Sinusitis refers to inflammation of the sinuses that occurs with a viral, bacterial, or fungal infection. It is an inflammatory condition of the mucous membrane lining in the sinuses . It usually follows a common cold, flu or other infections.
In Ayurveda, this condition can be correlated to Dushta Pratishyaya, where the main dosha affected is Kapha. It get aggravated and vitiates the Prana Vata (a sub type of Vata), which is mainly present in the respiratory tract
Bad breath or loss of smell
Cough usually bad at night/cold conditions,during drinks
Head ache – Pain behind the eyes, tooth ache, pain in the cheeks,
Sore throat and dripping
Causes, incidence, and risk factors
Sinus are air-filled spaces in the skull with mucus membranes acting as passages through which the mucus is able to drain and facilitates the air circulation,
Colds and allergies
Deviated nasal septum, nasal bone spur, or nasal polyps may block the opening of the sinuses
The Ayurvedic approach to sinusitis treatment is multifaceted and can involve a combination detoxification processes through Panchakarma, oral medicines, dietary and life style modifications.
Therapies like Nasyam, Lepanam, Thalam, Vamanam, Shirodhara are commonly practiced depending on the dosha predominance and severity.
Nasya Karma or Nasyam is a unique and one of the five detoxification therapies mentioned in Ayurveda, highly successful in treating Sinusitis. It is a process in which medicated oil or powder or fresh juice is administered through the nostrils to clear the Kapha accumulated. Recurrence can also be prevented.
Average duration of therapy is around 1 -3 weeks