Ayurvedic Treatment Of Sinusitis - Don't Let Congestion Bog You Down
What is Sinusitis?
Sinusitis is an extremely common form of nasal congestion where the
paranasal sinuses (hollow, air-filled spaces in the bones of the face) and
nasal passages become blocked and the small blood vessels in the
mucosal linings become inflamed.
Many people suffer with nasal congestion throughout their lives and resign
themselves to continued dependency on decongestants, antihistamines
What factors can contribute to sinusitis developing?
Normally the sinuses produce a thin mucus to trap pollutants like dirt and
pollen to prevent infection. Sinusitis occurs when too much mucus is
produced, and the mucosal linings swell. It can be acute, typically from a
viral or bacterial infection, or chronic, commonly a result of immune system problems like allergies such as hayfever.
Structural abnormalities in the nasal cavity, blockage of the ostium, smoking and overuse of decongestant sprays also
increase the risk of blocked sinuses.
What are the symptoms of sinusitis?
What are the health effects of sinusitis?
The effects and their severity vary
greatly between individuals. There can
be dryness of the nasal membranes
or there can be a thick nasal
discharge of mucus. Damage to the
membranes results in a lowered
tolerance to airborne allergens such
as pollens, and to seasonal and
Headaches or migraines are
common, and these can be
aggravated by bending over or lying
down. If left untreated the problem
may spread to affect the eyes, ears
and throat and can lead to such
illnesses as bronchitis and asthma.
Post nasal drip can result in a persistent cough, sore throat and bad
What is the Ayurvedic explanation of sinusitis?
While conventional medicine attributes sinusitis to bacteria, fungi, viruses or an allergic reaction to airborne irritants,
Ayurveda recognises that sinusitis symptoms vary according to the constitution of the individual.
For example, where exposure to draughts triggers the condition, the cold and dry Vata is involved. Where the problem is
brought on by irritants, whether dietary or airborne, Pitta, which governs inflammation, is aggravated. Dampness, rich and
heavy or cold foods and drinks can aggravate Kapha.
How can Ayurveda help you overcome sinusitis?
The Ayurvedic approach to sinusitis treatment is multifaceted and can involve a combination of dietary changes, massage,
detoxification processes, yoga and Ayurvedic herbs. Focus is given to strengthening the immune system,improving
digestion and elimination.
Jala neti and nasya therapy (nasal irrigation) are an effective part of the treatment for sinsitis program to cleanse and
strengthen the nasal tissues. Close attention to diet is essential and advice is given on foods that will help and those that
will hinder recovery.
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