Bronchitis or chronic chest infection is a type of infection wherein the passage to the lungs get infected or inflamed. When the bronchial tubes are inflamed, it can lead to building of mucus inside the walls. Owing to the presence of mucus, it becomes extremely difficult for people to breathe. Constant coughing can also be associated sign of chest infection.
There are two stages of bronchitis namely acute and chronic. Acute bronchitis can last up for few days; however, coughing may persist. Chronic bronchitis is even more severe and can last for an even longer period of time, ranging from 3 months to even 2 years or more.
As per the ayurvedic belief, bronchitis can be caused because of troubles in Kapha Dosha. Ayurveda believes that the main cause of this disease is because of the imbalance that is generated. It is important that the right balance of the body is restored for the sake of getting the right treatment for a disease.
Ayurveda believes that bronchitis can occur due to a mix of digestion issues, poor diet, lifestyle problems, accumulation of toxins in respiratory tract and even lowering down of the immunity of the body as well. Hence, ayurveda believes that there can be a lot of different reasons.
Herbal Remedies of Bronchitis and Chronic Cough
Following herbs have been used traditionally to alleviate excess cough and help with bronchitis:
Mulethi (Glycyrrhiza glabra)
Pushkarmool (Inula racemosa)
Giloy (Tinospora cordifolia)
Long pepper ( Piper longum)
Panchkarma actually infers to an amalgamation of five different treatments, which aid in detoxification of your body. As bronchitis is believed to be caused because of imbalance in the body, this ayurvedic treatment method helps in getting relief from pain and can also aid in efficient and regular breathing as well.
Depending on the specific cause of a respiratory disorder, the Ayurvedic doctor may recommend one of the following Panchkarma Detox therapies for cleansing of ama/toxins from the body. These therapies should only be prescribed by a qualified aurvedic doctor and should be performed under close supervision of same.
Vamana (vomiting): Therapeutic vomiting helps to get rid of the excess mucus in the respiratory tract that causes imbalance in kapha dosha.
Virechana (purgation): This medicated purgation therapy helps to cleanse the toxins from the gall bladder and liver.
Vasti ( Herbal Enema): This medicated enema therapy is performed by the introduction of a medicated oil, milk, ghee or a herbal decoction preparation into the rectum. This enema allows the elimination of toxins through the feces.
Nasyam (Instillation of Herbal nasal drops): Nasyam is a therapy in which a herbal juice or a medicated oil is administered through the nose. This helps to remove the excessive doshas that may have accumulated in the throat and the sinuses, giving relief from respiratory problems.
Breathing exercises, called pranayama, helps to improve the lung function and also reduces the frequency of symptoms in patients with chronic respiratory problems. There are different types of breathing exercises that help in different conditions.
For example, Sukha Pranayama or anulom vilom or alternate nostril breathing helps patients with wheezing and hay fever. In this technique, the right nostril is first closed with the right thumb as the person inhales through the left nostril.Now the right nostril is released, the left nostril is closed with the right ring finger as the breath is exhaled through the right nostril.
Other types of breathing exercises may also be prescribed such as Bhastrika Pranayama, which works well for congestion, and Ujjayi Pranayama, which help to improve immunity so that respiratory health is maintained.
Some yoga postures may be helpful in people who suffer from chronic respiratory disorders. When these are performed on a regular basis, they help to reduce the frequency as well as the severity of the symptoms. Some of the generally prescribed yogasanas include Surya Namaskara (Sun salutation), Sarvanagasana (Shoulder Pose), Bhujangasana (Cobra Pose) and Shalabhasana (Grasshopper Pose).
Along with medication, therapy, yogasana and breathing exercises, Ayurveda also recommends certain lifestyle and dietary changes such as:
If you wish to enquire more information on Bronchitis Ayurvedic Natural Treatment in Melbourne, you may contact us at Pure Herbal Ayurved Clinic.
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Disclaimer: The information on ayurvedic products and medicines on our website is for educational purposes only. One should not buy these products over the counter. These should only be taken after ayurvedic consultation with an ayurvedic practitioner. The uses and indications of these herbal products are based on Traditional Ayurvedic text books. These herbs should be supplemented with appropriate diet and lifestyle to get beneficial effects. Although there is a lot of research done on Ayurveda these days, yet these herbal products might not hold enough current research based evidence.
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