Ayurveda For Respiratory Tract Infection

Respiratory tract infection is a viral infection. Over 20 such viruses are known and they are highly contagious. The infection spreads through normal physical contact like shaking hands and particularly through sneezing and coughing.   

It is of two types – Upper and Lower respiratory infection. Upper respiratory tract infection affects the ear, nose, throat, larynx and sinuses and causes common cold, influenza, sinusitis etc. Lower respiratory infection causes lung abscess, acute bronchitis, and emphysema. Respiratory tract infections are characterised with congested nose, high fever and cough. Smallpox, cold, influenza and pneumonia are the most common form of respiratory tract infections.
Children up to age of 14 are more prone to these infections. Often, these viral infections spread while coming in contact with nasal secretions from an infected person. These secretions carry virus with them. These infections also spread when one breathe air filled with droplets that were coughed or sneezed out by an infected person.

Causes  For Respiratory tract Infection

  • Unhygienic lifestyle
  • Virus such as rhino virus, adeno virus, enter virus, corona virus, influenza virus, par influenza virus and respiratory syncytial virus 
When a virus infects tissues and cells of the respiratory tract, they trigger inflammation and also result in production of mucus. This causes nasal congestion, a runny nose, scratchy throat, and cough, which may last up to 14 days. Sudden high fever, fatigue, chills and body aches are common symptoms of influenza. Other symptoms include:
  • Fever
  • Malaise
  • Ear ache
  • Sneezing
  • Headache
  • Muscle aches
  • Loss of appetite
  • Irritation
  • Inflammation of tonsils
  • Runny nose
  • Sore throat

Ayurvedic Treatment For Respiratory tract infection

Ayurvedic herbal remedies are effective in treating respiratory infections. They contain anti-inflammatory, anti-allergic and antibacterial properties that strengthen the body's resistance against infection especially in the mucosa of the upper respiratory tract. They do not cause side effects even after long term use.
Ayurveda prescribes herbal formulations containing herbs such as Guggulu, Tinospora cordifolia, Rubia cordifolia, Licorice, Emblica officinalis, Moringa pterygosperma etc.
Complete best rest for 2-3 days is recommended
Increased fluid intake is recommended, This helps to thin respiratory secretions

Home remedies For Respiratory tract infection

  • Have plenty of fluids and complete rest
  • Gargle with salt water will give relief from sore throat
  • In case of laryngitis, give rest to throat by not speaking too much or too loudly.
  • Hot and steaming bowl of soup can relieve the nasal congestion and loosen the nasal secretions.
  • Diet with good proteins is recommended. This may include fish, sea food, skinless poultry, egg whites, lean meats, sprouts and low fat dairy products.
  • Sugar as well as refined cereals and grains should be avoided.
  • Lemon juice with warm water will supplement vitamin C which is considered as a very good remedy for respiratory infection
  • Ginger and honey needs to be given to children when affected with respiratory tract infection
  • Inhale steam mixed with mint leaves. This will give relief from nasal congestion and blocked nose.
  • Take 1 glass of betel leaves juice with honey daily to get relief from sneezing
  • Black pepper taken with ghee, sugar and honey also helps to get rid of cough.
  • The juice of betel leaves with honey relieves sneezing.
  • Garlic has antibiotic properties and should be taken raw or in the food.
  • For relief from cough take the juice of onions mixed with jaggery.

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