An ear infection or otitis media is the most common type of earaches. Though it occurs more commonly in children, it can also occur in adults.
The infections occurs int he middle ear (the space behind the eardrum where tiny bones pick up vibrations and pass them along the inner ear) and often accompanies a common cold, the flu or other respiratory infections. The reason is that the middle ear is connected to the upper respiratory tract by a tiny channel known as the Eustachian tube. Germs that grow in the nose or sinus cavities can migrate up the Eustachian tube and enter the middle ear causing an infection.
How we treat ear infections naturally:
Since a respiratory infection to lead to an ear infection, our focus will be addressing the infection, which will diminish the symptoms associated with ear infections. Initially we can address the symptoms of pain and discomfort through herbs, acupuncture/acupressure, lymphatic massage to drain congestion, homeopathy, options to boost the immune system as well and dietary changes to prevent any triggers that may be associated with food. A common food trigger to ear infections is dairy and removing dairy can decrease the incidence of ear infections, along with other dietary modifications to help improve overall function. We will also focus on other triggers to help prevent future occurrences of ear infections.
Whether we are treating a child or adult with ear infections, we tailor our treatments to the individual to best facilitate healing.