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Nasal Polyp is a non-cancerous growth within the nose or sinuses. Usually detected when there is difficulty in breathing, loss of smell, change in taste, recurrent running nose disturbs the quality of life.
The exact cause of nasal polyp is still unclear. Usually seen in persons with chronic sinusitis, chronic allergies, asthma, aspirin sensitivity or in certain infections. Cystic fibrosis is a common cause of nasal polyp in children
There are two types of nasal polyp namely; Ethmoidal and Antrochoanal polyps. Ethmoidal polyps arise from the ethmoid sinuses and extend through the middle meatus into the nasal cavity, smaller ones. Antrochoanal polyps usually rare arise in the maxillary sinus and extend into the nasopharynx, single large.
Nasal polyps arise, due to infection or inflammation, from lining of the sinuses. Nasal mucosa become swollen and extracellular fluid get collected causing polyp formation which protrude into the nasal cavity. Polyps which are sessile become pedunculated due to gravity.
Signs & Symptoms
Running nose or thick nasal discharge, nasal congestion, sinusitis, loss of smell, nasal speech, mouth breathing etc are common symptoms of nasal polyps. If untreated may produce complications such as destruction of nasal bones and widening of nose. The growths are sac-like, movable and non-tender but may be associated with adjacent face pain or facial pressure.
Ayurvedic Treatment for Nasal polyp
After evaluating the nasal polyp, the Ayurveda management can be conservative and curative according to the condition.
The underlying cause is considered for the first line of treatment. Kapha pitta dosha pacifying medicines will be given to reduce the infection or inflammation.
Dietary regime will be vegetarian to avoid any indigestion or recurrence of sinusitis or attack of asthma.
Routine panchakarma purifactory therapy will be undergone in order to pacify kapha pitta. Special Nasyakarma with disease specific will be given under Ayurveda doctor’s supervision. Ksharakarma can also manage the polyp growth.
Yoga therapy has a good role in pacifying the symptoms of nasal polyps. They can clear off breathing difficulty and sinusitis to an extent.