rajat2805 asked: Hi himanshu I have been suffering from chronic Sinusites for almost a year now. I feel pressure behind my eyes and always have heavy eyelids. I consulted a doctor few months back who says its due to allergies after conducting some blood tests and X-ray scans. I have been on anti allergic medicines for the past 2 months. Please advice how to get rid of this problem in a more natural way. I have desk job in an MNC. Thanks Rajat
Sinusitis is inflammation of nasal cavities due to excessive release of histamines produced as a result of allergic reaction to dust, pollen and gastric gases. Doctors usually prescribe anti-allergic medication to counter production of histamines. This includes tablets, nasal sprays and syrups containing levocetirizine, Fexofenadine HCl or Montelukast. These medications have side effects that can wreck your body in long run. Even on day to day basis, medicines containing levocitrizine simply saps your energy. You feel lethargic and depressed.
Sinusitis is curable provided you change your lifestyle and take necessary precautions. Here is how you should approach.
- Stop any anti-allergic medication which has levocitrizine or citrizine as a constituent. You can take Allegra 120mg (Fexofenadine HCl) as SOS. A single tablet once a day is what is prescribed. You can take it during change of season or when you are exposed to excessive dust or pollution. Allegra is much safer than other medications and it doesn’t rob you of energy.
- I have mentioned the effects of over consumption of salt on body in my last post on High Blood Pressure. Do read that. The advice applies to people suffering from Sinusitis. High salt consumption acts upon the mucus membranes of the breathing tracts. High salt consumption causes repeated sneezing, frequent colds and loss of the related senses of taste and smell. When over consumption continues for long periods, these symptoms actualize into chronic Coryza, swelling of the nasal mucus membranes, catarrh of the breathing tracts, nervous coughs and asthma.
- The next thing you have to do is regular lubrication of nasal cavities. Read my post of nasal lubrication (Refer link)
- Now the mudras. Do Apana mudra for 30 minutes in the morning (Refer link). This will detoxify your body and improve bowel movement. Clean intestine will reduce heat in the digestive system thereby curing sinusitis by up to 50%.
- Start a fitness routine. The minimum you can do is 15 minute walk in the morning and playing badminton for 20-30 minutes.
- I would recommend that you should start learning Yoga. Surya Namaskara, Bhujangasana and Adho Mukha Svanasana will cure your problem. You can join a Yoga class for couple of months and then continue the practice by yourself.
- Try to have your evening meal before 7pm. Eat roughage and fresh fruits for preventing constipation.
- Take 1 tablet of Cod Liver Oil with your breakfast meal and chew 1 tablet of Vitamin C 500 mg daily. This will build your immunity in long run.
Do write back once you start getting better. I will prescribe some Bio Chemic and Ayurvedic remedies that will strengthen your system against allergens.
smna1777 asked: Hello Sir, Went through your blog about mudras. Very nice information. I'm a high BP patient, get regular headaches and digestive problems. I'm taking high dose of BP medicine(tazloc H 40mg) but BP is not in control. Due to this i'm a bit in depression. Could you please suggest me mudras or some remedies? I'm pitta person.
Medicines for High Blood Pressure were nonexistent till 1960s. Doctors before that found the linkage between salt and arterial pressure. By significantly reducing salt from the diet, a patient can drastically control the blood pressure. Patients adhere to this advice since discovery of this important fact. However, they unknowingly consume salt in forms that they are not aware. Along with reducing salt in home cooked food, the High BP patient must shun taking it in other passive forms. This means total abstinence from packaged biscuits, breads, cookies, potato chips (Lays, Pringles), tomato ketchup, sauces and fried snacks like potato patties, French fries, fried kebabs etc.
This is how salt wrecks your system. The body through its natural intelligence balances the salt and water in the body. As the quantity of salt increases in the body, we tend to become thirsty, though we are not dehydrated. You have to consume 1 liter of water to dilute 10 grams of salt. This extra water in the body is not readily eliminated by kidneys. This increases the volume of blood in the system thereby raising the blood pressure. Kidneys now have to work harder. This again pumps up the blood pressure as it is filtering large quantity of blood. Further, too much salt disturbs the digestive system by increasing acidity, creating the swelling in salivary glands and irritation in mucosa.
I hope I have provided enough scientific facts for you to take the requisite action.
Now, here is the treatment part. Massage middle finger of your hand several times during the day. The movement of massage will be from root to the tip of the finger. Low Blood Pressure patients can do the same in reverse order; from tip towards the root. Practice Gyan Mudra and Chin Mudra as prescribed in this post (Refer link).
As you are Pitta type, I will prescribe Punarnawadi Mandur for you. Take 2 tablets, twice a day with hot water. It is an Ayurvedic formulation manufactured by all major Ayurvedic Pharmaceutical companies. Punarnawadi Mandur will correct the secretion of bile and will restore your digestive system. Take this medicine at least for 3 months. You will feel the difference within 3-4 days. Finally, lie on your right side while sleeping or lying down. This will open your left nostril. Inhaling through left nostril reduces heat in the body and helps calm the symptoms of high blood pressure.
lemoncandy1021 asked: Hi, Himanshu.I'm with depression, chronic fatigue and sluggish brain for years, modern meds doesn't work well for me. I've tried 10 liver cleanses without significant result, and I seem to be more tired to try basic yoga, i always fall asleep in the first 5-minutes of meditation. i came across your blog and all this info amazes me! i'm eager to try the Prithvi Mudra, but i'm a Vata girl with a Katha dominant body. is there other Mudras for me? should i try the raisin drinks first? Thank you!
I am listing some measures that will help you. The predominance of vata in your body signifies dryness and wandering mind. You probably want to accomplish several things in a go. This leads to irritated nervous system and chronic fatigue. Relaxation is very important for you. Instead of watching television, checking mails or reading newspaper, spend time listening to soothing music. You will find a good playlist of Spa and Meditation music on Youtube. Close your eyes and relax in shavasana (corpse pose) while music is playing in the backdrop. Breathe deeply and drop everything from your mind and be aware of the sounds being played.
Talking about diet, I would recommend sweet foods like breads made of wheat grain. You can take freshly cooked soup of boiled vegetables. Eat fruits that are rich in iron. This includes apple, banana and pomegranate. You can also try the raisin soak that I posted on this blog. Avoid anything which is dry, spicy and pungent. This means trimming preservative laden snacks, biscuits, sauces and ketchups.
Massage is very important for you. A regular 10-20 minute, gentle self-massage with warm sesame oil will bring positive change in your life. You need to do mild stretching and warm-up exercises. Sarvangasana and Matsyasana are the minimum you need to do. Don’t go overboard with exercise and asanas.
Finally, Start taking 5 pellets of Natrum Muriaticum 6X (Nat Mur 6X), a homeopathic biochemical remedy, thrice during the day. Nat Mur 6X is a potentiated Common Salt that is present in human tissue. Nat Mur will balance your vata and kapha and will relieve you of depression. You must also consume a supplement with B-Complex Vitamins and Folic Acid. Have a teaspoon of Ashwagandha powder with hot milk. I am not sure if it is available in your country. You can check it at stores selling Ayurvedic medications.
Wish you good health and blissful life.
iswarimadurai asked: hi sir how ru i am iswari from madurai just started doing many mudras seeing your website i have doubt regarding Kubera Mudra sir i cant understand your Caution after reading your Caution i am afraid to kubera mudra so pls kindly help me
Don’t be afraid. Be aware that your thoughts are inclined towards your well-being and that of the others. Never attempt any mudra in state of anger or if you are feeling grudge towards anyone. The best way to start any mudra practice is by repeating some goodwill prayer, mantra or simply an affirmation on good outcome.
arellav asked: I have a mildly deviated nasal septum and suffer from allergies to dust, which have resulted in swollen nasal turbinates. When I am not having an allergic crisis, my nasal blockage follows the nasal cycle (alternates). I find it curious that I am able to breath well and through both nasal passages while practicing sports. Once done though, the nasal blockage begins again. Any suggestions on how to diminish the nasal swollenness and what to do during an allergic reaction?
You should try Bio Combination – 5 (BC -5) for few weeks. Take 5 pellets twice a day. Later, you can continue with Natrum Muraticum 6X. Read my recent post on similar subject. I recently added one post on Nasal inflammation. I have linked both these posts for your reference.
true-health-seeker asked: As my userID implies, I am looking for some knowledge. I have had of bronchial problems on and off since I was a child. Over medication left me with a distrust of allopathic medicine and a curiosity to find other modalities. I was hoping you could advise me, since I have read over your blog and seen dome interesting posts. Last winter I came down with a heavy flu that left me in bed for two weeks. This cold seemed to go from lungs to nose to ears to throat and back. I finally got over it, but
I am sharing some of the tried and tested practices that helped me get rid of problem similar to one you asked. I too had a troublesome childhood and experienced 15 years of tumultuous time due to upper respiratory tract ailments. This blog is in fact my attempt to lessen the suffering felt by others.
- Always take care of your throat. Upper respiratory tract infections originate from throat. The immune system builds up mucous and histamines to counter the sore throat infection and this mucous spreads inside the nasal and sinus cavity within few hours. There is rapid multiplication of bacteria inside this mucous. Everything feels stuffy and clogged. This is how you can prevent sore throat. Stop consuming preservative rich sour sauces and ketchups. Avoid beverages that are too chilled. Gargle with Black tea or hot salt water on slightest hint of itchy throat. You can also suck a raw ginger. Gyan mudra and Shankh mudra helps in such condition.
- Start taking 5 pellets of Natrum Muriaticum 6X (Nat Mur 6X) twice or thrice during the day. Nat Mur 6X is a potentiated Common Salt that is present in human tissue. Nat Mur will dislodge phlegm from nasal cavity and bronchial tubes. Nat Mur also keeps throat infections at bay. You can take this remedy for long durations as it does not have side effects.
- As far as exercise is concerned, you must take long morning walks. If you are into Yoga then, Surya Namaskar (Sun Salutation sequence), ushtrasana (camel pose), bhujangasana (cobra pose) and adho mukha svanasana (downward dog pose) will relive you from most of your symptoms. Ujjayi and Kapalbhatti pranayama will help you get rid of cough and recurrent infections.
- Avoid all food preparations and packaged snacks that are rich in salt. Salt tends to retain water in the body and provides raw material for buildup of mucous during infections.
- Practice relaxation and meditation. Listen to your biorhythms. Relax and sleep when you are feeling tired.
- Eat lot of fruits, steamed and boiled vegetables and avoid anything that causes constipation. You should have daily bowels. Apana mudra will help you in this.
pavanmehta asked: I learned Yoga asanas, meditation and pranayams from an instructor a year back. I followed it for a few months. Had great results. Somehow I could not continue. I feel like starting again. I do it for 2,3 days straight and then I suddenly don't find the energy and strength to do so. I hardly wake up fresh in the morning to do Yoga asanas and in the evenings I come stressed and anxious from university. How to continue the practice bhai. And please suggest Hand Mudras.
You are aware of the benefits of regular practice. All you need is to sustain it. You need to plug energy leakage from your body. Begin to relax to stop energy leakage and you will wake up fresh. Further, you will be able to maintain energy throughout the day. Here are few practices you can incorporate in your daily routine. Keep your eyes closed while traveling through public transport. You can also close your eyes for 5 minutes every hour. Body emits maximum energy through eyes. Disengage yourself from television, newspaper and computer screen. Instead, lie down on bed with legs raised against the wall. Keep eyes closed and breathe deeply. Eat fruits and vegetables rich in Iron and Vitamin B. You can also take a supplement. Sleep early and wake up early. This ancient wisdom never fails. You can try Prana mudra for regaining lost energy.
hollynrico asked: i am on medication for a slow thyroid. Which yoga do you suggest for me? I work out 5+ days per week and my body stays the same. Please let me know if you have any advice to get past my plateau. Thank you!
Include Sarvangasana (shoulder stand), Ujjayi pranayama and Bhramari pranayama in your workout routine. Learn these from a Yoga instructor and start practicing them as a daily ritual. These specific kriyas are meant to restore the endocrine and the nervous system. Further, stay away from stressful situations. Endocrine system gets screwed by not following the natural biorhythms. So, make sure you sleep on time, wake up on time, eat when required, never subject your urinary bladder and intestine to hold the waste for long, relax when you are tired and follow everything that your inner body clock tell you to do. Continue your medication. I sincerely wish that your hypo metabolism condition is cured soon.
oopalm asked: i am a student- is there any help for concentration and memory?
You must practice Gyan mudra and Hakini mudra. These mudras will help you in concentration and recall. In addition, practice gazing on the tip of the nose for 5 minutes in the morning and evening. Your spine should be erect, eyes relaxed and the gaze unwavering. Initially, you will find it difficult as tears will start oozing in a minute or two. These symptoms will subside in couple of days. Eat Iron rich food preferably in form of fruits like apple, pomegranate, apricots, and olives. Reduce intake of Caffeine. Take morning and evening walks. Breathe deeply. Stay away from food that causes constipation. Moreover, you should try hand at doodling, sketching and solving puzzles. Try to minimize media intake. Television and newspaper distract and make the brain dumb. So avoid them as far as possible.