Ayurvedic treatment For Sinusitis

Sinusitis is an infectious and inflammatory condition of sinuses. It is caused by the infection of the mucus membranes found lining the sinuses. They are present in the facial area surrounding the nose. Sinusitis is of two types, acute or chronic. Acute sinusitis may improve automatically, but chronic sinusitis requires medical attention. 

Ayurveda for Sinusitis

Sinusitis is termed as "Dushta Pratishyaya" or "Peenas" in Ayurveda. Ayurveda aims to bring back the balance of the life energies called doshas in the body. The disturbance of the three doshas gives way to diseases and the treatment is on the basis of the dosha vitiation and personalized in keeping with the patient’s body constitution, climate and environment and the severity of the condition. Ayurvedic treatment is effective in both the acute and chronic types of sinusitis.

Symptoms of sinusitis

  • Blockage in the nose
  • Sneezing
  • Running nose
  • Severe headache
  • Swelling on the areas on the sides of the nose
  • Tender feeling when touching the face

Causes of Sinusitis

  • Decreased resistance and immunity
  • Improper lifestyle
  • Disruption in biological rhythm
  • Improper digestion and nutrition
  • Accumulated toxins
  • Mental and physical stress

Ayurvedic Treatment for Sinusitis

"Shodhan Nasya" the Ayurvedic procedure is performed for quick recovery. Medicated oil (Vacha oil, containing Acorus calamus) or Shigru (Moringa oleifera) seed powder or Madanphal (Randia spinosa) powder is put into the nostrils, after giving fomentation to the area surrounding the nose. This is done to drain the sinuses. To reduce sinus inflammation, mild medicated drops of Anu oil or Panchendriya vardhan oil are used.
Ayurvedic massage called Snehan using medicated warm oil is helpful for treating sinusitis. Oils like Mahanarayan oil, Narayana oil and Sesame oil etc are used for this therapy. It is proved that oil massage pacifies Vata dosha aggravation and prevents accumulation of kapha in the face.
Ghee treated with Haridra (turmeric), Musta (Cyperus rotundus), Vishwa (Zinziber officinale), Karanj (Pongamia pinnata), Renukabeej (Vitex negundo), and Yava-Kshar is prescribed as oral medication for patients of Sinusitits. Medicated ghee containing Hinga (Ferula narthex), Deodar (Cedrus deodara) and Yava-Ksha is also administered in some cases.
 Nasya is another Ayurvedic therapy which is very useful in curing sinusitis. Nasya is a procedure in which medicated oil is administered in each nostril of the patient by trained practitioners. Medicated ghee that contains extracts from Chafa (Michelia champaka), Dadim (Pomegranate) flowers, leaves, Haridra (turmeric), Kanher (Nerium indicum) leaves, Durva (Cynodon dactylon), Sabja (Canna edulus) and Keshar (Crocus sativus) is used as nasal drop for obtaining immediate relief from symptoms.
Ayurvedic formulations such as Bhallatak Parpati, Tribhuvankirti, Godanti Bhasma, Shrung Bhasma, Sitopaladi, Sanjeevani vati and Yashtimadhuk (Glycerrhiza glabra), are most commonly used to treat Sinusitis. Sookshma Triphala, Chaturbhuj Ras, and Gandhak Rasayan are recommended for fever and inflammation. With these herbal medications patients get significant relief within two to six weeks.
For chronic and recurrent sinusitis, Ayurvedic compounds such as Laghu Malini Vasant, Madhu Malini Vasant and Suvarna Malini Vasant are prescribed along with Pippali (Piper longum). Chausashtha Pippali is another special preparation used in a gradually increasing dose which is followed by a gradually decreasing dose. Several courses of these medicines are needed in some cases.
Prevention of Sinusitis
Sinusitits can be prevented from recurring by taking the necessary precautions
  • Include more vegetables in food
  • Eat dry and warm foods
  • Avoid dairy products
  • Cut down on oily and cold foods
  • Drink plenty of water
  • Take hot liquids to relieve congestion and pressure
  • Inhale eucalyptus oil
  • Add Tulsi and turmeric powder in boiling water and inhale the steam
  • Avoid cold weather and perfumes
  • Increase intake of fruits like apples and pears. Avoid heavy and sour fruits, like bananas, oranges, pineapples etc.
  • Avoid smoking
  • Apply Anu Thailam in the nostrils
  • Practice of yoga and Pranayama is also beneficial

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