50-60 sneezes altogether. Either blocked nose or running nose. All time you feel irritated. And headache adds on as a horrible feature of the disease. You need to take this or that medicine- everyday. And most of the times – medicines stop working in this condition. Even people opt for surgery and surgery also fails. As a physician I have noticed that 10-15 years old cases are easily treatable through Ayurvedic treatment. Even you don’t need to continue medicines for rest of your life.
Here we will discuss about the sinusitis and along with that we will discuss about the Ayurveda treatment of sinusitis, in detail.
The bones around the nose are “hollow”. These hollow structures (cavities) are- sinuses. These have mucus membrane inside. And Air is also there. When something “traps” inside these cavities. The mucus membrane, irritates. And due to irritation, the membrane excretes a lot of sputum or mucus. This leads to the irritation in the upper respiratory passage.
When this mucus- flows- nose runs. And when this mucus stucks somewhere- it is blocked nose. When the irritation increases- body wants to expel the mucus and sneezes are the best way to deal with this.
Sinusitis interferes with the normal drainage of the mucus and makes the nose stuffy. The area around the eyes is tender and swollen, and breathing through the nose is difficult.
Common symptoms of sinusitis include:
It is better to seek and immediate care if you experience the following symptoms:
Also, see a doctor if nasal sinus discomfort lasts for more than a week are you have severe pain.
Medically according to symptoms sinusitis classifies in four types-
Acute – The symptoms of acute sinusitis last for not more than four weeks. It usually resolves on its own in a few days or gets better with appropriate treatment.
Subacute – This type of sinus infection does not get better with initial treatment and the symptoms last for 4-8 weeks.
Chronic – Chronic sinusitis happens due to repeated acute infections that are inadequately treated. The symptoms last for eight weeks or more.
Recurrent sinusitis – If you experience three or more episodes of acute sinusitis and believe it is termed as recurrent sinusitis.
Causes of acute Sinusitis include:
Risk factors for Acute Sinusitis
Risk factors include:
The upper respiratory tract infection most common cause of acute sinusitis. The infection leads to inflammation of the sinus. In general, the infection resolves itself in about 14 days. However, if the symptoms get worse after 3 to 4 days or last longer than ten days, a secondary bacterial infection is diagnosed. Inflammation causes ostial blockage and predisposes the development of acute sinusitis. In response to inflammation, there is excessive production of the nasal mucosa that blocks nasal passages. Due to the mucous retention function of cilia to move the debris and mucus from the nose becomes less efficient and leads to bacterial growth.
If acute sinusitis does not resolve, then eventually, mucous retention leads to hypoxia, and Ostia blockage and chronic sinusitis develop. It promotes the recruitment of inflammatory infiltrates, the development of nasal polyps, and mucosal hyperplasia that predispose to chronic sinusitis.
Texr of Ayurveda talks about a condition- Prtaishyay and Peenas. Ayurveda defines the condition in a proper way-
“ Vatam prati abhimukham syayate iti Pratishyayaha”
The Kapha dosha when moves towards the direction of the Vata this condition refers to- Pratishyaya. In this condition- doshas excretes from the nose.
Charaka simplifies the details-
When doshas vitiates and Vata puses the doshas out- this condition is Pratishyaya.
This is amazing that this is not Kapha Dosha. This is more like a Vata disease. Because Vata needs a passage. And when Kapha blocks the passage, the strangulated Vata Dosha struggles and this leads to the problem of Pratishyay.
So Ayurveda is clear about the disease.
Ayurveda also classifies the condition in different conditions. This classification is according to Doshas.
Here are the details-
The sinusitis with Vata Dosha has the following signs and symptoms.
When Pitta aggravates, this leads to the pittaja type of sinusitis.
This type of Sinustitis is one which relates to the Kapha aggravation-
When we don’t address the condition in right time. It becomes chronic. And this condition in Ayurveda is referred as -Dusht Pratishyaya. Which means- persistent or complicated sinusitis.
Here are the details about the condition of the chronic sinusitis.
Surely this is the most comprehensive understanding of the condition of sinusitis. Ayurveda also talks about the causes of the condition-
Ayurveda defines the pathological causes of the condition in detail. Because these causative factors, if not avoided properly- treatment of sinusitis is not possible.
So, if you are doing any of these or any of these causes are around you- you need to avoid these. As a clinician I have witnessed that most of the patients have a bad habit of sleeping in wrong time. And once we make sure that patient follows his biological clock- things improve dramatically.Vaidya Dr. Pardeep on sinusitis.
Now comes the main part. How does Ayurveda treats the condition of sinusitis.
The treatment of every condition follows the cause and exact diagnosis. Because Ayurveda has deeper understanding about cause and classification, therefore treatment becomes easy for many conditions like sinusitis.
The main problem with treatment of the sinusitis is- most of the times clinicians keep on working on the “kapha” dosha. And we miss the involvement of the other two doshas. Therefore treatment yields only temporary results in the treatment. But at Sukhayu Ayurved we work on the diagnosis of the dosha first, thus results are more accurate.
Once we can confirm the involvement of the doshas, it becomes easy for us to mark the line of treatment. The treatment of sinusitis in Ayurveda is different for different doshas.
This is the reason, Nasya with SOME-OIL, never works. So this is important to find out the cause before treatment.
At Sukhayu we follow a proper approach for the treatment of the sinusitis. Here are the main points, what we do-
The account of medicine is to help to bring the doshas to normal. Besides this, medicines also help in modulate the immunity. Because without handling the immunity- it is not possible to handle any inflammatory process like sinusitis.
When doshas are too much- it is important to remove the doshas. Because Panchakarma is tool for this, therefore in cases which are chronic- needs to go for Panchakarma.
This is not alone about Nasya. Because the problem involves the nose. According to Doshas- we might need to go for some other procedures too.
Nasya with oil- will complicate the condition in Kapha subtype of Sinusitis.
So we need to get a proper diagnosis before proceeding for anything.
Many patients will appear with sinusitis. And because of the their “google-knowledge”. They ask- Nasya. Because they believe that nasya is a remedy for healing them. And it becomes challenging to make them believe that they are not doctors- I am! We all need to learn that professionals are meant for something.Vaidya Dr. Pardeep Sharma about treatment of sinusitis
So you need to book a Video Consultation first- so that our Vaidya Drs. can make a diagnosis and can guide you properly about diet-lifestyle and medicines. So that you can get better with your heavy sneezes- running or stuffed nose.