Friday, December 14, 2012

herbs for sinus congestion

5 Chinese herbs for sinus congestion

In China, herbs are used in two different ways to treat the sinus problems. Firstly, the herbs are used for purifying the blood within the lungs and stomach, dispelling the heat. These herbs are used with the herbs that aid in digestion to clear the paranasal sinuses and passages. Secondly, the herbs mitigate the cold, restoring the healthy blood and ensuring permanent relief. A number of ready to use herbal formulae are available in the market. This article focuses on some of the herbs that improve paranasal sinus symptoms.


  1. The roots of Huang Qin (skullcap, Scutellaria baicalensis) prevent tissue contraction during allergic reactions. The roots contain antioxidants and flavonoids that stimulate the immune system. Scutellaria baicalensis is native of Russia and China. The herb is traditionally used to treat headaches, cancers, inflammation, infections and allergies. The Chinese skullcap is available in powder form. The plant bears purple or blue flowers.

Diabetics should not take the Chinese skullcap without consulting the physician, as it may reduce the level of blood sugar, increasing chances of hypoglycemia. The skullcap can raise the effects of sedatives, such as anticonvulsants and tricyclic antidepressants.
  1. Bai Zhi (Chinese Angelica / wild angelica / Angelica dahurica) is used to clear sinus congestion and infections. The herb is specially relives discomfort caused due to blocked paranasal sinuses located above the eyes. Aka mitigates swelling, clears nasal passages and helps in draining pus secondary to sinus infections. The herb maintains a balance between histamines. The herb is found in China, East Siberia, Japan and Korea. Its roots are used in medicines.

  1. Since ages, Xho Yi Hua, magnolia flower, has been an integral part of traditional Chinese medicine used to relieve sinusitis-induced headaches and clear blocked nasal passages. Xho, known as Magnolia liliiflora in botany, is also used in fragrances.  The plant with white and pink flowers grows in China and North and South America.
  1. The Chinese have been using the Chinese cucumber (Gua Lou / Trichosanthes kirilowii) for treating ailments of the respiratory system since antiquity. The roots and fruits are used for medicines. The herb bears white flowers.

  1. Cang Er Zi (Xanthium fruit / Xanthium sibiricum), grown in China, is used to open blocked nose. Xanthium is used with other herbs to treat chronic naso-sinusitis and allergic rhinitis.
The herbs for sinus congestion may interact with other medicines. So visit the physician and follow the advice to make the most of the selected herbs for sinus congestion.

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