Sinusitis, also known as a sinus infection, is defined as an inflammation of the mucous membrane that lines the paranasal sinuses. Sinusitis can be caused by infection, allergies, air pollution, or structural problems in the nose.
Signs & Symptoms
Headache/facial pain or pressure of a dull, constant, or aching sort over the affected sinuses is common with both acute and chronic stages of sinusitis. This pain is typically localized to the involved sinus and may worsen when the affected person bends over or when lying down. Pain often starts on one side of the head and progresses to both sides.
Acute sinusitis may be accompanied by thick nasal discharge that is usually green in color and may contain pus (purulent) and/or blood.
Often a localized headache or toothache is present.
Fever may be accompanied.
Halitosis (bad breath) may be there in certain cases.
Poor sense of smell in certain cases or there may be complete loss of smell.
According to Ayurveda ,the disesase has kapha vata dosha dominance.The treatment principle incorporates increasing the immunity of the paient and treat the underying pathology with medicines and panchakarma.
Avoid the cause ie dust,allergens,sour and cold food items,damp conditions.
Oral medicines to balance the aggravated doshas.
Panchakarma procedures-Primarily nasyam has wonderful role in treating the disease. Nasyam is a process wherein herbal oils and medicated ghrits are administered in the nostrils. Since nose is the gateway to the head, it is believed that this therapy is highly effective in curing a number of diseases related to the head. The therapy cleanses and opens the channels of the head, thereby improving the process of oxygenation which has a direct influence on the functioning of the brain. In this process, the imbalanced doshas are removed through the nasal openings.In certain cases vamana and basti karma are also given.
Rasayana for improving the immunity of the patient so that the disease doesn’t reccur.
All these procedures act in totality and in maximum cases patient gets good relief and can maintain themselves without medicine after the course.
Some Home Remedies
Roast one teaspoon cumin seeds and crush them. Add one tablespoon honey to it and mix well. Consume this every day.
Add one teaspoon fenugreek seeds in four cups of water. Boil the mixture till the water level reduces to half. Strain the liquid. Drink four cups of this liquid every day. This helps in relieving fever and eliminating toxins.
Boil one glass of water with 8-10 basil leaves, 8-10 crushed powder of pepper, 15-20 grams of sugar candy, small piece of crushed ginger. Boil this till it reduces to half. Strain the mixture through a sieve and consume this warm two times a day.