An overview of treating Respiratory Diseases
Do you know that our body continuously performs certain movements unconsciously? These movements are built into the body-mind wiring and are done without any conscious effort or command from the mind. One of these movements or activities is breathing. Breathing is one of the most basic, the most overlooked, and yet, the most important function that the body performs. No thought is given to the breathing pattern as people keep moving in and out of their busy schedules throughout the day. Not many realize that because of certain respiratory disorders, they don’t get to breathe properly and fall in the risk of getting health problems in the year to come.
People who would identify with the above said words, would often be the ones who have allergies, bronchitis, or asthma. However, understanding these problems better and taking the proper care and medication, under the right guidance, can help breathe back life into the individual. The type of breathing problem in the individual is irrelevant. As long as the above steps are carried out properly, the person will be able to live a productive and active lifestyle. Thus, the correct treatment of respiratory diseases is the key to a normal life.
It is a fact that diseases and of the lungs and respiratory system are one of the most common diseases in the world. Many diseases are caused due to smoking. While others can be caused because of genetics, infections, etc. The lungs perform thousands of contractions and expansions each day, to bring in the oxygen and remove the carbon dioxide. A problem in any port of the lungs/respiratory system can lead to a disease/disorder. Our trachea (also called the windpipe) divides into sets of branches that are known as bronchi. These bronchi then divide into smaller tubes that lead into the lungs.
Treatment of respiratory diseases depends on the understanding of this respiratory system. The exchange of air between our body and the atmosphere is called breathing while the exchange of air between the lungs and the cells of the body, is called respiration. The oxygen is taken by the lungs and passed on into the blood. The blood then carries the oxygen to the various parts of the body. The cells need oxygen to keep working and growing. The fact that we breathe 25,000 times a day indicates the amount of oxygen that our body constantly needs.
When it comes to treatment of breathing disorders, natural or herbal treatment is always better than conventional methods. Ayurveda is proven from ancient times. Ayurveda takes care of the root of the disease and continues to strengthen the body so that it doesn’t succumb to the disease again. In fact, incorporating Ayurvedic practices also takes care of any other disorders in the body. The internal health and hormonal balance of the body are restored, which automatically makes the body healthy and prepared for the days to come.
Treatment of respiratory diseases depends on a number of factors. For example, if the condition is because of an acute respiratory infection, then the treatment method will be different. There are two ways in which acute respiratory infection attacks the respiratory system. It can either attack the upper respiratory system or the lower respiratory system. The upper respiratory system begins at the sinuses and ends somewhere near the throat. The lower respiratory system begins at the throat and ends at the lungs. Such acute infections may be dangerous for people with low immunity, old people, and children.
Another major factor in respiratory disorders is pollution in the air. This pollution is prevalent throughout the world. The air present in our surroundings contains dust, pollen and other impurities. This makes our bodies further prone to diseases. Following are the allergic symptoms commonly seen :
- Labored breathing
- Eyes becoming itchy/watery
- Runny nose
- Congested nasal passages
- Congestion in chest
- Painful coughing
Proven Ayurvedic herbs to treat respiratory problems from the root
Ayurveda has proven herbs which can powerfully work on the root cause of the respiratory problems get rid of it from the root.
- Adhatoda Vasica (Adulsa) – Proven to relieve asthma and wheezing
- Ocimum Sanctum (Tulsi) – Anti-allergic and immune booster. Thus relief from frequent allergies
- Turmeric (Haldi) – Anti-inflammatory. Relieves respiratory blockages, inflammation and fights infections
- Ginger (Adrak) – Boost immunity. Anti-allergic. Proven to liquefy and digest the sputum
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Author of the Blog: Dr. Hemang Parekh
Expert Review By: Dr Smita Pankaj Naram
Co-Founder, Ayushakti Ayurved Pvt Ltd