(Health Secrets) Sinus infection is extremely difficult to overcome. It often seems that allopathic medication only creates new issues such as yeast infection, constipation, or diarrhea. Antibiotics are the worst because they destroy healthy gut bacteria. An herbal combination that brings relief to many sufferers is goldenseal and eyebright. Each is a powerful destroyer of infection, and eyebright has the additional property of being moisturizing to the sinus membranes as well.
Goldenseal (Hydrastis Canadensis, Ranunculaceae)
This goldenseal plant usually has a tall, fork-like stalk with multiple leaves at its tip. Two leaves are generally located near the ground. During blooming season, greenish or white flowers are at the stalk tip.
Goldenseal is found in the eastern region of North America, southeast Canada and parts of Europe. It can be wild-crafted in areas from Ontario to Arkansas, and is cultivated in Washington and Oregon.
The Cherokee Native Americans used goldenseal for respiratory inflammation, digestive and genito-urinary tract problems, infection, general debility, dyspepsia, and to improve appetite. The Iroquois used a golden seal root decoction for earache, sore eyes, whooping cough, diarrhea, liver disease, fever, sour stomach, flatulence, pneumonia, and heart trouble.
European immigrants who landed on America learned the benefits of goldenseal from the native tribes and it became a part of colonial medicinal care. Prof. Benjamin Smith Barton described the herb as an Iroquoian cure for cancer in the 1798 essay Collections for an Essay Toward a Materia Medica of the United States.
Modern uses of goldenseal include liver disease, duodenal ulcers, swellings, cancer, and as an anti-inflammatory ointment for painful or painless swollen bumps. Goldenseal has been used for abscesses, digestion, allergic rhinitis, bladder and intestine infections, boils, candida albicans, glandular cleansing, conjunctivitis, diarrhea, earache, eczema, excessive menstruation, flatulence, gum infections, hemorrhoids, hay fever, laryngitis, liver disease, pneumonia, preventing cold and flu, reducing fevers, liver and spleen functions, constipation, relive congestion and excess mucous, ringworm, soothing irritated mucus membranes (eyes, ears, nose and throat), sores, sour stomach, thrush, ulcers, whooping cough, and wounds.
There are a few well-controlled clinical trials available to guide dosages, although these recommended dosages vary considerably. 250 mg to 1 g 3 times daily is usual range, although some product labeling suggests dosages as high as 3,420 mg/day. Ten to 30 drops of the extract 2 to 4 times a day has been recommended for influenza.”
Goldenseal should be avoided during pregnancy as it stimulates contractions. Consult a physician before taking it if you have heart disease, diabetes, glaucoma, a stroke, or high blood pressure.
Eyebright: (Euphrasia officinalis)
Eyebright is a hardy small annual plant native to Europe that is characterized by deeply cut leaves. Common to the heaths and the pastures of Britain, it is also found throughout much of the European continent. Eyebright is also found in the sub-arctic regions of the North America.
Eyebright tends to be sourced wild because it is hemi-parasitic and cultivation of it is difficult. These wild plant populations are the source for most of the eyebright used in herbal remedies. The plant bears many small flowers and are gathered July to August.
During the Middle Ages in Europe, the herb was used to treat eye afflictions such as conjunctivitis. Eastern European folk medicine often uses eyebright topically as well as internally for the treatment of inflamed stinging and weeping eyes, over-sensitivity to light, blepharitis, conjunctivitis, sties, hay fever, chronic sneezing and eye fatigue.
Eyebright counters mucus accumulations by tightening the mucous membranes around the eyes. It is also excellent for middle ear problems, sinus disorders, and mucous in the nasal passages. Eyebright is an astringent herb. If dryness or stuffiness increases, discontinue use.
Eyebright tea can be taken at a dose of two to three cups every day. The dried herb dosage of 2-4 grams can be taken three times a day. Eyebright tincture is taken as a dose of 2-6 ml three times a day.
Safety of internal consumption is not a big concern as eyebright is an herbal remedy with few or limited side effects. However, women who are lactating or pregnant should avoid use since long-term use with pregnant patients has not been researched.
For those of with allergic rhinitis, who also worry about the over use of antibiotics, goldenseal and eyebright offer real relief with no side effects. Because these herbs are anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, and break down mucus, they can do the work of three different drugs. That is cost effective!
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