Ayurvedic herbs for your lungs
Our respiratory system never stops working. Have you ever thought about it? It keeps working when we’re walking, standing, eating, jumping, running, and even sleeping. Throughout the day, every day, it is the primary process through which oxygen enters the body. Unfortunately, respiration is also the pathway through which pollution spreading particles, irritants, dust particles, mould, fungi, harmful organisms, and other toxic substances. Unless you walk around with a HAZMAT suit throughout, the constant intake of all the impurities and toxic substances can create havoc in the body. However, whether you’re experiencing the disadvantages of inhaling all the harmful particles, or just interested in making sure that your lungs be pure and healthy throughout your life, mother nature has provided a number of herbs and plants that have remarkable effects on the lungs.
Ayurvedic herbs for lungs are available all around us. One just needs to be aware of what to use, and when. Bala, which translates into “strength,” is the ayurvedic term for the western concept of immunity. There are two major factors that affect bala, and they are ama and ojas. Ama is the sticky by-product of the food that is left undigested. Ama decreases the efficacy of the body’s immune systems. It does this by clogging or blocking the channels that perform the important function of carrying food products to the cells and further, carrying waste products out of the cells. Ama also obstructs the finer micro-channels that form an important part of the immune system. All these blocked channels can lead to a cesspool of infection and other particles that affect the body’s functioning. Ojas is the opposite of w.r.t. ama. It is a result of perfect digestion, and enhances the bodies immune system, purifies the mind and the consciousness that resides within. Ojas helps maintain good health, and most of the Ayurvedic treatments focus on enhancing Ojas in the body. Ojas is represented by health, happy feelings, elation, feeling of lightness, strong immunity and complete bodily strength. There is a theory in the ancient texts of Ayurveda called the Land and the Seed theory. The body is considered land where the seeds are spread. Now, if the seeds of Ama are spread, then the result of the fruits will always be ill health and misery. On the other hand, if the seeds of Ojas are spread, the body will always have strong immunity and strength from within.
Ayurvedic herbs for lungs is one of the ways of planting the right seeds in the body. Without the right seeds, the body will simply deteriorate and the person will forever be suffering from ill-health. Our respiratory system is a complicated and dense network of channels and systems that carry prana or chi or Qi or ki(the vital life-force), along with oxygen or O2. The lungs receive prana and O2 through the air that we breathe in through the nostrils (and sometimes, the mouth). Chronic lung diseases, such as Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), bronchitis, asthma, common cough and cold and problems in breathing are some types of lung problems that involve damage to the lungs.
Ayurvedic herbs for lungs seem like the only way to take care of lung problems that affect a number of people. Bibhitaki is an exotic fruit that is found throughout the country. It is the size of a walnut and has an astringent taste to it. The Triphala composition includes this exact herb of Bibhitaki, as Bibhitaki is extremely useful to reduce any symptoms of Kapha disorder. Therefore, Bibhitaki can be used whenever there is any sort of Kapha disorder in any part of the body. Because of the astringent taste, it tends to absorb the micro-water particles present in the Kapha dosha. Bibhitaki, and sometimes its shell is used to cure any kind of oral problems.
Similarly, there are many such herbs that have multi-purpose benefits in healing the body, especially the lungs and other aspects of the respiratory tract. With so many different herbs that are prescribed by the Ayurvedic system of knowledge, an individual can easily harness their power to heal, and bring in loads of relief from respiratory problems, once and for all. After all, everyone has a right to a sigh of relief.
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Author of the Blog: Dr. Rajeshri Mehta
Expert Review By: Dr Smita Pankaj Naram
Co-Founder, Ayushakti Ayurved Pvt Ltd