Last Modified on Jul 28, 2015
Natural treatment for sinus (nasal) polyps involves using a holistic approach to boost the immune system and shrink polyps. A healthy, natural diet and lifestyle changes supplemented with Pranamya breathing exercises encourage the body to resist and diminish polyp growth. Various herbal remedies improve the function of the lymphatic system while natural nasal sprays reduce polyp size and make breathing easier.
What are Sinus Polyps?
Noncancerous growths in the nose found near the sinuses in the nasal cavity, usually linked to asthma and allergies are called Sinus Polyps. Small polyps don't need treatment, but large ones block the airway and can become infected. Polyps often reoccur if lifestyle changes are not maintained.
Lifestyle Changes Support the Immune and Lymphatic Systems
A gluten-free diet emphasizing no sugar, food preservatives or additives, no coffee or alcohol (it swells mucous membranes) and reduced carbs will detoxify the body and starve polyps. It is thought that polyps grow because of ‘garbage’ that is consumed. Exercise, lymphatic massage and Pranamya breathing exercises will energize the lymphatic system while helping to shrink polyps, making breathing easier.
Herbal Treatments for Sinus Polyps
Drinking hot, clear fluids will help to drain the sinuses. Green tea is particularly beneficial, containing the most antioxidants and polyphenols. Mint, ginger and Echinacea are excellent choices for herbal teas; mint fights infections and has anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties while ginger and Echinacea have numerous benefits.
Cayenne, among its many health benefits, stimulates and detoxes our lymphatic system. Cayenne tea (combined with honey and lemon) is an excellent morning detox. Cayenne is especially useful against polyps when diluted with water and sprayed into the nostrils.
Goldenseal was used by Native Americans to treat many ailments and is effective against many varieties of bacteria, yeast and fungi, including candida. It is used to treat mucus membrane infections, including sinus infections. It also helps alleviate sinus and chest congestion.
The goal of all holistic treatments is to disrupt the nasal environment that encourages polyp growth and to support the lymphatic and immune systems. Diet and lifestyle changes have the added benefit of increased energy levels and improved overall health.
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[YEA] 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.
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Los Angeles, CA
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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
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Magnetic Island, Australia
[YEA] 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.
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[YEA] 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.
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[YEA] I have undergone 3 surgeries for nasal polyps, been on steroid nasal sprays, and been on steroid saline irrigation. I no longer use prescription medicine, instead I am on a B vitamin supplement.
My doctor and I accidentally found out that I had been cured of nasal polyps when I went for a check up and the doctor found no polyps despite the fact that I had stopped my nasal steroid 3 months earlier due to vaccinations I was receiving. Over the next year, I did detective work to figure out how I did it. Initially, I thought it was zinc, fish oil, and B vitamins. However, I stopped the zinc and the fish oil years ago and the polyps are still gone. The only supplement I take now is a daily B vitamin pill. B vitamins are important for keeping one's skin healthy; so, my guess is that the B vitamins keep my skin strong enough to prevent bacteria, viruses, and fungi from breaching it and causing infection and inflammation and the resulting polyps.
On a side note, I was supposed to have a 4th surgery in 2007. I went for a third opinion, and that doctor said that he could get rid of the polyps without surgery. He gave me oral prednisone AND had me put budesonide (liquid prednisone) in saline solution and irrigate my nasal passages twice a day. The polyps were completely gone in 2 months.
On another side note, my friend's doctor told her to go on a migraine free food diet to stop her sinus infections. I have found that avoiding certain migraine trigger foods (almonds and oranges for me) keeps me from getting sinus congestion. Avoiding sinus congestion probably helps prevent the polyps by keeping bacteria from growing in all that stagnant sinus fluid.
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Has anyone tied bloodroot for nasal Polyps with any success?
Hi, I have nasal polyps but one in my right nostril that is so huge, it is embarrassing and horrible to live with. I applied bloodroot salve to it and it seems to have a hole in the centre of it. Does that mean it is working? I'm scared because I don't want to use too much but since there is no info on it, I don't know how much to apply each day with a cotton swab. I don't know what it means that a hole is through it but I want the whole giant thing gone. Can you advise me? I am due for surgery within the next six months or so and frankly, I'd rather not have to go through that. I appreciate your help on this matter. Most Sincerely, Marie
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Tucson Az Usa
After reading threads about bloodroot 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.
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Colorado Springs, Co
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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.
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[YEA] Sinus Polyps: 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.
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Dayton, Oh Ohio
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[BETTER BUT NOT CURED] 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.
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The Castor Oil works wonders for Sinus Polyps!!!!!!!! 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. :)
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Stony Brook, Ny
[YEA] 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.
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London, Middlesex, Uk
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[YEA] 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.
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