Sinusitis (KaphajaPratisyaya)

कासारुचिम्रावघनप्रसेकाः कफाद् गुरुः स्रोतसि चापि कण्डूः॥

Sinusitis

The inflammation of tissues lining of various sinuses of nasal cavity is called as sinusitis. In general, nasal sinuses are filled with air. The inflammation of sinuses leads to its blockage and may get filled with increased tissue secretion.Sinusitis is termed as “KaphajaPratisyaya” as per Ayurveda.Ayurveda assures complete cure to sinusitis through different treatment methods.Dr.Gupta’s IAFAhas a plenty success stories of treating sinusitisand curing.

Sinus or Paranasal Sinuses

Sinuses are the air filled spaces within a human skull. The sinuses surrounding the nasal cavity are called as paranasal sinuses.There is four sinuses namely

  • Frontal sinus
  • Ethmoid sinus
  • Maxillary sinus and
  • Sphenoid sinus

Sinuses are connected to the nasal cavity through small openings called ostia. They help in improving our voice and it lightens the skull by acting as a shock absorber. Mucus production for lubricating nasal cavity is the major function of nasal sinuses.

Ayurvedic Reference of Sinusitis

Causes of Sinusitis

Sinusitis can be caused due to various internal and external causes.

  • Various allergies
  • Small polyps
  • Septal deviation
  • Drug or chemical reaction and
  • Smoke may cause sinusitis

According to Ayurveda the causes of sinusitis areexposure to mist or fog, excess sleep, avoiding sleep during nights, using very low, very high or improper pillow, drinking excess cold or dirty water, suppressing vomiting and all Kapha dosha increasing measures like water sports, heavy and cold food. In case of sinusitis, the major doshas affected are Vata and Kapha.

Types of Sinusitis

In general, there are three types of sinusitis. They are namely

  • Acute sinusitis
  • Sub- acute sinusitis
  • Chronic sinusitis
  • Recurrent sinusitis

Sinuses are connected to the nasal cavity through small openings called ostia. They help in improving our voice and it lightens the skull by acting as a shock absorber. Mucus production for lubricating nasal cavity is the major function of nasal sinuses.

Symptoms of Sinusitis

Acute sinusitis will have similar symptoms than that of cold. Running nose and pain will be felt over the sinus areas. Fever and thick discharge from nose may be observed associated with acute sinusitis. Acute sinusitis may last up to a period of 2 weeks.

 

Sub-acute sinusitis is similar to that of acute sinusitis with extreme manifestation of symptoms experienced in acute type of sinusitis.

 

Chronic sinusitis will have heaviness in head, pain over the sinus areas during some particular time of a day. The symptoms will show a mild nature in case of chronic sinusitis and may last up to a period of 3 months.

 

Recurrent sinusitis will be having a cyclic nature of occurrence. It occurs in a particular pattern with repeated occurrence within a year. The symptoms will be more or less same than that of acute sinusitis.

 

As per Ayurveda, the symptoms of Sinusitis are slimy discharge from nose, heaviness over head region, tastelessness, itching inside nose, breathing difficulty and general heaviness all over the body.

Sinusitis is a condition that must be managed with immediate attention. The treatments started at the earliest will make the curing process fast. Ayurveda assures the complete cure of sinusitis through natural methods. Dr. Gupta’sInstitute of Applied Food Allergy®has proven to be the best in Ayurvedic management of sinusitis through treating plenty of cases with high success rates”.

 

-Allergist, Dr. Sahil Gupta

Bachelor of Ayurveda Medicine & Surgery
Master’s in Health Administration

Diet for Sinusitis

The food should be hot and combined with proper quantity of good quality sea salt. Liquid or semi-solid foods will be more suitable for a person suffering from sinusitis.The diet can be combined with Kapha dosha balancing food materials like barley, wheat, red rice and butter. Spices like pepper, ginger and curcuma can be combined in diet. Cold generating fruits like apple and banana along with slimy vegetables like egg plant and big tomatoesmust are avoided. Water made of Dashamoola (Ten Ayurvedic medicine roots) is also suggestive in curing sinusitis.

Regimen for Sinusitis

The activities including over exertion and head movement must be reduced or avoided completely as per the guidance of the doctor. Avoiding chance of getting cold air during travelling will be beneficial in reducing the symptoms of sinusitis. Protection measures must be used for covering ears and head for preventing the easy exposure to cold wind.

Do’s (Pathya)

  • Take warm and liquid food
  • Add spices to the diet
  • Always use boiled and warm water for drinking

Don’ts (Apathya)

  • Avoid water sports
  • Avoid eating cold foods including cold generating fruits like apple and banana
  • Avoiding over exertion including strenuous workout
  • Avoid smoking

Yoga for Sinusitis

Yoga practices including Pranayama and Jalneti (cleansing of nostrils with water in a unique manner) are good for sinusitis cure. Yogaasanas or postures namely,

  • Dhanurasana
  • Shalabhasana
  • Halasana and
  • Sarvangasana is good in managing sinusitis.

Ayurvedic management of Sinusitis

Ayurveda assures complete cure for Sinusitis. Ayurveda has diet measures, regimen, medications and external procedures for managing Sinusitis.Dr.Guptaalong with his years of Ayurveda experience is using unique pulse diagnosis methods to find out root cause treatment in Sinusitis.

Treatment of Sinusitis

Ayurveda has single drug treatment, treatment with combination of medicines and external measures including Panchakarma for treating sinusitis.

 

Shuntior Ginger( Zingiberofficinale) , Marichamor Black pepper(Piper nigrum) and Pippali or Long pepper( Piper longum) are single medicines used in Ayurveda.

 

Internal medicines like Vyoshadivatakam, Talisapatradichoornam, Agasthyarasayanam,Dashamoolakatuthreyamkashayam and medicated ghee intake are the few internal medicines used in the treatment of sinusitis.

 

Nasyam (Ayurvedic nasal medications), Vamanam (Ayurvedic vomiting treatment), Steam bath and special bandages are the external methods used in the Ayurvedic management of Sinusitis.

Article Written By: Dr. Sahil Gupta, Ayurvedic Allergist

Frequently Asked Questions

Question: What is Sinusitis?

Answer: The inflammation tissues lining of various sinuses of nasal cavity is called as Sinusitis.

Question: What are the causes of Sinusitis?

Answers: Allergies, polyps, septal deviation, infections, smoke and certain chemicals substances are the major causes of sinusitis. As per Ayurveda all activities that increase Kapha dosha may cause sinus inflammation.

Questions: Which are the major yoga methods beneficial for managing sinusitis?

Answer: Pranayama and Jalneti can be practiced for getting fast results in sinusitis along with Yogasanas namelyDhanurasana, Shalabhasana, Halasana andSarvangasana.

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