Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Natural remedies for sinusitis from different countries

Natural remedies for sinusitis from different countries

Every country has a tradition of natural remedies for all kinds of disorders, including sinusitis. The remedies mainly consist of local herbs. Today we will provide information about the Russian, Turkish, North African, Tibetan, and Sir Lankan natural remedies for sinusitis and the herbs used.


Cowslip from Russia

Butter rose or cowslip (Primula veris) resolves sinusitis symptoms. Traditional Russian physicians use the flowers, leaves, and roots for the treatment. However, the herb may cause hypertension, itching, and rashes.



Squirting cucumber from Mediterranean region, including Turkey


In the Mediterranean region, squirting cucumber (Ecballium elaterium) is traditionally used to treat sinusitis. The herb has anti-inflammatory properties. However, the herb leads to serious side effects such as renal and cardiac failures and Quincke’s edema.

Ajuga iva from North Africa


The North African perennial musky bugle or ajuga iva (L. Schreb) is an aromatic herb that bears pink, purple, or yellow flowers. The whole plant is used as medicine. The herb has anti-inflammatory and anti-ulcerous properties. The dry herb powder is mixed with honey to make balls that are ingested to treat sinusitis, headache, fever, and stomach pain.

Tibetan formulas


The Tibetan formula Phan Pa Kun Idan (All Beneficial) helps in treating inflammation and phlegm, reduces pain, and resolves signs of sinus disorder. The major ingredients of the formula include
  • ammonium chloride,
  • blue aconite,
  • chebulic myrobalan,
  • dark-blue aconite,
  • false pepper,
  • flame of forest,
  • locoweed, 
  • myrrh,
  • nightshade,
  • sweet flag, and
  • turmeric.

Ggur Gum 13 (Safflower 13) is created for the patients suffering from paranasal sinus, kidney, and liver disorders. The formula consists of
    1. amla,
    2. beleric myrobalan,
    3. chebulic myrobalan,
    4. cinnabar,
    5. clove,
    6. costus, 
    7. fever nut,
    8. musk,
    9. ox or elephant gallstone,
    10. rhinoceros horn,
    11. safflower,
    12. white aconite, and
    13. white sandalwood.

Sri Lankan formula


Traditional Sri Lankan physicians make Pitawakk Navaya, a decoction to treat chronic sinusitis. The decoction contains different parts of the following plants:
  • Dry fruits of chebulic myrobalan (Terminalia chebula)
  • Dry fruits of Pipper chavya
  • Dry fruits of Pipper nigrum
  • Dry plant of Solanum trilobatum
  • Dry rhizome of Zingiber officinalae
  • Dry stem of Tinospora cordifolia
  • Roots of Phyllanthus amarus
  • Roots of Pygmaeopremna herbacea

Since all natural remedies for sinusitis are not yet clinically proved, a consultation with doctor is essential.

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