove these things, visits to doctors, homoeopaths all types of medical people. This had been part of my life for over 15 years. I hadn't had a sense of smell for about 10 years and always a blocked nose, it just became part of who I am.
This enlightening book showed me that almost all allergies are caused by an underlying problem of sugar. Too much. Candida being an almost certain trigger to allergies. This includes of course polyps which are just an allergic reaction as you all know.
I cut out what the book told me too including all fruits and of course sugar and processed flour items and dairy. The next day I could smell again. Also got new pillows and new mattress with cover and wash these regularly. This and living with floor boards instead of carpet has helped too. I no longer have a chronic sinus problem. I do still have blocked ears, well, blocked ear usually and some other symptoms of allergies. However you all know how depressing it can be to be constantly blocked up, so to not have this problem I have felt much, much better. Although I am a true believer of all these wonderful remedies I also believe that it is more important what don't ingest rather than what you do. That is change the diet, it is the only way to get to the problem's core.
The book that helped me was called: "The Allergy and Asthma Cure" by Fred Pescatore. A real turning point for me in my endless pursuit of feeling 100%. I had never heard of the author or the book until I stumbled upon it on the net.
This site is great BTW I am trying the bi carb / ACV remedy and finding myself getting a bit addicted to the feeling that bi carb gives your mouth after placing a pinch on your tounge and swishing it around your mouth. It feels almost you've just had your teeth cleaned by the dentist. I have to limit it to 2 times a day."
12/01/2011: Anne from Senlis, France replies: "Hi,
I am a polyp sufferer myself. I have been doing several thing and I must say, I am much better. These last three days I have had a bad cold, but I find that I am still breathing through my nose when it would have been 100% blocked previously. I wanted to ask you how you are doing with you diet, I have been reading a lot about yeast lately and how some doctors consider it a cause even for cancer! Thanks"
[YEA] 06/24/2012: Burcu from Istanbul, Turkey replies: "I have been a sufferer for two years, lost the sense of smell for the last 6 months. I appreciate all the remedies mentioned. I have tried some of them myself. I truly believe that operation should, be the alst option (had one, at the time I had polyps inside the left side, polyps came back in three months to all my sinuses :((
I belive that candida is a big cause, I read extensively about that. Working on it and hoping for the best. yoga seems to be helping as well.
I have a DEEPER question to you all. I wonder why this happened to us? I mean other than the symptoms and similar stories what else do we share? Here are my questions.
- Do you live in a big and polluted city?
- Do you have a stressful life in general?
- Are you a contented person in general?
- Have you had seet tooth all your life?
Please let me know.
All the best"
02/10/2013: Colin from London, Uk replies: "Hi I am 50 years old live in london and am contented with my life. Although I am tall I have always been undecided and not clear and y body has followed with a runny nose colds sore throats and coughs.
I agree the candida diet works a treat for nose polyps. I think that candida is an imbalance in my body. The two times I have felt best has been when I have been on herbal treatment from Chinese or Ayurvedic (indian) doctors for over 3 months. This has been relatively cheat £30/month, if you do not take the physical treatments which I cannot afford. In india it is much cheaper just locate a busy ayuveda pharmacy and ask the doctor or pharmacist. Everyone is different so treatments are different.
After 3 months I feel cured but it always comes back after a while this time I am going to keep going till I have finally found a cure/cause of my debility."
[YEA] 04/29/2011: Dee from Berkshire, Uk: "Dear All, I am very very excited to share my health news with you! I have had 12 operations for removal of nasal polyps, usually every 2-3 years since they regrow so fast and I am determined not to have another one. I have tried many remedies and of course, I don't need to mention the use of antibiotics and steroids. I am asthmatic as well and use usual inhalers and steroid treatments.
A few days ago, I was ready to call my doctor in order to obtain a referral for my 13th operation. I was desperate, both nostrils blocked and I could see the polyps almost protruding out of my nose! The fact I cannot breath through my nose, not only affects my sleep, speech but also affect me psychologically. I get depressed and experience "brain fogginess".
Thanks to Earthclinic, I have discovered the ACV which is fantastic - helps with even during asthma attacks.
Now, I discovered Castor Oil. I cannot tell you enough what amazing results I obtained in the past couple of days.
I have applied Castor Oil on my nostrils and I have also tried to create a Castor Oil pack. I only applied oil on my liver area (so not a pack as such - please research for a proper pack description), covered it with a flannel and applied a hot water bottle. Firstly, I have slept very well, secondly, I woke up with my nose UNBLOCKED. The night before I was ready for surgery seeing the polyps almost protruding through my nostrils, yet in the morning they retracted or shrunk so I was able to breath. I was not able to breath perfectly but it was a huge improvement. The visible swellings caused by polyps were gone and my face looked less like a 'boxer's' face. I am a long time sufferer and this was a huge breakthrough! I hope I will manage to avoid my 13th operation by continuing to use Castor Oil.
Ted's remedy: Ted considers that this condition might be due to rancid fat in the body and therefore he recommends Lecithin for fat breakdown, Vitamin C - 1000mg, ACV. [I am not fat (58kg- size 8-10 UK), however, I have noticed that when I lose weight and don't use wheat in my diet, my asthma and breathing problems are almost non existent.]
So, what I did:
1. Castor Oil applied on nostrils (a tiny bit on eyelids and wrinkles too! )
2. Castor Oil pack on the liver area
3. The following day when my nose was unblocked, I inserted diluted Grapefruit Seed Extract in my nose (acts as disinfectant and antibiotic - please research! )
4. I am taking Lecithin and Vitamin C and try to remove bread (to start with) from my diet.
Good luck to all - if it worked for me, a long term sufferer I am sure it will work for many of you.
Many thanks Earthclinic and again, good health to you all.
05/07/2011: Daniels from London, Middlesex, Uk replies: "Dear Dee
I am also a long term nasal polyps sufferer living in UK.
I have had four nasal polyps remove surgeries so far and I am refered to ETN specialist this month. Aniyway I would be appreciated if you could tell me where you bought a castor oil.
Basically could you give me your email address in order to stay in touch with you?
05/11/2011: Dee from Berkshire, Uk replies: "Hi Daniel, I bought my Castor Oil in Whole Foods (formerly Fresh & Wild). It is organic, cold pressed. I have to say, to this day, my nose is completely unblocked. I am doing so well - my confidence is back, no more brain fogginess, sleep well and my nose doesn't look swollen like a professional boxer's one anymore!
I wouldn't like to post my email address here, however, could you give me yours and will gladly send you my details.
Good luck with ENT - I am determined not to go through another operation. Maybe this remedy will work for you too, best wishes!
05/15/2011: Daniels from London, Middlesex, Uk replies: "Dear Dee
My email address is as follows daniels2(at)op(dot)pl
I have already booked an appointment to see the ENT specialist on 19 of May however I do not expect too much from that visit. I strongly believe that my wholeness is in my own hands. Anyway I would be very grateful if you could drop me a line from time to time in order to exchange with our progress on that nagging problem NASAL POLYPS.
Good heath to all of us
[YEA] 05/19/2011: Zen from London, Unite Kingdom replies: "Hi All
Having suffered from a return of nasal polpys follwing 2 bouts of surgery I consulted an Ayurvedic doctor and have found this regime really succesful in shrinking them and giving relief. I hope it helps some else as this is a really debilitating condition.
Eat 5-7 raw Basil leaves before breakfast and again before dinner
Get a fresh turmeric finger and hold it over a tea light until it smokes. Make a paper cone and inhale the resulting smoke thru the nostrils to relieve congestion and discharge mucus.
A teaspoon of castor oil taken for 4-7 dys also helps.
Avoid sugery foods and diary products as they feed the condition.
Do some yogic breathing exercises every day.
and the very thing is to make a steam bath as follows
Put several broken Basil leaves and 4 crushed garlic cloves in a basin of boiling water. Add a pinch of turmeric. Put a towel over your head and inhale for 20 mins for real and lasting relief if done daily."
08/13/2011: Michelle from Lloydminster, Alberta replies: "Can you please tell me if you put the castor oil in you nose? Do you use a dropper or Q-tip or your finger? And the castor oil pack on your liver area? How did you do this? Do you use a warm towel? How much castor oil? I would run to the store right now but its after midnight, I can't breathe, my head is pounding, and I am about to give up. I sure hope this works."
03/04/2012: David from Atlanta, Georgia replies: "The Castor Oil works wonders!!!!!!!! I was in the proceess of getting ready for my first surgery to have my polyps removed.
After extensive research, I started applying castor oil drops 'inside' my nostrils each night before bed. I use about 3-4 drops in the nostrils. Within the week, my polyps have shrunk so much I can no longer see them when looking up my nostrils with a mirror! I can breath out of both nostrils now!
I'm also noticing that my sense of smell is slowly starting to return. I'll continue this regimen until I can completely get my sense of smell back so hopefully by May/June of 2012 I'll be 100% again. :)"
03/13/2012: Dave from Central, Virginia replies: "David, How is the castor oil treatment going?"
03/15/2012: Tee from Rockville, Maryland replies: "David, I would also like to know how the Castor Oil treatment going? I started using it today.... Keeping my fingers crossed!!"
[NAY] 03/29/2012: Tee from Rockville, Maryland replies: "Castor Oil treatment didn't work for me...."
[BETTER BUT NOT CURED] 06/16/2012: Anupam from Mumbai, India replies: "I am putting castor oil in my nose for last 10 days and I have seen visible improvent in my breathing. I dont think that polyps have shrunk drastically but for sure improvement is visible."
11/15/2012: Anupam from Mumbai, India replies: "Castor is okay but I moved to homeopathy and wow it really works. More update on homeopathy section."
12/18/2012: Sgd from Dayton, Ohio replies: "I took a tea spoonful castor oil daily about 6 days for three weeks before seeing my ENT doctor. He told me that there were no polyps in my sinuses. It was unbelievable, for I had polyp surgeries twice in the past. Castor Oil works for me."
12/24/2012: Sgd from Dayton, Oh Ohio replies: "I am modifying my statement. I am not quite sure how many weeks I have taken a teaspoonful castor oil. It could be six day of one or two weeks, not three."
Castor Oil, pH Balance
12/19/2008: Vina from Marietta, GA: "I would like to know is there a certain kind of castor oil. I would take it and apply to the stomach. What type of citric acid is this a tablet. I have nasal polyps in both nose and fibroid tumors-could these growth be coming from a lack of something."Replies
12/21/2008: Joyce from Joelton, Tn replies: "Hi Vina, I only know of one kind of castor oil and it comes from castor beans, which come from the castor plant which I think makes a beautiful decorative addition to your flower beds and I have also read that the plants discourage moles from tunneling your lawn up. However, it is also sold in what is supposed to be odorless & tasteless as well as the standard castor oil. Personally I don't think you can cover up its odor or taste thoroughly. When you see l/4th tsp. in one of Ted's remedies, you can usually expect to find it in crystal (or powder form) but I think it also can be found in liquid & tablet form.
For those fibroid tumors, google SSKI or saturated solution potassium iodide and read Dr. Wright's (Tahoma Clinic) recommendation on that. Read his article on SSKI through several times. It would seem to me that anything that could get rid of ovarian cysts could also eliminate nasal polyps and just maybe there may be a lack of potassium &/or iodine involved in all these things that he says SSKI helps or cures.
On those nasal polyps, I have a question. Are you taking aspirins or another NSAID like Motrin, Naproxin, Ibuprofen or ketoprofen. I remember reading somewhere that aspirin can cause nasal polyps, and I suspect if ASA can cause them the other NSAIDS probably can also. I suggest you review all medications you are taking to see if nasal polyps are included in the unwanted side effects of them. You can do this by googling the medication by generic or brand name. We all have to watch out for ourselves because all too often the side effects are worse than the problem you are taking the medicine for."
Ted from Bangkok, Thailand: "I read somewhere that sinus polyps can be reduced by taking a small amount of castor oil everyday (a teaspoon). Using a warm wet towel with castor oil and applied on the stomach also helps. Taking 1/4 teaspoon of citric acid 1/4 teaspoon of baking soda twice or three times per day helps control your pH balance necesary to rid the body of the cancer like tissue by increasing your body's oxygen through alkalizing your body. Take some zinc and selenium supplements will also help. As an antidote to excess fluoride in your body, I suggest you add some boron supplements , which is usually borax a small pinch per liter of water to counteract the negative effects of the drug you are currently taking."Replies
[YEA] 03/22/2010: Jessica from Denver, Co replies: "thx ted! i took your advice to treat my nasal polyps
i took selenium and zinc for 30 days... at first my polyps grew more, mostly trying to fight back...
but after about 2-3 days of that they retracted, more and more until i could breath once again!
no more headaches, blowing my nose, embarrassment while talking to people!
ps. i also cut a lot of dairy from my diet
not sure if they won't come back, but for now i feel great"
08/03/2010: Jessica from Denver, Co replies: "Just want to check in and report that ever since taking Ted's selenium cure for nasal polyps I have not had sinus issues since :-)"
08/16/2010: Wen from Kansas City, Mo replies: "Hi, You say your polyps left with zinc and selenium. I would like to hear more. Suffering! Thanks! Wendo"
10/01/2010: Danielle from Rialto, Ca replies: "I've had polyps for several years. I've had surgery to remove them, only to have them return bigger & stronger. It's embarrassing to constantly blow my nose. I hate being intimate for fear my nose will just start running. I hate this. I will try the selenium & zinc. Hoping it will work. Fingers crossed. Thanks for the suggestion."
[YEA] 12/14/2010: Jeremy from Elk River, Minnesota Usa replies: "I am a migraine and polyp sufferer and I am currently taking the citric acid 1/4 tsp and baking soda 1/4 tsp formula three times a day just over 1.5 months now and yes it works slow, but it works!!! I have not added the other supplements just the citric acid and baking soda.
As a cautionary note I read that you are not to take this solution with antacids specifically those with aluminum. Also mix first with a small amount of water and then add juice after the solution settles. It causes what looks like carbonation so you get a cup full of fizz if you mix it all together at first. The castor oil tastes terrible and I can tolerate just about anything. I did not try applying it to my stomach but that is the route to go if you decide to do so."
05/10/2012: Saleshni from Cairns, Australia replies: "Where do you buy citric acid from?"
[YEA] 03/15/2013: David from Fountain Inn, Sc: "I believe I can provide some help to those who are suffering with polyps and the associated nasal inflamation, runny nose, postnasal drip that comes with polyps.
First, there is an underlying congestion problem caused by any number of factors ranging from environment to diet. One nurse once told me that she had observed a correspondence between those who had chronic congestion and those who had a particular blood type and she believed the blood type produced a thicker mucus.
Second, those who suffer with such congestion will correspondingly be most likely to find an infection developing in the sinus cavity... because it is inflamed and as such an infection can more readily grow there.
Third, the infections in such people tend to be cronic and hence the cronic infection will produce the polyps that is housing either, virus, fungus or bacteria or a combination of the three. The variability of such a mix is the reason why polyps are of a variety and "behave" differently, some spreading.
Fourth, a partial solution: As to the underlying congestion issue (see the item "First" above) I have no suggestion but as to the consequential result of infection (see item "Second" above) we can aleviate the infection easily. By using on a regular basis "collodial silver" to knock out the "oft occuring" infections we can keep the sinus cleared of the congestion, postnasal drip and running nose because those three are the by- products of the infection. The polyps will not grow or will die off with constant irrigation of a silver solution.
I use silver in my sinus cavity when ever I feel any sign of post nasal drip or runny nose; sign of a cold; congestion like a stuffy nose. I use an ear syringe to squirt the colloidal silver (gently) into my sinus cavity and there will be a stinging on the dominately infected side.
The reason some people get results from Tea Tree Oil is that TTO is an anti viral and anti biotic and anti fungal. I do not think it is nearly as effective as colloidal silver and TTO can have some side effects as enumerated in preceeding posts.
I make my own colloidal silver, a very simple process.
So in conclusion: An underlying congestive sinus is caused by any number of reasons but the real problem is the consequential infection of the cronically thick mucus passages. If the infections linger, polyps will develop. Thus, one must irrigate the sinus passages with colloidal silver to eliminate the secondary effect... cronic infection which is causative of the polyps."Replies
03/16/2013: Robin from Rural, Va replies: "Yes, I have found Colloidal Silver to be the absolute best thing for my constantly runny nose, and post nasal drip. I have suffered this for more years than I can remember. I don't know about polyps though. I am a blood type O. I use a bottle that has a nasal saline spray in it, and empty it."
03/16/2013: David from Fountain Inn, Sc replies: "Hello Robin, I've used Colloidal Silver (CS) for 18 years. The blood type observation was just to say that the underlying congestion is not caused by a virus/fungus/bacteria but vfb sure do grow in a constricted nasal passage... It's an infection factory! I'd love to get rid of the underlying constriction (thick mucus) but at least I keep it from becoming something worse... Turning into an infection. I take a little bottle of CS with me even on trips. The slightest indication of infection and I irrigate the nasal passages. Before I knew of CS I'd get 3 or 4 serious infections a year. Often they would become a serious upper respiratory infection.
Sometimes I do have to fight off a persistent infection for a week or longer but the infection never gets past the sinus cavity.
Best to you in your health journey. Post here if you want to elaborate or ask any questions."
[YEA] 04/18/2013: Kkt3 from Castlegar, B.c., Canada: "Hi, I have been reading up from this amazing site for quite some time and now will sit and explain my experience. Yes, nasal polyps are the worst. Nuff said on them. On April 13th my girlfriend switched our diet. We have been eating meals from this site, http://www.healwithfood.org/nasalpolyps/. The difference has been unbelievable. The weight loss is incredible to. The polyps in my right nostril have decreased in size by at least 75%. Don't know whats farther up there. But no more bulging sinus on the right side. I now have some air flow thru that side and each day it gets a bit better. Sometimes better than other, but some. Patience being the key as it will take some time, We are trying this diet for 1 month. I have also been putting some castor oil on the bridge of my nose on the outside for the last 3 days. ACV has been a regular in my diet for a long time. What works for 1, might not work for another. Will update along the way. Keep the faith!!!"
[YEA] 01/25/2010: Liza from Charlottesville, Va.: "I've had sinus polyps for almost 20 years, have had 2 surgeries, steroid injections etc. etc. I went on a diet this summer that consisted of vegetables, fruits, and protein plus olive oil for salads. My polyps have mysteriously disappeared. I have my smell and taste back. I can only think it is diet related. gluten? wheat, yeast? I was so throroughly tested for food allergies so I'm not sure why I've had relief, but I will stay on this food plan."Replies
02/18/2010: K.k from Sydney, Aus replies: "i've realised that too, for me, i think its getting rid of dairy products that is causing the reduction in polyps. i think its related to mucus or something. but i also found that its immensely difficult to keep up the clean diet regime. once you eat something 'wrong', the polyps fire up again."
09/30/2010: J.a. from Saskatoon, Sk replies: "Would it be possible that you send me this diet plan? I too, am thinking it's dietary that's causing my infections and loss of smell. I am desperate and I am not too keen on going for surgery. Thanks"
05/28/2011: Jannette from Ridgewood, Nj replies: "I am wondering how long you stayed on the diet before you felt relief? Also, have you reintroduced any of the eliminated items back into your diet? I immediately react to wine so I haven't had any in over a year and have been on a restricted diet the past two weeks and still see no change."
09/06/2011: Joanl from Arlington, Tx, Usa replies: "I am just beginning to help my husband with his newly diagnosed nasal polyps. His right side is completely blocked, so he is having ear trouble too. My approach includes diet, cleansing, herbs, and homeopathy. Diet plan: I let him have one food at a time, fruit, oatmeal, chicken soup, plain yogurt.. (no junk! All organic! ) and would ask for reports of more or less stuffiness. Grapefruit made him stuffy.. Poor guy, he's been eating grapefruit every day for 10 months. Then I had an idea: why not use the simple test used for homeopathic remedies for food too? So: first I had him hold his left hand out, with his thumb and middle finger pressed together. I say, hold strong, and then I try to pull them apart using my two index fingers. His test was weak, I could pull them apart with little resistance. I had him hold a package of oatmeal over his belly button for a count of 8 seconds. Tried the test again while he still held it there. Strong like bull! I couldn't pull them apart. Ok, oatmeal he can eat. Tried the grapefruit. His hold came apart like wet spaghetti. No more grapefruit until he tests strong for it. The I went bananas, testing him on all sorts of things. No more coffee, beer, cashews, etc. He did fine with organic pinot noire wine, but weak on another red wine. Unfortunately, he wanted to test ME on my gluten free cookies... Sob... But I tested strong for coffee.. Yea! I could test him for anything, really, I had him hug me and he tested super strong! (thank goodness) The theory is if a substance makes your test strong, it is good for you, if it makes your test weak, then its not. Allergies can be tested this way. For free. Let me know how it goes!"
09/13/2011: Joanl from Arlington, Tx replies: "Note: while on prednisone the test was null, he tests strong on everything, which is the drug, not him."
09/23/2011: Joanl from Arlington, Tx replies: "Its been 3 weeks since starting to treat polyps: allergy identification is crucial. My nasal rinse is 1/4 tsp sea salt, 1/4 tsp baking soda, 1 tsp glycerin, 4 ounces of thyme tea (just brew thyme like you would any kind of tea for 10 minutes and strain), 28 ounces boiled distilled water. We use a dropper to put squirts in the nostrils, 3-4 times per day. Once in a while we add grapefruit seed extract 2-3 drops to the ounce. Excellent results!!! The thyme tea is antifungal, antiviral. Also has tannins. On Essiac tea also, brewing it at home for little money.. Its no big deal to brew small batches.
The big winner in herbs is this invention of mine: 3 parts tumeric, 3 parts ginger root, 1/2 part horseradish, 1/4 part goldenseal. (example: 3 teaspoons each of tumeric And ginger , half a teaspoon of horseradish , quarter teaspoon goldenseal) All powder forms. Capped in 00 capsules, 8-10 a day. Cheap to do if you cap your own; you can buy this stuff and the essiac tea herbs at "years to your health" here in the metroplex, or online. I have no affilliation there, just been buying there for 20 years. They ship. Husband says the herbal capsules are a huge help. The food testing is great, and for sure he is eating correctly combined foods. (no protein with starch, etc. )He feels awesome and has lost 14 pounds."
11/05/2011: Joanl from Arlington, Tx replies: "Allergy identified: citric acid, vinegars. Elimination of allergen=reduced polyp size by 30% within 2 days. Citric acid is in a lot of foods and vitamins, also used as a preservative."
03/09/2012: Givemeair! from Cookeville, Tn, Usa replies: "One of the main frustrations of having nasal polyps for years, (and trying about every conventional and wholistic remedy known) is that despite countless internet searches for information, nobody seemed to know what causes them. It turns out that, although allergies, crud in the air etc may aggravate them, the real, specific cause is now known: VEGF, or Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor. Look up an article on the Science Daily website called "Researchers Track Down Protein Responsible for Chronic Rhinosinusitis With Polyps". Now, VEGF (in too large amounts) enables the growth of blood vessels which in turn enable the polyps to grow.
The good news is that whereas there are drugs (complete with a range of likely side-effects) to inhibit VEGF, there are scientifically known and accepted lists of foods (and some herbs and supplements) which work as well or better, minus the side-effects. Do a search for "Dr. William Li's list of naturally anti-angiogenic foods". Also, go to PubMed and do a search for "Herbs that specifically inhibit vascular endothelial growth factor and have direct activity against angiogenesis".
I am very hopeful now of slow but steady progress toward being rid of these pesky polyps. If results take months, so what?
Meanwhile, I am going to enjoy some green tea, dark chocolate, red wine, and a bunch of delicious and healthy fruits and vegetables - especially in "green smoothies".
I will update you on any significant improvements in my condition (and the polyps have been _bad_ in recent months)."
03/16/2012: Alana from Seattle, Wa replies: "WOW!!! I just prayed about finally finding an answer to my long battle with severe nasal polyps is the hope of avoiding another nasal surgery. My chronic asthma and allergies are no walk in the park either. Currently my right nostril has a huge polyp completely obstructing it and descending to the entrance (lovely! ), at least the left one is partially open still. Had a great day packing it off and on with 50/50 water/hydrogen peroxide plus tea tree oil to get some relief and shrinkage. The good news is, yes it truly does work, it also stings and hurts a fair bit but it is, for me at least, a way to avoid surgery, time off and the $$$ that always entails. I will be looking up the good Dr. Li's anti-angiogenic foods too. The prospect of chocolate and green tea beats the bitter herbs I've been scarfing like candy today! Thank you for the great new information! May God Bless you for so graciously sharing this news with all of us!"
02/04/2012: Brian from Adelaide, South Australia, Australia: "This totally natural cure has worked for me, twice. I think it will work for others too, maybe not everybody but at least some. It is so simple, costs absolutely nothing, gives you back your health, your vitality and libido, your sense of smell and helps you to control your weight all at the same time. It gives you back your life.
In one sentence, all you have to do is cut out as much sugar from your diet as possible. The more sugar that is cut out, the faster the healing. It is that simple. I cut out the sugar, cured myself but lost a bit more weight than I wanted to. Having declared myself cured, reintroduced sugar to my diet to help put weight back on, which I did, but the polyps came back too. I am currently off the sugar again, polyps have gone again. Twice cured with the same reasoning is enough proof for me that this works.
I did not want to have a medical operation and went looking for a natural cure. I turned Net Detective and researched nearly every website on nasal polyps to gather clues to form a theory. I have absolutely no medical qualifications whatsoever and the theory I am about to outline is just that, my own personal theory. Here we go.
The root cause of nasal polyps is not bacterial, it's fungal. The prime suspect is Candida Albicans, which everyone has to some degree. The good bacteria in your body assist to control bad fungus. Which is why antibiotics don't work because by killing all the bacteria in your body, including the good bacteria, there are none left to control the fungus.
Fungus are extremely clever little critters. They feed on sugar and produce Ethanol as a waste product. The Ethanol confuses the receptors for the Thyroid which tell it to shut down production of Vitamin D. A Vitamin D deficiency weakens the immune system and causes lethargy. Lethargy increases cravings to eat more sugar for an instant energy boost and the condition then compounds as the fungus population grows and prospers.
But wait, there's more. A white blood cell called an Eosinophil goes in to battle the fungus but with a weakened immune system, they fail dismally to win the fight. It seems they act like suicidal cluster bombs - they go to the foe and blow themselves up to take out as many of the foe as they can. When this happens in the nose, they irritate the nose membrane, the cells in the membrane fill with fluid and voila, there they are, a medical case of nasal polyps.
Operations to remove polyps, nasal sprays, potions, lotions and nasal rinses only remove the symptoms temporarily and they are not cures. The cure therefore, is to break the cycle by removing the food supply to the fungus, which is sugar. Ethanol levels thereby diminish, the Thyroid receptors kick start the Thyroid into production of Vitamin D again, which then improves the immune system which then assists the attack of the Eosinophils to win the battle of the nose.
Okay, so that's my theory. I'll admit it may not necessarily be entirely accurate in the finer details but having said that, the one thing I am sure about is that reducing sugar in my diet has eliminated my polyps. I haven't discussed my theory with my doctor, fearful of being either laughed out of his office for being ridiculous, or being thrown out for being too close to the truth and cutting out a source of his wages, and the wages of his expensive Ear Nose Throat Specialist mate who gave me useless antibiotics.
It is impossible to remove all sugar as nearly all foods have it to some extent. Just try to reduce it as much as possible so at least there is no excess for the fungus to frenzily feed on. An obvious deletion from the diet is white sugar added to coffee and on cereal - don't add sugar to anything, totally delete that option including any and all sugar substitutes. Also cut out completely ice cream, cakes, biscuits, chocolate, lollies, honey and fizzy drinks. Even fruit - I have exchanged apples and bananas for raw tomatoes. On packaged foods and drinks, I won't buy anything with more than 10% sugar content. There is usually a per 100g contents list on the package, just look at the sugar level and if it's more than 10g per 100g, don't eat it. The preference though is for levels below the 5% mark because the more sugar that gets deleted, the faster the healing.
From going no sugar, the time taken to full recovery for me on both occasions has been about 4 weeks, with every passing day getting better and better. As an added bonus, you can save a fortune on tissue paper let alone the costs of sprays, potions, lotions and the big one, the operation.
I lost weight dramatically the first time but not this second time. At a guess my metabolism has adjusted to derive more nutrients from real foods rather than depend on sugar. My diet now is fresh meat (never packaged), poultry, fish, bacon and eggs, vegetables (including fried potato chips), milk, bread, nuts (especially almonds), pizza, strawberries and cream. Even beer is okay. It's a bit like a caveman diet, but with benefits.
To conclude this post, as a suggestion, if anyone is willing to take my "no sugar" theory up, from the day of their decision, to start a daily diary and keep a record of least their weight and a degree of difficulty from 1 to 10 to breathe through the nose during the day and also the night before (1 would be very easily the nose, 10 would be mouth only). Count tissues used if you can, that would be a fun number. Some feedback would be nice as this is the first time I have shared this idea on the internet. Good luck."Replies
02/05/2012: Timh from Louisville, Ky, Usa replies: "For many of us (I being one), elimination or avoidance isn't enough as the disease process and aging can be debilitating. In the severe category one would need to eliminate and avoid sugars (as much as possible) and become proactive in treatment applications.
For the burning of sugars, take ---B Complex Vit, Minerals such as Vanadium and Chromium in particular, herbs like Cinnamon, Gymnema, Mulberry. ACV is also proved sugar burner. With this combo, positive results would have to be present. Oh, also Alpha Lipoic Acid is good glucose burner."
02/05/2012: Carly from Seattle, Wa - Usa replies: "Hi Brian, Interesting post. I enjoyed reading it. One thing though - I have always been told that eating potatoes, pizza (dough and suace) and drinking beer was about the same thing as eating table sugar. The body metabolizes starches like sugar.
I don't see where you really cut out sugar much if you were eating those things. Maybe eating better over all caused you to lose weight. Perhaps being thinner put less stress on your body, allowing your immune system to work better to get rid of the polyps?
Just a thought.
02/06/2012: Brian from Adelaide, South Australia, Australia replies: "Hi Carly, Thank you for your nice comments and also your thoughts. To address the grocery items raised, an average size 200g potato has 3g of sugar (1.5%) and the packaged chips I buy from the freezer section at my supermarket (to heat up in the oven) has less than 1g of sugar per 100g on the label so I will assume even fried chips from a Fish & Chip shop or even McDonalds would be about the same. The pizza I buy which is also from the same supermarket freezer has 4.7g sugar per 100g (or 4.7%, which is under my 5% limit). I have found it impossible to find a sugar content for beer but will run with the thought that although sugar is introduced for fermentation, it gets converted to alcohol, so there is no sugar.
Starches and fats I don't care about (except Trans fats that I really do prefer to avoid). I have targeted sugar as the only food source that feeds the fungus that cause the polyps. The first time I went "no sugar" I was 56kg at the start (and had been diagnosed with a Vitamin D deficiency by my doctor, which was the only problem he could find that I had, so that became part of the jigsaw puzzle that I put together) so I was already thin anyway but had a bad case of polyps. I scarily bottomed out at 52kg before I reintroduced sugar to regain weight and am currently 55kg and the polyps are gone again. A net sum of 1kg loss in weight hasn't destressed my body and eliminated the polyps, it can only be the sugar."
02/06/2012: Brian from Adelaide, South Australia, Australia replies: "Hi Timh, All I can say is the headline that Earth Clinic allocated is a bit misleading. It should have read "Eliminate sugar to eliminate nasal polyps". I am in no way claiming that "no sugar" fixes everything. I had no other medical conditions except for nasal polyps and a Vitamin D deficiency (and a sore foot which I cured myself but that's another story) and the avoidance of sugar all on its own cured my polyps and restored my well being. I did not take any other pills, herbs or supplements along the way. Except I did take apple cider vinegar for about 2 weeks for first time when I went "no sugar" so yeah, maybe that's why I lost too much weight then. But the second time I went no sugar I didn't have any ACV at all (the taste is terrible and I had totally gone off it) and I still cured my polyps but didn't lose any weight. Crikey, Timh, the penny just dropped, sounds like we just discovered the best ever easiest natural way to lose weight (no sugar ACV). Thanks for that."
02/07/2012: Timh from Louisville, Ky, Usa replies: "Brian, some supplement co's make ACV tablets but not many distributers it seems. Swanson has regular and double strength ACV tabs. So don't give up altogether and try and find some ACV tabs down under.
Also worth noting, studies show sugars like high fructose corn syrup not only make triglycerides to be stored as stubborn fat, but also suppress immune function substantially.
As for natural sweeteners ---honey, blackstrap molasses, and stevia are favorites."
02/08/2012: Brian from Adelaide, S.a., Australia replies: "Hey Timh, Thank you for the info about ACV tablets, I didn't know they existed. I do now believe that ACV does help a person to lose weight when on a sugar reduced diet, as you alluded to in your previous post, but that is not my intent. I am 5'7" and only weigh 55kg and would rather be putting weight on, not off. My only intent was to get rid of Nasal Polyps and I have done that no other medications, potions, lotions nor the dreaded operation, just reduced the sugar and it was a done deed 4 weeks later.
Your comment about "sugar suppresses immune function substantially" supports my theory about feeding the fungus that causes that (via the Thyroid causing Hypothyroidism, which is an underactive Thyroid function, which is whereby the immune function is reduced and also a Vitamin D deficiency both of which I was diagnosed to have had, by my doctor). Thank you for that. Anyone else reading this thinking where is the Thyroid anyway, picture it as a very small double handed grip around your upper wind pipe.
As for natural sweeteners and considering that fungus don't care what type of sugar they are being fed or where it comes from, the weight of an average teaspoonful of table sugar is about 4g, 1 tspn each of honey is 5.7g of sugar in 7g (81% sugar) and molasses is 3.7g of sugar in 6. 7g (55%) both of which are more or less the same as a tspn of table sugar and therefore no reduced sugar benefit whatsoever. Both of those products are definitely over my preferred limit of 5% and absolute limit of 10% sugar content. Artificial sweeteners I avoid like arsenic. Just Google "stevia good or bad" and your head will spin where to look first. If it was good, why is bad even an option. Cheers."
02/13/2012: Anjomac from Woodstock, On replies: "Brian, Thanks for the info on eliminating sugar for nasal polyps. I had come across this the last time I had bad polyps and had completely forgotten when I got this round. This got me looking into it again. In addition to reducing sugar and starving the candida, it seems that you need to increase the Probiotics (lactobacillus acidophilus?) in your system as well. Maybe that's the beer in your diet doing its work. I'd be interested to hear about your foot cure as well. Thanks"
02/15/2012: Brian from Adelaide, Sth Aus, Australia replies: "Hi Anjomac. I do think nurturing the good bacteria in the gut is important. I believe they control the fungus in their vicinity, so there are no cavalry left to charge to the nose after the Eosinophils have won their battle and the irritations to the nasal lining stop. Before I formed my theory and after the last round of useless antibiotics that the specialist prescribed, I did have a lot of Organic Yoghurt (12% sugar) that contained acidophilus, bifidus and casei cultures, to help repopulate the bacteria in the gut. I have sworn off Antibiotics ever again, that is definitely a bad move, except of course if they are needed to save my life. Beer is best in moderation (Aussies love a good BBQ - just don't eat the pavlova :) and can only say an occasional social beer doesn't impede the cure and I doubt if it has any bacterial benefit. Reduce sugar to 5% of product though and the curing starts at the exact same moment. Let me know how you go. Give me a month or so too and I will make a post about curing my sore foot, suffice to say the cure will contain the word "barefoot" a lot. Good luck."
03/08/2012: Belinda from Cape Town, South Africa replies: "I've suffered with polyps for nearly 20 years now and have had two operations neitehr of which has been all that successful. Yes, I can breathe, but I cannot smell or taste anything without taking oral steroids. My doctor will no longer prescribe them due to the long term side effects, and I am desperate. I also had a aprtial thyroidectomy four years ago and although I take medication, I am permanently tired and am becoming depressed as a result. I am excited to read this post which theorises on the linking between the two. I shall begin my sugar elimination regime NOW!!! And hope for some relief."
03/09/2012: Brian from Adelaide, Sth Aus, Australia replies: "Hi Belinda. Sounds like you have done it tough for 20 years but welcome to my theory about the cause of nasal polyps and the 4 week cure. Forget the oral steroids, I tried them too, also expensive steroid nasal sprays. The trick is to reduce the sugar to the barest minimum because it is impossible to eliminate sugar completely from the diet. Here are two more tips I haven't mentioned before:
1) Besides the sugar content displayed on packaged foods, if you google or search 'nutrition data' you will find a site (no affiliations, not even a member) with all the sugar content of natural foods. Don't eat any fruit or natural food with more than 5% sugar content of total weight and the curing occurs.
2) The condition worsens initially and you may think this is a wasted effort, but please persevere. As the nasal polyps shrink and the passages to the sinuses reopen, there is a lot of trapped gunk up there that finally comes out. Take this as a positive sign of healing in action, it will soon pass.
In about 4 weeks time, it would be great to hear about your progress.
03/09/2012: Brian from Adelaide, Sth Aus, Australia replies: "But wait, there's one more tip.
3) Vitamin D may well be a critical factor. Good sources are eggs and fish which are definitely on the menu, or there are supplements, but the best source is sunlight, which is free. Vitamin D deficiency can be determined with a simple blood test but regardless of that result, try to get 5 to 10 minutes of direct sunlight on as much of your body as you can without sunscreen lotion (and without offending the neighbours :) about twice a week. (My theory includes Vitamin D boosting the immune system to provide the knock out blow to the fungi.)"
05/01/2012: Kathryn from Kitchener, Ontario, Canada replies: "To Brian from Adelaide, Australia... You mentioned that the thyroid produces Vitamin D... The human body produces Vitamin D through skin exposure to UVB rays from the sun... The liver and kidneys are involved with the conversion... the thyroid isn't involved with the conversion process within the body."
05/05/2012: Brian from Adelaide, Sth Aus, Australia replies: "Hi Kathryn. It was unintentional if I implied that vitamin D is produced by the thyroid. My intent was to say that the thyroid controls the production of vitamin D and I did omit the explanation for that in my original post for the sake of some brevity.
You are quite right. When the skin is exposed to ultraviolet radiation it converts a cholesterol derivative in the skin into calciferol, or vitamin D3. The calciferol travels in the blood to the liver where it undergoes a first conversion and then on to the kidneys for a second conversion into calcitriol. Calcitriol is the biologically active form of Vitamin D. However, the link with the thyroid is that the conversion in the kidneys is promoted by a hormone released by the thyroid.
My theory is, when the thyroid receptors are confused by ethanol into thinking there is enough vitamin D in the body, then the thyroid shuts down the release of the hormone which is needed by the kidneys to enable the second stage conversion, which then results in a vitamin D deficiency. Vitamin D is crucial to the proper functioning of the immune system. My theory included affecting the ability of the Eosinophils to battle the fungi residing in the nose - in a weakened state, they accidentally irritate the nasal lining instead, which then causes the polyps to form which then causes the breathing difficulties.
I theorised that the weakest link in this eternal loop of misery was to reduce the ethanol produced by the fungi by reducing sugar in the diet. This would not only starve the fungi but also un-confuse the thyroid, get vitamin D production going again to boost the immune system and thereby give more grunt to the Eosinophils to do their job properly and provide the knock-out blow to them.
I'll now take this opportunity to make an important alteration to my theory and therefore the diet strategy, that being in every post I have made so far:
WHEREVER SUGAR IS WRITTEN, REPLACE IT WITH CARBOHYDRATE.
About 5 weeks ago I had nasal polyps reform with a vengeance, worse than ever before. I was eating low sugar foods but they were high in total carbohydrates. Remembering what Carly from Seattle said, I took her clue and went to the next level and limited the foods in my diet to Total Carbohydrates of 10% of Volume. The body does need carbohydrates for energy, I'm not saying go to zero level, just back them off. I can only guess that being deprived of simple sugars, my body got more efficient at metabolising the sugars in the more complex carbohydrates, the starches.
So out went the pizza, potatoes, oven baked chips and crumbed fish. The fungal die off stage was the worst ever this time - sniffling, snortling and nose blowing 24/7 for about 2 weeks. I persevered through it all, staying with the revised theory and then suddenly in the space of 48 hours, almost miraculously, I went from full blown symptoms to absolutely no symptoms at all.
The result the third time is the same as my first two efforts with simple sugars, cured again. The polyps have either gone or shrunk away and I am breathing free and easy again. Life is so much better without them and I'm not about to invite them back soon I'll stay with the 10% carbs plan instead."
[YEA] 06/02/2012: Robbie from London, England replies: "You are my new God!!! Ten years of these tyrannical polyps, and this sugar free idea is working wonders. It's day five of my new diet, and my snoring has completely stopped. My voice isn't nasal anymore, food tastes better, and I can breathe through my nose for the first time since my op, (five years ago) and every day it's getting better and better. Got the shock of my life when I smelt my shower gel this morning, forgot how amazing the sense of smell is! Literally feel like a superhero walking around. Thank you so much for sharing your findings, you have literally changed my life! - one happy dude!!! :-)"
06/03/2012: Brian from Adelaide, Sth Aus, Australia replies: "Hi Robbie. That is great news! Cured in 5-days is a truly amazing feat and I too had very early success with just cutting out simple sugars. But I am fearful your polyps will reform as mine did (the fungi that are the root cause are very resilient). Perchance they do, please remember to limit all Carbohydrates to 10% of product consumed and then just persevere for renewed success.
The most successful anti fungal/anti polyp diet should consist of nothing but lean meat, eggs, nuts and low carb vegetables (luckily I love steak or lamb chops & 3 veg, beef & veg stews, mince meat recipes, almonds, strawberries & cream and for breakfast, bacon & eggs alternated with avocado & yoghurt). No other fruit except tomatoes. No cheese. Also limit caffeine which prompts the liver to dump large doses of sugar into the blood stream. I will admit I do eat wholemeal bread at 37% carbs as toast under the bacon & eggs and also for a work lunch sandwich but I offset the bread with low carb fillings so the total carbs in the meal itself is under 10%.
I don't believe this is a lifelong sentence and at a guess may need between 4-6 months before safely reintroducing sugary products again but by then, the yearn for sugar (read poison) has hopefully diminished anyway.
Thank you for the Yea!"
[YEA] 06/26/2012: Suman from New Delhi, Delhi, India replies: "Dear Ted, I am really grateful to you for writing about your findings here. About two months ago, my nasal polyps (I've had them for about 7 years) were at their worst and I was desperately looking for a cure. My research led me to findings similar to yours, but after reading your post in which you succinctly explain the link between sugar and nasal polyps, I was convinced that this is the way forward.
On 30 April 2012 I went off sugar completely and within 6 weeks, I had stopped mouth-breathing. My sense of smell came back gradually and is only getting better day by day. I can taste my food again! It is a gradual process where some days it may look worse especially in the beginning, but like you have mentioned, one must persevere, because it does work.
The other thing that I did was I applied Tea Tree Oil directly to my polyps with ear-buds for about a week. I believe Tea tree oil is a strong anti-fungal and many people have recommended it here too. My thinking was that if there was any surface fungal growth, that would be taken care of by the Oil.
I have also noted your additional point about reducing carbohydrates too, and I am in agreement and will put it into action.
Thanks Ted. People, this really works!"
07/25/2012: Jannette from Ridgewood, Nj replies: "Last year I was gluten/dairy free for 5 months and while my congestion was less I still never got my sense of smell back. So gradually I reintroduced gluten and my symptoms (runny nose, sneezing, etc. ) returned.
I decided to try again with gluten/dairy free and this time I also eliminated sugar. It's been 4 weeks and again symptoms are better but still no sense of smell.
Are everyone else's polyps in their nose? Mine are not, they are higher up in my sinuses. (I have always been able to breathe through my nose) I wonder if nasal polyp location makes a difference?
Also, if you have eaten anything with sugar do the polyps immediately return, or can you "cheat" on occasion and still be okay?
I plan to continue this diet through the summer and hope for the best. Would love to hear more feedback from those of you who have been successful with eliminating sugar."
07/27/2012: Brian from Adelaide, Sth Aus, Australia replies: "Hi Jannette. But firstly to Suman from New Delhi, the previous poster. Congratulations on your success, Suman, and for your much welcome confirmation that this works and thank you for the Yea, but please, Suman, with no disrespect to Ted, you spelt my name wrong!
Jannette, the lower the polyps hang the longer the cure time, is all. Lower polyps would mean a greater level of infection. So to have high polyps but with symptoms means you are doing most things right but not quite there. Gluten and high carbs are married (any type of flour product delivers both). Forget the gluten, just read the carbs level on the package and stay under 10% of product. Which means bread won't qualify but you can cheat on that one if you offset with low carb toppings (bacon & eggs on toast, for example). Dairy products, milk and cream seem fine, just go easy on cheese and only eat unflavoured yoghurt. All of these can be found under 10% carbs.
Apart from cheating by offset, I would urge no other cheating until you are nose breathing 100% of the time, especially sleep time. Cheating just throws the yeast infection a sugar coated life jacket to hang on longer. Then when feeling confident, gradually reintroduce slightly higher carbs and some cheat times, but be prepared to back off immediately if any symptoms recur and try again later. Good luck and would love to hear that you can smell the roses again before the Summer is over."
07/27/2012: Jannette from Ridgewood, Nj replies: "Thanks Brian for your input/insight. I have eliminated all carbs, dairy, and sugar (I think). My diet mainly consists of eggs, leafy greens, protein, beans and some vegetables and brown rice. I only drink green/herbal teas and water.
I will stay the course and hope to get my sense of smell back soon-I will let you know when it does!"
07/28/2012: Brian from Adelaide, Sth Aus, Australia replies: "Hi Janette. Thanks for listing your main diet items so I can help you. It's actually a good diet for a polyps cure and explains why you have "higher up" polyps but the one item stopping your final cure is the brown rice it's about 23% carbs of product which translated, means every 4th spoonful is akin to a spoonful of pure sugar. Please, read the carbs level on the label. Also, I really do encourage reintroducing dairy. The yeast infection lowers Vitamin D levels. Vitamin D is necessary to not only improve the immune system to finally eliminate the yeast and therefore the polyps but is also vital for calcium absorption. Calcium is needed for healthy bones and dairy products are a great source of calcium. Please, do not put yourself at risk of developing osteoporosis too."
08/21/2012: Doeboymcjc from London replies: "Hello, I have had polyps for 5 years a one operation. I am on day 3 of the no sugar diet. I will keep you posted with my results.
NO smell and still blocked up all the time atm. I am also trying tea tree oil (please still my posts above referring to tea tree oil). Peace."
08/25/2012: Brian from Adelaide, Sth Aus, Australia replies: "Hi Doeboymcjc. I've never bothered with potions and lotions. I truly believe the cause is a yeast infection and the only way to eradicate the yeast is to stop feeding them sugar, which means reducing carbohydrates in your diet. I now call it my 10% Plan. I am also starting to think that us polyp sufferers have a direct metabolic link to our Paleo ancestry and that we are not meant to consume carbohydrates. I am so convinced that my theory works that if you, or anyone else for that matter, would like my help to achieve the 10% Plan that you "brianb2@" (email me) "chariot(dot)net(dot)au" with reference to Earth Clinic in the subject line to avoid unread deletion. My advice is absolutely free and it takes about one month to achieve a truly remarkable and virtually miraculous cure. I do stress however, that one must be prepared to reduce consuming sugar so as not to waste my time. Cheers : )"
09/13/2012: Doeboymcjc replies: "Hi, just an update from my last post, Sunday 19th August 2012: on 23rd August I stopped using the TTO as it made my nose completely blocked and would run for about 2 hours after use. I am not going to do this again, EVER. Sorry to those who swear by it. For me it is a waste of time as it feels like i'm going backwards.
I am still on my no sugar diet but have reintroduced carbs as I realised that I was becoming so weak that I could not think properly. I am on my forth week of the no sugar diet and still no results. I DID however get my smell back for about 2 hours in the evening on Saturday 1st September and it was sensational! But it went as soon as it came, pretty much. I am using my Micromist still three times daily. No sugar is a killer as I crave sweet things but I guess it's healthier and good for my teeth. So when my dentist asks me how I got such amazing teeth my answer will be "polyps" ;)
If this diet does not work after 1 month then i'm going to try something called 'Sinus Wars 13'. It's supposed to be a cure at about £70 a bottle. It's not a natural cure like the no sugar diet, but i'm desperate. I hate this condition.
I will keep y'all posted. Thanks.
[YEA] 09/15/2012: Brian from Adelaide, Sth Aus, Australia replies: "This week I saw my doctor on a matter apart from polyps but while I was there, I did ask for a nose examination. Without any declaration all he said was "How did you do that?" So me, the patient, then told the doctor how I cured my polyps.
The cure is free. It doesn't come in a bottle there are no magic potions, lotions or sprays and operations are a useless waste of time and money. All you need to do is swap the energy source you get from carbs and go high on protein at the same time. My absolute recommended low carb limit is 10% of product and there are no limits on protein bacon and eggs, all meat products, beef, lamb, poultry and fish- the diet of our paleo ancestors. Generally, serve with above ground and not below ground veggies (potatatoes & parsnip are the worst) but also avoiding corn, nuts and fruit.
To appease the sweet tooth, surprisingly, strawberries and cream are okay. It's the sweet tooth that gets one into this mess so it's denying the sweet tooth that is the only way out. From experience, the yearn for sugar does subside in due course. And also, if one is a Vegan, sorry to have to say it but you may never find a cure.
What I said to the doctor is this. Low carb, high protein. The problem is a yeast infection of the nose. The yeast feed on sugar in the diet and produce ethanol (read alcohol, which causes brain-fog) as well as compromising the thyroid which compromises Vit D levels and in turn compromises the immune system which is supposed to control the alien yeast infection. The immune system desperately needs help and the only way to do that is to reduce carbs in the diet, reduce the ethanol, unconfuse the the thyroid, boost the Vit D, boost the immune system response and win the battle. All for free just by changing the carbs intake to less than 10% of product and go high on protein to maintain energy and weight levels. And it takes about a month to get there if you don't cheat. Cheers :)"
[NAY] 09/27/2012: Doeboymcjc from London, UK replies: "Hi, just an update. I am on week 5 of my no sugar diet and still no changes. I cannot smell and my nose is still blocked up therefore I still have orange mucous.
After reading the posts on this forum I understand the problems that arise with yeast and carbs but with my job (winter sports salesperson and photographer) and my love of sports it will be almost impossible to eliminate sugar, carbs and yeast from my diet. Sugar is enough! I am going to buy a product called ______. This is supposed to irradicate all polyps and the reviews look great from people who have tried it.
Brian - thanks for the help with your posts. I have now lost about a stone with the no sugar diet ;)
I will keep you posted with any results with ____. Its not a natural cure but I'm fed up."
09/27/2012: Lisa from Thousand Oaks, Ca, Usa replies: "Hi Doeboymcjc, I know both my husband and my oldest daughter found it is the elimination of both sugar AND dairy which gave them the results they wanted. They both know to stay away from dairy especially and when they give in to it, the results are immediate! Mucus, olfactory issues, swelling of the throat, itching ears and more. Enough to make them ask themselves, Is it worth it?! Sometimes they do it anyway... I always wonder why?! Lisa"
Eliminate Yeast From Diet
[YEA] 02/01/2010: Greg from Melbourne, Victoria, Australia: "Hello other nasal polyp sufferers,
I had nasal polyps for 21 years and have done years of reseach on their causes, and have had just about every medication available,they are all temporary.I had write in as I know how they can affect your life.The real cause of nasal polyps in my case was a yeast allergy. If you change your diet to vegetables, some fruits, and fish and meat you will eradicate your polyps.You must do this for at least three months maybe longer, to eradicate the bad yeast infection in your digestive system, with vitamins and minerals,good luck, greg from aus"Replies
02/18/2010: K.k from Sydney, Aus replies: "Strangely enough, eventhough the cause of my polyps were dust mite allergy, with an ongoing 'clean' diet i found that it was effective at reducing my polyps. i dont think the positive results in my case was from cutting out yeast though."
[YEA] 10/21/2009: Celteyes from Pearland, Texas, USA: "I used essiac tea when I was diagnosed with breast cancer. I took 2 ounces in 2 ounces of water, 3 to 4 times daily. I was told by my naturopath that all herb is not created equal. I remember when I first went to a health food store and bought it. It didn't smell like anything and I didn't know it was suppose to. It was kind of white like oatmeal. I bought another one and it smelled quite differently. It is a little bit of a pain to make the tea but the great results are worth it. I am told that a cancer patient should never use the capsules or concentrated tea but only the one you have to brew yourself.
I started giving this tea to my children also and my teenage son had problems with sinus polyps from severe allergies I guess. One day after about a month of drinking the tea only twice a day, he sneezed out...I know this will gross some of you out...but he sneezed out 3 polyps. One was the size of a dime..yuck! This tea has been a Godsend for my family."Replies
10/26/2009: K from Nsw, Aus replies: "Really!? that is so great! i really want to try out this method too. i came across different forms of essiac; teas, tinctures, capsules. which is the best type in your opinion? it sounds so unlikely that it would be effective, because its only light dosages of essiac, but what do you know, it appears that it really works! i also researched that polyps cannot be sneezed out as they are stuck literally to your skin as membrane...hmm...can you give me more detail as to how your son cured his polyps? thanks!"
10/26/2009: Celteyes from Pearland, Texas replies: "Hi K,
All I can tell you is I brewed the tea with the four separate herbs. It is because I'm a former breast cancer patient and my naturopath says never take the pills, concentrate, or tincture if you have cancer. You have to brew the real herb. So I brew it as per my instructions if you scroll down a little I posted the instructions for someone a few days ago. gave it to my son 2 times daily just because he is asthmatic and always congested. Never dreamed he would sneeze out his polyps! I guess it makes sense if a polyp is a benign tumor and the tea stops the blood supply to a tumor I've been told. My supplier gets the herbs only from farmers that grow it organically. Take care."
11/07/2010: Vanda from Maidstone, Enland replies: "Hi I was very interested in your thread. Our 12 year old son suffers from nasal polyps and I would love to find something to get rid of them. I would like to try the 4 herb essiac tea, but am a bit confused - are these 4 different types of tea, and, if so, what teas are they? Also, can you tell me how to obtain them. Many thanks."
11/08/2010: Amy from Pueblo, Co replies: "I know this is an older forum but I just came across it. I was hoping to get more details on where to get the best herbs for the ESSIAC TEA as well as more detailed instructions on how to use it. Thanks! "
07/22/2011: Cheryl from Kennedyville, Maryland replies: "I'm not finding your recipe for this essiac tea. Could you post it again?"
EC: You'll find the recipe on this page:
Fiber Supplement, Probiotics, Enzymes
[BETTER BUT NOT CURED] 06/24/2012: Don from Toronto, Canada: "Finally, I am finding relief from nasal polyps! Hello all. Like many of the rest of you on here, I have been suffering from this condition for over 30 years - 1 surgery 10 years ago which got me a year of relief, many courses of steroids and antibiotics (weeks of relief), but the polyps always grew back and I had tried every suggested natural relief on all of these web sites - nasal washes, sprays, anti-fungal treatments (which probably does work if the polyps were caused by a fungus - mine apparently weren't), hydrogen peroxide, tea tree oil and countless others - painful in the application and consistantly without long term success.
Since my theory in the cause of my nasal polyps has been that they were caused by food (I had them year round and in all locations where I travel so any dust, exposure to bedbugs or pets never seemed to be making it any worse) - I figured it was probably food. Recently, I changed my diet to cut out coffee, sugar, salts, wheat, alcohol (like the rest who have stated on here, alcohol is an instant trigger). I had run out of foods to eat... But, it did appear to not be getting any worse. I was due for another surgery and I really wanted a natural cure, but still wanted to eat what I wanted and to be able to breathe through my nose (something I haven't been able to do for years! ).
1 month ago I tried a 'gentle, all-natural fiber supplement with probiotics and enzymes' - as it says on the label. Reasonably priced at under $10 per bottle for 150 capsules taking 6 per day. And OMG, joy of all time joy - my polyps are shrinking and I am able to blow my nose and even breathe out of both nostrils!!! To all of you who have given up on ever finding a long term solution, please try this out (not sure if similar items will work as well, since I had success with this one I have not tried anything else).
I had longed to find something that will work for so many years now and this is shrinking the polyps. I am back to eating almost normally - I still stay away from alcohol. The polyps are not gone but they no longer protrude down my nostrils. No surgery for me now. I will update here again with progress. I pray for all of your speedy recoveries from this relentless suffering. Best wishes."Replies
08/28/2012: Don_in_toronto from Toronto, Ontaria, Canada replies: "Quick update - now 2 months after my post and happy to report that the nasal polyps have completely shrunk. Eating all foods and staying on 3 capsules a day of [the fiber, probiotic, enzyme supplement]. Quality of life is back. Please give it a try. Best wishes all."
10/22/2012: Don_in_toronto from Toronto, Ontario, Canada replies: "Another update after using [the fiber, probiotic, enzyme supplement] for 6 months now. Polyps completely shrunk and sense of smell has returned for 1st time in decades. Still eating every food that I want. Best wishes all who have long suffered with these polyps."
11/08/2012: Karen from Freeport, Fl replies: "Well, this sounds great, could you say what you are taking? Please, what is the name of the supplement and what are the ingredients, their strengths, and how much of each is in a pill? Perhaps I can match it here in the U. S. Wonder why the fiber part is necessary, or if it's just the probiotics and enzymes that are doing the trick? Thx, glad you're having so much relief!"
11/22/2012: Don_in_toronto from Toronto, Ontario, Canada replies: "Hello Karen, the capsules are amazing and available online in the US. You should be able to find them for under $10/per bottle. Unfortunately, Earth Clinic will remove their name. You can email me at buddy. Bloomers(at)gmail.com to get the name. I am free of nasal polyps with full breathing is restored. These things can shrink! 2 weeks and you will see results. In a couple of months they will be gone. Nothing painful up the nose and I eat all foods. I hope ever sufferer will give this a try. Regards, Don."