Sinusitis is a condition in which the cavities around the nasal passages become inflamed.
Symptoms include headache, facial pain, runny nose, and nasal congestion.
Ayurvedic Concept of Sinusitis –
The predominant symptom of Sinusitis is Head ache and so, Sinusitis can be correlated to Shiro Roga (diseases of head) or Shira Shula (head ache).
Causative Factors for Sinusitis-
1. Exposure to dust, fog, dew, breezes
2. Excessive Sleep, Awakening at night
3. Inflammation of Sinuses
4. Improper or unhealthy food habits
5. Sleeping in wrong posture with elevated pillows
Treatment for Sinusitis in Ayurveda
1. Nasya – Instillation of Nasal drops
When an excess of bodily fluids accumulates in the sinus, throat, nose or head areas, it is best eliminated through the nose. Administration of herbally infused oil, or nasya, helps facilitate this cleansing process.
2. Lepa – External application of medicine
Mix 1-2 spoons of cinnamon powder in warm water. Apply the paste over your forehead and nose to remove congestion
3. Dhoomapana– Herbal Smoking
Turmeric powder mixed in Ghee is put on a piece of sterile cotton piece, the cotton piece is burned and fumes are inhaled.
4. Swedana – Herbal Steam
Steam inhalation with decoction of holy basil (Tulsi) or water boiled with it. Doing it for many days will help in acute sinusitis.
5. Intake of Lemon juice with honey
6. 1 teaspoonful cumin powder with 1 tablespoon honey – twice daily can help to relieve symptoms
7. Fenugreek decoction – Take 1 tsp fenugreek seeds, Boil in 4 glasses of water until half remains. Strain it through a sterile cloth or sieve. Consume hot. (3-4 servings per day)
Intake of medicines should be always under the prescription of Ayurvedic Doctors.
Diet and Lifestyle Advices –
1. Avoid Kapha aggravating foods and activities – Cold food, drinks and places, cold water shower or bath, especially head bath, day sleep, excessive sleep, sedentary life, foods which are oily, sweet, sour and salty in taste, heavy to digest foods, etc
3. Inclusion of Garlic and onion in diet is advised
5. Always drink hot water
6. Avoid yogurt, milk and milk products, Brinjal, Banana and tomatoes as this can clog the channel and cause Ama.
7. Eat freshly prepared meals and don’t skip meals
8. Avoid alcohol and smoking
9. Practice of Yoga and Pranayama
Keep in mind that these practices will certainly help in managing Sinusitis but in no way meant to serve as a replacement of an experienced doctors advice.