Sinus Polyps
Natural Remedies

Sinus Polyp Remedies

Alkaline Diet
Posted by Oliver (Paris) on 12/30/2012
5 out of 5 stars

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.

Castor Oil
Posted by Sgd (Dayton, Oh Ohio) on 12/24/2012

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
Posted by Sgd (Dayton, Ohio) on 12/18/2012
5 out of 5 stars

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.

Hydrogen Peroxide
Posted by Colin (London, Uk) on 11/23/2012

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

Fiber Supplement, Probiotics, Enzymes
Posted by Don_in_toronto (Toronto, Ontario, Canada) on 11/22/2012

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) 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.

Castor Oil
Posted by Anupam (Mumbai, India) on 11/15/2012

Castor is okay but I moved to homeopathy and wow it really works. More update on homeopathy section.

Fiber Supplement, Probiotics, Enzymes
Posted by Karen (Freeport, Fl) on 11/08/2012

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!

Fiber Supplement, Probiotics, Enzymes
Posted by Don_in_toronto (Toronto, Ontario, Canada) on 10/22/2012

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.

Multiple Remedies
Posted by Lauren (Denver, Colorado) on 10/07/2012
5 out of 5 stars

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.

Multiple Remedies
Posted by Cazzybabe (St Albans) on 10/05/2012

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.

Eliminate Sugar
Posted by Lisa (Thousand Oaks, Ca, Usa) on 09/27/2012

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 Sugar
Posted by Doeboymcjc (London, UK) on 09/27/2012
1 out of 5 stars

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.

Eliminate Sugar
Posted by Brian (Adelaide, Sth Aus, Australia) on 09/15/2012
5 out of 5 stars

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 :)

Eliminate Sugar
Posted by Doeboymcjc (USA) on 09/13/2012

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.


Sinus Papilloma
Posted by Ropingangel (Blair, Oklahoma) on 09/13/2012

Hello Ingrid! I was diagnoised with the same thing 4 years ago.... I opted for no surgery, chemo or radiation. Mine was very large at the time and I need a team of surgeons! I was told the same thing it would come back or become cancer too. However I did not have a biopsy so really did not even know if it was already cancerous. Anyway, I went to a holistic Doc and went on a All Raw Food Diet! No junk no sugar! Just fruits and veggies! I juice carrots and beets, celery, cucumbers, ginger etc! I became very healthy and am doing great! My tumor is still there but not growing! Research all you can on holistic all natural ways to heal yourself! It works! :)

Sinus Papilloma
Posted by Maydaybefore (Brussels, Belgium) on 09/11/2012

Hi there everyone. I just got back from the hospital and my ORL told me, after a biopsy and a scan that I have INVERTED PAPILLOMA in my left sinus and I would need surgery to remove the tumor (which is benign). I read online a bit about this and it is not reassuring at all. The doctor seems convinced that the tumor is going to come back and or degenerate into cancer.... I'm only 36 and have a son to raise. Please help with any ideas!

God bless you! Ingrid

Fiber Supplement, Probiotics, Enzymes
Posted by Don_in_toronto (Toronto, Ontaria, Canada) on 08/28/2012

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.

Eliminate Sugar
Posted by Brian (Adelaide, Sth Aus, Australia) on 08/25/2012

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 "[email protected]" (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 : )

Eliminate Sugar
Posted by Doeboymcjc (London) on 08/21/2012

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.

Vitamin C, Grape Seed Extract
Posted by Anupam (Mumbai) on 08/15/2012

Undiluted tea tree oil can burn your nasal passage.. Better stop.

Vitamin C, Grape Seed Extract
Posted by Raaj (Poughkeepsie, New York) on 08/07/2012

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 Tea 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.

Multiple Remedies
Posted by Joe (Wollongong, Australia) on 08/05/2012

For Sinus Polyps, I suggest using an inhalation steamer bowl (any spare bowl) or facial steamer. Place a few drops of tea tree oil, cinnamon oil, thyme oil and clove oil. You can just add one or two of the suggested oils or all of the oils. Use while you are out and about and don't have time to steam - sinu orega.

Get a food allergen blood test from such places as your medical nutritionist or naturopath. Do an elmination diet. Pick the five top culprits/suspects to start with.

Go on an anti candida diet and also try caprylic acid.

Eat extra virgin hexane free coconut oil. Nilstat liquid for your mouth to gargle and swallow and get nilstat tablets from your doctor. Also try oregano oil or herb tablets. Cook with it it is great with meat. Wonderful herb.

Hope these few suggestions help. Using a salt and bicarbonate soda filled neti pot can help but drain your sinus later and dry it by blowing gently.

Posted by Sean (Coral Gables, Fl) on 07/29/2012

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.)?

Eliminate Sugar
Posted by Brian (Adelaide, Sth Aus, Australia) on 07/28/2012

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.

Eliminate Sugar
Posted by Jannette (Ridgewood, Nj) on 07/27/2012

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!

Eliminate Sugar
Posted by Brian (Adelaide, Sth Aus, Australia) on 07/27/2012

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.

Eliminate Sugar
Posted by Jannette (Ridgewood, Nj) on 07/25/2012

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.

Posted by Bryan (Houston, Texas) on 07/24/2012
5 out of 5 stars

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.

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Coll (Brisbane, Australia) on 07/06/2012

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.

Eliminate Sugar
Posted by Suman (New Delhi, Delhi, India) on 06/26/2012
5 out of 5 stars

Dear Brian, 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 Brian. People, this really works!

Fiber Supplement, Probiotics, Enzymes
Posted by Don (Toronto, Canada) on 06/24/2012
4 out of 5 stars

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.

Anti-Candida Diet
Posted by Burcu (Istanbul, Turkey) on 06/24/2012

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.

  1. Do you live in a big and polluted city?
  2. Do you have a stressful life in general?
  3. Are you a contented person in general?
  4. Have you had seet tooth all your life?

Please let me know.

All the best

Castor Oil
Posted by Anupam (Mumbai, India) on 06/16/2012
4 out of 5 stars

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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Posted by Brian (Adelaide, Sth Aus, Australia) on 06/03/2012

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!

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Posted by Robbie (London, England) on 06/02/2012
5 out of 5 stars

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!!! :-)

Vitamin C, Grape Seed Extract
Posted by Patty (Vegas, Nv) on 05/21/2012

How much of a dose did you take of the garlic?

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Posted by Brian (Adelaide, Sth Aus, Australia) on 05/05/2012

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:


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.

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Posted by Kathryn (Kitchener, Ontario, Canada) on 05/01/2012

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.

Multiple Remedies
Posted by Sunny (L.a., California) on 03/26/2012

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!

Multiple Remedies
Posted by Sunny (L.a., California) on 03/26/2012

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!

Dietary Changes
Posted by Alana (Seattle, Wa) on 03/16/2012

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!

Castor Oil
Posted by Dave (Central, Virginia) on 03/13/2012

David, How is the castor oil treatment going?

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Posted by Brian (Adelaide, Sth Aus, Australia) on 03/09/2012

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.)

Dietary Changes
Posted by Givemeair! (Cookeville, Tn, Usa) on 03/09/2012

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).

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Posted by Brian (Adelaide, Sth Aus, Australia) on 03/09/2012

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.


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Posted by Belinda (Cape Town, South Africa) on 03/08/2012

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.

Castor Oil
Posted by David (Atlanta, Georgia) on 03/04/2012

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. :)

Manuka Honey Sinus Rinse
Posted by James (Livonia, Mi) on 02/26/2012
5 out of 5 stars

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

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Posted by Brian (Adelaide, Sth Aus, Australia) on 02/15/2012

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.

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Posted by Anjomac (Woodstock, On) on 02/13/2012

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

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Posted by Brian (Adelaide, S.a., Australia) on 02/08/2012

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.

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Posted by Timh (Louisville, Ky, Usa) on 02/07/2012 2073 posts

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.

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Posted by Brian (Adelaide, South Australia, Australia) on 02/06/2012

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.

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Posted by Brian (Adelaide, South Australia, Australia) on 02/06/2012

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.

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Posted by Carly (Seattle, Wa - Usa) on 02/05/2012

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.


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Posted by Timh (Louisville, Ky, Usa) on 02/05/2012 2073 posts

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.

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Posted by Brian (Adelaide, South Australia, Australia) on 02/04/2012

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.

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Chasj (Okc, Ok) on 12/27/2011

How many days do you drink the tea with Apple Cider Vinegar in it and how many times a day?

Posted by Determined (Traverse City, Mi) on 12/14/2011

Just a follow up:

The sinus rinse with the neti pot has been doing it's part. I went to a homeopathic web site,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.

Anti-Candida Diet
Posted by Anne (Senlis, France) on 12/01/2011

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

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Earthsong (San Luis Obispo, Calif) on 11/26/2011

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.

Helminthic Therapy
Posted by Tim (Brisbane, Queensland Australia) on 11/24/2011
5 out of 5 stars

Helminthic Therapy

Recurring nasal polyps are very debilitating. I have reversed them without surgery, I can smell so well now that shampoo can give me a headache.. I can smell soap.. I can properly taste food.. And I feel generally great. This was my method.

I am a 30 yo Australian male. I have lifelong asthma/allergies and ibs/polyps for almost 10 years. I have dustmite, shellfish, milk, dog allergies. I believe this life/medication has also led to some poor mental/energy levels.

I have been a lifelong user of ventolin/steroids, and have tried butekyo method, linklater/yoga breathing, dustmite desensitisation, giving up milk, giving up meat, staying indoors, travelling, airpurifiers, vitamin d (only 1000mg/day).

I had 7 bursts of prednisone last year.. And a bunch of other stuff along with surgery to remove polyps from all my antrums. However, the polyps quickly came back.. And nothing stopped them. I was soon twice daily rinsing with 2xNasonex up each nostril twice a day. Didn't work. I was then going against regulations (but on doctors orders) by squirting pure budesinode respules into my cavity's to hold them at bay.. Didn't work. It seemed only 25mg prednisone would hold them at bay, and only temporarily. I decided my life was doomed to misery.. misery I won't go into in case you are eating food.

When I heard about helminthic therapy I thought 'what bollicks! ' but I researched it for 7 months before believing there was a chance it may help (despite there being no published case of the therapy helping polyps).

In early June, I applied 35 hookworm to my body.

Within two months, my smell had come back a little. My surgeon had done an MRI scan and expected me to present in misery.. But I was fine. I cancelled myself from surgery (which is -free- in my country). But my symptoms returned, so I panicked and booked in the surgeon again. But soon I could smell even better than before!

After that first two months I even reduced my medication down to one spray of budemax in each nostril twice a day, along with a rinse. (Many days I've have only done the medication/rinse once, or not at all.. due to travel).

My smell started to go again, so I gave up milk since I have a slight allergy to it (this made my eyes really white). My smell came back very strong.. I can smell the aussie spring right outside my window. I can feel my nasal rinsing making it's way deep into my sinuses. I am about to cancel my final appointment with my surgeon.

IBS no longer causes discomfort. My asmtha/allergies are reduced, I've cut my seretide dose in half, I don't feel hyper-responsive to the elements anymore.

The hookwork haven't technically cured me, the disease is still there. But I think they've altered my immune system so I'm less hyper-responsive and therefore I'm less inflammatory. Thefore, they allow my medications to work much better, and allows my stomach to dissolve important nutrients better in the absence of ibs symptoms. I can also exercise more effectively (or at all).

Also, in my laymen understanding, nasal polps have an enzyme called chitinase present, which is something our body only uses to destroy helminths/hookworm which are made of chitin. But because we don't have hookworm anymore, our body seeks chitin protein elsewhere.. Such as dustmites, fungi, shellfish etc etc. My theory is: your immune system attacks the helminths, the helminths release an enzyme to reduce the presence of chitinase, or otherwise calm the immune system, therefore reducing the ability for nasal polyps to form (see this link for further info:

Anyway, I've sent in a further 45 hookworm which will mature in another month or so. I plan to eventually have about 100 depending upon advice.

I think the real test will be how I feel, say, 4 months after my final dose. I'm confident I'll only get better and in which case I'll go public with a video or some such thing.

Going to get back to smelling the roses.


(p.s. I've been spreading this message in some nasal polyp forums.. Such as on the open yahoo forum for helminthic therapy, if you'd like to google for that)

Dietary Changes
Posted by Joanl (Arlington, Tx) on 11/05/2011

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.

Posted by Determined (Traverse City, Mi, Usa) on 11/01/2011

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.

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Captnhammer (Kallangur, Queensland, Australia) on 10/11/2011

Jill, I am also from Brisbane. Can you please let me know how much ACV to take and how often. Many Thanks, Brian

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