Monday, April 4, 2011

Yoga for Sinusitis

Sinusitis is the most common disease these days and many are afflicted by it. Sinusitis is an inflammation of the membrane lining of any sinus, especially one of the paranasal sinuses of the skull that include the maxillary, frontal, ethmoidal and sphenoidal sinuses.
The inhalation and exhalation as a part of yoga practice creates sound vibrations which clears the nasal tract and aids in better breathing. The air movement in the nasal passage achieves free movement, this aids the lungs to function more effectively. It helps to deal with the virus that block the nasal tract and reduces the inflammation in the tract too. It helps to reduce the nasal discharge and helps to clot the mucous in the nasal cavity so that a person is cured from a runny nose.

Along with yoga, nasal washing with saline water (Jalaneti) helps to keep the nose and the nostrils clean and free from any blockage in the nostrils. Breathing exercise of yoga like Breath exercise and alternate nostril breathing can also help in the treatment of sinus to great extent. It helps the membranes to be free from the allergy which causes infection. Sinus also affects the eyes and other organs of the body. It affects the facial muscles badly. Yoga helps to provide sufficient oxygen to the muscles of the face and help to rejuvenate them. One feels fresh and active after practicing yoga exercises and it provides relief to the eyes also. It also provides freedom from the heaviness of the head and there is no breath struggle in the worst case of sinus. It also provides relief from congestion and constant sneezing.
Chanting has always been an important aspect of the spiritual life in India. Chanting Mantras, performing Japa, singing Bhajans and the use of Nada Pranayamas such as the Bhramari and the Pranava are important parts of the Yogic life.
Recent studies have shown that chanting creates sound vibrations that encourage air to move back and forth between the sinus membranes and nasal passages. This air movement helps open the tiny ducts, or ostia, that connect the nose to the sinuses, allowing the sinuses to drain properly. This can help prevent infections from settling down in the sinuses and create a healthy environment therein.

A study done by Jon Lundberg and Eddie Weitzberg of the Karolinska Institute in Sweden has
shown that the daily humming or "Om" chanting may actually prevent infections from taking
hold. They found that humming increased nitric oxide levels fifteen fold, compared to quiet
exhalations without sound. The exhalations of people with healthy sinuses tend to have high
nitric oxide levels, indicating that more air is able to flow between the sinuses and the nose.

Surya Namaskar (sun salutation) provides exercise to all the organs of the body and nourishes the body from within so as to make it active all day long. Pavanmuktanasana (aeroplane pose) and bhujangasana (cobra pose) provides exercise to the upper organs of the body thereby provides relief from the sinus and congestion in the throat region.

several poses are invaluable for relieving sinus pressure—namely, standing poses; Sarvangasana (Shoulderstand), done on several rolled mats arranged from the shoulders to the elbows; and Ardha Halasana (Supported Half Plow Pose). Sarvangasana and Ardha Halasana should be held for some time to receive the full benefits. The sinuses may remain blocked at first; but after some time in the poses, as the practitioner relaxes, the sinuses usually open up, bringing relief. Eka Pada Savarganasana (Plow Pose with one leg up and one down) is also particularly good: The inversions act as a natural flushing mechanism for the blocked sinuses. The blood circulates with tremendous force into the stagnated areas, clearing away the secretions to clear the passageways and restore free breathing.

Practice Headstand only after the disorder is alleviated. At that point, regular practice of inversions helps keep the sinuses and respiratory tract healthy.

2 comments:

  1. Yoga is the best exercise for our health. It also helps to clear the nasal tract.Yoga makes us active all the day.I like yoga. Thanks for sharing.
    -sinus flush

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  2. yes u r right john. thanks for your comment.

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