It is no secret that the air we breathe today is impure, and the number of lung-related diseases is on a steady rise. Respiratory function is on a decline, and there is a spike in the need for natural solutions. People are turning to the lap of nature to find cures for ailments that human destruction has brought about. Antioxidants are said to prevent damage and the natural treatment plans for COPD and asthma are being increasingly preferred.
Here at Swaantana, we bask in that very lap of nature. Allow us to take you on a short informative article that helps us understand how naturopathy can alleviate the condition of those suffering from respiratory disorders.
What Is Naturopathy?
Naturopathy is often seen as a unique blend of science and tradition and is steeped in philosophy, often comparable to an art. Naturopathy does not treat all patients the same. Rather than treat the symptoms, the cause of the problem is taken into consideration.
Naturopathy believes in the uniqueness of each client and provides personalised treatment solutions accordingly. Understanding the most common lung disorders ensures an effective understanding of the treatment plans as well.
The Most Common Lung Diseases:
1. Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD):
COPD is one of the leading lung diseases in the modern world. It is caused by extended exposure to lung irritants such as chemical fumes, polluted air or smoking, which is known to be the leading cause of COPD. There is an abnormal build-up of mucus, which progressively worsens, making it harder to breathe for the patient. Though there is no cure for it, treatment for COPD certainly exists that helps manage the condition better.
Asthma is the most common lung disorder and is often contracted at childhood. There is no one cause, but it is usually said that the bodily reaction to allergens entering the airway irritates in the form of coughing and wheezing. The airway swells and does not allow for natural breathing.
3. Chronic Bronchitis:
This disorder is a variation of COPD. Bronchitis causes a similar build-up of mucus which leads to inflammation and coughing. The airway is constantly inflamed as chronic bronchitis, often lasts months on end. Some of the signs of chronic bronchitis include incessant coughing, wheezing, whistling sound while breathing, and a tightening of the chest.
Multiple natural therapies can help manage these respiratory issues easily. Let’s take a look at them.
Naturopathic Approaches To Lung Conditions
It is said that all ailments find their cure in the forests of nature. Similarly, there are numerous naturopathic approaches to treating lung conditions.
Let us begin with an outline of the naturopathy treatment for Asthma, as it is the most pervasive of the diseases. One of the major causes of Asthma is allergies, which often arise from the food we consume. It is therefore important to first prepare a diet that is suitable for the individual.
Often dairy, certain nuts and meats increase the production of mucus. Foods like these must be avoided. Vegetables that have a higher alkaline content, as well as food that promotes the production of moisture are to be consumed the most.
Antioxidants can prevent damage in relation to chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. The lung is a site with a high concentration of O2 molecules. When they become unstable, they cause reactive effects that may lead to the overproduction of mucus. This in turn leads to constriction and prevention of tissue repair.
To reduce the action of the same, antioxidants can be employed. Since mucus build-up is often a major cause for COPD, the antioxidants will effectively remove the threat of excessive oxygen molecules and reduce the risk of an attack. Diet plays an important role in this aspect, where the consumption of fruits and vegetables rich in Vitamin A, C and E have been seen to improve the condition of patients with COPD.
- Exercise and Yoga
One of the requirements for the treatment of lung disorders is the extensive use of the lungs to promote healthy breathing habits. Exercises that create a need for full capacity breathing are of primary importance. Exercising the diaphragm is important and simple activities such as walking and cycling can go a long way in the treatment of the same.
Arm and leg extensions are said to improve breathing. Swimming and breathing exercises are often recommended to improve lung capacity. Learning how to breathe properly – with long nasal inhalation and longer exhalations – is important as this can go a long way in improving the functioning of the lungs.
Pranayam, a simple practice of controlled breathing, is an integral part of a treatment plan for Asthmatic patients. Clinical studies have shown that patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease have shown significant improvement through the practice of Pranayam.
The extensive breathing practice helps to expand the lungs and improve the capacity of the lungs, thereby helping an individual breathe more freely. Massaging of the chest and back are recommended, including steam sessions that are extremely helpful post asthmatic attacks.
- Allergens and Triggers
A screening of triggers and allergies is a must in such cases. Environmental allergens such as animal fur, pollen, rugs, cigarette smoke, etc., can have a pronounced effect on the asthmatic individual. The sensitivity of the airway to certain allergens can be more than others, and these must be kept in mind during the screening. One of the basic steps is to avoid the triggers completely, as much as possible.
Vitamin C is one of the best-known supplements for the treatment of lung disorders. It has been used since ancient times for the treatment of Pneumonia as a simple antioxidant. To improve Vitamin C content in the body, vegetables such as broccoli, spinach and other green leafy vegetables must be consumed. Oranges, strawberries, and papaya are also rich sources of Vitamin C and can assist in the treatment of lung disorders.
- Extracting Phlegm the Natural Way
Phlegm and mucus build-up in the lungs is seen to be one of the primary causes of lung problems. This phlegm can be removed from the body in several methods, without the requirement of medication.
One of the methods is to engage in controlled coughing. Short, sharp coughs when performed are often useful in spitting up the phlegm. Uncontrolled coughing can lead to more congestion, but controlled coughing helps to clear the lungs of some of the mucus.
How Does Swaantana Help With Lung Disorders?
At Swaantana, we focus on Natural Therapies in the treatment protocols. One of our integral practices is that of Yogic Kriyas – the ancient method of internal cleansing. The nasal passage is cleaned as this is where the impurities often accumulate. We believe in the process of Neti or nose cleaning as an important aspect of lung treatments.
To promote normal breathing, you will be instructed in the ways of correct breathing, as well as breathing exercises. Our Naturopathic experts will lead you into breathing exercises that expand your diaphragm and help fill your lungs to full capacity.
Regular exercise will improve the way you breathe and assist with any discomfort. Through Nasyakarma (medication through nasal passage), our natural medicine doctors will introduce naturopathic elements to cleanse your body from the inside and break the roots of the disease.
Facial steaming is an important part of our treatment for lung disorders. The warmth of the steam is unutilized to soften the collected phlegm, which allows it to be removed from the body with ease. The diet of our clients also comes under the purview of our treatment plan.
Our Nutrition experts will provide you with a mineral and vitamin-based diet that is designed to cleanse the body and provide it with the essential nutrients required to combat all lung disorders.
At Swaantana, you will breathe fresh and breathe free. If you are suffering from lung or breathing disorders, then contact our Naturopathic expert today.