Nasal Polyps (Nasarsas)
Nasal Polyps - Causes, Symptoms and Ayurvedic Treatment
Nasal Polyps is an inflammatory disease characterized by abnormal lesions that originate from any portion of the nasal mucosa or paranasal sinuses. It is a relatively common disease, occurring in 1-4 % of the general population, but is rarely described in the pediatric population. Nasal polyps in the pediatric population appear to occur as inflammatory responses to bacterial infections and it could represent an alert sign for other underlying systemic diseases.
In Ayurveda, nasal polyps can be correlated to Nasarsas described by Susrutha and Charaka Acharya according to its symptoms. We at IAFA® under the guidance of Dr. Sahil Gupta provide safe and effective herbal remedies for ayurvedic treatment of nasal polyps. Dr. Sahil Gupta is providing proper care and treatment for the successful management of various ailments.
Ayurvedic Reference of Nasal Polyps (Nasaras)
Causes of Nasal Polyps
Some people can develop polyps with no previous nasal problems, but there is often a trigger for developing polyps. These triggers include:
- Chronic or recurring sinus infections
- Allergic rhinitis (hay fever)
- Cystic fibrosis
- Sensitivity to non steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as ibuprofen or aspirin
In Ayurveda, nasal polyps are called Kapha-Rakta grandhis. The enlarged Kapha dosha accumulates in the wall of blood vessels and surrounding muscle tissues and leads to swelling known as Kapha-Rakta granthi or nasarsas and is caused by chronic irritation.
Symptoms of Nasal Polyps
- A sensation that your nose is blocked
- Runny nose
- Postnasal drip, which is when excess mucus runs down the back of your throat
- Nasal stuffiness
- Nasal congestion
- Reduced sense of smell
- Breathing through your mouth
- A feeling of pressure in your forehead or face
- Sleep apnea
As Per Ayurveda, Symptoms Include:-
- Nasal block (Nasa-avarodha)
- Breathing difficulty (Krucha swasa)
- Running nose (Nasa srava)
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Ayurvedic Treatment for Nasal polyps
Ayurvedic Treatment for Nasal Polyps aims to bringing about the doshas to normalcy, repair the inflamed mucosa, and drain the polyps. Both purificatory and palliative treatment are necessary for the condition.
Internal Medications for Nasal Polyps
- Chitrak Haritaki Avaleha
- Triphala Guggulu
- Kanchanara Guggulu
- Varanadi Kashayam
- Nityananda Rasa
- Lakshmivilasa Rasa
- Arsha Kuttara Rasa
- Haridra Khanda
External Medications for Nasal Polyps
- Shikhari Thaila
- Kasisadi Taila
- Tulasyadi Tailam
External Therapies for Nasal Polyps
- Nasa Pichu
Single Herbs that are Used in Nasal Polyps as per Ayurveda
- Haridra (Curcuma longa)
- Tulasi (Ocimum sanctum)
- Kaseesa (Ferrous sulphate)
- Tutha (Copper sulphate)
Diet in Nasal Polyps
Pathyam or Do’s in Nasal Polyps
- Maintain good hygiene of the self as well as the environment so that infection can be minimized.
- Timely and appropriate intervention for Common Cold, Bronchitis, Asthma, or any other respiratory ailment you may be having
- Take steam inhalation if there is a persistent cold
Apathyam or Don’ts in Nasal Polyps
- Avoid exposure to allergens like pollen, perfumes, smoke, tobacco, dust, chemical fumes which cause inflammation and irritation of the nasal passage
- Do not stuff cotton in the nose in case there is a nasal bleeding
Yoga Therapy for Nasal Polyps
Yoga for nasal polyps and pranayama yoga is very helpful for balancing your chakras and recovering from any inflammations and infections. Pranayama yoga is extremely useful because it is a set of breathing exercises that will not only help with the clearing of your nasal pathways but will also help you feel more relaxed and clear-minded.
- Gomukasana (Cow’s Face Pose)
- Bhujangasana (Cobra Pose)
- Sarvangasana (All Limbs Pose)
- Bhastrika Pranayama
- Kapalabhati (Frontal Brain Cleansing Exercise)
- Jalaneti (Nasal Cleansing with Water)
- Sutraneti (Nasal Cleansing with Thread)
- Child Health and Ayurveda, First Edition 2021, by Sahil Gupta, Nasal Polyps Chapter No. 43, Page No. 178-181.
- Chakrapanidatta, Chakradatta, Vaidyaprabha Hindi Commentary by Indradeva Tripathi, edited by Ramanatha Dwivedi; Chaukhambha Sanskrit Bhawan, Varanasi, Reprint:2012; Nasaroga Chikitsa 58/28-30; p 346
- Anonymous (2008) The Ayurvedic Pharmacopoeia of India, Part 2, Volume – 1, appendices. 1st Edn. Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Department of AYUSH, Govt of India. New Delhi, p 02.
- Shastri KA, editor. Nasagatroga Vijnaniya Adhyaya. Sushrut Samhita edited with Ayurved Tattv Sandipika, Uttaratantra. Vol. 2, Ch. 22. Varanasi: Chaukhambha Sanskrit Sansthan; Reprint 2014. p.144.
Article Written By: Dr. Sahil Gupta (B.A.M.S., M.H.A.)