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Hydrogen Peroxide   0  0   

Posted by Andrew (Charlottetown, Pei, Canada) on 06/01/2012

[SIDE EFFECTS]  Hi I have serious Nasal polyps and post nasal drip. I started doing a 35% food grade h2o2 diluted down to 3% then diluted that to about 1%, I gargled once yesterday and twice today also I have been using it as a nasal spray to help with breathing, , but during the day today I had two episodes of nausea and when I layed down the symptoms gradually left, would this or could this be what they call die off symptoms from the h202 or is it someting else...thks

Posted by Kieran (Cookeville, TN, USA) on 03/19/2009

Much better within days using hydrogen peroxide! I have had nasal polyps for 6 years at least. I got on a prescription corticosteroid nasal spray. Very expensive, it worked and I could breathe so well I no longer needed it for a year,then the polyps came back. This time neither that medication nor another brand worked well at all. Since then I have spent literally thousands of dollars, and got used to mouth-breathing, most of the time, year-round - in addition to having the nose at times swollen, face hurting, constant runny nose (delightful on social occasions!) being woken up repeatedly every night to mop at nose, little to no sense of smell, etc. For years I have continued the nasal steroid spray, in addition I have taken a truckload of supplements, tried homeopathic remedies, acupuncture (repeatedly) and Chinese herbs, over-the-counter meds, lymphatic drainage massage (helpful to a degree), drinking gallons of water daily as per Dr. Batmanghelidj, a mini-trampoline (slightly helpful), DHEA (somewhat helpful at 25mg per day for me, a middle-aged male, tended to shrink the polyps slightly), FDA-approved meridian-diagnostic machines, a 4-day water-only fast followed by an elimination diet followed by avoiding all eggs, milk, and cheese for a year or 2 (made no difference) etc...I have been desperate enough to consider surgery, but put off by the astronomical cost and by the tales of pain, misery, brief relief and repeated polyp re-growth of those who pursued that option.

Last week, as a result of one more of my countless internet searches on the subject, I found some interesting references.
Little is known about nasal polyps, but one known fact is that "eosinophilia" is often involved - (I thought Eosinophilia was a city in Pennsylvania), but actually it turns out eosinophils are a type of white blood cell, and at least in many cases of nasal polyps in an immune over-reaction too many eosinophils rush to the sinuses (to fight a real or imaginary invader) and cause chronic inflammation.

I had also seen before the idea mentioned that nasal polyps might be caused from either actual parasites or "ghost parasites".

Last week I found someone on a forum on saying they were shrinking their polyps by squirting ordinary drugstore 3% h2o2 up their nostrils twice a day, mixed 50/50 with water I believe, in their opinion killing the parasites.

Then I found another article saying that applying h2o2 to eosinophils caused apoptosis - cell death. I have been merely dipping a cotton swab in straight h202 3 times daily and swabbing the polyps. They stopped tickling and have been shrinking rapidly, my sense of smell is back, I am not filling a trash-can full of tissues, I can breathe a lot better! It costs $1 or two at the dollar store for enough to last for months. Incidentally, an applied kinesiology practitioner told me months ago that I had parasites in the sinuses.

Replied by Marsha
Marietta, Ga
Hi Kieran,

I've been looking for a cure for Nasal Polyps. I will give this a try and hope for the best. I have large polyps in both nostril and I've lost the my sense of smell. I will let you know my results. Thanks a lot Marsha in Marietta

Replied by Marsha
Marietta, GA
I was just courious as to how many days before you could tell it was working (shrinking)? How long did you swab before they were completely gone. And is swabing better than squirting? Thanks for any info you have I'm in desperate need. I do mouth breathing. My polyps are so swollen until people something think that I need to clean my nose and I have to explain that it's a polyps not any thing I can blow out of my nose. It is so embrassing at time. Thanks again
Replied by Don
Dayton, OH
Thank you very much, Kieran. I will follow your way! It will be great if my polyps shrink even little bit! Don
Replied by Kieran
Cookeville, TN, USA
In reply to Marsha from Marietta: within 2 or 3 days there was noticeable improvement. They are not completely gone, my post should really have been labelled "better but not cured". I still have quite large polyps, but I can now breathe around them, the fat swollen places on the sides of my nose are now concave again as they used to be. It is a vast improvement in my case and a great relief for me. I can't guarantee it will work the same for you, if you choose to try it, but I certainly wish you well. I will post updates on any further significant changes, whether good or bad. I don't know how swabbing compares to squirting because I chose to simply swab. I look forward to any feedback from anyone else who may try this.

EC: Thanks for the update -- we've changed your rating to Better But Not Cured!

Replied by Jonathon.L
Melbourne, Australia
[BETTER BUT NOT CURED]   Hi, after reading your post, i went out to buy h202, only to realise it is not something that is easily found in Australian pharmacies. thus i ordered a bottle of h2o2 capsules (food grade), the type where there is white powder inside the clear capsules. anyway, for a weeks i opened the capsule, poured out the powder, and cotton swapped it onto my polyps. and immediately i felt a tingling sensation. after waiting approx 30mins i found that it was incredibly easier to breathe, and the polyps shrank. but i find that the process needs to be repeated 3-4 times a day, whereby the more frequently it is applied (above 3/4 times), the less effective it becomes. i also tried snorting a bit of the powder in attempt to make it 'reach' the deeper tissues, but there was no effect.

i have a question, as to how much h202 should one apply? and is an overdose detrimental? ie will it damage the tissue?

thanks if anyone could reply.

Replied by Casmat
Sydney, Australia
Sorry I can only help about locating food grade H202 in Australia. Google NTP Health Products. I have been getting it from them for years and service and quality has always been good. Not sure about using the powder from capsules???? Hope this helps you on your journey.
Replied by Kieran
Cookeville, TN, USA
Jonathan from Melbourne, Australia: I'm delighted to hear the h2o2 is helping you. I have never heard of the stuff coming in capsules, but the effects sound similar. I don't know about dosage, as I said above I am merely dipping a cotton swab in the (liquid) hydrogen peroxide 3 times daily and swabbing the polyps. I am no expert on the stuff, and can only say that the post I found on curezone said "Going on 2 years now...the hydrogen peroxide -though it burned- never damaged the skin in my nostrils...". So far I personally have experienced no ill effects. We are all our own guinea pigs here with folk remedies, what you do is up to you - and yet it was long-term use of prescription corticosteroid nasal spray that gave me nosebleeds. So far I am pleased. If I develop any problems I will let you know. Good luck, and I appreciate all feedback, we can all learn from each other.
Replied by Kieran
Cookeville, TN, USA
I hope you are all keeping in mind the h2o2 I read about is 3%. Do NOT even think of using, for example, the 35% food grade product mentioned here, that stuff unless greatly diluted will burn even tough skin, let alone delicate nasal mucosa. Prompted by Jonathon L.'s question re deleterious effects, I have tried searching for more info...much of it is too technical for me. I did see some implying h2o2 possibly causing eye irritation. I merely swab the polyps, which seems like it might have less risk of the stuff getting up into the eyes via the tear ducts than squirting it in the nose and sniffing. I would greatly welcome any further info about safety of this approach.
Replied by Emily
Westboro, Ma

Hello! I have been suffering from nasal polyps going on 4 years. I've tried allergy shots, I do nasal flush, steriods, anti-biotics (numerous times)...if someone told me to stand in my head and eat peanut butter I would try. Its so frustrating and depressing! I've seen 3 specialist and 2 have left the office I go so i've had to keep staring over with a new Dr. I now have no insurance and sprays and meds are too expensive (even tho they don't do anything). The only thing that has worked it steriods and anti-biotics at they same time but then my smell goes away once i'm off the combination. Its so frustrating!!! When I go to friends house most people bring a bottle of wine, I bring a box of tissues. I am used to it now but people always ask if I'm sick. I used to be so shy about blowing my nose because it's so un-attractive but now it just has to be done. It's so gross but what can I do? I've single handedly wiped out a small forest. I just hate it! My last Dr said just keep up what you've been doing and see you in 6 months. What?!? Suffering? But anyways...i am very excited to try this! i hope it will help! Thank you for the advice! I hope your nose is treating you well. Not being able to smell it terrible!!! i don't know if I smell! So I apologize to everyone if I do! Thanks!

Replied by Hopeforgoodhealth
Charlotte, Nc
What if the Nasal Polyps locates deep down in our nose close to our throat? How do I apply Hydrogen Proxide, should I irrigate my nose with it, like the same way as Neti Pot. Thank you in advance for your reply.
Replied by Musicgary
Roscoe, Il
[BETTER BUT NOT CURED]   I have been trying the hydrogen peroxide - using a cotton swab with H2o2 - for just two days now. Almost immediately I noticed improvement in my runny nose. But as of today I can tell you that the polyps are shrinking. We'll have to see how far this progresses, but it is moving in the right direction.
Replied by Tarryn
La, Ca

I had sinus surgery last year April - it took 6 weeks to heal and for a few months my sinuses were clear. Then I started having trouble again and a few months ago my sense of smell disappeared.

I have started nasal irrigation with a solution of 1/2 tsp salt, 1/4 tsp bicarb and 1/4 tsp Hydrogen peroxide in a glass of water.( Use a bit of boiling water to dissolve the salt and bicarb)

This seems to be working very well - if I use more peroxide it burns - you will have to test how much you can take, but according to my research it is 1%.

Replied by Kieran
Cookeville, Tn, Usa
[WORKED TEMPORARILY]   Although h2o2 gave dramatic results at first, they didn't last, in my case. (Maybe for others it might be different...or not? I don't know) Since then, with the polyps very bad again, in desperation I used a corticosteroid nasal spray for a while (ask for the generic one, much more reasonably priced than the competition). This relieved the symptoms a bit. I also took a non-drowsy 24-hour antihistamine for a while. Then I added a homemade nasal wash - a nasal spray bottle of water, a small pinch of salt, another of baking soda, 2 drops of grapefruit seed extract, and a pinch of xylitol. This was fairly helpful. Since then I tried taking something called "No-Fenol" along with a low phenol and low salicylate diet - to no effect.

In the long run I have found just 2 things that make a major difference for me: I have to completely avoid eating chicken eggs, and likewise no cows' milk or cheese, no lactose. Duck eggs seem to be fine. Goat milk seems to be fine. Whey from cow milk I think is ok. Butter is fine. With this approach the polyps have shrunk quite a bit. I breathe partly through my nose at long last once again, and my sense of smell is back! I found which foods to avoid by trying periods of time avoiding them and then not, repeatedly. Incidentally, the lactose in an enzyme supplement not only made my sinuses worse, but gave me a headache and general aches and pains too, along with bad dreams, negative thoughts, and irritability.

Best of luck to you all, keep trying, find your triggers and avoid them and you can and will get much better.

Replied by Colin
London, Uk
Hi, I am living in london and I am 49 years old. I have been suffering from nasal polyps for 10 years but have had a runny nose since I was a child. I have always thought that I have a low or bad immune system. I have not tried surgery as there is a high chance of reoccurrence. I have gotten some relief from using honey a drop in each nostril once or twice a day(I have not tried manuka honey) topographically (aplied with my fingertips). Also Cephagraine Drops two drops once or twice a day helps a lot. Chinese herbs helped a lot but I did not take it for long enough.

In the last 2 months I have been using hydrogen peroxide of 3% internally starting with 3 drops and going up to 10 to 15 drops per day in boiled water. Because of healing crisis I have taken it on and off, and some days I have just forgotten to take it. My nose is now clear and I need to carry on for about 2 more months (three months is sugessted) in Healing with whole foods.... Paul Pitchford. From what I have read H Peroxide rather than a cure it is a natural imunity booster. Please read for more guidelines and other uses.

There are books also and loads of info on the internet.

For more guidelines and other uses. It is great for the skin. Read about side effects it is important and it is better to get the food grade(amazon ebay ect. ) and dilute if necessary with ditilled/purified water.

I think the way forward is to do this and then try to stick to a diet which keeps me healthy.

In Ayurvedic medicine they recommend the following CEPHAGRAINE drops recomend these things. (I find it very hard to keep to the diet) but it keeps the polyps from growing.

Early to bed is very useful.
1) Consumption of turmeric, garlic, ginger and black pepper is recommended for these patients.
2) Prefer bland diet
Dont 's
1) Avoid fried and spicy food recipes.
2) Avoid food items, which cause indigestion and constipation.
3) Avoid exposure to excessive heat, cold and rain.
4) Avoid daytime sleeping and spending sleepless night.
5) Avoid curd, bananas and dried things. (Sinusitis)
6) Avoid drinking cold water and ice cream. (Sinusitis)
7) Avoid exposure to rain, excessive cold wind, smoke and dust. (Sinusitis)
8) Avoid irregular dietary habits. (Sinusitis)
9) Avoid daytime sleeping. (Sinusitis)

There are a few books about taking HP also and loads of info on the internet.

email me; colin_holford(at)

Only take It when you are sure. HP occurs naturally in rain water

Replied by Colin
London, Uk
[SIDE EFFECTS]   Hi, The Hydrogen peroxide internally made me ill. Eventually after about 2 months, I got really ill. It was like candida I felt really weak with headaches and could do nothing. I have gone back to the Ayuvedic doctor and feel much better for it. My sense of taste is returning and I am clearing my lungs out. My nose is Clear. Good luck

Hydrogen Peroxide, Colloidal Silver, Reduced Wheat   1  0   

Posted by Ritu (Houston, Tx, Usa) on 02/03/2010

[YEA]  after suffering from polyps, extreme stuffiness, sinus infections for years, i started nasal saline rinse with 1tsp of hydrogen peroxide, collodial silver spray in the nose, reduced consumption of wheat. this gave me instant relief. It is now been five months since i have been following this.

Ice   1  0   

Posted by Marblenose (London, England) on 05/24/2013

[YEA]  If your nasal polyps are swollen or inflamed due to infection etc, a temprorary relief to this is to crush ICE force it up your nose compacting the polyps :-) I had one the size of a marble in my right nostril for last 2/3 weeks Ice has reduced it considerably. I can actually breathe in an out of that nostril today for the first time in weeks, sadly its probably only temprorary , the first time I used the Ice was last night was amazed to wake this morning swelling gone right down , give it a try it costs nothing spread out a tissues or cloth on table lean ur head forward the ice will will obviously melt on to the cloth.. I'm going out to try another ICE session now ...

Iodine Saline Rinse   1  0   

Posted by Allgood (NE Georgia) on 01/24/2015

[YEA]  Sinus polyps and infections:

I had sinus problems for many years--3 surgeries--fungal infection etc--finally saw dr donald dennis in atlanta--he always saw polyps until I added provodine iodine 10 percent--10+drops per cup to my saline rinse. My polyps suddenly went away--he now recommends adding potassium iodine to rinses--said he has cured many people--even a friend he had been treating for 10 years--it certainly has turned my life around.

Lecithin   1  0   

Posted by Bryan (Houston, Texas) on 07/24/2012

[YEA]  I have suffered with persistent nasal polyps for about 15 years; I developed an allergy to aspirin which is linked to the polyps and asthma. During this time I had the polyps surgically removed at least 7 times (that I can recall off the top of my head) only to have them grow back within 6-8 weeks. Needless to say I could not smell, had limited taste (thank God for Tabasco.... only thing that gave food flavor) and had at least 6 major sinus infections per year requiring extensive antibiotics.

Recently I started taking Lecithin (2 1200 MG softgel caps) and Ginko Biloba (2 120 MG Caps) along with my daily vitamins. After about 2 weeks of this I started to detect odors. Now, not having smelled for 15 years I had no idea what I was smelling, but the fact that I could smell SOMETHING was great. About another 2 weeks and I caould breathe easily through my nose and I could smell all sorts of things. I had forgotten the joys of smelling freshly brewed coffee, chocolate chip cookies baking, and my wife's perfume.

I believe the Lecithin is the major player in my success. Lecithin, from what I've learned about it, is an emulsifier; it dissolves things and keeps them suspended in another liquid. This allows you to get rid of the waste products in your system rather than letting them collect in your body. The Lecithin has also helped lower my cholesterol and improve my cardiac health in general.

Take this for what it's worth. It worked for me and it is a cheap and painless alternative to some of the other treatments I've seen. I would love to see a clinical study on this, but whose going to do that when there is no drug to be marketed once the study is complete.

Replied by Sean
Coral Gables, Fl
Bryan: Very interesting comments about Lecithin - definitely willing to give it a try. Have you experienced any side effects from 2.4g daily?

Also, I was wondering whether you made any dietary or lifestyle changes apart from the Lecithin and Gingko? Have you ever had allergy testing done to assess whether your allergies are food-related or environmental-related (dust, pollen, animals, etc.)?

Lugol's Iodine   0  0   

Posted by Leslie (Geneva, IL) on 06/07/2007

[BETTER BUT NOT CURED]  For 4 days I have been applying Lugols Iodine to my nose polyp,once in the morning and at night. Has reduced in size and shape. Before was very red, now looks like color of surrounding tissue. Will continue this experiment and report to you the outcome.

Replied by Tom
Cherry Hill, Nj
Are you sure that is a polyp? Everything I've seen on polyps says they are translucent and gray in appearance. I've watched several videos on Youtube about polyp surgeries and you can clearly see them and they are never red.
Replied by Colin
London, Uk
Mine are always red.

Manuka Honey Sinus Rinse   1  0   

Posted by James (Livonia, Mi) on 02/26/2012

[YEA]  After reading numerous posts on these forums, I tried using manuka honey in my sinus rinse. I noticed a difference almost right away. Within a couple weeks, my polyps actually DID shrink and saved me a trip to the ENT guy. It is not cheap, but it is cheaper than going to the doctor. The effect is rather pleasant. I am hoping that longer term use will help me recover some semblance of smell and taste senses. James

MMS   1  0   

Posted by L. (Spokane, Wa) on 10/11/2010

[YEA]  Hi, I just wanted to share this with all the people who have nasal polyps. My husband had a whole bunch of them, and one was like centimeters from protruding from his nostril, I tried EVERYTHING!!! That I could find about polyps, we did, and nothing seemed to help, celendine was the only thing that would help a teeny bit, he could not sleep, eat or focus, it was horrible! Then my mom suggested we try MMS, within a week, he started breathing a bit though his nose, and it kept getting better, we are now on week 5, and he keeps improving everyday, I looked up his nostril the other day, and could not see that one polyp that was so close to protruding! After he takes it for 2 or 3 months, I want to go back and get a scan done and see whats going on! But I wanted to let people know to try this, because I know how terrible and hopeless polyps are! Good luck!

Replied by Reghu
Nassau, Bahamas
What is MMS? Please explain. Thanks

EC: Go to this page:

Replied by Sanjeev
New Delhi, Delhi
What is MMS? Pl explain.

EC: More info here:

Multiple Remedies   3  0   

Posted by Yearningtobreathefree (Middle Tennessee, US) on 01/17/2015

[YEA]  Have had nasal polyps about 13 years. Have done the nasal steroids and about every remedy in these pages over the years. A few months ago was still in my chronic state of 100% blocked nose on both sides, chronic sinus infection, soaking wads of tissues, sinus headaches etc - you all know! Nose was swollen and fat.

Much better last few months. I have been taking twice daily a rotating and varied mix of a tiny pinch of goldenseal, 1 drop GSE, 1 drop clove oil, 1 drop oregano oil, now and then 20 drops myrrh or olive leaf tincture - all of the above to keep infection at bay.

Have been squirting home-made nasal spray (distilled water, xylitol, baking soda, colloidal silver, GSE, 3% h2o2, baby shampoo - all these not measured but in tiny dabs into the distilled water in an empty saline nasal spray bottle), alternating with an oregano oil-based nasal spray I purchased and plain homemade colloidal silver also sprayed in the nostrils. I squirt each of the above in the nose at least once each per day.

Other vital parts of this regimen that have helped greatly:
L-arginine (500mg) once daily.
1000 iu methylcobalamin B12 once daily (in the morning! ).
500mg cordyceps capsule each morning.
5000mcg biotin once daily.
From 2 to 5 drops 2% Lugol's iodine daily, depending on how I feel.
The oral and nasal items in the 2nd and 3rd paragraphs are to kill/prevent infection.
The arginine boosts nitric oxide, which helps kill infection and seems to assist in opening the sinuses (humming 20 minutes a day also boosts NO).
The methylcobalamin I saw mentioned on a few forums as greatly relieving decades of chronic sinus trouble in many people.
Cordyceps boosts immunity.
Biotin is needed to help the body beat back fungus - whether sinus infection, dandruff, athlete's foot, jock itch, etc.
Iodine helps to improve low thyroid, which is endemic now due to bromine having replaced iodine in American bread, and chlorine and fluorine in the water. Low metabolism is loved by fungus, & 96% of sinus infections are primarily fungal (Mayo Clinic).

One final thing and likely the most important: look up "cured nasal polyps -normal body temperature", then look up Matt Stone and read his e-book "Eat for Heat". The latter worked for me better and faster than iodine alone.
I can smell things for increasing lengths of time every day now! I can even get some air through one or both nostrils for some time every day. My nose looks mostly normal now, and I am using less tissues. It wakes me up, running, much less often.

Good luck to you all, and remember, use your own judgement and discretion on any of these suggestions. Pay attention to how your body responds.

Posted by Joe (Wollongong, Nsw Australia) on 05/23/2013

I know why water fasting and other fasting can help sinus conditions and polyps and many other conditions and that is because it clears the lymphatic system. The lymphatic system is important for our immunity and helps in dealing with stress and allergy. If the lymphtic system is clogged with the over consumption of foods and some very challenging foods then your nose and sinus receive more inflammation from the garbage build up. The lymphatic system is like the garbage man that takes away the garbage. Garbage may just turn into polyps. Instead of polluting and causing a worse diseased situation little sacks of garbage called polyps form to protect us.

How do we heal this?

1. Drink your 8 glasses of water per day. Enjoy herbal teas. Maybe goats or almond milk if you must add something. No sugar.
2. Avoid lots of fats. Just a little fat to cook in and satisfy your stomach as this will help stop sugar cravings.
3. Avoid dairy and wheat as much as you can.
4. Thinks about eating lots of greens instead of grains.
5 Get a good night sleep and let your lymph system work when it prefers. It works better as you lay down and rest.
6. Exercise regularly as your lymph needs that help it to do its work. You need to be active for it to circulate.
7. Get good lymphatic massage and remove tension from your lymph restricting chronic tight muscles. Especially those ones cleaning your head and sinuses.
8. Take lymph herbs like fenugreek, bayberry and redroot(not bloodroot), take vitamin c 5000mg spread throughout the day and 2000mg of bioflavanoids. Take quircetin and bromelain. There is a bloodroot nasal drops you can make up as a spray from godshear herbalist UK this will dissolve polyps.
9. Also smaller meals spread throughout the day can be easier on our body. Try taking meals with a good digestive enzyme supplement. You can try taking this supplement between meals also and last thing at night and let it help clear your lymph.
10. This information is like gold. I am sure it will help. It's your time now. Wishing you the best of health.

Posted by Lauren (Denver, Colorado) on 10/07/2012

[YEA]  I've been struggling with chronic sinusitic and nasal polyps for 4 years. Within a few months of my first bout with chronic sinusitis I also deveoped asthma, an allergy to aspirin and ibuprofen, and have since developed all kinds of food sensitivities. I believe what's at the root at all of this is simple: immune defunction. But treating that can be quite complicated and take a long time. It's taken me years of experimentation and emotional upheaval to find a natural regimine that shows results, and I've finally found a combination of things that is working. I have wanted to avoid surgery and over-medicating, so the results I am having so far are great. Actually, what brought me to this in the first place was this: I had been controlling my sinus issues with a nasal steroid for a year, and then suddenly got a bad infection on which the steroid and anything OTC had no effect on whatsoever. After 4 weeks of suffering, I got aggressive about the following...

First there is the diet. After being gluten free for several years and more recently elliminating processed sugars and dairy, I have adopted a Paleo diet that is beginning to take in principles of the Specific Carb Diet and even GAPS. Please Google especially the last two to find out more information about these things. Going grain-free and adopting a strict whole-foods diet (no 'organic' frozen pre-packaged foods) began to make a huge difference in how I felt overall. It has not cured my sinus issues, but it has supplied me with energy and vitality I otherwise lacked. It has elliminated most of the brain-fog I had for years with chronic sinusitis, and I have the energy to keep up with regular exercise, work, and school. It has also balanced out the bloating and wieght gain I've experienced being on low-dose nasal and lung steroids. Recent emphasis on rebuilding the gut using L-glutamine, therepeutic strength pro-biotics, home-made bone broths, and fermented vegetables has also increased this overall vitality. According to GAPS dieters, there is strong hope for being able to eventually tolerate the foods I developed sudden allergies and intolerances to (dairy, alcohol, almonds, grains) but for now I strictly avoid all of those things.

Next, there is the direct attack to the polyps and sinus infections. Twice a day to a half-filled neti pot, I put in 1/4 tsp salt, a few drops of tea tree oil, a few drops of concentrated Grape Seed Extract, and a few drops of Goldenseal. Since one nostril is completely blocked by visible nasal polyps, I simply soak what I can for a few minutes instead of passing the water from one sice to the other, as that's pretty impossible for me at the moment. In the other nostril, I can get the water far enough back that it runs into my throat. I let that happen a little bit, but otherwise, try to hold it in as it can be a bit intense with all the oils and instead just soak the area. When I'm done with the neti pot, I apply a few drops of Neem Oil into each nostril and suck back what I can. Neem oil is not only an anti-fungal/anti-bacterial, but it is also a strong tonifyer to the mucous membranes, like Goldenseal as well. I aim to balance the bacterial-fighting properties of waht I use with some tonifying properties to help rebuild damaged tissues. Every once and a while, I dab a qtip into coconut oil and tea tree oil and pply it directly to the visible polyps and surrounding tissues.

In the two weeks I've been doing that particular regimine, I've experienced visible shrinking of the polyps and of the surrounding facial swelling. I've reduced my usage of my prescription nasal steroid to once a day and might aim to slowly elliminate it to allow my immune system to properly function in my nose for further assistance. My stuffiness has come in and out- I believe that as the polyps shrink, a TON of trapped mucous is being released. Every once and a while, I almost literally scrape out (with a qtip) thick chunks of bright colored mucous, which I could see easily getting trapped with the polyps and feeding their inflammation. Also, as larger polyps shrink, I imagine they leave room for the medicine to finally start reaching other hidden polyps for healing, so I am not expecting overnight results.

I have some days where I can nearly smell in one nostril, and where the airflow is so clear that I forget my struggles. Congestion and inflammation always returns, but it comes in and out. On stuffier days, my neti pot regimine almost always brings instant relief, de-inflammation, and sinus draining.

FWIW, I've also been committed to weekly acupuncture treatments and taking Bi Yan Pian, a chinese medicine complex you can find on amazon at great prices. For chronic conditions, this sort of treatment can take a long time to start showing their effects, but I believe in their support. I have a community acupuncture place that I attend with sliding scale fees.

Most days, I also have a cup of ACV 'tea' sweetened with stevia and occasionally spiced with cayenne pepper. I regularly drink dandelion tea, tulsi tea, nettle tea, and also take spirulina and chlorella supplements, all for their blood-cleansing immune supporting properties.

After reading things here, I'm going to experiment with adding Castor oil to my regimine, directly into my sinus and as a pack on my liver. But so far I feel really good about what I have going and think it'll take some time to measure my results drastically. The relief I've received so far is incredible.

Replied by Yearningtobreathefree
Middle Tennessee, US
Samter's Triad is a salicylate sensitivity. If you avoid not only aspirin etc. but also high-salicylate foods, you may be able to breathe much better. Salicylates in skin-care products may be even worse (wintergreen etc). Alternatively or in addition, you can buy special enzymes to help you digest salicylate-rich foods. Or look up "aspirin de-sensitization".
Best of luck to you, I have nasal polyps too, but not Samter's or I would know how to relieve the problem at least in large part!

Posted by Anne (Senlis, France) on 10/11/2011

Hi everyone,
Well, it has been months now that I have been reading EC and investigating on the internet how to cure my polyps. First of all let me tell you, I have allergic rinhitis, asthma ( take a cortizone inhaler every day), and polyps. The first time the polyps attacked me was ten years ago. I had partial blockage and complete anosmia. The Nose throat, etc specialist gave me a corticoid that did NOTHING at all. That really made me angry because I was breast feeding at the time and was not aware of what was inside the spray. Amyhow, the specialist said I needed SURGERY! Alarmed, I turned to my Homeopath who gave me a treatment that gave me back my sense of smell. I was very happy and forgot about the whole thing...

Last Febuary, after a severe nose cold, the polyps attacked again. This time completly blocked on both sides. It was horrible! I couldn't sleep because everytime I relaxed, I choked for my toungue was sucked my the vacum effect of breathing only through my mouth, for there was absolutly NO air coming in through my nose at all. I suffered enormously, my state of mind deteriorated for not being able to sleep and I became sort of depresed. The GP gave me cortizone spray wich I refused to take. I started to attack with megadoses of vitamin c, ascorbic acid and went o an homepath. The blockage went away after about 10 days.

After that I was breathing again, but still I had the appointment with another spcialist in the uk. I thought the problem was gone, but the moment he saw into may nose he said I had an "enormous" polyp on my left nostril and surgery was needed. Needles to say, I was very disappointed and sad with the news, but still, I was breathing through both my nostrils... A couple of months after that, the polyps came back stronger, bigger more resistant, the day of my birthday and for no apparent reason. Complete blockage again, no sleep, fast deterioration!

Then I started a regime of many things that I investigated and have been working great! First urgent thing was to get rid of the infection and clean the sinuses. How to do that especially if nothing was coming in or out of my nose?

I started taking MEGA doses of ascorbic acid powder, up to "bowel tolerance" (please check went up to 40 grams a day! Also, there is a breathing system developed by profesor Buteyko. With one of his exercise I could unblock my nose long enough to risne with salt water four to five times a day. This specific Buteyko exercise consist in blowing the air out of your lungs and gently moving your head until you cant take it anymore, then start breathing takeing short breath, provoking a slight sense of suffocation, to create CO2 wich will open the nose pasagges for a short time, enough to do the salt water rinse. This sounds brutal and it feel even more so, considering that with this illnes we are already suffering from suffocation, but it works! After four days of doing this, the polyps ceased and I could start getting air in through my nose again. This was end of june, scince then I have still batteled with this polyps, even with an homephatic remedy sold on the internet that "declares a battle of sinuses" but that di not work for me. But, following the Buteyko technique, the ascrbic acid protocol and four other important practices that I will describe, I have been able to CONTINUALLY breathe ONLY through my nose since... Breathing ONLY through the nose is one of the BUTEYKO pricipals to avoid overbreathing or hyperventilation.

A recomendation I can give right away and something that I have been practicing since july is, taping the mouth during the night to avoid at all cost snoring and mouth breathing. I know when you have polyps this is torture, but it is an essential practice to start getting better! The more you breathe through the nose, the less blockage you get and the inverse is also true.

I have bought two books of this technique and I have paid an expensive course to learn how to breathe correctly to reverse and STOP my asthma and my rinhitis and to reduce my polyps. I have also started "Autohemotherapy" and oil pulling. "AHT" is a thecnique where you take blood from your own vein and imediatly reinject it intra muscularly, in the arm, leg or buttock. There is a lot on the internet about this, look up DR. Louiz Moura from Brasil on youtube. After I started the breathing exercises and tje autohemotherapy six weeks ago, I have reduced my inhalers to more than half, have had no need for releiver, my postnasal dripping is gone and I dont need to blow my nose but once or twice a day if any. I continue to take 20 grams of ascobic acid daily and also take a b suplement, iron, selenium, zinc, iodine for my thyroid. Chloruro de magnesio salts, 20 grams diluted in 1 liter of water, take a 3 oz. daily. I also do a "Castor oil pack" some days a week. I am feeling great today!

My plans are to reduce my polyps considerably by the end of this year, but so far I have acheived complete unblockage, and I feel that I am actually healling myself. I do Tracendetal Meditation 2 times a day and a 30 minute brisk walk in the park. I haven't taken at any moment ANY allopatic medicaments. I give thanks to God to put this challenge in my life, for I am dedicated to heal myself in a Holistic way and be in better condition than before.

Replied by Cazzybabe
St Albans
I am 67 and have nasal polyps, sinus disease and asthma for the last ten years. I have had several surgeries for polyp removal, my septum straightened and my left drainage port, (top of the nose) widened. The left side has caused no problems for six years, but the other side makes my life AWFUL.

I do the following self help. Nasal douching, made of warm water and a teaspoon of sea salt. As I pour into one side of my nose, I also sniff it right back into my throat. Then spit it out. That really helps and I've never had a single cold in the last two years. I do this as often as needed. I have so many polyps I have to take steroid drops, but by douching have cut that down to under half the frequency.

I do yoga every day, the inverted positions are invaluable and I eat a diet of 80% fruit and veg. This is a good anti inflammatory diet.

I'm having surgery in two weeks and feel very confident, that once gone, I will keep my nose free of nasties providing I keep up the diet, douching and yoga.

Posted by Don (Toronto, Ontario, Ca) on 09/22/2011

[BETTER BUT NOT CURED]  1st of all, thank you all for sharing your experiences and self experimentation. I too have suffered from 25 years of nasal polyps - if I knew then how this would effect my quality of life, I would have cut off my nose. I have had 1 surgery, enjoyed a sense of smell for around 6 months and breathing for a couple of years before the polyps returned. After nasal sprays and on and off Prednesone, I was about to go for the 2nd surgery when I came to this site.

So far, I have tried just about every suggestion here. To summarize -

Hydrogen Peroxide 3% - made my nose burn like crazy and bleed, but seemed to reverse the growth - might be a solution if you can stand the cure.

Sinus Wars 13 - seems to dry me out, but no shrinking of the polyps. Still taking it as it doesn't seem to hurt - been on it about a month now.

Manuka Honey - nice honey, bit expensive and might be beneficial to a nasal infection, but didn't seem to shrink the polyps.

Nasal wash - clove oil, salt, baking soda, warm water - helped to clear out some nasal congestion and like the HP 3%, it burnt like crazy so didn't look forward to those washes.

Tea Tree Oil - Ta Da!! It is now about 2 weeks since I started treatment, and I was really hoping this was the one. It doesn't sting the nasal pasages, but it does make me cry as it gets near the eye ducts. Well, the polyps are not gone yet (they started out as really large pushing my nose out and coming out into both nostrils) but I now have days that I can breathe out of my nose! Just like nature intended :-) I am really hopeful that the polyps will keep shrinking. Initially the polyps fought back and enlarged, but after a few days, they started turning to another consistancy and then shrinking. This was not a few days solution for me, but weeks - keep it up every day (qtip with the Tea Tree Oil up the nose several times a day, as mentioned on here - Thank you! ).

That plus - no alcohol and no coffee (both are important to quit so please just do it - drink tea but not Tea Tree :-) and Exercise - so many people are saying that on here, and it is so true. That keeps the gunk flowing. Drink water, of course.

My theory is that there are several causes of these nasty creatures - dry nasal passages, allergies, fungus. They probably have different cures too depending on your cause. I believe the Tea Tree Oil keep the passages moist and probably kills the fungus too. Avoid whatever allergies you have as best as you can too, because all of these cures are based upon letting the body heal. Best breathing to all!

Replied by Marisam
Las Vegas, Nv
I feel like I just hit the jackpot with this website. I am at my breaking point with allergies and sinus problems. I had sinus surgery in april 2010 - for a few months, things were great. I started allergy shots in June 2010. Since April '10, I've had about 5 infections, for which I take an antibiotic/steroid mix. this is WAY better than the 1 infection every 6 weeks I was getting prior to surgery. but I am still stuffed up 90% of the time... The allergy shots haven't done anything so far. I am still taking allergy pills every night, and even use afrin when I just can't take it anymore.

I started bikram yoga in jan. '11. I believe this has helped tremendously. Being in the heated room really opens up your nasal passages but obviously we can't be in a 105 degree room 24 hours a day. I dust like a crazy person. I wash my sheets at least 2x a week... What really sucks is that if I take a sip of alcohol, my nose immediately closes up (and I love wine!! )

I thought about asking my Dr. about the interpolyp steroid injections, but I just don't want to put any of that stuff in my body any more!! My husband and I are planning to start a family soon, so I want to have all that junk out of me before that happens.

I am going to try some of these home remedies and I PRAY that something will work!!! I refuse to get surgery again, as it was obviously not a solution.

THANK YOU ALL FOR YOUR TIPS AND ADVICE!!!! I'll let you know how it goes... :)

Replied by Sunny
L.a., California
I just had in the last two weeks two polyps on their own coming out of my nose. Both were large and nasty, one more orange with blood traces in it with more irregular shape and the other more yellow with the shape of plum or peach kernel. The thing is I didn´t even know I had them! I went thru all sort of specialists in my shitty country and they were all giving me all sorts of corticoseroids to heal my problems, and my reactions to it were even worse then when not using all these pumps, antihisaminics and other drugs. Normaly my right nostril was for I don´t know for how many years now completely stuck and I thought it was due to my septum deviation. What happened really. I could not take any more nosedrops (oksimetazolinclorid) cause they started interfiering with my heart. This was a very serious thing and I had to find some other solution for my nose. I got a flu three weeks ago and I normaly could not breathe anymore. What I did is I took mint oil and I was applying it on my forehead (sinus frontalis ) and under my nostrils for lets say three times a day, and I also applied them a bit long the middle of my nose and between my eyes and under my eyes (trying to cover sinus maxillaris). Of course in this case, I  would have eyes closed and waited for some time untill the drops wear of.

So people mint oil! MINT OIL! Since yesterday since the second one came out I can acctually breath like I can not remember when was the last time I was breathing like that. I have to say I was also doing some pranayama exercises, trying to breath strong thru both of my nostrils... So I was now completely shocked, first of all I had no idea I had these monsters inside and second of all I can not belive my nose is finally free, and it doesn´t look so swollen any more, and I am happy these things are not inside anymore. So I recomend mint oil.! Be patient. but after one week make a little pause so that the skin can regenerate

p.s. my forehead skin I must say was a bit peeling after a few days but it helped!

Replied by Sunny
L.a., California
I just had in the last two weeks two polyps on their own coming out of my nose. Both were large and nasty, one more orange with blood traces in it with more irregular shape and the other more yellow with the shape of plum or peach kernel. The thing is I didn´t even know I had them! I went thru all sort of specialists in my shitty country and they were all giving me all sorts of corticoseroids to heal my problems, and my reactions to it were even worse then when not using all these pumps, antihisaminics and other drugs. Normaly my right nostril was for I don´t know for how many years now completely stuck and I thought it was due to my septum deviation. What happened really. I could not take any more nosedrops (oksimetazolinclorid) cause they started interfiering with my heart. This was a very serious thing and I had to find some other solution for my nose. I got a flu three weeks ago and I normaly could not breathe anymore. What I did is I took mint oil and I was applying it on my forehead (sinus frontalis ) and under my nostrils for lets say three times a day, and I also applied them a bit long the middle of my nose and between my eyes and under my eyes (trying to cover sinus maxillaris). Of course in this case, I would have eyes closed and waited for some time untill the drops wear of.

So people mint oil! MINT OIL! Since yesterday since the second one came out I can acctually breath like I can not remember when was the last time I was breathing like that. I have to say I was also doing some pranayama exercises, trying to breath strong thru both of my nostrils... So I was now completely shocked, first of all I had no idea I had these monsters inside and second of all I can not belive my nose is finally free, and it doesn´t look so swollen any more, and I am happy these things are not inside anymore. So I recomend mint oil.! Be patient. but after one week make a little pause so that the skin can regenerate

p.s. my foreheadskin I must say was a bit peeling after a few days but it helped!

Posted by Zen (London, Unite Kingdom) on 05/19/2011

[YEA]  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.

Replied by Michelle
Lloydminster, Alberta
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.

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