Today’s exposure to air pollution in city life and an increasing number of various allergens, make maintaining clean lungs a priority, for a healthy life.
Our Immune system gets deteriorate due to stress, poor sleep, environmental toxins, poor diet and illness.
In Ayurveda “ama”(stored toxins from undigested food) is the main reason for diseases to develop. If the body is unhealthy or has ama, then an environment is created in the body which is prone to get an infection. Indigestion and ama formation prevent nutrients from reaching the tissues and weakens immune function. Cleansing and detoxification can give great immunity and vibrant health.
There are certain herbs which play a major role in building a strong immune system, nourishes and supports the vital respiratory functions.
- Pushkarmool (Inula racemosa): It is a herb useful in pacifying Kapha and Vata. It is used in various medical conditions like fever, asthma, respiratory disorders, chronic cough, sinusitis, It has amazing properties which are anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory, analgesic, anti-allergic, anti-diabetic, expectorant, cardio-protective, immunomodulator. It helps to open and dilate the lung airways. It has expectorant properties and is a potent bronchodilator.
- Krishna Tulsi Leaf ( Ocimum Sanctum): It is a herb used in pacifying Kapha and Vata. Tulsi is a herb that has great importance Ayurveda, the traditional medicine of India. It is a wonderful herb that is helpful in maintaining body temperature to normal. Tulsi leaves are also advantageous in treating influenza, i.e, common cold. It also helps in preventing the infection and boosts the inner strength of the body. It is also helpful in many respiratory disorders, colds, and flu.
- Bibhitaki (Terminalia Belerica): It is indicated in asthma, bronchitis, cough, laryngitis and where there is copious, white or clear phlegm, Bibhitaki can help to clear and dry this congestion. It has also demonstrated the ability to reduce lipid volume in the bloodstream, impacting blood cholesterol levels and heart health.
- Pippali (Piper longum): It removes Ama (toxins) and Kapha from the lungs. Pippali’s rejuvenating qualities help to strengthen the immune system. It improves metabolism (as mentioned), promotes healthy circulation, strengthens reproductive functions, and supports a healthy liver. But its most celebrated power lies in its ability to rejuvenate the lungs and respiratory system. The warming energy of pippali stimulates prana Agni, the fire principle present in the respiratory tract, long pepper is an incredibly nourishing herb to the respiratory system. Its pungent qualities give it the ability to remove congested stagnation and mucous that may be influencing chronic and degenerative conditions in the lungs. It naturally relieves shortness of breath. It also relieves congestion caused by dust and smoke.
Contraindication: Pregnant ladies, attempting to conceive should avoid these herbs or should be taken under medical supervision.