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Respiratory Health - Herbs to boost lung power

13 July, 2021 Ananya Das

Respiration keeps us alive so, is the importance of our respiratory system with lungs at the center of operation of this system. A problem in any part of this system causes the malfunctioning of the complete system and makes life hard.

Everyone knows even mild breathlessness drives us crazy, making us feel uneasy. But there are furthermore acute and chronic diseases that affect or occur in our respiratory system.

Some of the crucial respiratory diseases originating and affecting the lungs primarily, also known as lung diseases, are:

  • Airway diseases: In these, the airways which perform the work of carrying inhaled and exhaled air in and out of our body are affected and thus cause the airways to block or get narrow. Some of such diseases are asthma, bronchiectases, etc.
  • Lung tissue diseases: These are also known as restrictive lung diseases where the lung tissue structure is affected and causes inflammation in the tissue which makes it hard for the lungs to expand properly. Therefore, the difficulty is faced in the intake and release of oxygen and carbon dioxide respectively. Such type of disease includes pulmonary fibrosis and sarcoidosis.
  • Lung circulation diseases: Here the blood vessels in the lungs either gets clotted or suffer inflammation which reduces the ability of lungs to inhale or exhale air, even causes the problem in the functioning of the heart. This disease makes it difficult for the patients to perform any energetic, exhaustive activity. Pulmonary hypertension is one of its kind.

Some of the common lung diseases include:

  • Pneumonia (lung infection)
  • Pulmonary embolus (blocked ling artery)
  • Pulmonary edema (fluid buildup in lungs)
  • Lung cancer
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)

Looking at the statistics worldwide, we find that globally every year approximately 5 million people die of any kind of lung disease and approximately 70 million people suffer from these.

If we consider closely, we will find that the major cause of lung disease is smoking, microbial infection, air pollution, or any kind of gene disorder. The changes we can do to the surrounding are very limited since it is a collective task. Unless everyone understands the importance of keeping our air clean, we won’t be able to reduce the pollution of our atmosphere. But what we can do is to quit and stay safe from the items that adversely affect our health and especially respiratory system like that of smoking. Quitting smoking not only saves us but also our neighbors and atmosphere.

But, still, the danger of the disease due to other factors persists. We can’t predict its occurrence. So, what we can do is to try to strengthen our systems lung’s power so it can fight any kind of adverse impact on it and protect itself and the body.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For the boost up of the lung power, we can perform yoga asanas especially pranayamas (breathing exercises that help to open up the airways and clean it up from all residual air), or eat healthy with lung power-boosting elements/items.

So, let us look at some of the herbs that provide a healthy life and functioning to our lungs and respiratory system:

  • Schisandra: This herb is used for a long to prepare medicines due to its antioxidant properties. It is efficacious in treating dryness. Thus, promoting lung health.
  • Plantain: These belong to the banana family and possess mucilage which provides lungs moisture and coolness. Thus by supporting the mucous membrane. It soothes lung irritation, strengthens and clears it, and provides a healthy immune response.
  • Licorice: It poses an active ingredient, glycyrrhizic acid, that makes it a trusted herb among traditional practitioners to make medicines that promote lung functioning, strengthens the respiratory system, and provides a healthy mucous membrane.
  • Mullein: This herb is dried and used to prepare tea for long back in time. Its tea consumption supports pulmonary and respiratory functions.
  • Nettle: This herb is a member, traditional ayurvedic medicines preparation for providing relief from inflammation and promotes lungs, sinus, and upper respiratory health. It helps to support the proper functioning of lungs during season changes and protects us from environmental pollutants
  • Elecampane: This herb is a member of the sunflower family. It contains inulin which supports healthy immune function and maintains healthy lungs with a well-built respiratory system.
  • Bayberry or lichi: These herbs have high tannin content and provide warming properties. It makes this herb ideal for supporting the body’s natural defense system during season changes and promotes healthy lungs and respiratory systems.