Ayurvedic Solutions for Sinusitis
By Vignesh Devraj
Colds normally pass rapidly. You may get a runny nose accompanied by a sore throat for 2 to 3 days, followed by a stuffy nose before feeling better eventually.! Sinus infections seldom clear up that soon. Symptoms can linger for more than a week driving you up the wall and can worsen rather than improve over time.
Sinus infections in most cases are always seen to resolve themselves. Antibiotics will not help if you have a sinus infection which is triggered by a virus or any kind of airborne irritant, such as secondhand smoking. However, there are certain things you may do and try to hasten the healing process !
A COMPREHENSIVE PREVIEW : WHAT EXACTLY IS SINUSITIS ?
Sinusitis is a disorder affecting the sinuses. Sinuses are hollow chambers that connect to the nasal passageways. The maxillary sinuses are held by the cheekbones, the frontal sinuses are on the forehead, the ethmoid sinuses are between your ears, and the sphenoid sinuses are behind the nose. These sinuses become enlarged and filled with fluid when there is inflammation, which can lead to infection.
When worsened, a sinus episode can linger for up to 12 weeks, producing significant discomfort.
WHAT CAN LEAD TO SINUSITIS : SYMPTOMS AND CARE
Sinusitis is a very common condition that can be brought on by an infection, a cold, pollution, or an allergy. Sinusitis is classified into four stages: acute, sub-acute, chronic, and infectious.
Face soreness, continual headache, facial pain that prevents you from bending, receptiveness to light and sound, transmitting pain in temples and cheeks, runny and clogged nose, and persistent cough are all common symptoms. Fever, bodily aches, and a yellow-greenish nasal discharge are all symptoms of infection.
IMPORTANCE OF NASAL HEALTH : SOMETHING YOU’VE BEEN MISSING OUT !
The nose is therapeutically significant because it is the opening of the prana vaha srotas.
Indeed, the nose and nostrils are frequently employed to balance respiratory routes. However, the nostrils are also inextricably related to the subtle energetic pathways of the moon and solar channels, which are known as the ida and pingala respectively.
This link demonstrates the effectiveness of addressing respiratory routes through the nostrils. The modest impacts can readily resonate throughout the system, whether we come down to methods for initiating a simple breathing exercise or dropping down a herbal oil to the nose.
EVER THOUGHT OF AYURVEDA FOR A BACKUP?
Sinus symptoms exist, but most individuals prefer to take over-the-counter medications and ignore them. Though OTCs provide temporary comfort, the condition can worsen in the long run.
Sinus infection is caused by an imbalance of two sub doshas, Prana Vata and sub dosha Vata, according to Ayurveda. An imbalance of these doshas also decreases your immunity, making you susceptible to diseases.
Detoxification through Panchakarma, medications, dietary changes, and lifestyle adjustments are all part of the right Ayurvedic treatment for sinusitis.
AYURVEDIC PRACTICES TO FIND SOME RELIEF
1. Nasya (Shiro Virechana)
Nasya therapy comprises the administration of herbal powders, medicinal plants or oils into the nostril in order to increase mucus secretion. The treatment successfully dissolves and loosens the mucus that has accumulated inside and around the nasal and sinus passages.
2. Nasal steam inhalation
Inhaling steam twice a day or more helps to relieve nasal congestion. During sinus infection treatment, one drop camphor-menthol mixture can be added to steam.
3. Dhumapana with Haridra churnam
It greatly assists in reducing Kapha dosha accumulated in the sinuses and in clearing the nasal channel.
Panchakarma therapy is used to treat chronic sinusitis. It boosts immunity, purifies ama, and regulates metabolism. Herbal remedies are also used to strengthen and cleanse the pranavaha srotas. Aside from panchakarma therapy, you also need to maintain a balanced diet and adopt a positive lifestyle to receive the best benefits from Ayurvedic treatment for sinusitis.
HERE ARE SOME AYURVEDIC TIPS TO SCHEDULE INTO YOUR ROUTINE !
Boil four glasses of water, then add basil, mint, two cloves, and a piece of ginger. Allow it to cool before sipping throughout the day.
Grate some ginger and squeeze out the liquid. Drink this drink with honey two to four times per day.
Jal Neti, an Ayurvedic kriya, can also assist clear mucus and clean obstructions. This kriya, when practised on a regular basis, minimises your chances of acquiring a sinus infection.
AYURVEDIC FOODS THAT ARE EXCELLENT FOR SINUSITIS :
● To soothe the Prana Vata and Shleshaka Kapha, a Vata Kapha relaxing diet is recommended. Hot chillies, cold drinks, and ice cream should be avoided by individuals.
● Light foods such as khichdi are also suggested. To remove toxins from your body, you must have good digestion. Organic vegetables and organic fruits are to be included in your diet for maximum benefits.
● Foods that can obstruct the sinuses, such as bananas, eggplant, bell peppers, and tomatoes, should be avoided. It is recommended that you eat on a regular basis in order to alleviate your digestive imbalance. Gut health defines your overall health.
What would your life be like if your breathing was more relaxed and fluid—less affected by congestion, cough, tension, or worries—if you could just simply breathe easily?
Suppressing a problem provides only momentary relief. Ayurveda suggests approaching the problem holistically. This helps to boost immunity and minimises the likelihood of acquiring a sinus infection. Taking care of the respiratory pathways and treating respiratory imbalances is thus a tremendously important task. In fact, doing so has the potential to be revolutionary. Be it Sinusitis or any other illness troubling you.. be cautious enough to read what your body hints.! And that’s how we start taking care of ourselves.