Sinus problems, including sinus pain, are a problem that afflicts more than 30 million North Americans annually. In fact, it is one of the most prevalent health issues for which patients seek medical care. For many, the symptoms of a sinus problem include pain (face and head), fever, weakness, fatigue, cough, and congestion. There may also be mucus drainage in the back of the throat, called postnasal drip.
Can homeopathy help? Yes!
What follows are a few homeopathic remedies to consider when you have an acute sinus infection.
Hepar sulph: A person needing this homeopathic remedy often experiences lots of mucus discharge from the nose with an almost constant need to blow the nose. The mucus discharged may be thick yellow or green, and maybe even offensive-smelling. There can also be heat and burning in the nose with the interior of the nose sensitive to the passage of air (particularly cold air) and touch. The nose is frequently stuffed up in the morning and there may be itching in the nose that causes sneezing. There can also be head pain felt as an aching in the forehead or a boring pain at the root of the nose. You may feel worse when blowing the nose; from cold in general, in cold air and in cold and dry weather. You are likely to be hypersensitive to cold, pain and touch in general.
Kali bichromium: One should think of this remedy when discharges from the nose (and throat) are tough, stringy, adherent mucus – mucus which can be drawn out into long strings. The nose may be stuffed up, especially the upper part, and there may be difficulty detaching thick mucus –even if there is a lot of post-nasal drip. If there is head pain, it is often felt over one or both eyes and can at times be throbbing and very painful. Discharge is often yellow or green and worse in the morning, can seem endless. Sometimes, there is a feeling of great pressure in the sinus, as if there is a lot of mucus… but nothing can be blown out.
Mercurius solubilis: A person needing this remedy often experiences much sneezing with a fluent and often “corrosive” discharge from the nose. Some portion of the mucus may trickle down post-nasally into the throat causing hawking, hoarseness and a dry, rough cough from continual tickling in the throat. The acrid discharge from the nose (which may at times take on a greenish hue) can smell like old cheese. There are often pressing and/or tearing pains in forehead, cheeks, upper teeth and ears. If there is a headache, there is also much congestion to the head with the head feeling as if it would burst or as if it is in a vise. The patient is thirsty for cold even though the mouth is quite moist. The breath will often be very offensive during the illness. Typically someone needing this remedy feels worse in damp weather and especially at night. They may also feel a bit restless and sweaty during the illness and seem to have trouble regulating their body temperature.
Phosphorus: Someone needing this remedy often complains of having a stuffed nose one moment and fluent nasal discharges the next. These symptoms often come with a feeling of dullness in the head and a sore throat which feels better from cold things. Hoarseness often follows. The mucus from the nose is typically profuse, greenish, yellow and blood-streaked. In fact, there is frequently blood in the mucus on blowing the nose. You may complain that your sense of smell and taste are gone. Someone needing Phosphorus is always thirsty for cold drinks (often wanting ice) during their illness and feels better with company around.
Pulsatilla: Someone needing this homeopathic remedy often complains of nasal congestion that is stopped up at night and flows more easily in the morning. The discharge from the nose in the morning is typically yellow or yellow-green and can be offensive-smelling. You may complain of feeling much worse and much more congested in a warm room and far better and less congested in the cool, open air. Head pain is usually frontal with what can be described as tearing pains in the sinuses beneath the eyes. The head pains can feel heavy, bursting and throbbing and may be relieved by wrapping the head tightly. Pulsatilla patients are typically thirstless, even with dryness of the mouth. They may also complain of a bad taste in the mouth with the dryness. Mentally – they may be a bit weepy and needy.
If you or someone you know is experiencing sinus pain and their symptoms match those of one of these remedies, dose with that remedy using either a 30C or 200C potency to start – placing one pellet under the tongue or one pellet in water, stirring vigorously and taking teaspoon doses as needed, often every 2-4 hours at the beginning of the illness, depending on severity.
Homeopathy is governed by a law of nature – “like cures like.” As a result, remember – the key to choosing the correct/helpful remedy is ALWAYS the same. One must match the “characteristic symptoms” (ie, unusual or peculiar) of the person (not the common ones like headache, sore throat, cough, fever, etc.) to a remedy capable of producing similar characteristic symptoms to have success. If you choose a remedy with characteristics most similar to the characteristic symptoms of your patient, you should have a happy outcome every time. If you don’t – you or they will either feel no effect, or one that is mildly positive at best, but there is never a bad effect from choosing the “wrong” remedy.