Yoga for sinusitis and home remedies for nasal congestion

Any seasonal change can worsen a host of health problems. This is especially true for people with allergies or sinusitis. Like a stuffy nose or throbbing headache due to these health problems keep you awake most of the night and lead to a runny nose and constant sneezing during the day, read on. Certain home remedies and yoga for sinusitis can help relieve you from discomfort.

Health Shots contacted Dr Vikas Verma, Director of Shashvat Ayurveda, Chandigarh, to understand how yoga for sinusitis can be helpful.

Practice this yoga daily for relief from sinusitis

Allergies, stuffy sinuses and blocked nasal passages have become common in our hectic lifestyles. But even some basic daily yoga exercises and home remedies can alleviate these discomforts. But you have to do them consistently.

Practice anulom vilom properly to find relief from sinuses! Image courtesy: Shutterstock

1. Anulom Vilom (Alternate Nostril Breathing)

“Anulom Vilom Pranayama is a breathing technique that clears all blockages from the body and also helps calm the body and mind,” says the expert.

How to perform this?

• Sit comfortably, relax and close your eyes.
• Cover your right nostril with the right thumb and start inhaling through the left nostril.
• Now exhale through the right nostril while covering the left nostril. Repeat this process 5-10 times. This exercise calms the nervous system and cleanses the nasal passages.

2. Bhramari (bee breathing)

Bhramari relieves tension and congestion. This is very useful for people with a stuffy nose.

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How to perform this?

• Sit in a comfortable position on your yoga mat and gently cover your ears with your thumb and keep your eyes closed.
• Now inhale deeply and then make a bee-like buzzing sound. Repeat the process 5-7 times.

3. Jalneti (nasal cleansing)

The practice of Jal Neti removes mucus and dirt from the nasal passages.

How to perform this?

• Mix one teaspoon of non-iodized salt in warm water.
• Use a neti pot to pour the solution into one nostril and then flick it to the other nostril.
• Repeat on the other side.

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4. Supta baddha konasana (reclining bound angle pose)

Supta Baddha Konasana is great for improving respiratory health.

How to perform this?

• Lie on your back, bend your knees and place the soles of your feet together.
• Let the knees fall outward.
• Take a deep breath.
• Improvements in breathing, relief of hip strain and relaxation are all benefits.
• Press and hold for 5 to 10 minutes.

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Jala neti could be the solution to your persistent sinus problems. Image courtesy: Shutterstock

Home remedies for sinusitis relief

Besides yoga, you can also try these home remedies to control your allergies and sinus-related problems.

1. Turmeric and honey

“Turmeric has anti-inflammatory properties that can help curb allergies,” says the expert. Mix 1 teaspoon of turmeric powder with 1 tablespoon of honey. Consume daily

2. Steam inhalation

Inhaling steam relieves congestion and soothes irritated nasal passages.

How to practice?

• Bring the water to the boil and add a few drops of eucalyptus oil.
• Inhale the steam for 5-10 minutes.
• This relieves congestion and soothes irritated nasal passages.

3. Ginger tea

Boil ginger slices in water and pour honey and lemon into the water. Drink this tea 2-3 times a day. The anti-inflammatory properties of ginger help relieve sinus problems.

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