Yoga For Sinus Relief In 8 Effective Steps
I was so excited to share this post and create awareness about Sinusitis, that it can be cured naturally. My Dad had Chronic Sinusitis for 15 years, it was the worse feeling to see him waking up sneezing, coughing, runny nose with headaches. He popped few painkillers or antibiotics everyday but that did not make much of a difference nor did it cure him. Then several years later he decided to try yoga for sinus relief, when he was fed up of taking medications and was also suggested a surgery. As he practiced yoga, he found himself recovering from sinusitis, one year later with all his dedication to yoga he was cured from sinusitis without any surgery or medicine. My dad passed on the same yoga knowledge to me, since then yoga was a part of my core belief. Yoga can heal most problems, atleast 98% of our body illnesses. I am not suggesting that you stop taking your medication like my father did, but besides taking your medications, practice yoga as well as it the most natural source of preventive medicine to so many ailments that you can’t imagine. Hence I am going to reveal the 8 effective steps that have worked for my father after several years of research.
Based on an article published by the international Journal of Yoga and Allied Sciences, a study was conducted on 20 Sinusitis patients who performed yoga for a period of 6 months. At the end of six months, it was found that these patients either completely healed or reduced their sinusitis condition just by practicing yoga pranayamas.
What is Sinusitis
Sinusitis is a condition in which inflammation is caused in the lining of sinus cavities, this causes excess thick mucus and prevents draining of fluid from the sinuses to nose and throat. The accumulation of the fluid in the nasal cavities, gives rise to the growth of bacteria and hence further swelling is in the sinus cavities. In USA alone, approximately 37 million Sinusitis cases are reported every year and this number is rising each year. Do not underestimate this infection, though it does not cause death but it is contagious and most people suffering from chronic sinusitis like my Dad, will not want to live with it.
Causes of Sinusitis
- Allergies to dust or pollution
- Infections like the Virus, Bacteria or Fungi
According to Healthlink BC, the most common symtoms of Sinusitis include the following:
- A bad headache which worsens
- Runny or stuffy nose
- Bad breath
- Cough accompanied by mucousy discharge
- Insensitivity to taste or smell
- Ear and tooth ache
- Soreness in the face
- Pain in the teeth and face area
It is so important to breathe in a healthy way, that is why various illnesses are caused today. The modern society thinks that its fine as long as air is going into our body but this is not the case. Yoga helps adapt our body to the correct breathing techniques. With pranayamas our body takes in 10 times more oxygen, and oxygen is what helps our body repair damaged cells thereby helping our body defense system works at its best to cure all types of diseases. We must not forget that oxygen is the fuel for our body.
1. Alternative Nostril Breathing (Anulom Vilom)
Alternative Nostril Breathing helps opens up the sinuses and clears the passages for breathing. This exercise allows our body to receive enough oxygen specially around the facial muscles and brain which thereby rejuvinates our body and mind and relieve any pressure from headaches and face soreness. The more oxygen your body receives, the stronger your immune system becomes to fight against not only sinusitis but any kind of disease. Due to its convenience and ability to fight so many other diseases, this exercise is becoming increasingly popular. When you first start this exercise, you first find it a bit difficult because of your runny and congested nose and chest but as you continue with this pranayama daily, you will notice so much improvement.
2. Kapalbhati Pranayama (Breath of fire)
This is considered the best exercise for clearing respiratory blockages. While you perform kapalbhati, a heat is generated from within which helps in self-healing. Any kind of repiratory diseases or allergic situtations related to Sinusitis can be cured with this pranayama. Sinusitis is just one of the so many diseases this pranayama cures. This exercise have helped yogis treat many serious conditions like blood pressure, migraines, cholestrol, obesity, fertility issues and the list is endless. Just like we clean our house, this exercise cleans our entire body from within.
3. Bhastrika Pranayama
Bhastrika Pranayama allows our lungs to take in more oxygen and thereby cures any chest congestion. It not only clears nasal sinuses but prevents asthma as well.
- Sit down straight in a half lotus position, with your palms on your knees.
- Gently inhale in and gently exhale out (make sure you breathe in and out deeply).
- Continue to do this 5 minutes.
Note: Breathe into your lungs not your stomach. Allow your body and mind to relax, think positive that your body is curing.
4. Bhramari Pranayama (Bee Humming)
When we take in sufficient oxygen, infections or any kind of bacteria or viruses have no chance of surviving. Based on a study performed by Jon Lundberg and Eddie Weitzberg who were researchers of the Karolinska Insitute in Sweden, Bhramari Pranayama can ward off any kind of infections or prevent infections from developing in the first place.
5. Acupressure points on hands
Acupressure points is simple and so effective for Sinusitis. All of your fingers have Sinus points at the top of them, so press each finger for 20 seconds or either you can clap your hands with some pressure.
6. Acupressure points on face
Dr Mandell suggests that you apply medium pressure on the bridge of your nose, (the area where the bridge meets with the forehead, the dented area). This pressure is to be applied for 45 seconds and with regular practice, you will notice that you feel lighter in the facial area, this will help you breathe better and help improve your sinus.
Dr. Mandell also talks about the amazing points on the both sides of the nose, which are very effective points to treat sinusitis. Take both your index fingers and apply firm pressure to the points while gently rolling your fingers around for 30 seconds to a minute. This firm pressure is going to stimulate the points which is going to cause relief from the congestion and symptoms of sinusitis which can be anything such as headache, difficulty breathing, eye or dental pain.
7. Jalaneti for Sinusitis (Nasal cleaning with water)
Jalaneti is a traditional yogic practice to clear nasal passages by means of saline water. It has now become a very common practice in naturopathy clinics in India to treat patients with nasal diseases because it shows improved results and is considered safe. The thrust of water poured into the nose, hits the sinus cavities and flushes out the mucus and bacteria and thus results in clearance of the sinuses. In this process lukewarm water consisting of 150-200 ml with one teaspoon salt is poured from a netipot to the left nostril by tilting the head towards the right side. While the water is poured, the mouth remains open so that you are breathing through your mouth. Keep your body relaxed and let the water leave from the right nostril. You continue to pour the water until the water is finished and repeat the same procedure on the right nostril. Neti can be obtained from most health stores.
8. Other home remedies that have healed Sinusitis
- Stay hydrated with warm water.
- Say no to fried foods.
- Say no to dairy products this includes chocolate as well.
- Say no to cold drinks.
I would love to hear your views on this post and your experiences with yoga or if yoga healed you on anything. Even if you are beginner and is looking forward to start yoga, I am here to support you and provide you great insights about yoga. Thank you for dropping by.
Ramandeep Kaur (Founder)