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Year : 2023  |  Volume : 6  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 5-8

Management of hypertrophic rhinitis by application of Kadali kshara: An observation

Department of Shalakya Tantra, Amrita School of Ayurveda, Kollam, Kerala, India

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Dr. A Anjali
Department of Shalakya Tantra, Amrita School of Ayurveda, Vallikavu, Kollam - 690 525, Kerala
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DOI: 10.4103/jacr.jacr_32_22

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Nasal obstruction is a predominant symptom in hypertrophied inferior turbinate. It can be understood as Nasanaha (~nasal obstruction) in Ayurveda. Even though there are many conditions of the nose causing nasal blockage; inferior turbinate hypertrophy which is a cardinal feature in hypertrophic rhinitis is one of the most common causes of anatomical nasal obstruction, the others being internal nasal valve stenosis and septal deviation. The turbinate hypertrophy in this condition can be managed medically using nasal decongestants and corticosteroids and it can be also managed surgically. Continuous use of nasal decongestants can cause rebound congestion. Surgical management also has limitations such as synechiae formation and postoperative bleeding. Kshara pratisarana (~external application of alkali), which is one among the types of parasurgical procedures explained in Ayurveda, can be used effectively in this condition. Moreover, nasal obstruction is one of the most common symptoms presented to an otorhinolaryngologist and it badly affects the quality of life of the patient. The present case report is a case of a 24-year-old female who was unable to sleep properly due to severe nasal obstruction and chronic rhinitis along with hypertrophy of both inferior turbinates. This also affected her studies badly. She also complains of thick nasal discharge along with obstruction. The patient had the complaints for two years but the symptoms became more severe during the past six months. On anterior rhinoscopic examination using Thudicum's nasal speculum, the presence of bilateral inferior turbinate hypertrophy was observed. The patient was treated with Pratisarana of Kadali kshara (~alkali of Musa paradisiaca Linn.) along with Sigrusimhyadi taila nasya. The treatment was effective in the present case with no recurrence during a follow-up period of 30 days. This case report revealed that nasal obstruction, which is a common problem seen nowadays can be managed effectively using Ayurvedic intervention.

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