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I have been dealing with eustachian tube dysfunction.

Q. Dear Terry, "I have been dealing with eustachian tube dysfunction. My doctor has prescribed decongestants, but I cannot take any of them because I experience side effects. Is there anything you could suggest taking?" — Judy B., Villa Grove, IL

A. Dear Judy, The eustachian tube is a small canal that connects the middle ear to the back of the nose and upper throat. Its purpose is to equalize the air pressure in the middle ear with the pressure outside it.

Eustachian tube dysfunction (ETD) occurs when the tube fails to open during swallowing or yawning. This results in a difference between the air pressure inside and outside the middle ear. Factors that may increase your chance of getting ETD can include nasal congestion from allergies, colds/upper respiratory infections, and ear/sinus infections. 

I do have some options that I believe will make a significant difference. However, I would encourage you to consult with your healthcare practitioner - I think the best health outcomes are achieved when all those involved are in the loop and cooperating.

When it comes to alleviating congestion, I would first recommend trying eucalyptus and myrtle oils. Eucalyptus oil thins mucus so it can drain more easily, and also is a natural antibacterial and antiviral. Myrtle essential oil has been well-studied and sold in Europe for more than 75 years. I suggest taking 160-320 mg total of these two oils up to three times daily.

When choosing a formula, make sure to choose concentrated plant oils that are approved for internal use. Unlike essential oils used for massage and aromatherapy, these plant oils are tested and “fingerprinted” based on specific molecular makeup, species, marker compounds, purity and safety for internal medicinal use. The extraordinary potency of these tested plant oils allows for relatively low doses, but very powerful health benefits.

You may also want to consider extracts of thyme and climbing ivy. These two botanicals function as expectorants (helps cough out phlegm) and mucolytics (breaks up congestion). When used together they make a very excellent combination. Both herbs have been extensively researched in Germany and other European countries. I suggest taking a total of 250-500 mg of these two ingredients three times a day. These same ingredients are also available in a liquid form that is a perfect option for children or anyone who prefers it to taking tablets.

Healthy Regards! 

Terry . . . Naturally


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