Forced to Endure Pain and Distress
What a dreadful club we belong to – we nasal polyps sufferers! It makes our life unbearable, and the lives of those around us too. We undergo severe pain, breathlessness, loss of sleep, loss of smell, runny nose and a host of other symptoms that range from being mere annoying to life threatening. My symptoms included severe pain and often I was exhausted by breathlessness and lack of sleep. There were so many things that could set off an attack – allergies, colds, dust mites, certain fabrics, aspirin and many others. I tried nearly every kind of treatment and finally came to the conclusion that nasal polyps requires a natural, organic approach. Thus began my journey of research into the subject and I decided to fight back!
Conventional Treatments Are Neither Long-lasting Nor Effective
Most medical practitioners tend to prescribe decongestants or antihistamines for clearing up nasal congestion and colds. As patients we too may feel that the treatment for nasal polyps follows a well-defined course. I was prescribed medications as the first level of treatment. Nasal corticosteroid sprays, oral or injectible corticosteroids, antihistamines, aspirin desensitization, antibiotics for infections were routinely given. When these drugs proved ineffective, surgery is recommended. Additionally, I was groggy and dull all the time as a result of medication, the polyps shrank and grew back in larger clusters, my life became a round of endless treatment routines. Most of these drugs had different kinds of side-effects. I am the mother of two young children and it was fast becoming impossible for me and my family to cope with this illness. This was when I decided to try a different route.
Natural Treatment is the Final and Best Solution
I found that one of the issues with conventional treatments is that they address the symptoms and rarely the underlying cause of nasal polyps. Most of the doctors I spoke to agreed that there was no real understanding of what causes nasal polyps. It usually occurs in young and middle-aged adults and is directly connected to constant inflammation and irritation of the mucus membranes. However, why such inflammation leads to polyps in some people and not in others is still a medical mystery. Studies have shown that people who develop nasal polyps may have a different immune system response.
While all this was no doubt interesting, it did not solve my problems! The conventional treatment approach had reached a plateau and all I could see ahead was a round of surgeries. Doctors couldn’t assure me that the polyps would not return after the surgery.
Reading gave me a lot of information about home remedies. Of course, no one denies the great contributions that modern medicine has made to our lives. But there are traditional systems that have been in existence for centuries. Natural healing with everyday items that you find around the house is one of them. Home remedies also work on a holistic approach and hence, they treat the entire system and not just an isolated part of your body. Herbs, spices, certain types of oils, grains and legumes all have properties that tackle our problems from the root cause. A great resource is the book Nasal Polyps Treatment Miracle which gives a comprehensive list of such organic and natural home remedies to treat nasal polyps effectively and permanently. That’s why they say your kitchen is the best medical store!
One such spice is Turmeric – it is a miracle cure for a variety of conditions, as it has anti-inflammatory, decongestant and antiseptic properties. Commonly used as a food flavoring in many Asian countries, turmeric has been used as a household remedy for thousands of years. Its active ingredient curcumin is a powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory agent. It prevents fluid build-up in the nasal passage and prevents the polyps from growing in size.
Traditionally, turmeric is taken along with other spices or substances to increase its absorption. Hence, one spoon of turmeric in a glass warm milk taken twice a day allows turmeric works from within the system to reduce inflammation and irritation. A great advantage for nasal polyps sufferers, as one of the underlying causes of the condition is known to be chronic inflammation of the nasal lining. Turmeric can be taken on a permanent basis with absolutely no ill-effects as it is a natural spice.
Being high in Vitamin C, oranges can help to build immunity and destroy the free radicals that cause infections. Other fruits high in Vitamin C are the Indian gooseberry or amla, guavas, papaya, kiwi, strawberry, mango, pineapple, cantaloupe melon etc. All these are excellent for boosting the immune system and preventing congestion, colds and allergies. Apples can also turbo-charge the immune system.
Dandelion, kale, turnip and mustard greens, Swiss chard, spinach and other dark green leafy vegetables are another rich source of Vitamin C. They also help to create infection-fighting enzymes like ATP etc.
Garlic and Onions
These traditional food items are a great source of anti-inflammatory and medicinal properties. They are powerful agents that destroy infections, fungi and bacteria. They are excellent for unblocking the nasal drainage and allowing the passages to remain clear and infection free.
These are micro-miracles of the natural medicine field. Used in tiny quantities, they work their powerful healing properties almost instantly. Some of the most effective essential oils that can be used for medicinal purposes by nasal polyps sufferers are Tea-tree oil, Peppermint oil, Eucalyptus oil, Lavender and Roman chamomile. For instance, a cotton-bud should be dipped in tea-tree oil and applied directly on the nasal polyps – this helps to shrink them. Tea-tree oil has powerful antibacterial, antiseptic, anti-inflammatory and anti-fungal properties. A few drops in steaming hot water when inhaled help to decongest the chest. Similarly, add a few drops of eucalyptus, roman chamomile, lavender or peppermint oil to a vaporizer and inhale the steam. They not only clear the congestion, but they also boost immunity and also lift your mood!
Steam and Hot Showers
A soothing hot shower or steam inhalation help to reduce the pain and inflammation of nasal polyps. When taken just before going to bed, it helps you sleep better and wake more refreshed and energetic. Hot showers help the muscles of the face to relax.
Lifestyle and Diet
Nasal polyps sufferers may need to explore the underlying causes of frequent allergies that lead to flare-ups. Some of the triggers may be dairy products, glutens, soy, eggs, yeast, etc. Processed foods that contain high levels of benzoate, tartrazine, MSG, etc may set off asthma attacks. You may have to undergo an elimination diet to identify these allergens. More exercise, especially deep breathing or yoga are highly beneficial in keeping the nasal passages clear. Follow systematic breathing exercises like inhaling and exhaling through a single nostril ten times to ensure that the passage is clear and functioning well. Increase your intake of Vitamin C, E and A, selenium, beta carotene rich foods and keep yourself well hydrated.
Dr Manuel Richards’ book Nasal Polyps Treatment Miracle
As a busy mom, I’m always short of time and I have very little to spare for myself. That’s why Dr Manuel Richards’ book Nasal Polyps Treatment Miracle was so right for someone like me. It gives practical, easy-to-understand instructions and guidance on how to deal with nasal polyps in a holistic, natural way. I could follow each and every therapy suggestion very easily and without having to waste hours in a doctor’s consultation room. Some of these seemed so simple that I was amazed that they were also so effective.
Spicy Tomato Tea: Mix 2 cups tomato juice, 2 tablespoons lemon juice and hot sauce and sip slowly. This is a great decongestant and pain reliever and works immediately.
Honey and Apple Cider Vinegar Tea: A couple of tablespoons each of apple cider vinegar and honey mixed in a cup of hot water help to relieve pain and congestion. Honey is a great immunity booster.
Baking Soda Rinse: Mix ¼ tsp of salt and baking soda in 8 ounces of tepid water. Tilt your head back and gently pour into the nose. This helps to unblock the mucus and clear the passages.
Salt Irrigation: Plain salt will also help when dissolved in warm water and poured into the nose. You can blow out the matter blocking your nasal passages once the irrigation takes place.
Eucalyptus Steam: A few drops of eucalyptus oil in steaming hot water can be a most effective decongestant and pain reliever. It is also very useful when you have sinus related headaches.
Conclusion: These are just some of the very effective home remedies that address the problem of nasal polyps at the root. The most important factor is that they are all completely natural and devoid of any harmful side effects. They’re easily available and can be used in the comfort of your own home. However, they should be used in sync with a doctor’s opinion on why the polyps are caused in your case – this is because this helps you to use the right kind of home remedies.