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Nasal polyps are growth of soft tissues on the lining of the nasal passage or sinuses. They are painless and are formed as a result of a chronic inflammation of the lining. Small polyps do not cause any symptoms but the larger ones block the nasal passages, cause breathing difficulty and frequent infections. They are associated with inflammation of the lining of nasal passages and sinuses that lasts more than 12 weeks (chronic rhino-sinusitis, also known as chronic sinusitis). However, it is possible to have chronic sinusitis without nasal polyps. Nasal polyps themselves are soft and lack sensation, so small ones do cause any difficulty to get them noticed. The 2 major types of nasal polyps are antrochoanal and ethmoidal.

Ayurvedic Description Of Nasal Polyps :

In Ayurveda, nasal polyps are referred to as Kapha-Rakta granthi. The increased Kapha dosha accumulates in the wall of blood vessels and surrounding muscular tissues and give rises to swelling known as Kapha-Rakta granthi or nasal polyp.

Signs & Symptoms


  • Breathing difficulty
  • Running nose
  • Persistent stuffiness
  • Decreased or absent sense of smell
  • Snoring
  • Itching around eyes and foreign body sensation

Causes and Risk Factors


People with allergy to aspirin and other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs are more likely to develop polyps.


Significant numbers of nasal polyps cases are associated with non-allergic adult asthma.

Chromium exposure

Exposure to some forms of chromium can cause nasal polyps.

Cystic fibrosis

A genetic disorder that affects organs such as the liver, lungs, pancreas, and intestines also have been found in the patients of nasal polyps.

Medical conditions

Allergic fungal sinusitis, chronic rhino-sinusitis, young’s syndrome and Nasal mastocytosis.


Individuals stay at higher risk of developing nasal polyps whose parents have had nasal polyps.


Young and middle-aged adults are more at the risk of having nasal polyps though they can occur at any age.

Self Care Tips

  • Use turmeric milk (1tsp of turmeric mixed in lukewarm milk) twice a day, turmeric has anti-inflammatory properties that help in reducing the size of nasal polyps.
  • Ayurvedic Shadbindu oil is very helpful in ENT disorder and is widely used to treat nasal polyps.
  • Use a humidifier if the environment around you is hot and humid.
  • Regular and through hygiene reduces the risk of having a bacterial or viral infection and help in reducing the inflammation of the sinuses and nasal passages.
  • Avoiding irritants, allergens, chemicals, and airborne pollutants may help in reducing the risk of developing polyps.
  • To remove the irritants, allergens, rinse the nasal passages with a nasal lavage or saline spray. This will help in improving the flow of mucus.

Ayurveda has specialized treatment of nasal polyps that helps in reducing the inflammation and swelling of nasal polyps. The application of herbal medicated oils along with Nasya therapy has been found to be very useful in patients of nasal polyps.