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Nearly 75% of people in India use ayurvedic medicine. It is one of the oldest forms of traditional medicine, dating back to 2BC.

The popularity of Ayurveda has spread to the western world over the last few decades. In many countries such as Germany and the UK, doctors can now study ayurvedic practices as part of their medical degree.

The Australiasian Association of Ayurveda Incorporated (AAA) is also working on getting the practice taught at degree level in Australasia.

Ayurveda provides many natural alternatives to modern medicine for healing and preventing health ailments.

Read on to learn about sinusitis natural remedies from ayurvedic medicine.

What Causes Sinusitis?

Sinusitis can sometimes develop when you have a common cold. It is a viral infection that makes it difficult to breathe.

The condition can develop if you have nasal polyps (growths lining the nose) or an allergy such as hay fever. Extensive exposure to smoke can also lead to sinusitis.

What Is Sinusitis?

When your nasal passages and the area around your cheekbones become inflamed and blocked, you have sinusitis.

The blockage can create pressure in your head and soreness or tenderness below the eyes. Mucus can no longer drain properly, which makes it difficult to breathe.

You may have acute sinusitis that lasts approximately four weeks or chronic sinusitis. If you have chronic sinusitis, the inflammation will remain for about twelve weeks and may return easily.

Symptoms of Sinusitis

You will have pain around your eyes, nose and nasal cavities. The build-up of mucus may cause intense pressure in your head and lead to headaches. This pressure can also cause earache and pain in the jaw.

The nasal mucus from your infected sinuses will drip out of your nose; you will have to blow your nose often.

It’s difficult to breathe when you have sinusitis due to the blockage in your respiratory system.

You may also need to cough regularly if you have sinusitis.

Sinusitis Natural Remedies

There are some over the counter medicines for sinusitis. However, there are many natural remedies for sinus congestion that can help alleviate the irritating symptoms of sinusitis.

Ayurveda suggests sinusitis is due to an imbalance in the doshas (the life force making up your physical and mental constitution).

An imbalance between Prana Vata and Shleshaka Kapha (both sub doshas of Vata and Kapha) can lead to sinus issues.

You can reduce these imbalances by doing the following:

1. Nasya Therapy

Nasya therapy is part of the Panchakarma body cleansing. It is the main treatment for relieving the pain and blockages in the nasal passage associated with sinusitis. It should only be carried out by a qualified ayurvedic doctor.

It is best to carry out Nasya therapy after cleaning your nasal passage using a Neti pot.

The process of Nasya therapy involves using the nasal cavity to administer herbs and oils to clear out the respiratory tract. This treatment helps to remove the blockage and reduce the build-up of mucus that causes sinusitis.

Nasya not only clears the blockages but cleans and moisturizes the inside of the nasal passage. The oils nourish the inside of your nose and help to heal any damage caused by sinusitis.

Nasya therapy can also benefit you if you suffer from migraines, headaches, nose bleeds and insomnia.

2. Adjusting Your Diet

Improving your diet is one of the best natural remedies for allergies and sinus congestion. What you put in your body has the power to heal it.

You should avoid cold foods such as ice cream and iced drinks when you have sinus issues. You should also try to avoid foods such as eggplant that can contribute to blockages.

Eat warm, cooked food with plenty of ginger and pepper. You should avoid super hot chillis, however.

Eat a balanced, whole food diet with plenty of fresh, organic fruit and vegetables. Avoid meat, dairy and fried foods.

3. Nasal Steaming

A nasal steaming with natural oils such as menthol or eucalyptus can help clean out the blockages in the nasal passage that causes sinusitis.

Steaming loosens the mucus that causes headaches and the pressure in the head caused by sinusitis. Once the mucus has loosened, it will stream out from your nasal passage.

How to do nasal steaming? Fill a bowl with boiling water and a drop of essential oil. Lower your face down towards the water but don’t get too close! Place a towel over your head and start to inhale the steam by breathing very deeply and slowly.

Continue this practice for about 10 minutes.

4. Use Ginger and Turmeric

The powerful properties of ginger can help to relieve sinus blockages. Use fresh ginger to make juice or use boiling water to make a ginger tea. You could also add some honey for more natural soothing properties.

Another of the most important sinus allergies natural remedies is tumeric. This root has powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory powers that can help heal sinus problems.

Use turmeric to make a tea with a little ginger. You could also try making golden milk with some other spices such as cayenne pepper to really give your immune system a boost.

5. See an Ayurvedic Specialist

To have ayurvedic treatments, such as Nasya therapy or ayurvedic massage, you should visit a specialist.

The specialist will advise on the best course of treatment for your sinusitis. Whether it’s diet, oils, massage or breathing exercises, they will know what is best for you.

Book an Ayurveda Appointment

For the best advice on sinusitis natural remedies, book that first appointment with an experienced ayurvedic specialist.

An ayurvedic expert will help you to embark on your wellness journey and explore the wonders of this ancient medicine. They will know exactly how you can balance your doshas and provide advice on any lifestyle changes you may need to make.

Heal the natural way and book an appointment with one of our Ayurveda specialists.

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