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I have taken serrapeptase for a few months and it worked very well to reduce my
sinusitis. I am curious if you are aware of any side effects of taking this enzy
me?
Serrapeptase (Serratio Peptidase) is a proteolytic enzyme produced in the intest
ines of the silk worm to break down the cocoon walls. It is commercially produc
ed and used for the digestion of non-living tissue, blood clots, cysts, arterial
plaque and inflammation in all forms. It is an enzyme which reduces inflammati
on by breaking down fibrinogen (proteins) and plaques. It is an alternative to N
on Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDS) which are commonly used to treat a
rthritis and inflammation. NSAIDs have been found to cause a lot of adverse eff
ects such as stomach inflammation, ulcers, bleeding and kidney and liver impairm
ent. Serrapeptase has been in use for over 25 years and according to a number o
f sources appears to contain no major side effects.
It does appear that Serrapeptase aims to treat the symptoms of inflammation. Tra
ditional healers such as Naturopaths and Traditional Chinese medicine aim to fin
d the cause of disharmony within the body. An ancient Chinese analogy states tha
t symptoms are merely the leaves of disease and in order to acheive true harmony
one must discover the roots of the illness. Sinusitis for instance is a symptom
of an underlying condition that is causing this inflammation. One example is a
weak lining of the digestive tract can allow larger than optimum particles of fo
od to enter the blood system. These particles are considered by the body to be f
oreign and therefore create an allergic reaction which can manifest as sinusitis
. It is interesting to note that the nasal and sinus cavities are actually the t
op terminus of the digestive tract.
Diet tips to reduce sinusitis
Increase water intake (at least 2 litres/ day). Include herbal teas also such a
s Marshmallow, Echinacea, Ginger, Lemon, Elecampagne, Licorice and Rosehip and F
enugreek
Begin each day with a warm lemon juice drink as it cleansing to the digestion, n
asal cavity and sinuses. Squeeze half a lemon in warm water, you may even like
to add a teaspoon of Manuka Honey and grated ginger to this
Increase sulphur rich foods in your diet such as onions and garlic as these help
to break down congestion. Also increase Chilli, Horseradish and Turmeric as th
ese are also anti-inflammatory in action and will help to break down congestion
also
Reduce acid forming foods such as dairy, wheat, sugar, alcohol, red meats, prese
rved and processed foods and deep fried foods
Consume more garlic, ginger, onions, tumeric and chilli
Increase alkalizing foods such as miso soup, vegetable juices, barley grass and
barley soup, lemon juice, brown rice plenty of fruits and vegetables, fish, gr
ains and sprouts
Have a vegetable juice each day such as carrot, tomato, celery, ginger and beetr
oot
Lifestyle factors for sinusitis
Address digestive function, liver detoxification and immunity

Speak to your healthcare professional about an allergy test and reduce an foods
you may be allergic to. Common allergen foods which contribute to sinusitis are
dairy, wheat, oranges and bee products
Steam inhalations help to reduce congestion in the airways. In a large bowl alm
ost fill it with boiling water and add drops of pure essential oils such as Euca
lyptus, Wintergreen, Tea Tree or Cajuput in the water, put a towel over your hea
d and lean into the bowl. Inhale the vapours for about ten minutes, do this pro
cess three times
Gently massage the area along the eyebrows, alongside the nose and cheek bones.
You may find tender spots here, if you do just hold the pressure for 10 seconds
, this helps to break up the congestion and disperse it
Buy a neti pot (from your local health food store) and fill it with water or sea
water to help clear the sinuses
Natural remedies for sinusitis
Strengthen the digestive system with slippery elm powder, glutamine and aloe ver
a juice
Vitamin C and bioflavinoid (quercetin) are beneficial for not only increasing im
munity but also reducing inflammation and the sensitivity of the immune cells an
d mucus membranes which contribute to congestion and allergic responses
Bromelain is a natural anti-inflammatory
Probiotics may help to recorrect any bowel flora troubles which contribute to ly
mphatic congestion
Herbs which may be of assistance such as Fenugreek, Rosehips, Albizzia, Marshmal
low and Garlic