CONGESTION RELIEF WITH AYURVEDA
Nothing can be worse than a stuffy nose, blocked airways and persistent coughs. These symptoms are all the body’s way of saying something is not right. Caused either by seasonal allergies, bacterial infections, or a more sinister flu, nasal congestion can ruin more than just your mood.
Pollution, inhalation of dust, pollen and fur can all cause colds. However sometimes, colds can progress further and escalate into a throat infection, chest congestion and cause difficulty in breathing.
Most people shrug off a cold and go about their usual activities; however, this can prove to be extremely risky as without proper relief, sinus inflammation, severe coughs can all present themselves.
While there are several cures for colds including natural substances like honey, lemon and ginger, as well as OTC drugs which can cause some relief, the best way to keep colds at bay is by ayurvedic therapy.
WHAT IS NASYAM?
Nasyam is an ayurvedic treatment which involves pouring gently warmed medicated ghee or oil as per the patient’s condition slowly into the nostrils one by one. The head is kept tilted backwards to allow the herbal remedy to deeply penetrate the sinuses and circulate through the vessels, reducing inflammation and thinning the mucous membranes. The procedure is often accompanied by gentle massage of the shoulders, hands and can be deeply relaxing.
NASYAM FOR CONGESTION RELIEF
Nasyam helps treat excessive kapha dosha in the body. In simple terms, this implies the overall body heat which can lead to conditions such as sinus, headaches, and colds. When partaking in the Nasyam therapy, there is a cooling effect, which helps cause immediate relief from symptoms. This is not only effective in treating colds and coughs, but can also act as a preventive measure when performed regularly. Nasyam is often prescribed by Ayurveda professionals to tackle all problems of the Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT). At the first sign of a cold or cough, undergoing Nasyam can stop the infection in its tracks.
ADDITIONAL BENEFITS OF NASYAM
Nasyam therapy also aids in relieving pressure in the head, cheeks and face, thereby reducing puffiness and promoting fast drainage of sinus cavities. Since the herbal oils penetrate deeply into the body, especially near the head, it can cause immediate clear-headedness and relieve stress. Nasyam refreshes the body and mind thoroughly and can be done regularly to see prolonged benefits. The body also feels cooler and more comfortable post this therapy.
OTHER AYURVEDIC TREATMENTS
Problems such as colds, headaches and sinusitis can be treated by applying lepanam on the forehead and herbal dhoompana. In addition to this, adding regular ayurvedic practices such as Gandoosham (gargling of medicinal herbal liquid) and Kabalam (oil pulling) to your daily routine can help prevent congestion, cold and flu.
During the flu season, look no further than Ayurveda for all the solutions to your nasal problems.