A healthy lung brings vitality (Prana) and is one of the most important organs in our body. In Ayurveda, lungs are called ‘phuphusa ‘and the whole respiratory system is known as ‘pranavaha srotas’, prana means life and pranavaha srotas are a microchannel through which the air (oxygen) enters the body and sustains life.
Ama is the sticky, slimy product of undigested food or metabolic waste that lowers immunity. When the aggravated Ama spreads in the body, it clogs the channels that carry food to the cells and the channels that remove wastes. The imbalance in lung health is caused by increased Ama in the lungs (pranavaha srotas).
The goal of all treatments and therapies of Ayurveda is to enhance Ojas, which is the opposite of Ama. It is the essence present in every Dhatu, a product of perfect digestion, and enhances health and wellbeing.
Causes of Increased Ama in Lungs
- Improper diet – Consuming heavy, frigid, oily that are hard to break down or eating leftovers the next morning will hamper the digestive system
- Polluted air – Toxin particles like dust, smoke, pollen, and dirt circulating in the air enter the lungs while breathing.
- Seasonal changes – Our body functions differently in each season owing to a different climate. Seasons like early spring & autumn make us especially prone to respiratory problems.
- Exercise – No exercise or extremely strenuous exercise both are harmful to the lungs.
- Emotional grief – An overload of stress or grief can also affect the health of the lungs.
Ayurvedic Ways to Cleanse Lungs
1. Saindhava Lavana (Rock Salt) with Lukewarm Water
Lukewarm water and rock salt play an important role in keeping our lungs naturally clean, healthy, and to get rid of accumulated cough. Ayurveda says Ushna jala (Warm water) and SaindhavaLavana (rock salt) both are Kapha dosha pacifying hence reducing chances for Kapha dosha vitiation. It cleanses the overall respiratory system thus enhancing the performance of the lungs (pranavaha srotas).
2. Herbs and Herbal Teas
- Cardamom – It is an aromatic, refreshing & stimulating herb. Cardamom in diet strengthens the lungs and ignites the digestive fire.
- Eucalyptus –It consists of antioxidants. Eucalyptus boosts the immunity of the lungs, soothes irritated sinus passages, and fights against congestion in the lungs.
- Licorice – This soothing herb is very much effective in dry cough. It softens the mucus membranes of the lungs, throat, and stomach.
- Pippali –It is a powerful lung rejuvenator that helps with asthmatic conditions and eliminates doshas (toxins) from the respiratory system.
- Holy Basil – This sacred refreshing herb removes toxins from the lungs & possesses healing power
Few teas are very effective in detoxifying the lungs and enhancing their performance naturally.
- Pepper and mint- All you have to do is add 3-4 crushed black pepper (Piper longum) along with fresh mint leaves into water and boil.
- Mulethi (Glycyrrhiza glabra) – add one-fourth teaspoon of powdered Mulethi in boiling water. Boil for 2-3 minutes and then pour it in a cup and drink it for lung detoxification.
3. Regular Steam Before Sleeping
If you are having recurrent cough or recurrent dry cough then you may try this before sleep. Add 3-4 drops of camphor oil to the boiling water and then use it for steaming before sleep. It helps in relieving chest congestion, relieves inflammation, and also prevents the accumulation of Kapha Dosha.
4. Exercise, Yoga, and Pranayama
Yoga and Pranayama– These two are the best way to keep the lungs clean
Also, exercises like mild running, some yoga poses like Bhujangasana (Cobra pose), Bow pose, tadasana, and Udhav Mukta asana (Upward facing dog pose). The best way for cleansing and detoxifying the lungs.
Conclusion: Prana is the vital energy or life force, which exists in all living beings. Cleaning nasal passages and sinuses with a saline nasal spray or a neti pot help moisturize the nose while cleaning out any dust, dirt, or pollen. Also, consuming the right ahara (food) & vihara plays a vital part in the healing and strengthening of the lungs. With few diet and lifestyle changes such as a lighter diet (high in fiber and antioxidants), whole grains, nuts, and avoiding drugs, alcohol and smoking will help safeguard your Lungs. Our Ayurvedic Doctors can help you boost your healthy lifestyle. It is advisable to connect with our experts and then make changes to your diet for better results.