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Post Nasal Drip

Question

What can I do for post nasal drip and sinus infections? Nothing seems to help.

Answer

Post nasal drip is a symptom of kapha imbalance and slow digestion. Such infections usually develop through a series or reactions in the body:

  1. Poorly digested impurities.
  2. The Ama interacts with Shleshaka Kapha which regulates lubrication and moisture balance in the body.
  3. This interaction produces a sticky toxin called Shelshma that accumulates in the body cavities such as the sinuses.
  4. The toxic Shleshma aggravates Bhrajaka Pitta which regulates enzymatic changes and the skin.
  5. The aggravation of Bhrajaka Pitta leads to infection.

From an ayurvedic view, the root of this imbalance is the poor digestion and Ama. It winds up aggravating Pitta.

Diet and lifestyle tips

  • Try an "Ama-free" diet. That means lighter, easier to digest foods. Avoid leftovers and chemical additives. Favor fresh, pure foods. Stop intake of caffeine.
  • Sniffle Free herbal tablets aid the digestive fire to reduce Ama and nourish moisture balance, Shleshaka Kapha.
  • Take the herbal supplement Aci-Balance
  • Sip warm to hot herbal beverages throughout the day, MAPI teas like vata, pitta, kapha, or sniffle free tea are best.
  • Gargle with salt and hot water.
  • Add a few drops of Clear Breathe to hot water and inhale the vapors through mouth and nose.
  • Add balanced spices to food. MAPI churnas are perfect.
  • Licorice tea is useful (vata tea has licorice)
  • Avoid day sleep.
  • Increase fluid intake to 6 to 8 glasses of water daily.
  • Avoid diuretics (under medical advice).
  • Try to avoid stressful, negative thoughts and emotions.

Please note: This ayurvedic information is education. It does not replace medical advice or treatments.

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