Ayurveda Q&A: Diet for sinusitis

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This week’s answers:

1. I am 28 year old man suffering from sinusitis, native of Visakhapatnam, Andhar Pradesh (Coastal India).

I get lots of sneezing every day, almost 10 times a day and each time continuously 6 to 7 sneezing.

I should sincerely accept that I have not gone for any treatment till now even though I am suffering from this since 10 years. Now I shifted to Bangalore recently for job purpose. Here the atmosphere is cold that my suffering has gone more and I am not getting sound sleep now a days. My body is also an overheat body,One of my friend is doing ayurvedic course (MBBS) from Tirupathi University, he told that my body is of “pitta- vayu” type. He explained something about that but I did’nt get what he was talking about. This happened just a couple of months back. This I am narrating just to ask that whether this type of body will get affected fom sinus? Can I take his account about my body as right?
Whatever, I request you “Please suggest me any remedies to come out of this” and I will be grateful to you.

Rajaselhar B

Sinusitis refers to inflammation of the sinuses that occurs with a viral, bacterial, or fungal infection. It is an inflammatory condition of the mucous membrane lining in the sinuses glands. It usually follows a common cold, flu or other infections.

Depending upon the condition a treatment regimen is planned which includes internal medicine and a unique therapy called ‘nasyam’

Nasya Karma or Nasyam – One of the five purification therapies practiced in Ayurveda Medicine. A medicated oil/ powder/ fresh herbal juice is administered through the nostrils (Nasal drops).

This therapy is very effective for sinusitis, cold, cough, asthma, eye disorders, hair fall and pre mature hair graying especially beard graying. Ayurveda recommends this for spondlitis, migraine head ache, facial paralysis, paralysis, frozen shoulders, mental disorders, Parkinson’s disorders and Skin problems.

Home Remedies

a. Garlic is one of the best medicines for sinusitis. Paste of 3-4 garlic cloves mixed with honey eaten twice daily 5 minutes before food is good for sinusitis, improves immunity and reduces the tenderness

b. Fresh juice of onion mixed with honey removes stuffiness, nasal block in no time.

c. Black pepper, long pepper and dry ginger with honey is very good for chronic sinusitis

d. Turmeric with diluted milk removes the sickness swiftly.

e. Plain steam bath is one of the most effective ways to get rid and prevent sinusitis.

f. Fenugreek tea/ Cumin seed boiled water is considered an effective remedy in China – 100 ml of water + 5 gm of fenugreek seeds boiled for 5 minutes and taken as tea twice or thrice daily protects from cold, cough and immunes the body from sinusitis

g. Carrot juice, cucumber juice helps improve the immunity which in turn reduces the reoccurrence of the sinus attacks.

h. Turmeric 2 parts, cumin 4 parts, coriander seeds 4 parts, Fenu Greek seeds 4 parts, Ginger 1 part as a soup helps.

i. Thulasi juice 5 ml + honey 2 ml as a regular diet removes the sinusitis and improves the immunity

j. Eat plenty of organic fresh fruits and vegetables. Avoid skipping or delaying meals as this will upset digestive balance and cause formation of toxins.

Please take 15 ml of Indukantam Kashayam with 45 ml of warm milk twice daily 30 minutes before breakfast and dinner. Subra Vati – 2 tablets thrice daily after food with warm water.

Diet for Sinusitis

a. Fresh fruit juices & Vegetable soups, plenty of warm water intake helps

b. Well balanced diet by including seeds, nuts, grains, vegetables, fruits helps

c. Avoid fried, starchy foods and drinks, White sugar, rice, pasta, Pies, cakes and candies

d. Avoid banana, eggplant, bell pepper, tomato, as these clog the channels.

Ayurveda says the doorway to the brain and consciousness is nose. Nasal administration of the suitable medicines removes not only sinusitis but also improves the functions of sense organs, protect eyes most importantly youthfulness.

2. For Melasma (Butterfly Melasma) on the nose and cheeks.

Praveen Chandru

Ayurveda, as a holistic medicine addresses this problem both from inside and outside. Ayurveda explains as the facial beauty is the reflection of physical, mental and spiritual well being. Hence, Ayurveda recommends the traditional detoxification therapies followed by rejuvenation therapies for this condition.

As a pacification therapy, Ayurveda recommends a special eight fold therapy for a period of 28-40 days for complete cure. This facial therapies helps improves the blood circulation in the skin which in turn detox and rejuvenate itself. Even though the results are slow, it yields better results than any other chemical or Modern medicine based creams

1. Gentle application of fresh aloe vera juice followed by warm water wash: Modern researchers do accept it as aloe vera contains mucilaginous polysaccharides which has a significant result on lightening the dark spots. Ayurveda recommends this application on face should be a gently one and to be done for 15 minutes.

2. Application of Orange skin fresh or powder mixed with milk – It is very good skin exfoliator which can lighten the skin discolorations in no time. Gentle application followed by warm water wash after 30 minutes

3. Application of turmeric powder mixed with warm milk – 5 tablespoon of turmeric powder mixed with 10 tablespoon of milk and applied all over the face followed by warm massage for 20 minutes helps followed by warm water wash

4. Almond paste with honey as pack for 15 minutes followed by warm water wash after 15 minutes

5. Application of fresh lemon juice with gentle massage followed by warm water wash after 10 minutes

6. Onion seed paste application followed by warm water wash after 15 minutes

7. Thulasi leave paste pack followed by warm water wash after 15 minutes

8. Finally 10 minutes pack with Thriphala choornam for 10 minutes followed by warm water wash (Ayurveda recommends using Thriphala Kashayam for face wash helps both in prevention and cure, Ayurveda also recommends 1 tablespoon of Thriphala choornam at bed time with warm water also helps in healing)

3. I am 73 and having now extensive Psoriasis for the last 14 years. Is Panchkarma advised in my case. Is 777 oil useful? What should be used to clean scalp and body. Soap and Shampoo are not advised.


Ayurvedic treatment aims at rectifying the defect in bioenergies and correcting the impacted aberration of tissues which in turn has demonstrated significant reduction in progress of the disease, reduction in vulnerability to triggering factors, intensity of symptoms, histo-pathological changes and more importantly dramatic improvement in subjective feel good factor.

Ayurveda provides three fold approach for psoriasis

a. Pancha karma treatments – These treatments are meant to flush out the toxins

b. Samana Therapies – internal medicines

c. Rasayana therapies – Nourish the body, to bring the doshas back to balance and to regenerate the body.

Panchakarma for Psoriasis

It aims at the detoxification of the body or elimination of toxins from the body. Disease manage by panchakrama prevent reoccurrence of the disease .

Pre-purification therapies are the first ones applied to loosen the toxins, open up the circulation channels and get the body ready for discarding these wastes. These methods are highly relaxing for the body and mind.

The following pre-purification methods are usually adopted for treating Psoriasis.

Snehapanam: It is the oral intake of specially prepared medicated ghee. Ghee lubricates the body channels including the skin and forces out the toxins from them into the digestive tract for further elimination. Medicated ghee usually contains herbs like neem,Guduchi, tribhala etc. which has anti-inflammatory properties s and skin healers. . It’s Vatashamaka, decreases scaling & dryness of the psoriasis.

Abhyangam : Full body oil massage liquefies the impurities of the body to prepare the body to eliminate toxins. And it’s also decrease dryness & scaling of psoriasis.

Swedanam: involves the active sweating of the whole body using medicated steam. It dilates and softens the channels of the body allowing the impurities to move out through the skin.

Takradhara: Medicated buttermilk is uninterruptedly poured on to the forehead. It relaxes the mind, and reduces stress and anxiety which is a major cause of Psoriasis.Very good for scalp psoriasis. Buttermilk is medicated using gooseberry (amla). Amla is excellent cooling agents.

Purification Therapy for Psoriasis

Main purification therapy is the phase of elimination of toxins that were loosened at the pre purification treatment stage. These therapies are highly potential methods. Depending on the type and intensity of the ailment, one is advised to undergo one, two or three of these therapies.

The commonly adopted Panchakarma treatments for Psoriasis are Vasti, Virechanam and Vamanam.

Virechanam: It is the cleaning and evacuation of the bowels through the use of purgative medicines. It eliminates the excess toxins from the body. When the digestive tract is clean and toxic-free, it benefits the entire body systems. Virechana has main treatment for kushta skin diseases .it’s a Pitta dosha nashaka property and it also suppress Vata&Kapha dosha.

Vamanam: It means induced vomiting using herbal medicine. Now, the toxins of the upper parts of body which were freed into the digestive tract during Snehapanam are completely eradicated.

Vasti: It is medicated enema. All the toxins that were brought into the digestive tract during the pre-purification phase are now washed out. Since medicines reach the bowels directly without enzymatic actions, its effectiveness is very high for vata predominated psoriasis.

Rasayanam: psoriasis is a auto immune disorder so Rasayanas having immunomodulation properties is very effective Ex; Guduchi, amla, Etc.

Psorolin Soap is very useful for bathing, cleaning Scalp. Purified seeds of Psorolia corolifolia- 2 gm with warm milk thrice daily too very helpful for acute management.

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