The human sinuses are made up of four pairs of air-filled bone cavities in the nose. During an allergic reaction, the mucous membranes lining the sinuses become inflamed – a condition known as sinusitis. In addition to a stuffed nose, symptoms may include intense facial pain, a headache over one or both eyes, tender cheeks, aching teeth and general fatigue. Either food or respiratory allergies may trigger chronic sinusitis.

Rest, drinking plenty of liquids, and inhaling steam are all useful therapies to relieve the symptoms of sinusitis. Care should be taken when blowing the nose; it’s best to blow one nostril at a time to help relieve the pressure. Eliminating allergens and using homeopathy can also be very effective.

Homeopathy draws from a vast array of plant, mineral, and animal substances, which are diluted many times over and designed to trigger a healing response in different situations. There are several Homeopathic remedies that are well indicated for different sinusitis symptoms. Although additional remedies may be useful for specifically treating headaches from allergens, the following are useful for treating symptoms related to nasal discharge.

Silica: Hayfever may be treated well with this remedy when accompanied with a chronic sinus infection where the discharge is alternately thick and yellow, or dry and blocked. The person may feel chilly but have sour sweats. A sufferer may be sensitive to noise, motion, talking or light touch, but feels better with wrapping the head up tightly and applying pressure to the sinuses.

Kali bich: The nose feels blocked with a loss of smell. The pain or pressure is felt at the root of the nose, and mucus drips down the back of the throat. There is a thick yellow-green mucus discharge and violent sneezing. The symptoms may begin in the morning but gradually improve throughout the day. Warm compresses to the sinuses help to relieve the pain.

Pulsatilla: Pain is usually worse above the eyes or upon raising the eyes. The nose drains when lying down. Stuffy rooms make all symptoms worse, as do heat and the sun. Fresh air and applying cold compresses makes the symptoms feel better.

Hepar sulph: There is much nasal discharge and sneezing, especially in cold air and drafts. The facial bones are tender to the touch and the nose is inflamed and red with burning pains. The person may feel chilly and irritable but feels better wrapped up for warmth. The pain is concentrated at the root of the nose, especially in the morning. There is a thick nasal discharge.

As Homeopathy is a holistic form of medicine, the correct remedy is always determined after considering all of a person’s symptoms.

Linda Taylor, DCHM (Hons.) – Classical Homeopath (lthomeopath@gmail.com )