Anosmia is the partial or complete loss of the sense of smell. This loss may be temporary or permanent. Common conditions that irritate the nose’s lining, such as allergies or a cold, can lead to temporary anosmia. More serious conditions that affect the brain or nerves, such as brain tumors or head trauma, can cause permanent loss of smell. Old age sometimes causes anosmia.


Anosmia is frequently caused by a swelling or blockage in the nose that prevents odors from getting to the top of the nose. Anosmia is sometimes caused by a problem with the system that sends signals from the nose to the brain.

Temporary Causes:

  • sinus infections
  • common cold
  • smoking
  • the flu, or influenza
  • allergies (allergic rhinitis)
  • chronic congestion not related to allergies (nonallergic rhinitis)

Permanant causes:

  • old age
  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • brain tumors
  • Hunginton’s disease
  • hormonal problems
  • underactive thyroid
  • medications, including some antibiotics and high blood pressure medications
  • multiple sclerosis
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • schizophrenia
  • epilepsy
  • diabetes
  • exposure to chemicals that burn the inside of your nose
  • brain or head injury
  • brain surgery
  • malnutrition and vitamin deficiencies
  • radiation therapy
  • long-term alcoholism
  • stroke

In rare cases, people are born without a sense of smell due to a genetic condition. This is called congenital anosmia.

Ayurvedic Understanding:

In Ayurveda this condition is referred to as GranaNasha. Grana means smell and nasha refers to loss.This is due to dislodgement of vata dosha at the site of grana (nostrills).The line of treatment mainly aims at alleviating this vata dosha and this is done with the help of special Pancakarma therapies along with our special chintarmani treatments.Apart from therapies our specially prepared traditional Ayurveda and siddha medicines are also given along with diet and life style modifications.

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