The quality of lifestyle you live today, the type of food you consume, seasonal changes and other environmental factors lead to accumulation of toxic substances in your body. The air you inhale everyday is polluted with harmful dust particles, smoke, chemical pollutants, etc., leading to respiratory diseases. To save and clean your body from these toxins you can make use of ‘Panchakarma’ an ayurvedic therapy. In ayurvedic treatment, Panchakarma has gained popularity over time as it is very effective and quick in detoxifying your body and guarding it against several diseases.
Causes of respiratory diseases
There can be several causes leading to respiratory diseases but mainly it is caused due to bacterial infection of the viral organism. When these bacteria or virus enter your body it tries to fight against it which leads to saturation of mucus inside bronchioles that further lead to breathing issues.
Panchakarma therapy for respiratory issues
Based upon the type of respiratory issue you are facing, your ayurvedic doctor will advise you to follow any of the following Panchakarma therapy in order to throw away the disease-causing toxins from your body.
Nasyam (inserting herbal nasal drops)
During this therapy, medicinal oil or herbal liquid extracts are put in your nose to remove the accumulated ‘doshas’ or dirt/toxins in the sinuses and throat. These drops enter the respiratory organs connected through the nose and clear all paths thus leading to normal breathing.
In this type of therapy, you have to undergo systematic treatment. The steps may include anyone from, fomentation (application of moist and hot material applied on any part of the body) or oleation (application of fatty products internally or externally). Virechana clears toxins not only from the respiratory organs but also from the liver and gall bladder.
Vasti (herbal enema)
In Vashti therapy medicated oil, milk, ghee or any herbal extract is inserted into your body through the rectum. Even though this therapy is best for ‘Vata’, related disorders it is very beneficial in excreting body toxins through feces.
With the help of Vanama or therapeutic vomiting, the excess mucus accumulated in the respiratory tract is removed. During this therapy, ‘Kapha’ exacerbation foods items are given to the patients followed by heat application on the chest and back to liquidize the ‘Kapha’. Post this; the patient is given a herbal drink to induce vomiting in order to remove the blockage causing toxins or ‘Kapha’ out of the body through vomiting. The patient is then given a ghee-applied steam bath.
Ayurvedic remedies for respiratory infections
Black pepper seeds have an alkaloid know as piperine that has anti-inflammatory properties. These natural properties of black pepper seeds are very beneficial in clearing the mucus and widening the bronchioles, which leads to trouble-free breathing.
Tulsi leaves have immunomodulatory properties, which help your body to fight various infections. In addition, it contains antioxidants, which hinder the action of enzymes that cause irritation in the respiratory system.
Turmeric contains curcumin pigment, which has several anti-viral, anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties that help in solving many respiratory issues.
Lifestyle changes to make for respiratory health
1. If you are a smoker, quit smoking as soon as you can because smoking lets cancerous toxins enter your lungs leading to chronic respiratory diseases.
2. Practice yoga asana like Surya Namaskara, Bhujangasana, Sarvangasana, etc., for relief from chronic respiratory disease and development of a healthy respiratory system.
3. Avoid eating foods that are not easy to digest.
4. Avoid staying awake until late at night.
5. Avoid chronic stress.
6. Do not eat junk food.
7. Avoid the intake of cold water.
Apart from this, you can also practice ‘Pranayama’ or breathing exercises on a daily basis to strengthen your respiratory organs and maintain good respiratory health.