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— May 29, 2019

Sinus Troubles

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Sinus Troubles

Practice Sinus Self-Healing

Have a sinus headache or blockage that just won’t go away? Try this at-home acupressure tip: Find the small dent at the inner corner of each eyebrow, right next to the bridge of your nose. Then press inward for 30 to 60 seconds two times.

Practice Good Nasal Hygiene

One of the best ways to keep sinus problems at bay is to irrigate your nasal passages with a mild saline solution once or twice a day with a neti pot, a standard Ayurvedic medicine practice. Add 1/4 to 1/3 teaspoon of pure, non-iodized salt (ground kosher salt works well) to about 1 cup of water and pour it into the neti. Then place the spout into one nostril and tilt your head until water runs out the other one; switch sides halfway through. Blow your nose gently afterwards. You can use other irrigation devices—even a large rubber ear syringe will do. (Talk to your practitioner if you have an active infection.)

Save Your Sinuses While Traveling

One of air travel’s hazards for sinusitis sufferers is breathing dry, stale, germ-laden air for hours at a stretch. Robert Ivker, DO recommends having a light meal before you leave for the airport (take 100 mg of grape seed extract at least 20 minutes before eating). Right afterwards, he says to take a multivitamin, 2,000 mg of vitamin C, 400 IU of vitamin E, 100 mg of alpha lipoic acid, 200 mg of garlic extract and another 100 mg of grape seed. If you eat en route repeat the vitamin C and garlic, and take more grape seed on an empty stomach either during or right after your flight. Finally, follow your first post-trip meal with all the supplements you took just before you left home. Bon voyage!

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