Sinusitis from the point of view of Ayurveda
Sinusitis is an inflammation or swelling of the tissue lining the sinuses. Sinuses are hollow spaces within the bones between your eyes, behind your cheekbones, and in your forehead. They make mucus, which keeps the inside of your nose moist. Healthy sinuses are filled with air. But when they become blocked and filled with fluid, germs can grow and cause an infection.. Sinusitis can be usually caused by an bacterial infection, often happen after a common cold, with allergies or asthma and also teats. There are 3 types of sinusitis: Acute (short-term ) - usually last 2-4 weeks Chronic ( long-term ) - this lasts for more than 12 weeks and can continue for months or years Recurrent - this means the infection comes back again and again. It means 3 or more episodes of acute sinusitis in a year. Sinusitis refers to the inflammation of the internal membranes lining the paranasal sinuses— which are small air-filled spaces positioned in the bones of the head just around the nose.
How Ayurvedic doctors treat sinusitis
As per Ayurveda, Sinusitis can be correlated with the condition called as Peenasa. It is a Vata-Kapha dominant disease, meaning water, goths (Kapha) accumulate in the par nasal sinuses, blocking the flow of air (Vata) , which causes swelling of the paranasal sinuses – Pitta Dosha(fire).
The basic Ayurvedic treatment for sinusitis is focused on – rebalancing the respiratory system, starting with the elimination of toxins. Ayurveda for sinusitis treatment comprises of softening and expelling doshas , Ayurvedic herbs and diet. In the treatment process Ayurvedic doctor can advice different Ayurvedic nasal therapies and applications. Nasya karma, also simply called nasya, is one of the five detoxification therapies mentioned in Ayurveda. It is highly successful in treating sinusitis. Also Ayurvedic therapy like Shirodhara (pouring of warm medicated oil on the forehead), Neti – sinus rinse with salt water, Steam inhalation– using either ginger, eucalyptus oil, clove oil .
Eash of Ayurvedic therapy or herbal use needs special instruction and advice from your Ayurvedic practitioner)
Diet – Ayurveda advises avoidance of Kapha aggravating foods and activities – such a cold food, drinks and places, foods which are oily, sweet, sour and salty in taste, heavy to digest foods. Also lifestyle changes as long walks, Yoga, Pranayama. , as well as medications, can effectively manage the disease.
More tips for prevention and Ayurvedic treatment of sinusitis:
Avoid cold and refrigerated food and drink, including cold water
Avoid dairy foods while you are treating sinusitis.
Practice breathing exercise (pranayama–anulom-vilom, kapalbhati)
include warming spices like black pepper, garlic, ginger, fenugreek and turmeric regularly in your diet.
Grate a piece of ginger and take out its juice. Have this juice with honey two-four times a day