Sinusitis doesn't have to mean surgery



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Prepared by Dr. Sreedevi, MD, BAMS

Sinusitis

Is Your Sinus Bothering You? - Symptoms, Causes, Treatment, Home Remedy....

The Sinuses or Para nasal sinuses are air filled spaces in the skull. They are located behind the forehead, nasal bones, cheeks, and eyes.

Inflammation of Para nasal sinuses is called Sinusitis (Rhino sinusitis). It can also be defined as inflammation of mucus membrane that lines the Para nasal sinuses. Usually sinuses are filled with air, but when it is infected with bacteria, viruses, etc, it is blocked with mucus or germs and it will ultimately lead to Sinusitis.

In Ayurveda it can be correlated to Dhushtaprathisyaya.

CAUSES

  • Infections like bacterial, viral, etc
  • May be due to allergies
  • Changes in climate
  • Structural abnormalities like DNS, small sinus ostia
  • Smoking
  • Dental diseases
  • Sudden temperature changes
  • Changes in Food habit 
  • Intake of unwholesome foods
  • Unwholesome regimen

SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS

  • Head ache
  • Nasal obstruction
  • Inflammatory swelling over face. 
  • Discoloured nasal discharge.
  • Loss of smell. 
  • Fever
  • Bad breath
  • Sore throat
  • Tooth Ache

Treatments

Acute cases:

In acute stages avoid taila nasya instead use swedam, lepa etc.
Acute cases can be treated with internal medicines, steam inhalation, and hot formentation over the painful parts of the face etc.
The already inflamed sinus glands may sometimes worsen due to certain triggers, leading to headache, body pain, fever, tiredness, and respiratory problems. In such a situation, the patient should be allowed to take complete rest.

Chronic Cases

Sinusitis, unlike other health problems, requires long-term treatment for complete cure. Hence, improving the natural defence mechanism of sinuses, and boosting general health and immunity are the prime requirements for long-term relief from sinusitis. Nasya, massaging with appropriate oil, medicated steam inhalation and special gargling solutions are some treatment methods adopted by ayurvedic physicians.

Can be treated with internal medicines and shodhana therapy or Panchakarma Therapy.

  • Shodhana Nasya 
  • Dhumapana

Rasayana Treatment

One of the main aims of the treatment is to reduce the frequency of onset of sinusitis. Rasayana treatment can help prevent recurrence. The appropriate medicine will be used for the treatment, for certain duration.It helps reduce frequency of disease onset and prevents recurrence in the long-term.

Diet and Life Style

  • Avoid cold, oily, heavy foods and use light foods
  • Head bath with cold water should be avoided
  • Use Rasnadi churna after head bath- on the vertex of the head
  • Avoid ice creams and cold beverages
  • Regular use of nasya
  • Use steam inhalation twice daily
  • Regular practice of yoga and pranayama
  • Avoid exposure to cold, wind,rain, swimming etc

Home Remedy

  • Steam inhalation with tulsi leaves - daily
  • Ginger juice half spoon with honey one spoon – 3-4 times daily

Adopting the right treatment method, together with necessary lifestyle modification, can help in curing Sinusitis completely. Ayurveda guides you through the right path for complete cure of the condition.



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