Sinus symptoms are usually caused by lazy nasal cilia. Cilia are the tiny oars that move bacteria and dust out of the nose. Then the bacteria don’t remain in place long enough to multiply and cause disease.
In postnasal drip, the cilia move slowly. This allows the mucus to thicken and grow bacteria. Hence the gloppy feel and the odor, and the constant hawking.
Why do cilia slow down? Are you stuck behind a diesel bus? Smog in the air? Work where odors and dusts harm the cilia? For example, persons exposed to chromium dusts get many of these symptoms.
Allergies contribute too, but in a roundabout fashion. Initially, in allergy, the cilia speed up. Here the nose drips and there is excessive sneezing-which blows out the pollen. But, after several weeks of symptoms, the cilia are exhausted and then bacteria remain in place and multiply.
The cure? Hum! When you hum you set up a vibration in the air. That vibration does several things. It vibrates the mucus layer and breaks up the thick bonds so that the mucus is thinner and more liquid. This in itself allows better movement of the cilia.
Humming also vibrates the cilia. Know how your fingers tingle when you touch a piano at a certain note or chord? Know how soldiers marching across a wooden bridge in perfect step can set up a vibration that causes a bridge to vibrate too? That is the kind of action you can get from humming.
However you need to get the right tone. Usually the deeper into base you go, the better. If you put your fingers on your nasal tip, often that can tell you when you reach the right pitch.
This harmony tone is the principle of the kazoo that you blow into and it creates a low pitched sound for the chest cilia. That vibration helps break up thick chest mucus and get the chest cilia moving so they can remove bacteria.
Indra Devi, the Yoga Master, demonstrated to me how the yogis do it. They alternately sniff saline in and out in a rhythm that is ideal for activating the nasal cilia. This explains why she and her followers were sinus free.
The pulsatile irrigator is a mechanical way to follow the Indra Devi method. This gently sends a stream through the nose and sinuses at a pulse rate to stimulate nasal cilia. At the same time the pulse rate also removes the stale mucus and massages the nasal tissue in order to bring better circulation to the area.
For those of you athletically inclined, jumping up and down also works by shaking up the mucus and the nasal cilia. Some of my patients have been sinus free by this method.
Today, the method of taking huge doses of antibiotics at the onset of a sinus infection is contrary to the studies showing not much difference in outcome between placebo and drugs. Surgery methods that don’t restore cilia function may not succeed if the cilia movement is not restored; despite the best surgery, if cilia don’t return to normal, the symptoms may persist. This is why a trial of humming and/or Hydro Pulse Nasal/Sinus irrigation is always best before other more invasive methods are used.
After any nasal/sinus surgery, you may get post-op nasal/sinus infection syndrome (PONSIS). this is because with surgery, the nasal cilia may take a long time to recover. Using humming and other means to return cilia speed to normal can help prevent this condition.
Additional aids for sinus problems include tea, lemon and honey, probiotics, and good sleep.
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