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Sinusitis is an inflammation of the mucous membranes of the Para-nasal sinuses located around the nose. The sinuses are cavities within the face bones; connected to the nose. These cavities make the skull light. The sinuses normally are filled with air and communicating with the nasal cavity, produce more than 500 ml of fluid secretions per day from the mucous membrane that lines them. The para-nasal sinuses include the frontal sinuses, in the forehead, the ethmoid sinuses, between the nose and eyes, the sphenoid sinuses, behind the eyes and the maxillary sinuses, under the eye sockets. The common colds also progress to sinusitis. The exposure of contaminated water also causes infection if is introduced into the sinuses.

Ayurvedic Description Of Sinusitis :

It is compared as Shiro-shoola or Shiro-roga. These can be Krimaj (due to microorganism), or due to Kapha Shiro-Roga (phlegm in sinuses).  The Sannipatja Shiro-shoola is caused by the aggravation of all the tridosha. Another form of sinusitis is known as Suryavrata in Ayurveda and it resembles with maxillary sinusitis. The symptoms especially headache follows the diurnal course of the sun, at sunrise; the patient has mild pain in head, eyes and eyebrows. At the mid noon, as sun goes intense, the pain too increases and gradually worsens but with sunset, the pain typically comes down.


Signs & Symptoms


  • Aching in upper jaw and teeth
  • Headache
  • Halitosis
  • Decreased sense of smell and taste
  • Cough
  • Depending on the sinuses affected, different signs and symptoms are manifested

Causes and Risk Factors


Bacterial or viral infection of the sinuses causes sinusitis.


Allergies and sensitivity to dust, smoke and pollens etc. leads to sinusitis.

Medical condition

Chronic rhinitis, tumor, deviated nasal septum, nasal polyps can cause chronic sinusitis.


Medications that dry the mucosa can cause sinusitis, for e.g.- antihistamines.

Chemical irritation

Smokes, fumes and nasal sprays can cause chemical irritation of the sinus and mucosa and lead to sinusitis.


People with low immunity, frequently get affected with cold and cough are more at a risk of developing sinusitis.

Self Care Tips

  • Wash the hands regularly to maintain the hygiene as it avoids exposure to any kind of infections and germs.
  • Avoid direct exposure to the cold environment, prepare the immune system in every changing seasons especially in winters and springs check my blog.
  • Foods which are neither too hot and nor too cold are recommended.
  • Substances that have cold nature are to be discouraged; this includes banana, curd, ice, and cold drinks.
  • Avoid exposure to the environments of air pollution, mosquito repellants, dust and mist etc.
  • Kapalbhaati pranayama has been known to help in the condition of Sinusitis.
  • Steam inhalation with basil leaves is a very useful process that helps in the condition.

AAS Ayurveda focuses on removing the cause of sinusitis, controlling the source of inflammation, relieving of symptoms, improving the immunity. The therapies include ‘Nasyam’ also to relieve the patients from the conditions.