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Sinusitis

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Definition

Known as Pinas in Ayurveda, Sinusitis is a condition in which the sinuses are blocked with mucus and become inflamed. Sinusitis may attack people of any age and sex. Kids suffering from cold and other viral infections are prone to Sinusitis, and so are Asthma patients.

Causes

Increased intake of dry, oily, spicy, or too hot or too cold foods, and foods that are heavy, indigestible, and incompatible foods cause impairment of all three doshas. Impaired Kapha (Water) accumulates in the sinuses, thus blocking the flow of Vata (Air). Impaired Pitta (Fire) causes swelling and irritation of the tissues of the sinuses. Other factors responsible for this condition are suppressing natural urges of tears and vomiting, exposure to cold or dusty and dry weather, staying awake till late in the night, and sleeping in the daytime.

Symptoms

The most common symptoms of Sinusitis are stuffy or runny nose, sneezing, and a feeling of heaviness in the head. Other symptoms that differ from person to person are thin nasal discharge if the condition is chronic, and thick yellow discharge in the acute condition; cough, sinus pain, frequent throat clearing, and reduced sense of smell.

Ayurvedic View

Ayurvedic treatment of Sinusitis involves liquefying and expelling aggravated body energies with the use of certain Ayurvedic herbs and diet as well as nasal therapies and applications. The Panchakarma treatment of Nasya is quite effective in dealing with Sinusitis.

Diet & Lifestyle Advice

  • Have freshly-prepared and easily-digestible warm food, lots of vegetables, and fresh fruits.
  • Take warm water plain, or prepare it with cinnamon and black pepper.
  • Eat plenty of garlic and ginger.
  • Avoid cold, heavy, oily foods, cold drinks, chocolates, ice cream, cold water, etc.
  • Get plenty of rest.
  • Sleep while lying on one side and with a pillow beneath the head. This prevents the accumulation of mucus in the air passages and helps to avoid difficulties in breathing.

Some Home Remedies

  • The first step is to reduce the swelling of the sinuses, which can be best done by inhalation of steam. Boil 1 to 2 liters of water and add a few drops of clove oil (or a large spoonful of cloves), 10-12 crushed mint leaves, and a few drops of eucalyptus oil (or 1/3 cup of eucalyptus leaves). Inhale the steam for 10-15 minutes. Continue this twice a day until congestion clears and then once a week to clear the phlegm that gets deposited in the sinuses. One can also use plain water if the other ingredients are not available.
  • Have 1 teaspoon of fresh ginger juice with 1 teaspoon of honey in it twice a day.
  • Boil ½ teaspoon of mustard seeds in 1 cup of water and reduce to half. Strain and let it cool. With the help of a dropper, put 2-3 drops of this solution in each nostril twice a day.
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