Nasal Polyps, Sinus, Allergies and Diet
I have nasal polyps, had them removed many times but they grow back - tried homeopathy, chinese herbal, many other. Is there anything you suggest? Still suffering from sinus and allergies.
Matthew's reply: Hi Kusum, it's hard to recommend specific things by email. You may have to adjust your diet. Polyps, in Chinese medicine, are often the result of underlying phlegm and dampness due to digestive imbalance and faulty diet. Unless you correct this no amount of surgery or other treatment will give lasting results, as you've found out.
You may need to stop eating (or at least reduce) foods like dairy, excess citrus fruits and fruit juices, which are all considered to be phlegm-producing and dampness-producing in Chinese medicine. There are other foods and drinks on this list too. A Chinese medicine practitioner will be able to give you more specific dietary advice after first doing a Chinese medical diagnosis. This cannot be done properly by email.
Chinese herbal medicine can also correct underlying digestive problems. Acupuncture may also help address underlying imbalances related to the problem. You can know that there are underlying internal imbalances because of the fact your nasal polyps keep growing back. The internal imbalances that lead to the formation of the polyps are still there – removing the polyps does not address the underlying internal imbalance in your body. Think of a diseased tree that grows bad fruit – cutting off the bad fruit makes the tree seem healthy but the disease inside the tree must also be treated.
While you will need professional help for acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine, there are some things you can try yourself like acupressure and sinus flushing.
These are safe, easy techniques.
You didn’t mention where you live but to locate an acupuncturist try Miridiatech.com (Community/Find a Practitioner). These are acupuncturists who use Acugraph diagnostic equipment, which can quickly and accurately locate internal imbalances. Acupuncturists also often prescribe Chinese herbal medicine or can refer you to a herbalist.
Any questions or comments about diet, acupressure etc for nasal polyps and sinus post them below.
All the best,