Ayurveda & Sinusitis
How can Ayurveda Retreat help with Sinusitis?
The Ayurveda Retreat program for sinusitis is conducted under the supervision of our Ayurvedic Consultant and draws on knowledge from Ayurveda, the world's oldest and most complete system of natural health care.
Through its unique assessment of causal imbalances at the basis of a condition and its wide range of time-tested recommendations, Ayurveda provides the most comprehensive natural approach for sinusitis available today.
Ayurvedic Assessment of Balance and Imbalance in Sinusitis
A quick review of the sinusitis condition shows how many imbalances could contribute to the condition. Therefore a true healing of sinusitis will usually require a multifaceted, natural approach like the one offered at Ayurveda Retreat.Sinusitis usually starts with some infection or allergic reaction in the paranasal sinuses. Poor diet, digestion and elimination can create an internal environment in the sinuses that allows infection and allergies to more easily occur (see the "Allergy" section for discussion of the Ayurvedic approach to allergies). Stress, poor lifestyle,
bad circulation and lack of rejuvenative regimens can deteriorate the body's immune response to invading organisms in the sinus area. We quickly see how many variables can predispose individuals to infection and allergy in the sinuses.
Ayurveda’s assessment of balance and imbalance does not simply identify the gross physical abnormality and match up drugs to a symptom. This is because people can have the same disease for different reasons. For example, ten people could walk into a doctor's office with a headache and have it for ten different reasons. Likewise not everyone has sinusitis for the same reasons.
Ayurvedic evaluation determines the imbalances in the functioning modes of the body. These underlying imbalances are the root causes of a condition and must be removed if real healing is to occur. By determining the causal imbalances at the basis of a disorder, Ayurvedic assessment helps our Ayurvedic Consultant address the fundamental source of ill health in the individual.
Since sinusitis can be influenced by many factors, such as diet, digestion, toxin accumulation, stress, exercise levels and daily routine, the Ayurvedic approach to the condition is a comprehensive one that balances many physiological functions simultaneously.
The Root Causes of Sinusitis
According to Ayurveda, the following general types of imbalances are at the source of most chronic conditions, including sinusitis:
1. Toxins accumulating in tissues and blocking circulation.
2. Poor nutrition.
3. Poor digestion.
4. Imbalance of the nervous system.
5. Accumulation of physical and mental stress.
6. Lowering of natural resistance and immunity.
7. Disruption of natural biological rhythms.
The common modern medical approach to match drugs to symptoms does not completely address many of these factors. As a result, modern medicine often cannot fully remove the disorder and the condition becomes chronic. Chronic means that the condition persists over time even with the best modern medical treatment.
A Natural Treatment Program for Sinusitis
Following is a discussion of how the Ayurveda Retreat program for chronic conditions provides the most comprehensive set of natural recommendations available today to address the true causes of sinusitis. These therapies are not only effective at removing the imbalances at the basis of chronic disorders but also have no significant side-effects. The goal of this approach is to enliven the body's natural healing and self-repair ability not only to help cure sinusitis, but also to prevent disorder and create the highest state of health and well-being.
1) Removing the Build-up of Toxins and ImpuritiesMost chronic disorders start when toxins accumulate in tissues and begin to disrupt the delicate biochemistry there. Toxin build-up can also obstruct the channels of circulation and elimination. This blockage prevents proper nutrition from reaching the tissues and blocks the processes that cleanse them of impurities.
Our Ayurvedic Consultant will provide natural recommendations to remove and help prevent toxin accumulation from:
1. Hard-to-digest food
2. Poor digestion
3. Poor elimination
4. Improper metabolism
5. Mental and physical stress
Rejuvenation Therapy Treatments
Rejuvenation therapy treatments address the problem of toxin accumulation through systematically:
1. Loosening impurities that have become embedded in tissues and helping liquefy them for easy absorption into the circulation and eventual elimination.
2. Softening and opening the channels of circulation and elimination so proper nourishment can reach the tissues and impurities can be more easily eliminated from them.
3. Activating the elimination process for the most thorough cleansing of the entire physiology.
Herbalised Oil Massage
Our Ayurvedic Consultant will choose a specific herbalised oil that is individually prepared for your condition. Herbalised oil massage provides a deeply soothing and balancing effect for the entire physiology. The motion of massage creates heat and friction which enhance circulation and help cleanse affected tissues of chemical impurities that could be causing symptoms of sinusitis. The oil and herbs cleanse and nourish the tissues to aid their repair and development.
The various herbs that have been boiled into a base oil, and the oil itself, are specifically chosen for their effect in removing the imbalances at the basis of your condition. The oil helps the balancing process by allowing the herbs to more deeply penetrate the affected tissues.
2) Proper Nutrition
Our Ayurvedic Consultant will provide you with detailed understanding of which foods to favour and avoid for your condition. Avoid foods that are hard-to-digest, clogging to the physiology and aggravating to the functioning modes that are already imbalanced in you. Favour foods that are easy-to-digest, nourishing, cleanse the physiology, strengthen digestion and balance your body's inner intelligence.
One of the great strengths of the Ayurvedic dietary approach is that it contains knowledge of how to have a light, easy-to-digest diet that still is both satisfying and nourishing. Many individuals have easily followed this diet and have improved their digestion and energy while also reducing their symptoms.
Proper food preparation
Ayurveda Retreat cooking classes provide knowledge of how to prepare foods in ways that create maximum nourishment for the body while simultaneously preventing incomplete digestion and clogged circulation.
Herbs are considered nutritional supplements in Ayurveda. Their purpose is to restore balance to the specific functioning modes whose malfunctioning is causing your condition. During your personal interview, our Ayurvedic Consultant will select the appropriate herbal formulas for aiding the healing process, strengthening digestion and helping the body purify itself of toxins and free radicals.
Free radicals are a specific class of chemicals that are highly irritating to the physiology. Scientific research has found that free radicals contribute to a wide variety of disorders. When appropriate, our Ayurvedic Consultant can recommend herbs that research has shown contain powerful anti-oxidants and free radical scavengers. Ayurvedic herbs can also have a holistic influence of balancing and nourishing the entire physiology.
3) Creating Strong Digestion
Our ability to properly digest food is as important as what specific food we eat. Incompletely digested foods create toxins and impurities that are eventually absorbed, travel throughout the physiology, localise in tissues and disrupt their functioning. This process plays a major role in a wide variety of chronic conditions, including sinusitis.
Your Ayurvedic Consultant will provide recommendations for strengthening digestion including information in the following areas:
• Proper use of spices and cooking oils.
• Herbal preparations for improving digestion.
• Important differences between breakfast, lunch and dinner foods.
• A simple system to determine a balanced diet.
• Digestion-enhancing foods to favour.
• Digestion-depressing foods to reduce.
• Eating behaviour for maximum digestion.
• Proper food combinations to avoid indigestion.
• Non-dietary regiments to improve digestive strength including exercise, specific Yoga asanas and breathing techniques.
4) Balancing Nervous System ActivityThe nervous system controls most bodily functions, and almost every chronic condition is affected in some way when the nervous system activity becomes imbalanced. According to Ayurveda, the physiological principle at the basis of nervous system stability and activation is called Vata. Because nervous system imbalance contributes to sinusitis, from the Ayurveda perspective Vata imbalance is an underlying cause of the condition and needs to be reversed.
Ayurveda contains a wide variety of time-tested Ayurveda recommendations to help restore balance to Vata and remove the symptoms caused by its aggravation. These include specific diets, herbs, cleansing programs, meditation, Yoga asanas and Yoga breathing exercises.
5) Stress Management
Excessive mental, emotional and physical stress can worsen the symptoms of many chronic disorders, including sinusitis. This is due to hormonal changes and other biochemical responses to stress that can imbalance the nervous system and depress the healing ability of the body. Enhancing the body's ability to recover from stress is an integral part of Ayurveda Retreat's approach to health and well-being.
You have the option of learning how to meditate. Meditation has a wealth of scientific research verifying its effect on reducing many of the mental and stress factors associated with sinusitis. Research shows that meditation creates virtually the opposite physiological response that stress does and helps the body recover more quickly from stressful stimuli.
6) Lifestyle and Daily Routine
One of the most important factors for maintaining healthy functioning is to have a lifestyle that does not disturb natural bodily rhythms. When we eat, sleep and exercise in constantly fluctuating and disturbing patterns, the body loses its natural balancing cycles and cannot cleanse or heal itself as effectively. Therefore, regularity in our daily routine can be extremely effective in reducing physiological imbalance at the basis of sinusitis.
Our Ayurvedic Consultant will review your daily routine and provide the information you need to create a daily schedule that will increase balance in your physiology and aid in healing your body.
7) Exercise and Flexibility Education
Ayurveda considers proper stretching and flexibility exercises to have a very positive effect on circulation, nervous system function, the body's healing response and the treatment of many chronic conditions.
We offer Yoga classes and teach you a simple but profound set of postures that you can practice daily to improve circulation and create a healthy flexibility throughout the body. We also instruct you in individualised Yoga breathing practices that create a state of restful alertness in mind and body.
8) Strengthening the Body's Natural Healing and Self-Repair Mechanisms
Ultimately every treatment approach must depend on the body's natural healing ability for a real cure of the condition. Ayurveda's approach is not to attack the disorder with something from the outside, like drugs or surgery, but to attempt to enliven the innate healing response of the body.
The healing response is one of the most complex and coordinated activities within the human physiology and often cannot be strengthened significantly without a comprehensive natural
approach like that provided at Ayurveda Retreat.
Ayurveda can help with sinusitis. Taken together, all the Ayurvedic programs described above aim to create the ideal mental, physical and behavioural environment for healing.