Sinusitis is marked by the expression of symptoms like headache (pain may increase when the person bends down), facial swelling, pressure on sinus tissues (around the nose), fever, nasal congestion, etc. Sometimes it is also associated with nasal polyps, sore throat, cough, tooth pain, ear pain, bad breath, and even eye pain. Sinusitis is mostly seen in the younger generation, especially in children of the age group of 8 to 20 years. Also, people living in urban areas are seen suffering from sinusitis more than in rural areas.
Sinusitis has two types, acute and chronic. Frequent attacks of acute sinusitis can lead to a chronic stage and treating this condition becomes challenging for a Vaidya. The chronic stage can lead to fatigue, mental irritation, low concentration levels, difficulty in breathing, and low appetite. In the worst cases, students may lose their focus and their performance in exams may suffer.
Ayurveda has laid down powerful remedies for sinusitis in the form of treatment as well as prevention so that frequent attacks of sinusitis can be prevented. In most cases, very positive responses are seen just by changing diet and lifestyle habits as per a person’s prakruti (original constitution).
Healing therapies for sinuses:-
Building up one’s immunity is a key factor in the line of treatment. This can easily be achieved by taking complete responsibility for one’s health. Parents and family members are also expected to participate in this process, especially for kids and teenagers. Just avoiding cold foods and junk food is not the final answer to get rid of sinusitis but introducing the right eating habits, the right lifestyle, and a positive thought process can help you to permanently heal.
There are major six steps in Ayurvedic treatment for Sinusitis:-
- Diagnosis with Nadi Pariksha and thorough examination of the patient.
- Panchakarma therapies
- Diet and lifestyle changes
- Herbal supplements.
- Home remedies
1. Diagnosis with Nadi Pariksha and thorough examination of nasal passage as well as throat for treating Sinusitis
Ravana Nadi Pariksha is a powerful diagnostic tool used by Siddhas to read a person’s vibratory frequency of body, mind and soul. These frequencies are expressed through doshas in various organs, tissues, chakras as well as Prakruti and Vikruti.
A well-trained Nadi Vaidya can read the state of health of 12 organs, tissues and their functional efficiency in the form of their energy. Also, the health of chakras and their subtle positive effects on the body can be read successfully. It is a wonderful science which not only diagnoses but also guides and helps to give a remedy based on the conclusion.
A thorough examination of the nasal passage and throat is done after Nadi Pariksha to rule out any anatomical abnormalities like nasal polyps, deviated nasal septum, etc.
2. Panchakarma Therapies for treating Sinusitis:-
Ayurveda believes that 80% of all diseases are psychosomatic. It’s the mind over matter where the mind is influencing the body. When thoughts and emotions arise, they have a direct impact on our actions as we are affected physiologically. e.g. anger giving rise to hyperacidity and a toxic liver, sadness leading to anorexia, fear leading to indigestion, and so on.
When you are treating the mind, you have to treat the body as well. This is where Ayurvedic Panchakarma therapies come into the picture. Most of the therapies in Panchakarma are designed in such a way that they not only release toxins accumulated due to various reasons like wrong eating habits etc but also help in releasing a lot of unwanted emotions and thoughts which have accumulated without our knowledge.
Let’s explore a few Panchakarma procedures which are proven therapies for sinusitis.
A. Nasyam therapy for treatment of Sinusitis:-
Drops of medicated oil or herbal juice are administered to the nostril. Nasyam procedure takes 20 to 30 minutes.
Ayurveda has mentioned that the nose is the most effective doorway to the brain, mind, and consciousness. Therefore, Nasyam becomes the only therapy that directly impacts the central nervous system thus enhancing cerebral circulation. It also activates specific Pranic activity while restoring and balancing prana in the body.
Benefits of Nasyam procedure:-
- Enhances cerebral circulation
- Restores and balances prana in the body
- Prevents recurring colds and sinus congestion
- Rejuvenates the action of the sympathetic and parasympathetic nerves and enhances body-mind coordination
- Pacifies the stress in the neck and thoracic region
- Radiance in facial skin as a consequence of rejuvenation of the facial tissues
- Rejuvenates hair follicles and effectively controls hair fall and greying
- Improved immunity of the upper respiratory tract.
B. Matra Basti for treatment of Sinusitis:-
This procedure is a medicated oil enema that is administered through the anal route to rejuvenate and strengthen this channel. Matra Basti procedure takes 20 to 30 minutes
Benefits of Matra Basti procedure:-
- It helps to maintain the health and longevity of the deeper tissues by effectively eliminating the excess toxins from the body.
- It helps improve the digestive fire or Agni and helps in the digestion of toxins that form as a result of an ineffective digestion process.
- It rejuvenates the skin which is the direct result of rasa and rakta dhatu. Rasa dhatu is the outcome of consuming food where acids, alkali and food are mixed in harmony where food is consumed in a pleasant state of mind. Rasa is useful to nourish every tissue of the body.
- It helps in maintaining the water metabolism by nourishing the walls of the large intestine.
C. Niruham or Kashaya Basti for treatment of Sinusitis:-
It is a process where medicated decoction enema is administered into the large intestine. Niruham or Kashaya Basti takes 20 to 30 minutes
Benefits of Niruham or Kashaya Basti:-
- The medicated decoction balances the Vaayu, thereby improving the life of tissues in the body. It activates the life force which originates at the pelvic diaphragm and enhances the overall energy in the body.
- When Vaayu is toned, it also helps in toning the nerve impulses thereby relaxing the nerves and muscles
- It induces a deep state of relaxation.
- It eliminates constipation.
3. Pranayama for treating Sinusitis:-
Pranayama practices for developing immunity have great therapeutic value. The body starts responding positively and starts bringing harmony within which initiates the healing process. Ayurveda classifies pranayama according to doshas such as Vata, Pitta, and Kapha. In some cases, pranayama practices are combined with Vedic counseling or Panchkarma therapies to establish the effects of healing for a longer duration. Pranayama cannot be practiced if a person has blocks in the nasal tract.
4. Diet & lifestyle changes for Sinusitis treatment:-
Ayurveda strongly believes that every living body can naturally heal itself provided you choose to live in a state of harmony and you are consciously maintaining your energy integrated with nature.
Let’s understand what you mean by integrating your energy with nature. All of us know that one of the biggest sources of energy in nature is the sun. As the sun rises, our physical and emotional energy also starts becoming better. So the first rule is to wake up before sunrise. This particular time-zone is known as Bramha-muhurta. It has a very special significance in terms of spiritual, mental, and physical health.
When the sun is at its peak, our physical energy, our digestive fire and our mental energy is also at their peak. So, Ayurveda suggests that you should take your largest meal of the day at this time. When the sun sets, our emotional and physical energy also starts going down. Ayurveda suggests that we should take dinner during this time or within one hour after the sunset and should go to sleep within three hours after dinner.
Ayurveda has firmly specified that if you follow this lifestyle, there are chances that you may not fall sick at all or even if you fall sick you can recover much faster. Please understand that even for medicines to go in the body and work; it requires a certain environment in the body. There are no quick fixes when it comes to your health and immunity.
Ayurveda has mentioned a biological substance called ‘Ojas’ which has a significant correlation with our immune system. It is an essence related to vitality and immunity. Modern medicine talks about the immune system which includes the Haemopoietic, endocrine, nervous and digestive system whereas the concept of Ojas corresponds to the modern medical concept of the immune system including gamma-globulin which maintains the immunity of the liver.
On average, everyone is born with a certain strength of immunity. The factors that can diminish the strength of Ojas are a Wrong combination of food, wrong lifestyle, consuming non-compatible foods, low mental and emotional energy, stress, uncontrollable and unexpressed emotions, non-supporting environment.
5. Herbal supplements for treating Sinusitis:-
Ayurveda is primarily based on herbal medicine. Ayurvedic Books explain herbal qualities and their energies in detail. Herbs are milder and safer in action than chemical drugs. They can become very important tools for healing the sinus. Herbs work over a while, though shorter than that of food. Herbal supplements may be necessarily consumed for up to 3 to 4 weeks for their effects to manifest.
It is extremely important to understand here that Ayurvedic healing for sinuses stresses firmly on appropriate diets. On top of this, special herbs are helpful if they are dispensable. Diet has a specific role and provides the foundation on which herbs can work. Without a proper prescribed diet suiting your constitution, even the best herbs will be limited in their function on the system and show their healing effects slowly. Herbs are used for fine-tuning a diet and for shorter, but stronger therapeutic actions too.
6. Home remedies for treating Sinusitis:-
Following remedies need not work for everybody. You will need to seek professional advice to understand your prakruti and vikruti to effectively treat your sinusitis. Nadi Pariksha will help you to ascertain your prakruti and vikruti. This will provide the right knowledge to treat your sinusitis for your constitution.
- Take Half a teaspoon of Hing + 50ml of Til oil + a pinch of camphor. Mix it well and apply on the chest, throat and sinus areas
- Mix Tulsi juice 1 teaspoon and honey 1 teaspoon. Consume it thrice daily.
- Put 3 drops of medicated saline water in each nostril to flush the mucous.
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