Have you ever had a cold that seemed to linger a little too long? It seems like this time of year during cold weather almost everyone is dealing with it!
It often starts with a sore throat and then moves to sinus congestion and a dry cough. During this, there is another common symptom referred to as a postnasal drip. It is a common condition where mucus gets stuck in the back of your throat, causing a feeling of congestion and discomfort.
Currently, I’ve been dealing with it for a few weeks and I’m so over it! Luckily, there are many homeopathic medicines that can help.
Disclaimer: This article is for informational purposes only. This is not medical advice. I am not a doctor. All opinions are my own.
Post-nasal drip can be caused by a variety of factors, including seasonal allergies, sinus infections, and colds. In my case and many others it’s caused by the common cold and doesn’t do much harm but treating it will help it to get better sooner!
Typical Symptoms of Postnasal Drip
Before we get into the homeopathic remedies for postnatal drip, let’s go over the common symptoms. The symptoms of post-nasal drip can vary depending on the underlying cause, but symptoms commonly include:
- A constant feeling of excess mucus drainage in the back of the throat
- Coughing, especially at night
- Sore throat
- Difficulty swallowing
- Bad breath
- Sinus headaches or sinus pain
- Itchy back of the nose or throat
- Taste or smell disturbances
Although postnasal drip is usually not much to worry about it’s important to note that it can be a symptom in itself of an underlying condition such as allergies, chronic sinusitis, head colds, flu, or certain medications.
If you have any of the symptoms listed above and they continue for a long time, it’s a good idea to talk to a doctor to determine the underlying cause and receive proper treatment.
While there are many over-the-counter medications available to treat postnasal drip many come with side effects so some people like myself prefer to use natural remedies to kick their symptoms sooner.
Homeopathy can be very useful for colds. It is a kind of alternative medicine that uses natural substances to help the body’s healing processes. Homeopathic remedies are believed to work by helping the body’s own healing processes, rather than masking the symptoms of a condition.
Here are 7 effective homeopathic remedies for post nasal drip:
1) Nux Vomica
Nux vomica is a homeopathic remedy that is used to treat symptoms such as a constant feeling of excess mucus drainage in the back of the throat and a chronic, annoying cough. It is also used to help get rid of sinus congestion and pressure.
The way it works is by stimulating the body’s natural healing processes to take away symptoms. Your body wants to heal itself and homeopathic remedies aid in that process. It comes in liquids, tablets, and pellets and it is considered safe when you follow the package directions.
2) Kali Bichromicum
Also called kali bichrome this homeopathic remedy is made from potassium dichromate. It works in a similar way to the previous remedy and can help relieve nasal congestion and stringy yellow mucus from the nose.
3) Mercurius Solubilis
Mercurius solubilis is also known as Mercurius vivus. It is a homeopathic remedy made from the element mercury.
It can be used to treat a variety of symptoms, including post-nasal drip. Mercurius solubilis is believed to work by stimulating the immune system and helping to reduce inflammation in the nasal passages.
4) Arsenicum Album
Another homeopathic remedy is arsenicum album. It is made from the element arsenic.
It can help relieve symptoms of postnasal drip such as nasal congestion and runny nose by stimulating the body’s natural healing response.
5) Calcarea Carbonica
Calcarea carbonica is a homeopathic remedy made from the mineral calcium carbonate. People use it for relief from a variety of symptoms such as runny now and nasal congestion.
In addition to stimulating the body’s immune response, it is also thought to strengthen and improve the health of the immune system.
6) Natrum muriaticum
Natrum mur is a remedy commonly used to treat colds and postnasal drip. It is made from sodium chloride (table salt). It can help to relieve a feeling of congestion in the nose, a runny nose, and sneezing.
If you are dealing with post-nasal drip caused by seasonal allergies this remedy is for you. This remedy is made from the windflower plant and can help to relieve a runny nose, sneezing, and congestion.
Complementary Natural Remedies for Postnasal Drip
Here are some complementary natural remedies for post-nasal drip that may help speed up your recovery even more!
1) Sambucus Nigra
Sambucus nigra is also known as elderberry. Elderberry is a plant that is used to treat a variety of uncomfortable ailments such as colds, flu, and respiratory infections. We always reach for elderberry any time we feel like we are getting sick!
The reason elderberry is used when you feel like you’re getting sick is that it is believed to have anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. These properties can help to reduce inflammation in the nose and sinuses.
Elderberry is also great for your immune system so it can be very helpful when the body is trying to fight off a cold!
2) Apple Cider Vinegar
The reason ACV can be useful for postnasal drip or cold symptoms is that it reduces inflammation. It can also help to balance the pH levels of the nasal passages.
If you would like to try using ACV for postnasal drip you can simply mix a tablespoon of ACV with a glass of water and drink it twice a day. It can be quite sour but once you get used to it it’s not so bad!
ACV is also believed to have antimicrobial and antifungal properties that can help to fight off infection and reduce cold symptoms.
3) Saline Nasal Spray
Another simple solution to help with postnasal drip is to use a saline nasal spray. The way it works is by moistening and thinning the mucus in the nasal passages, which can help clear out the built-up mucus and reduce congestion.
The spray can also help to wash away any allergens or irritants that may be stuck in the nasal area and causing symptoms. Having a saline nasal spray on hand is always a good idea!
Things to Consider with Homeopathic Treatment
As with any other natural remedy, it’s important to do your research before starting anything new. One of the most popular brands of homeopathy is Boiron USA.
You can talk to a qualified homeopath who can help you determine which remedy is best for you based on your symptoms. Always remember to consult with a doctor if you are concerned about your symptoms or have a sudden onset of new symptoms.
Also, practicing good nasal hygiene on a regular basis can help take care of symptoms and make sure they don’t linger. Nasal hygiene includes using a nasal spray to clean your nasal passages on a regular basis and avoiding things that will irritate you once such as dust and cigarette smoke.
Diet also has a large effect on the body and immune system and its ability to fight infection. You can try adding foods into your diet that a high in vitamin C such as oranges and strawberries. Surprisingly, spicy food can also help clear nasal passages if you can tolerate it.
Probiotic foods such as yogurt and kefir can also help improve respiratory health by boosting the immune system.
Wrapping Up Homeopathic Remedies for Postnasal Drip
In conclusion, postnasal drip can be a very uncomfortable condition that affects many people. Homeopathy can be the best way to deal with these uncomfortable symptoms because there any many remedies to choose from. As always remember to consult a doctor if you have any concerns about your health.
Be well friends!
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