Lungs are important organs in the human body that help us to take in life-giving oxygen and to expel toxins through the process of exhalation. It is essential to keep the lungs in good health for us to lead healthy lives. The respiratory system is made up of the nose, pharynx, larynx, trachea, bronchi, and lungs, and damage to any of these organs may lead to inhaling of harmful toxins and pollutants, causing coughing, wheezing and watery eyes in the short term and severe lung damage in the longer term. Ayurvedic products such as Ayush Kwath and Nayopyam Kashaya can cure your respiratory issues.
Our respiratory system is compromised not only by the pollutants and dust in the air but the nutrients in the food that we consume, the state of our gastrointestinal tract, our sleep patterns, and our stress or anxiety levels. When the Kapha dosha in the body is distorted, it results in excessive production of phlegm in the lungs and throat causing congestion, cough and breathing difficulties. Ayurveda recommends a balanced diet (including herbs like turmeric and tulsi, spices like cinnamon and black pepper as well as ghee and natural honey), active lifestyle, seasonal therapies and the intake of Ayurvedic formulations like Dashamoolakatutraya Kashaya tablets and Ayush Kwath to improve the body’s immunity and keep the lungs healthy. Ayurvedic therapies like Nasya (using sesame oil or Anutailam) help to correct imbalances in the Kapha dosha, improve blood circulation, and boost the health and functioning of the respiratory tract.
Seasonal fluctuations can bring a spate of diseases including the common cold and cough. Left untreated, this could cause clogged sinuses, chest congestion, and breathlessness. Foods like flaxseeds, seasonal fruits rich in Vitamin C, and nuts like almonds can help the body to resist the onslaught of viruses that cause the common cold and cough. Home remedies for cough and sore throat include the consumption of a brew of Tulsi (holy basil), turmeric and black pepper, turmeric milk, and hot water gargles. Ayurvedic formulations like Dashamool Cough Syrup, Elakanadi Kashaya, and Antussin capsules are used to treat cold and chronic cough by clearing kapha from the region of the chest and strengthening respiratory function. Home remedies for breathlessness and wheezing include steam inhalation and consumption of Ayurvedic drinks like ginger and cardamom teas.
Asthma is a common inflammatory disease of the airways that causes breathing difficulties, coughing, and tightness in the chest with symptoms usually becoming worse in the early mornings or at night. According to Ayurveda, people who have a dominant Pitta dosha are more likely to get asthma. Breathing problem home remedies that have been used by people include honey, cloves, and herbal teas made by blending Ajwain, tulsi (holy basil), pepper, and ginger. There is no permanent cure for asthma but Ayurveda has medications that can help the person to maintain the lungs in good condition and get relief from breathing difficulties. Kanakasavam is an Ayurvedic preparation in a mild alcohol base used for breathing problem treatment that improves respiratory health and ensures ease of breathing. Balajeerakadi is a herbal decoction that has a distinct ‘vata-hara’ action in the upper respiratory tract and lungs. It also resolves breathing difficulties, is a way to improve digestion, reduced bowel motility, is an Ayurvedic medicine for stomach bloating and pain, intestinal gas, constipation, and specific Panchakarma therapies are also very good for asthmatic patients which involves detoxification and building immunity in the body.
Ayurveda prescribes treatment to reduce the Kapha dosha imbalances which help a person suffering from allergic bronchitis to breathe comfortably. The Panchakarma therapies and Rasayanas help to improve the body’s resistance to respiratory diseases by balancing the Vata, Kapha, and pitta doshas in the body and help in reducing hypersensitivity to allergens. This helps to lower the intensity and frequency of episodes of breathing difficulties. Herbs like Ashwagandha and Triphala also help to strengthen the immune system and the respiratory organs.
Ayurvedic Products like Bhadranarvadi Kashaya which is having a combination of Devadaru (Cedrus deodara), Tagara (Valeriana wallichi), Kushta (Saussurea lappa), Bala (Sida cordifolia), and Dasamoola (the group of ten anti-inflammatory roots) which helps in breathing difficulties.