Sinusitis is inflammation of the paranasal sinuses, which are present in and around the face. Inflammation may be due to infection, allergy or autoimmune issues. Most cases are due to a viral infection and resolve over the course of 10 days. It is a common condition with more than 24 million cases occurring in the United States annually.
Roughly ninety percent of adults have had sinusitis at some point in their life.
- Structural abnormalities, such as a deviated septum, Nasal polyps
- Second hand smoke is the cause of about 40% of chronic rhinosinusitis.
- Infections and inflammation are more common
- Some dental conditions
- Abnormality within the auditory or Eustachian tube, etc
Sinusitis can be Acute (going on less than four weeks), subacute (4–8 weeks) and chronic (going on for 8 weeks or more). All three types of sinusitis have similar symptoms, and are thus often difficult to distinguish. Acute sinusitis is very common.
There are several paired paranasal sinuses, including the frontal, ethmoid, maxillary and sphenoid sinuses.
Sinusitis is termed as “Dushta Pratishyaya” or “Peenas” in Ayurveda. As per the ayurvedic approach, Sinus problems are caused due to underlying imbalance in Prana Vata (the sub-dosha of vata that governs function in the head, brain and mind) and Shleshaka Kapha (sub-dosha of Kapha).The imbalance of these two sub-doshas results in another complication. Ama, the sticky metabolic waste, gets mixed with Shleshaka Kapha in the sinus area, resulting in an even more toxic and sticky mucus called Shleshma, which settles in the area, clogging the sinuse channels. Due to this restriction, there is an imbalance of Pitta, and this leads to inflammation of sinuses.
Ayurvedic treatment is effective in all types of sinusitis
1. Nasal infusion ( Nasya therapy) – Introducing medicated oils or powder form of medication through nostrils is called Nasya therapy. This is very effective therapy for all types of sinusitis. This reduces the inflammation in the sinuses, kills receptors which are hypersensitive to allergens, Corrects deviated nasal septum, Increases over all health of the Nasal mucus membrane and sinuses.
2. Medicated enema Therapy (Basti)- Very effective in the management of structural deformity responsible for sinusitis ex Deviated nasal septum.
3. Purgation Therapy (Virechana) – Helpful in chronic cases of sinusitis.
4. Diet – Plays vital role
5. Breathing exercises
The above treatments deal with the root cause of the diseases and help prevent further attacks. Each regime is individually designed for our clients on a case-by-case basis.