There are traditional techniques to treat a deviated septum that originate from countries in Asia, notably India. One of those techniques is Ayurveda.
In this article we explain what Ayurveda is, and how it can help your deviated septum.
What is Ayurveda?
Ayurveda is an eastern science which guides the choice of diet, day to day habits, and exercises to restore the health of the individual and prevent diseases.
This science is mostly practiced in the Indian subcontinent. Ayurveda believes that every individual is made up of 5 elements:
These elements combine and form three forms of energies in the body i.e., vata (space and air), pitta (fire and water), and kapha (water and earth).
Every individual system has a unique balance of vatta, pitta, and kapha. Any imbalance between them leads to disorder. Intake of an unhealthy diet and lifestyle, seasonal changes, emotional disturbance, or stress can produce toxins which accumulate in different parts of the body, causing disease. Ayurveda helps in either prevention of the disease or stops its progression.1Mukherjee A, Khuje SM, Dwivedi OP, Jain J. Potency of Nasya Karma. Journal of Drug Delivery and Therapeutics. 2019 Dec 15;9(6-s):261-6.
How Does Ayurveda Help with a Deviated Septum?
In Ayurveda, performing the Panchakarma therapy reduces the symptoms associated with the deviated nasal septum.
Panchakarma consists of five (panch) procedures to cleanse the bodily toxins. Any disease in the sinus, throat, nose, or head areas are a result of accumulation of toxins. These toxins are eliminated using Nasyakarma: one of the procedures of Panchakarma.2Lad V. An Introduction to Panchakarma. Albuquerque, NM: The Ayurvedic Institute (phone: 505-291-9698). 1994.
Nasyakarma involves either inhalation of medicated oil or massaging the nasal mucosa (inner lining of nose) with medicated ghee (clarified butter) or herbal oil using a finger. These procedures help in release of mucus accumulated in clogged nose, throat, and sinus. Massaging should be slowly performed in both clockwise and anticlockwise directions.
Nasyakarma helps overcome disorders associated with deviated nasal septum such as chronic rhinosinusitis (inflammation of nose and sinus) and nasal congestion, and eases breathing through nose.
- 1Lad V. An Introduction to Panchakarma. Albuquerque, NM: The Ayurvedic Institute (phone: 505-291-9698). 1994.
- 2Mukherjee A, Khuje SM, Dwivedi OP, Jain J. Potency of Nasya Karma. Journal of Drug Delivery and Therapeutics. 2019 Dec 15;9(6-s):261-6.