Sinusitis

Also indexed as:Allergic Sinusitis, Sinus Infection
Breathing is less of a chore when air can flow freely through your nasal passages. According to research or other evidence, the following self-care steps may be helpful.
  • Reliable and relatively consistent scientific data showing a substantial health benefit.
  • Contradictory, insufficient, or preliminary studies suggesting a health benefit or minimal health benefit.
  • For an herb, supported by traditional use but minimal or no scientific evidence. For a supplement, little scientific support.

Our proprietary “Star-Rating” system was developed to help you easily understand the amount of scientific support behind each supplement in relation to a specific health condition. While there is no way to predict whether a vitamin, mineral, or herb will successfully treat or prevent associated health conditions, our unique ratings tell you how well these supplements are understood by some in the medical community, and whether studies have found them to be effective for other people.

For over a decade, our team has combed through thousands of research articles published in reputable journals. To help you make educated decisions, and to better understand controversial or confusing supplements, our medical experts have digested the science into these three easy-to-follow ratings. We hope this provides you with a helpful resource to make informed decisions towards your health and well-being.

SupplementAmountWhy
Bromelain
3,000 MCU three times per day3 stars[3 stars]
Bromelain, an enzyme derived from pineapple, appears to relieve symptoms of acute sinusitis.
Cineole
Take an amount containing 200 mg of cineole three times daily2 stars[2 stars]
The main ingredient of eucalyptus oil, cineole, may help speed the healing of acute sinusitis.
Eucalyptus
Refer to label instructions 1 star[1 star]
Eucalyptus oil is often used in a steam inhalation to help clear nasal and sinus congestion. It acts on receptors in the nasal mucous membranes, leading to less stuffiness.
Gentian Root, Primrose Flowers, Sorrel Herb, Elder Flowers, and European Vervain
Refer to label instructions 1 star[1 star]
An herbal combination of gentian root, primrose flowers, sorrel herb, elder flowers, and European vervain has been found to help promote mucus drainage from the sinuses.
Horseradish
Refer to label instructions 1 star[1 star]
Horseradish is an herb used traditionally as a mucus-dissolver.
Wood Betony
900 mg per day of diosmin and 100 mg per day of hesperidin1 star[1 star]
Wood betony is used in traditional European herbal medicine as an anti-inflammatory remedy for people with sinusitis.

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The information presented in Aisle7 is for informational purposes only. It is based on scientific studies (human, animal, or in vitro), clinical experience, or traditional usage as cited in each article. The results reported may not necessarily occur in all individuals. Self-treatment is not recommended for life-threatening conditions that require medical treatment under a doctor's care. For many of the conditions discussed, treatment with prescription or over the counter medication is also available. Consult your doctor, practitioner, and/or pharmacist for any health problem and before using any supplements or before making any changes in prescribed medications. Information expires June 2015.

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