Nasal polyp (Nasarsas)

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Nasal polyp-Nasarsas

Nasal polyp is an inflammatory disease characterised 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. Dr.Gupta’s IAFA is providing proper care and treatment for nasal polyps in children. IAFA has a separate wing called  Ayurpediatrics for the management of various ailments in children.

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
  • Asthma
  • Allergic rhinitis (hay fever)

  • Cystic fibrosis
  • Sensitivity to nonsteroidal 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
  • Snoring

As per Ayurveda, symptoms include

  • Nasal block (Nasa-avarodha)
  • Breathing difficulty (Krucha swasa)

  • Running nose (Nasa srava)
  • Snoring

  Dr.Gupta’s offers traditional and successful Ayurvedic management for Nasal Polyps in children. Institute of Applied Food Allergy® has a separate wing called Ayurpediatrics for the management of various ailments in children. Dr.Gupta’s IAFA provides finest care for all health problems of your child through Ayurveda.

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-Allergist, Dr. Sahil Gupta

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

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 are 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. 

Asanas include,

  • Gomukasana (Cow’s Face Pose)
  • Bhujangasana (Cobra Pose)
  • Sarvangasana (All Limbs Pose)

Pranayama include,

  • Bhastrika Pranayama
  • Kapalabhati  (Frontal Brain Cleansing Exercise)
  • Jalaneti (Nasal Cleansing with Water)
  • Sutraneti (Nasal Cleansing with Thread)

Ayurvedic Treatment for Nasal polyps

The treatment aims to bringing about the doshas to normalcy, to repair the inflamed mucosa, and to drain the polyps. Both purificatory and palliative treatment are necessary for the condition.

Internal Medicines for Nasal polyps

  • Chitraka Haritaki avaleha
  • Triphala Guggulu
  • Kanchanara Guggulu
  • Varanadi Kashaya

  • Nityananda Rasa
  • Lakshmivilasa Rasa
  • Arsha kuttara Rasa
  • Haridra Khanda

External Medicines for Nasal polyps

  • Shikhari thaila
  • Tuttha 

  • Kasishadi Taila
  • Tulsyadi tailam

External therapies

  • Nasapichu
  • Nasya
  • Snehana

  • Swedana
  • Gandusha
  • Dhoompana

Single drugs used in Nasal polyps as per Ayurveda

  • Haridra(Curcuma longa)
  • Tulasi(Ocimum sanctum)

  • Kaseesa(Ferrous sulphate)
  • Tutha(Copper sulphate)

Article Written By: Dr. Sahil Gupta, Ayurvedic Allergist

Frequently Asked Questions

Question: What is Nasal Polyps?

Answer: Nasal polyps are benign (noncancerous) growths of the lining tissues, or mucosa of nose. 

Question: What are the causes of Nasal Polyps in children?

Answer: During an infection or allergy-induced irritation, the nasal mucosa gets swollen and red, and it may produce fluid that drips out. With prolonged irritation, the mucosa may form a polyp.

Question: What is the Ayurvedic treatment for Nasal Polyps?

Answer: Ayurvedic treatments of Nasarsa as described in Ayurvedic literatures may be divided as purificatory and palliative, depending on the severity of affection of the Doshas as well as the Bala (body strength) of the patient. 

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