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Nose drops for congestion and polyps
Nasal polyps are small growths of inflamed mucus membrane usually occurring in the top of the nose. Apart from causing blockage in the nose, they decrease the sense of taste and smell and make it harder to breathe.
As the small grape-sized polyps make the nasal cavity narrower, mucus forms behind the polyp and cannot drain properly. This may become infected and leads the sufferer to having to breathe through the mouth. This can lead to respiratory complaints such as asthma, hay fever and chronic sinus conditions occurring alongside the polyps.
The cause of nasal polyps
Respiratory allergies are commonly thought to be the cause of polyps, though some research suggests that a chronic viral or bacterial infection of the sinuses may be the cause. One study reported a connection with house dust mite and house dust allergies, particularly in patients under 40.(1) Aspirin can also cause polyps suggested another.(2) However, most evidence pointed to allergy as one study in Thailand confirms (3). 60% of the patients registered positive to the skin prick test, indicating they were allergic. The research concluded that in those patients suffering from allergy they were six times more likely to suffer from polyps. A further study (4) reported that 57% of children who were allergic were suffering from polyps.
Conventional Treatment of Polyps
Conventional treatment aims to shrink the polyps using steroids, before surgery is considered. Often doctors will attempt a "medical polypectomy", by giving a one to two week course of oral steroids, followed by three or four weeks of antibiotics, and then long-term use of intranasal steroids. Surgery requires a nasal endoscopy and often has to be performed due to inadequate response from the cocktail of medicines. Doctors try to further minimise the chance of the polyps returning by prescribing nasal steroids indefinitely after surgery (5). Long term use of steroids are detrimental to the person's overall health and can have side effects including osteoporosis, growth retardation in children and thinning skin.
If there is a food allergy, the person's diet must be improved (see AllergyLess). If there is an allergy to dust and dust mite the person must go on an elimination (detoxification) programme to clear the system and to improve the immune protection system (see Total Detox). If the person is working in a dusty environment nasal clearing on a daily basis is important using dilute saline water or herbal infusion and applying the Godshaer Nose Drops.
To treat the polyps the herbal nose drops must be applied 2-4 times daily in the manner described.
These herbal nose drops are for health problems concerning the nasal passages and sinuses.
To use these drops do not apply when standing upright. To apply correctly, bend over forwards, or kneel and bend over forwards, or lie on your back.
They can be used for congestion problems and polyps.
If you have problems with breathing through your nose get our internal herbal medicine as well, called CatarrhLess Tonic
The herbs include blood root, bayberry bark, black walnut, myrrh, garlic, and madder root. The action of these herbs is to inhibit the growth by working into the polyp’s blood supply and cellular structure. The formula is traditional which means it has had traditional effectiveness in treatment, but there are no citations of its effectiveness known to me. This mixture is applied into the nostrils using a dropper (the tincture mixture may require to be diluted before application, depending on your sensitivity). The importance of such treatment is its regularity of application viz. at least 4 times daily.
I also recommend the ABC Daily Herbal NutriPowder for complete nutritional back-up to your system, see below.
Each Tonic is a mixture of organic whole medicinal herbal tinctures. Please note that every patient is different with differing demands and responses to herbal medicine. If you have any other questions about this or our other specific herbal tonics please contact me. I will do all I can to help you.
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Nasal Polyps Formulation
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"I have been using your blood root nose drops for my nasal polyps for just a few weeks and I find I can already breathe a little better. Thank you.
Dear Mr Hopking,
we are making progress with our respective polyps [using your nasal polyps drops containing Blood Root], Chris can breathe through both nostrils now. Mucus is mostly clear or white now, occasionally he gets a bit of 'rubber' out. One of my nostrils is stil partially blocked but the swelling where the polyp sits has gone down a lot already.
* (1) HNO, 1991; 39: 307-10
* (2) Acta Otolaryngol, 1999; 119: 277-80 Rhinology, 1999: 37: 16-20
* (3) Asian Pac J Allergy Immunol; 1999 17 : 13-5
* (4) South Med J, 1978; 71 : 911-3
* (5) Auris Nasus Larynx, 1999; 26: 49-55
Acknowledgement to: http://www.internethealthlibrary.com
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General advice to consumers on the use of herbal remedies from the Medicines
Healthcare products Regulatory Agency
From the website of the Medicines Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (www.mhra.gov.uk) Department of Health, UK
• Remember that herbal remedies
are medicines. As with any other medicine they are likely to have an effect on the body and should be used with care.
• Herbal remedies may sometimes interact with other medicines. This makes it particularly important to tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking a herbal remedy with other medicines such as prescribed medicines (those provided through your doctor or dentist).
• Treat with caution any suggestion that a herbal remedy is '100% safe' or is 'safe because it is natural'. Many plants, trees, fungi and algae can be poisonous to humans. It is worth remembering that many pharmaceuticals have been developed or derived from these sources because of the powerful compounds they contain. Any medicine, including herbal remedies, which have an effect on the body should be used with care.
• Treat with caution any herbalist or other person who supplies herbal remedies if they are unwilling or unable to provide written information, in English, listing the ingredients of the herbal remedy they are providing.
• If you are due to have a surgical operation you should always remember to tell your doctor about any herbal remedy that you are taking.
• Anyone who has previously experienced any liver complaint, or any other serious health complaint is advised not to take any herbal remedy without speaking to their doctor first.
Few conventional medicines have been established as safe to take during pregnancy and it is generally recognised that no medicine should be taken unless the benefit to the mother outweighs any possible risk to the foetus. This rule should also be applied to herbal medicinal products. However, herbal products are often promoted to the public as being “natural” and completely “safe” alternatives to conventional medicines. Some herbal ingredients that specifically should be avoided or used with caution during pregnancy. As with conventional medicines, no herbal products should be taken during pregnancy unless the benefit outweighs the potential risk.
Many herbs are traditionally reputed to be abortifacient and for some this reputation can be attributed to their volatile oil component.(6) A number of volatile oils are irritant to the genito-urinary tract if ingested and may induce uterine contractions. Herbs that contain irritant volatile oils include ground ivy, juniper, parsley, pennyroyal, sage, tansy and yarrow. Some of these oils contain the terpenoid constituent, thujone, which is known to be abortifacient. Pennyroyal oil also contains the hepatotoxic terpenoid constituent, pulegone. A case of liver failure in a woman who ingested pennyroyal oil as an abortifacient has been documented.
A stimulant or spasmolytic action on uterine muscle has been documented for some herbal ingredients including blue cohosh, burdock, fenugreek, golden seal, hawthorn, jamaica dogwood, motherwort, nettle, raspberry, and vervain. Herbal Teas Increased awareness of the harmful effects associated with excessive tea and coffee consumption has prompted many individuals to switch to herbal teas. Whilst some herbal teas may offer pleasant alternatives to tea and coffee, some contain pharmacologically active herbal ingredients, which may have unpredictable effects depending on the quantity of tea consumed and strength of the brew. Some herbal teas contain laxative herbal ingredients such as senna, frangula, and cascara. In general stimulant laxative preparations are not recommended during pregnancy and the use of unstandardised laxative preparations is particularly unsuitable. A case of hepatotoxicity in a newborn baby has been documented in which the mother consumed a herbal tea during pregnancy as an expectorant. Following analysis the herbal tea was reported to contain pyrrolizidine alkaloids which are known to be hepatotoxic.
A drug substance taken by a breast-feeding mother presents a hazard if it is transferred to the breast milk in pharmacologically or toxicologically significant amounts. Limited information is available regarding the safety of conventional medicines taken during breast-feeding. Much less information exists for herbal ingredients, and generally the use of herbal remedies is not recommended during lactation.
Herbal remedies have traditionally been used to treat both adults and children. Herbal remedies may offer a milder alternative to some conventional medicines, although the suitability of a herbal remedy needs to be considered with respect to quality, safety and efficacy. Herbal remedies should be used with caution in children and medical advice should be sought if in doubt. Chamomile is a popular remedy used to treat teething pains in babies. However, chamomile is known to contain allergenic sesquiterpene lactones and should therefore be used with caution. The administration of herbal teas to children needs to be considered carefully and professional advice may be needed.
The need for patients to discontinue herbal medicinal products prior to surgery has recently been proposed. The authors considered eight commonly used herbal medicinal products (echinacea, ephedra, garlic, ginkgo, ginseng, kava, St John’s Wort, valerian). On the evidence available they concluded that the potential existed for direct pharmacological effects, pharmacodynamic interactions and pharmacokinetic interactions. The need for physicians to have a clear understanding of the herbal medicinal products being used by patients and to take a detailed history was highlighted. The American Society of Anaesthesiologists (ASA) has advised patients to tell their doctor if they are taking herbal products before surgery and has reported that a number of anaesthesiologists have reported significant changes in heart rate or blood pressure in some patients who have been taking herbal medicinal products including St John’s Wort, ginkgo and ginseng. MCA is currently investigating a serious adverse reaction associated with the use of ginkgo prior to surgery. In this case, the patient who was undergoing hip replacement experienced uncontrolled bleeding thought to be related to the use of ginkgo.
From the website of the Medicines Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (www.mhra.gov.uk) Department of Health, UK
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Alan Hopking MA MNIMH MRCHM All our herbal medicines are made from the raw herb at our dedicated clinic and dispensary at HERBACTIVE Botanicals. We collect the fresh herbs, or import the dry herb. They are organic if at all possible. We only use whole herbs. We are against the use of standardized extracts, or the concentration of herbs by adding more of the active constituent. We recommend you do not use such products in any form (dry, in capsules or as tincture extracts). To use our herbal tonics you should follow the prescribed dose. Any side effects or problems should be reported to us.