As soon as the winter begins, the risk of toxic smog increases in places like Delhi-NCR and others. Smog is a combination of fog and suspended pollutants in the air from smoke and other pollution that mixes with water vapour. The country’s capital grabs headlines for dense smog, which not only has a negative environmental impact but also a health impact. The increase in smog automatically causes breathing problems, sore throat, itchiness and much more. However, one of the biggest dangers is to the lungs.
As per Ayurveda doctor, Jitendra Sharma, from Balrampur Hospital, Lucknow, too much exposure to smog can harm the lungs and increase the risk of lung cancer. The main function of the lungs is to draw air from the atmosphere, filter, oxygen and then deliver it to the bloodstream and rest of the body. It is also responsible for removing carbon dioxide from the body. Lungs protect us by maintaining the pH balance of the body. There are many types of medicines and remedies that people follow. However, the expert recommends three Ayurvedic herbs that will not only keep the lungs healthy but also protect them from pollution.
One of the most powerful herbs in Ayurveda is Triphala. Triphala is a combination of two Sanskrit words- Tri, meaning, three and Phala means fruit. This means Triphala is a combination of three different fruits, which are Amla, Haritaki and Bibhitaki. Amla or Indian gooseberry is a powerhouse of antioxidants while Bibhitaki helps against bronchitis, asthma, eye disease and other problems. Haritaki is excellent for treating ulcers. Dry these ingredients and then grind them using mortar and pencil. Make these into powders in the ratio of 1:2:4. This antidote is excellent in cleaning the lungs and is considered to be a good source of anti-bacterial anti-inflammatory properties. Add a hundred milligrams of Triphala in 1 litre of water and boil it until the water reduces to half.
According to research submitted to the National Library of Medicine, Tulsi has been found to protect the organs and tissues in the body against chemical stress from industrial pollutants, heavy metals, physical stress from excessive physical exertion and exposure to cold and noise. Tulsi is known to counter metabolic stress by normalising, blood, glucose, blood pressure and lipid levels and psychological stress. Daily consumption of Tulsi can help prevent diseases, promote general health, and boost, immunity and health in breathing better. You can consume dry Tulsi leaves with catechu, Menthol and cardamom, in equal quantities. You can also add powdered sugar or honey. This will help you get rid of the dirt accumulated in the lungs.
Licorice or mulethi
Liquorice roots are also known as Mulethi excellent for the body. It has anti-inflammatory properties that can soothe irritated airways and reduce inflammation in the lungs. It can promote healthy lung function and clear respiratory congestion. It is an excellent way of detoxing your lungs from pollution. It helps in getting rid of the thick mucus that is accumulated in the lungs and even the throat. To make an herbal tea from licorice boil the sticks in water and separate slowly. You can add a spoonful of honey to this water.
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