Any nasal problems? Feeling difficulty in breathing? You can definitely reduce this problem if you carefully notice what you are having daily in your diet and lifestyle. Sinusitis is common nowadays, what’s exactly it is? Is there any ayurvedic treatment for sinusitis?
What is sinusitis?
Sinuses are air-filled cavities near your nose and when they are filled with fluid, this becomes inflammation in nasal sinuses leading to a condition called Sinusitis. Ayurvedic treatises call this Dushta pratishyaya. Sinusitis can be managed with a proper Ayurvedic diet, lifestyle, and medicines.
Causes of sinusitis
- Medical conditions like Nasal polyps and deviated nasal septum
- Immunocompromised condition of your body
- Recurrent respiratory tract infections, fever etc.
- Consumption of too cold and hot spicy food often.
- Refrigerated and stale food consumption in excess.
Symptoms of sinusitis
- Runny, stuffy nose,
- Sneezing, facial pain,
- Sore throat,
- Bad breath,
- Loss of sleep,
- Breathing troubles,
- Nasal congestion is seen when you are having sinusitis.
Types of sinusitis
- Acute sinusitis– symptoms last up to 4 weeks
- Sub-acute sinusitis – symptoms last up to 4 to 8 weeks
- Chronic sinusitis – Lasts for 8 weeks or longer.
- Recent sinusitis – occurring within a week.
Diagnosis is done by – X-ray paranasal sinuses in most of the cases to confirm associated conditions like Deviated nasal septum.
An overview of Ayurvedic Treatment for Sinusitis
Ayurvedic Treatment for Sinusitis depends on the dosha predominance and causative factors. The treatment principle may include dustha pratishyaya treatment, pranavaha srtoto dushti chikitsa, rukshana, kapha hara treatment.
- Tulsi steam – boil some Tulsi leaves in a copper vessel. You can inhale the steam coming out of that, this will provide relief from nasal congestion also.
- Turmeric fume exposure – turmeric fume also has antiseptic healing properties when exposed.
- Nasya with Shad Bindu Taila or Anu Taila can be done on the advice of a registered Ayurvedic practitioner.
- Use more spices like coriander, cardamom, cumin, pepper etc. which are digestive, carminative and metabolism boosters in action.
- Take seasonal fruits like pomegranate, papaya, apple and vegetables like garlic and onion in diet. This will provide vitamin and mineral supplementation to your body. Your immunity will also improve.
Ayurvedic medicines for sinusitis
- Amruthotharam Kashayam
- Dashamoola Katutraya Kashayam
- Haridra khanda,
- Chitraka haritaki ,
- Vyoshadi vatakam ,
- Rasnadi churna ,
- Agasthya rasayanam
are well known in sinusitis management. Novel innovative forms like Ayurvedic nasal drops are also effective in sinusitis treatment. These nasal drops along with Ayurvedic tablets reduce associated migraine and other types of headache effectively.
How to apply Rasnadi churna for cold and headache
Rasnadi churna made with Rasna, Devadaru, Turmeric, Indian licorice, Aloe essence, Costus root, Vetiver root, and herbs ranging more than 20 ingredients is having the properties to balance three doshic energies in the body. It has the special action to absorb excess fluid accumulation in your body. Say you are having sinusitis, migraine-like conditions, Rasnadi helps to unblock your nostrils from the discomfort faster.
Used also for reducing headaches and cold, carefully mix a pinch of the Rasnadi powder with lemon juice and apply it on your forehead. Helps to relieve the throbbing pain of an uncomfortable headache faster. Indicated in: Vata and Kapha-related disorders like Headache, sinusitis, and stress-related conditions. Used as a paste applied on the head during and after Ayurvedic treatments.
Ayurvedic treatment for sinusitis
Various ayurvedic treatment procedures are adopted spending on the severity of the sinusitis. Here are a few commonly used Ayurvedic Treatment for Sinusitis
- Thalam – Application of medicated paste/oil to the crown of head
- Nasya _ usually purgative (virechana) nasal medications such as fresh herbal juice or medicated powders are used to clear the nasal passage and sinuses.
- Shiro Dhara
- Oil pulling,
- Dhoomapaana – Inhalation of medicated smoke
- Steam inhalation
- Panchakarma treatments such as Vamana and Virehana are also used depending on the doshas.
Home remedies for sinusitis
- Nasal instilling of lukewarm Water drops– helps to make the mucus thin, clean the sinuses and dilute a blockage.
- Warm shower or bath using Vata reducing drugs like castor is beneficial.
- Have sleep with elevated position of head. This allows gravity to naturally promote drainage of nasal passages and promote blood circulation to your head.
- When proper nourishment and hydration is ensured in your nasal passages, it has healing and anti-inflammatory action.
Think about your diet and lifestyle
- It is better to cut short your diet excluding potato, sweet potato, tomato, citrus fruits and mulberry as they are increasing the gas and heat content in the body.
- Fermented cheese, curd, vinegar also is not advisable for you. If you are able to avoid these, you can easily reduce intense episodes of sinusitis.
- Have a healthy lifestyle with a proper diet with freshly cooked warm, light food. Have food at the correct time and do exercises and practices like pranayama, meditation etc. at least half an hour a day.
Sinusitis and migraine – take care of these tips too
It is likely that you get an intense headache like migraine also associated with sinusitis.
- Weather changes like extreme hot or cold conditions, humidity, strong wind is likely to trigger migraine.
- When you are exposed to strong fragrant perfumes also, chances are there that you get stressed and get headache.
- Flickering, flashing bright light and exposure to loud noises for a long time also give rise to migraine.
- When sleep becomes too less or excessive, hot, spicy food is also consumed more on a daily basis, your chances of getting migraine increases.
- If you have a family history of having migraine, you can get migraine with your sinusitis. So, take care of this fact.
Pranayama technique – Kapal Bhati
In Sanskrit, ‘Kapal’ means skull and ‘Bhati’ means ‘shining’. You can try this technique for breathing regulation and deep relaxation.
Sit in any comfortable pose (such as sukhasana, Ardha padmasana). Keep your spine straight and close your eyes. Keep your hands comfortably on your knees facing up. Inhale normally and focus on exhaling with a short and forceful breath. You need to use your stomach to forcefully expel all the air from your lungs by compressing it. Inhalation happens when you relax your stomach naturally. You can practice this wonderful technique daily for the best results which help in keeping nasal passage clear.
Ayurveda, being a preventive medicinal system at first instance advocates changes in your mindset and general outlook about life. Rather than being cold in approach and outlook, be broad-minded, positive, and warm in life and approach. You will feel more active and spend energy on quality causes. Be proactive in life with a scheduled lifestyle so that you don’t get stressed up. You will have an easy breath and clarity in thoughts which will guide you towards success.
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