EAR PAIN- Ayurvedic Treatment, Diet, Exercises, Yoga & Pranayama

Ear pain or earache is the pain felt on the inner or outer part of the ear. Ear pain is most commonly occur due to infections.

  • SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS OF EAR PAIN
  • CAUSES OF EAR PAIN
  • PATHOPHYSIOLOGY OF EAR PAIN
  • DIAGNOSIS OF EAR PAIN
  • TREATMENTS FOR EAR PAIN
  • PROGNOSIS OF EAR PAIN
  • COMPLICATIONS OF EAR PAIN
  • EAR PAIN  AND AYURVEDA
  • NIDANA- AYURVEDIC CAUSES OF EAR PAIN
  • PURVAROOPAM- AYURVEDIC PREMONITORY SYMPTOMS OF EAR PAIN
  • SAMPRAPTI – AYURVEDIC PATHOGENESIS OF EAR PAIN
  • LAKSHANA- AYURVEDIC SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS OF EAR PAIN
  • AYURVEDIC PROGNOSIS OF EAR PAIN
  • CHIKITSA- AYURVEDIC TREATMENT FOR EAR PAIN
  • AYURVEDIC LOCAL TREATMENT FOR EAR PAIN
  • AYURVEDIC SAMANA TREATMENT FOR EAR PAIN
  • AYURVEDIC SHODHANA TREATMENT FOR EAR PAIN
  • COMMONLY USED AYURVEDIC MEDICINES FOR EAR PAIN
  • HOME REMEDIES FOR EAR PAIN
  • DIET AND BEHAVIOUR FOR EAR PAIN
  • YOGA FOR EAR PAIN
  • RESEARCH PAPERS OF AYURVEDIC MANAGEMENT OF EAR PAIN

SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS OF EAR PAIN

  • Dull or sharp pain in the ear
  • Ear pain may be associated with headache, ear discharge or nausea
  • Muffled hearing
  • Loss of balance
  • Disturbed sleep

CAUSES OF EAR PAIN

  • Foreign object in the ear
  • Water trapped inside the ear
  • Ear wax
  • Ear infection
  • Throat infection
  • Sinus infection
  • Tooth infection
  • Change in pressure
  • Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) syndrome
  •  Trigeminal neuralgia (chronic facial nerve pain)

PATHOPHYSIOLOGY OF EAR PAIN

Ear pain caused due to the pressure gradient between the middle ear and outside air. A middle ear pressure gradient usually involves eustachian tube obstruction, which inhibits equilibration between middle ear pressure and atmospheric pressure and also allows fluid to accumulate in the middle ear. Otitis media (infection and inflammation of the middle ear) causes painful inflammation of the tympanic membrane (TM). The ear pain may also be referred from other sites.

DIAGNOSIS OF EAR PAIN

  • A proper examination by the physician

TREATMENTS FOR EAR PAIN

  • Antibiotics
  • Ear drops
  •  Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug
  •  Analgesics
  • Treatment of underlying pathology

PROGNOSIS OF EAR PAIN

  • Prognosis is based on the cause of the disease, duration  and condition of the patient

COMPLICATIONS OF EAR PAIN   

  • Hearing loss
  • Perforation of the eardrum
  • Meningitis
  • Facial nerve paralysis

EAR PAIN AND AYURVEDA

  • In Ayurveda,ear pain is called ‘karna sula’

NIDANA- AYURVEDIC CAUSES OF EAR PAIN

  • Excess consumption of ununctuous, cold food
  • Excess vitiation of vata dosha
  • Agantu factors – infection
  • Water trapped in the ear
  • Injuries

PURVAROOPAM- AYURVEDIC PREMONITORY SYMPTOMS OF EAR PAIN

  • Dull in the ear

SAMPRAPTI – AYURVEDIC PATHOGENESIS OF EAR PAIN

  • Vata, pitta and kapha dosha move through all channels of circulation. Due to the subtle nature of vata it impels the remaining two doshas.
  • The aggravated vata having provoked these two doshas, exacerbated and fills up the empty channels and moves greatly inside them or by getting enveloped by the other doshas.
  • The aggravated vata resides in the ear and produces different kinds of aches and pains.

LAKSHANA- AYURVEDIC SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS OF EAR PAIN

  • Karna sula – Pain in the ear
  • Shira sula – headache 
  • Karna srava – discharge from the ear

AYURVEDIC PROGNOSIS OF EAR PAIN

  • Prognosis is based on the nidana of karna sula and associated diseases

CHIKITSA- AYURVEDIC TREATMENT FOR EAR PAIN

Ayurvedic local treatment for ear pain

  • Ear drops
  • Karna purana – nirgundi taila, brihatnirgundyadi taila, kshara taila, asanavilwadi taila  

AYURVEDIC SAMANA TREATMENT FOR EAR PAIN

 AYURVEDIC SHODHANA TREATMENT FOR EAR PAIN

  • NASYA- anutaila, Ksheerabala, shadbindu taila

COMMONLY USED AYURVEDIC MEDICINES FOR EAR PAIN

Internal administration

  • Triphala guggulu
  •  Pathyashadangam kashayam

HOME REMEDIES FOR EAR PAIN

  • Heat application around the ear by a towel dipped with hot water
  • Massage around the ear ( NOT too much pressure )

DIET AND BEHAVIOUR FOR EAR PAIN

  • Avoid food items which produce vata dosha imbalance like cold and dry food, hard to digest. Because vata imbalance aggravates the symptoms.
  • Consume easily digestible food items
  • Avoid heavy exercises which further aggravate the conditions.
  • Oil massage on the head is advised. Which alleviates vata dosha
  • Take proper rest.
  • Avoid head bath during the period of ear pain

YOGA FOR EAR PAIN

  • Nadi Shuddi Pranayam    – calms the mind and gets relief from aches and pains

The patient needs to be seated in a meditative posture with the head and spine erect, with the body relaxed. The patient has to close his one nostril (e.g. left nostril if using the right hand and vice versa) with the thumb and exhale completely through the other nostril. Again, he will have to breathe in deeply through the other nostril while the opposite nostril is still closed with the thumb.

                            

  • Neck exercises 
  • Tadasana
  • Trikonasana

RESEARCH PAPERS OF AYURVEDIC MANAGEMENT OF EAR PAIN

1.     Effect of ayurvedic management for patients suffering from otalgia of varied aetiologies

https://www.researchgate.net/publication/335392142_EFFECT_OF_AYURVEDIC_MANAGEMENT_FOR_PATIENTS_SUFFERING_FROM_OTALGIA_OF_VARIED_AETIOLOGIES

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