Breathing is essential to life. Life begins when you inhale your first breath and ends when you exhale your last. It's an autonomic function we rarely think about, yet breathing affects almost every cell of your body. It oxygenates the blood, revitalising organs, cells and tissues.
Your respiratory system is solely responsible for keeping you breathing. Respiration is achieved through the mouth, nose, trachea, lungs, and diaphragm. When problems occur within the respiratory system the result is ineffective breathing. This can have serious consequences for a number of systems in the body, including the immune, circulatory, nervous and endocrine systems.
Common respiratory disorders include asthma, allergies, sinusitis, bronchitis, colds and flu.
Fortunately there are many natural remedies that can help support a healthy respiratory system.
Reishi mushroom extract has been used in traditional Chinese medicine for more than 4,000 years for its action on the respiratory system. It has been used in the treatment of asthma; to reduce coughs and as an expectorant to clear excess mucous from the lungs.
The herbs sophora and liquorice have also been traditionally used in Chinese medicine to support healthy lung function and regulate the immune system. As such these herbal extracts can also be useful in managing allergies that affect your breathing.
Many ayurvedic herbs are also known to tone the respiratory system. Adhatoda vasica is well known in Ayurvedic medicine for its effects on bronchitis and asthma. Alpina galanga is used for catarrhal problems. Clerodendrum indicum root extract is used for various lung ailments, coughs and asthma. Inula racemosa is considered one of the best rejuvenating tonics for the lungs and ginger has been used for thousands of years to support chest congestion.
Nutrients such as citrus bioflavonoids, vitamin C, probiotics and zinc may also benefit the respiratory system by providing much needed immune support.
Your Naturopath can recommend natural medicines that have been used for thousands of years to successfully support the respiratory system.