Sinusitis is an inflammatory condition, where the lining tissues in the sinuses get inflamed. Sinus refers to the cavities located around the nasal passage, also called para-nasal pathways. These cavities are located in cheeks, forehead, eyes and nasal bone, filled with air. When it becomes inflamed, it causes pain, headache, nasal congestion etc. Mostly, it is triggered by allergic reaction or cold. Often it resolves on its own. However, it may turn a chronic condition and may recur in short intervals.
If you suffer from repeated episodes of sinusitis, marked by severe pain and congestion, consult immediately with Ayurways, the Ayurvedic wellness center in Melbourne for complete cure. Let us look into the Ayurvedic perspective on Sinusitis.
Sinusitis in Ayurveda
In Ayurveda, diagnosis or pathology of every disease lies on imbalance of any particular or a combination of dosha. Generally, inflammatory conditions point towards Kapha dosha. As such, sinusitis leads to congestion, cold, sneezing, etc which associates with Kapha imbalance. However, it is a combination of the Kapha and Vata imbalance.
Sinusitis indicates an imbalance of Prana Vata and Shleshaka Kapha Dosha.
Prana Vata means a subdivision of Vata dosha that regulates the head, brain and mind.
Shleshaka Kapha means a subdivision of Kapha dosha that regulates moisture and lubrication.
Shleshaka Kapha of the sinus area becomes stickier and clogs the area. It blocks the sinus pathway and ama accumulates in the sinus areas.
People with naturally dominant Kapha dosha are prone to develop Sinusitis when it goes out of balance.
When we look into causes and triggers, exposure to microbes, allergens, pollutants, fluctuations between cold and hot climate, stress etc leads to sinusitis.
Treatment for Sinusitis in Ayurveda
Since the condition involves imbalance of two doshas, treatment involves pacifying and balancing therapies that controls both doshas.
Vata and Kapha pacifying diet generally involve eating neither too hot nor too cold foods. It means, no cold foods (and foods with naturally cooling ability) and beverages, as well as dry foods. Resorting to warm and light meals, which are easily digestible helps. Also, eating in small quantities of freshly cooked food helps preventing the aggravation.
Add more fresh fruits and vegetables in your diet which enhances the digestion and clear away the toxic accumulation. Avoid milk and milk products which aggravate Kapha Dosha.
Include plenty of liquid foods but flavored with mild spices or herbs to detox the blockages in the sinus pathway.
Herbs for Sinusitis
Following are the effective herbs that can help releasing the blocks in the sinus passage.
- Basil leaves
You can include these herbs in steaming or brew as herbal tea.
Ayurvedic Remedies and Medicines for Sinusitis
Facial oil massage helps easing the air ways in the sinus areas. Massage your face with warm sesame oil or Mahanarayan oil, which are highly beneficial for sinus blockages.
Doing JalaNeti also cleanses the nasal path, which helps de-clog the nasal path. Fill a Neti pot with warm water adding a pinch of salt.
- Keep the spout of the neti pot in one of your nostrils.
- Stand in a position that you tilt your head on any side to let the water flows into the nostril.
- Do mouth breathing and tilt the neti pot so that water flows into the nostril and outflows from another nostril
- Repeat it with the opposite nostril
Panchakarma Therapy for Sinusitis
Nasya – Ayurvedic Head, face and Neck massage is given followed by Swedan (Herbal steam) as the Pre- Nasya procedure. After this Nasya is administered as per the Doshic analysis. Make sure that Nasya is administered by the professional Ayurvedic care provider. If you want relief from sinusitis, contact Ayurways, the Ayurveda wellness center in Melbourne.