Patient was suffering from nasal allergies since 5 years of age she is a student and very fond of having cold drinks, ice creams, junk food. She took allopathic treatment continuously for about 3 years with antihistamine and antibiotic but there was no such improvement. Typically, Sinusitis condition gets worse in the blooming season for most of the people. She tried Homeopathy and Acupressure. With no relief, she decided to try Ayurvedic treatment and reached out to me.
Ayurvedic Nasal Treatment for Sinus Relief
She was given Ayurvedic medicine with strict diet with therapies for 21 days
Ayurvedic Therapies included:
Face fomentation (swedan)
Nasya (nasal medication )
Dhoompan (medicated fumes)
She was prescribed this therapy for 21 days in a specific manner along with Ayurvedic medicine. Regular follow ups were done and the patient is normal now after treatment.
Sinusitis is a condition in which symptomatic inflammation of paranasal sinuses occurs. It is a very prevalent disease found in one of every seven individuals in the United States. The total count results in 31 million getting diagnosed from sinusitis every year. The age factor affecting this was found to be above 18 years in the analysis. Since sinusitis majorly involves the nasal cavity, nasal treatments are the most preferred ones by clinicians.1
Nasya for Sinusitis
In Ayurveda, the nasal treatments are known with the name of “Nasya.” Jalaneti is one of the practices of such therapies in which the saline nasal irrigation cleans the nasal cavity. Jalaneti is the revised version of Neti. Neti is the yoga practice performed for inner purification. However, the scientific validation of Jalaneti has not been completely done yet. Since the nasal irrigation is adopted by many people as an adjunct therapy to conventional therapy in the common cold and sinusitis, Jalaneti is being used as a treatment in Western Countries. A remarkable case was produced with this indigenous technique of treating acute sinusitis. A ten-day therapy of Jalaneti to be performed twice a day represented a significant recovery in people. The results were found to be consistent for six months in the follow-up studies.2
Efficacy of Ayurvedic Treatment in Uncomplicated Chronic Sinusitis
To perform the study, thirty patients were enrolled. The treatment regime offered to them for 45 to 90 days were:
Tribhuvan Kirti rasa (Tablet): a dose of 250 mg b.d.
Dasamula kwath (Decoction): steam inhalation two times a day
Nasya with Anu tailam (Intranasal instillation): four drops in both nostrils
The patients were examined every two weeks to assess the efficacy of ayurvedic treatment. The results represented a significant percentage of clinical efficacy, i.e., 96.6%. The treatment regime consisting of medicine, along with steam inhalation and nasal drops found to be very useful with negligible side effects. Therefore, ayurvedic treatment can be recalled as a recommended therapy for sinusitis.3
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