Sinusitis is an inflammation or swelling of the tissue that lines the sinuses. The sinuses are the hollow spaces within the bones between your eyes, behind the cheekbones and on the forehead. They produce mucus that moistens the inside of your nose. It also helps protect against dust, allergies and contaminants. Sinusitis in Ayurveda is due to aggrevated Vata and kapha in the region above clavicle
Healthy sinuses are filled with air and they may become blocked and filled with fluid, germs can grow to cause an infection. Conditions that cause sinus blockage are common cold, allergic rhinitis which is swelling of the lining of the nose caused by allergens, nasal polyps that are small growth in the lining of the nose and deviated septum which is a shift in the nasal cavity.
There are four types of sinusitis: acute sinusitis, chronic sinusitis, subacute sinusitis and recurrent sinusitis. Acute sinusitis may start with cold-like symptoms with a runny, stuffy nose and facial pain.Subacute sinusitis may last 4 to 12 weeks. Chronic sinusitis lasts more than 12 weeks. Recurrent sinusitis occurs several times a year.
You are more likely to have sinusitis if you have swelling inside the nose, Blocked drainage ducts, Structural differences that narrow those ducts, Nasal polyps, Immune system deficiencies or medications that suppress the immune system.
Symptoms and signs are similar to those of chronic sinusitis and acute sinusitis. But acute sinusitis is sometimes a temporary disease of the sinuses associated with the common cold. Signs and Symptoms of Chronic Sinusitis can last for up to 12 weeks, but you may experience several episodes of acute sinusitis before chronic sinusitis develops.
You should seek medical help if you have below symptoms
- Sinusitis lasts more than 10 days without improving
- Having Severe symptoms that do not go with medications.
- Having vision changes and swelling around the eye
- Getting worsen after improving
- Having fever more than 3-4 days or at 101.5 F (38.6 ° C)
Management of Sinusitis in Ayurveda
In Ayurveda, acute sinusitis is caused by aggrevated Kapha and Vata in the area above the clavicle or collarbone. Therapies include Ayurvedic detoxification Panchakarma, external therapies, internal medications, diet and lifestyle changes. Nasya plays a very important role in the treatment of sinusitis.
Nasya karma is one of the five detoxification treatments mentioned in Ayurveda. It is very successful in treating sinusitis. It is a procedure to cleanse the Kapha that has accumulated through the nose. It can be treated with herbal medication administering through the nose.
Nasya introduces drops of medical oil to the nasal passages, where it penetrates into the mucosal lining and promotes healing of the nose and sinuses. Along with the gentle sinus massage. This stimulates the energy movement and healing the area. Nasya also helps in preventing recurrence in sinusitis.
Shirodhara, Neti, Oil Pulling and steam inhalation also helps in the treatment of sinusitis.
Ayurvedic Treatment for Sinusitis in AyurLife starts with assessing the patient’s condition to diagnose your primary dosha and current imbalances by our practitioner. Our doctor will prescribe your personal detox therapies, herbs, diet plans properly. Depending on how far your condition can go, you may need Nasya therapy, other treatments, and herbal medication.
Since your immune system is essential for your quick recovery, we plan to boost your immune system, reduce inflammation and cleanse the sinus areas.
If you or someone you know is seeking treatment for acute or chronic sinusitis, make an appointment today to see our team of physicians at our AyurLife Center.