Sinusitis is one of the commonest pollution-related illness. It involves facial pain, a headache that may range from mild to severe and nasal congestion or discharge. This is a troublesome disease that can be cured naturally through Ayurveda.
What is sinusitis?
The Sinuses are the interconnected cavities within facial bones, and in the nose. The Sinuses can be classified as follows
- Maxillary Sinus
- Sphenoid Sinus
- Frontal Sinus
An inflammation of the above Sinuses is known as Sinusitis. Sinusitis is commonly caused due to the common cold, but it may also be caused by a bacterial or fungal infection, or due to allergies.
Various problems that may happen due to sinusitis are as follows
- Sinusitis may cause problems related to eyes such as poor vision, dark circles, pain, swelling, and problems such as astigmatism, glaucoma.
- It may cause oral problems like toothache and bad breath.
- It may be responsible for other medical problems like meningitis, indigestion, lung and ear infections, tonsillitis
Ayurveda and Sinusitis
The principal symptom of Sinusitis is an erratic headache that varies from mild to severe. The Ayurvedic terms for a headache are Shira-Shula or Shiro-Roga. The Ayurvedic treatment for Sinusitis aims to do the following
- Removal of the cause or avoiding the causative
- Relief from the various symptoms of Sinusitis
- Elimination of the inflammation source e. restoring the balance of Vata or Kapha
- Promoting immunity especially the nasal immunity
- Restoring the nasal passages to allow the drainage.
The Ayurvedic treatment of sinusitis is divided into two parts
- The internal treatment
- The external treatment.
The Ayurvedic External treatment of Sinusitis
- Seka or pouring a stream of liquid herbal concoctions
- Gargles or Gandusha
- Application of poultices or Upanaha
- Lepa or applying the herbal medicinal paste.
The internal treatment
This part of treatment involves the Nasya therapy. It's done in following stages
- Purvakarma - It involves acquisition and preparation of all the necessary herbal medications. The treating the patient with Pachana (the herbs that digest Ama or toxins) and Deepana (Herbs to correct metabolism). Abhyanga or facial and neck massage with herbal oils is given that's followed by Swedana or facial steaming before Pradhana Karma.
- Pradhana Karma - The application of Nasal drops containing herbal oils like Shadbindu or Anu Tailam, which is collected on a bowl, along with patients spit. This process can be done when the patient is lying down or when he's seated. After the treatment, the patient is asked to gargle with salt water.
The treatment is continued for 7 to 10 days, after which one can continue with the suggested diet and lifestyle changes to promote general good health.
- Performing yogic Asanas such as chakrasan, sarvangasan, matsyasan, Pranayama
- Avoiding food items like coffee, milk, sugar, oily or fried food items, white flour, carbonated drinks, meat, biscuit, fast food, bread, chocolate, etc.
- Inhaling steam with Basil or Tulsi, five times a day. The daily frequency of steam inhalation needs to be increased, in case of acute Sinusitis
- Taking tablets that are made from mixing ginger powder and honey (weight 5gms) twice a day
The Ayurvedic treatment, if properly administered, can completely cure the Sinusitis and prevent it from recurring. Ayurveda not only treats the Sinusitis but it also addresses its root cause.
The treatment can be according to the causative factor. Some of the medication that can be administrated in this case is as follows:
- Munistamine tablet & syrup: it helps in increasing general resistance to infection and acts as a local antiseptic.
- Munibiotic tablet: having immunomodulatory, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties.
- Munayanakeshadi tablet.