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Chinese Medicine and Allergies/Sinusitis

Chinese Medicine and Allergies/Sinusitis 

Home Remedies For Acute Allergies/Sinusitis The following are home remedies for allergies/sinusitis that are acute.  In chronic cases, you need to handle the root of the problem, otherwise the problem will  eventually return.  

• Use steam to drain the mucus. 
o Hot showers twice a day. Drink lots of warm water before and after the shower.  
o A facial steamer (blows steam into your nostrils) 
o A humidifier in your room 

• Rinse your nostrils with a saline solution (from a spray bottle or medicine dropper) 

• Hold towels soaked with warm water over your ears 3 times a day. Continue doing  twice a day when your sinuses clear up. 

• Massage your face with your eyes closed, use your fingers to wipe circles from  your forehead down past your nose to your jaw,  then up over the temples to your  forehead again. Repeat 10 to ­20 times, then go in the opposite direction.  

• Avoid alcohol, spicy foods and cigarette smoke.  

Home Remedies For Chronic Allergies/Sinusitis 
• Improve your diet  
o This is far more important than you probably understand. Wrong diet causes  problems that lead to phlegm.  That phlegm creates a breeding ground for  the bacteria that's causing your sinusitis.  Certain foods specifically (and  quickly) produce phlegm that leads to sinus congestion.  
o Eat a diet composed primarily of:   A large variety of lightly cooked vegetables (fresh and lightly cooked) 
  Whole grains (brown rice, buckwheat and millet are all good. Avoid wheat.)  
 Animal protein (small amounts, more for flavoring than as a main course)  
 Water (room temperature)  
o To get good effect, stay away from everything else until you recover, including:  dairy, alcohol, sweets, cold foods and  drinks, fruit juices, oily and greasy foods 
o Avoid irregular meals, over­eating and eating late at night. They all cause  internal mal­functions, leading your body to produce phlegm.  

• Avoid catching colds/flus 
o They affect your nasal passages, leading to chronic swelling and inflammation.  
o Keep your immune system strong so you don't catch colds in the first place.  
o When you do catch a cold/flu, get rest, don't work and use natural cold/flu  remedies to get over it quickly 

• Foods That Help Reduce Mucus: Citrus peel, lemons, limes, clams, mushrooms,  pumpkin, radishes, turnips, & ginger especially as tea or spice 

• Foods That Form Mucus: Meats, poultry, fish, grains, dairy products, refined  sugars, drugs and  chemical additives

Hope this helps but if you need further help, call or text my office at 850-766-5678.

Take care,
Dr. Craig
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