ENT is a medical abbreviation that refers to a group of diseases related to the Ear, Nose, and Throat. There are a significant number of conditions that affect both children and adults alike, and recent statistics show that most of the sick leaves taken are ENT related. The nasal and oral cavity opens into the pharynx, whereas the middle ear cavity opens into it via the eustachian tube. As these three organs are connected, a problem arising in one area often tends to affect another area, hence allowing us to club them into one group.
For example, a common cold is caused by a rhinovirus entering the body. The most obvious result is obstruction of the nasal cavity, however, sore throats and headaches are also experienced. As Ayurvedic medicine cure a person by identifying the root cause and treating them holistically, an Ayurvedic medicine for cold would be the best remedy. Ayurvedic medicines, in fact, can also be used to cure several ailments, including ear infections, tinnitus, nasal polyps, sore throat, cough, etc. Ayurvedic medicine is extremely trustworthy, especially medicines like the Herbokold powder, Herbokof Syrup, and the Huff & Kuff Lozenges manufactured by Dr. Vaidya’s.
The ear is the place of Vaayu (air), the oral cavity symbolizes Jala (water) and the nose represents akasha (space). According to Ayurvedic medicine, there should be a balance in the basic elements of life and therefore the tridosha – Vata, pitta or kapha. A disturbance in anyone would lead to diseases or illnesses, and hence cause ENT disorders.
Other than using Ayurvedic medicines, some home remedies to ward off ENT disorders are:
Ginger tea: Ginger has an immunity enhancing action as well as anti-inflammatory properties. The ginger root has very powerful antifungal and antibacterial properties, which effectively protect the body against infections such as respiratory tract infections.
Eucalyptus oil: Helps relieve a blocked nose, cough and an inflamed throat. Inhaling the strong aroma of this oil helps to loosen phlegm and ameliorate congestion in the nose.
Gargling: Can use either salt, basil leaves, pomegranate leaves or turmeric infused in water. Gargling using any of these techniques helps extract mucous collected in the throat from the post-nasal drip. It is able to soothe the throat, especially when the water is warm.
Black pepper: It has antioxidant and antimicrobial properties. Black pepper has an amazing ability to break down the mucus and phlegm deposits in the respiratory tract. It is also a natural irritant, which helps loosen deposits of body fluids by sneezing or coughing.
Mustard paste: Helps get rid of an accumulated cough, and chest pain. It is also able to treat sinus problems as it is one of the best decongestants available. However, if you are suffering any of the following symptoms severely, it is imperative to visit an Ayurvedic doctor to get professional advice on what steps you should take to treat yourself. These severe symptoms include ear pain, hearing loss, snoring, difficulty in breathing or other airway issues, sinus pressures, nose bleeds or a loss in sense of smell. You can visit Dr. Vaidya’s clinic in Mumbai for a consultation.