The sinuses are naturally occurring cavities in the skull.
1. Cheekbones hold Maxillary sinuses (the largest)
2. In the low-centre of the forehead is the Frontal sinuses
3. In between the eyes are the Ethmoid sinuses
4. Behind the nasal cavity are the Sphenoid sinuses
Sinuses are normally patent and hollow in a healthy individual. The problem comes when they start to clog when viruses, bacteria, or fungi infect the sinus cavity, causing inflammation.
Chronic Sinusitis (or chronic Rhinosinusitis) is a persistent process of inflammation of the sinuses.
According to Ayurveda, Sinusitis is an imbalance of Prana Vata and Shleshaka Kapha. Usually, it is caused by the clogging of Kapha. The repetition of this clogging disturbs the Pitta Dosha and leading to sinus inflammation.
1. Increased exposure to Air pollution
2. Consuming excessive amount of cold or stale food
3. Regular consumption of curds, milk and milk products
4. Inadequate amount of sleep
5. Sedentary lifestyle
1. More mucus
2. Nasal congestion
3. Discomfort in the cheeks, forehead, or around the eyes
Diet and Lifestyle Advice
1. Avoid milk and milk products
2. Cool drinks
3. Direct exposure to the Cold breeze
4. Avoid A/C
5. Avoid Cold water head bath
6. Avoid Day sleep
Ayurveda offers a very effective treatment for Sinusitis. The main treatment adopted, in Ayurveda, for Sinusitis is Nasyam therapy. Nasyam gives instant relief in the acute stage and in chronic sinusitis, the duration is decided by the physician based on the chronicity of the sinusitis.
Medicines are prescribed by the doctor after a thorough examination of the patient. Treatments must be done under the supervision or advice of a certified Ayurvedic Doctor and not based on self-judgment.