Treats Ayurveda bronchitis

Sore throat and hoarseness

Treat with Ayurvedic and local medicinal plants

Our organism is now confronted with colder autumn weather. If we have found a balance between activity and resting phases, we will very likely have enough strength reserves and heat stores to cope with it. Because autumn is a damp and cool season in which Kapha predominates, but Vata is also activated by the frequent storms. But especially in the transitions between the seasons, the doshas quickly get out of balance, and many people then have to do with mild colds, sore throats or respiratory diseases.

In Ayurveda we differentiate between three main symptoms, each of which stands for a group of diseases:

  1. Runny nose (rhinitis, pratisyaya) including sinusitis (sinusitis)
  2. Cough (kasa)
  3. Asthma (dyspnea, shvasa)

The first group also includes tonsillitis (tonsillitis) and inflammation of the throat (pharyngitis). In Ayurveda this is called kantharaga, literally "reddening of the neck".

Causes of Kantharaga

Localized pitta causes irritation, hoarseness, and coughing.
At the first signs such as a slight scratchy throat or hoarseness, gargling with triphala tea or tea made from dried ginger powder (sipped every hour) is highly recommended. Chewing on one or two cloves (Lavangadi) can also help directly, as cloves have a slightly antibiotic effect.

You should protect yourself from the cold and wind and keep your head and neck warm. Avoid psychological stress such as grief, worry, and anger; very dry eating and suppressing natural urges.

  • In the case of Vata-related colds, only warm water should be used for washing and drinking. Oily, sour and warm dishes as well as broths are preferred. Gargle with warm salt water and avoid physical exertion and psychological stress.
  • In the case of pitta-related colds, ghee, milk, barley, rice, wheat, meat broth from wild animals are recommended in the diet, as well as cooling and non-acidic meat, bitter vegetables and mung.
  • If you have a cold caused by Kapha, you should first avoid all dairy products. Trikatu is highly recommended.
  • A principle of folk medicine says: "A person heals best through what grows in his environment." Because what has to cope with the same nutrients, light sources and temperatures as ourselves is biologically similar - and can therefore be easily absorbed. Our native plants have another advantage: They are very well researched. Over the centuries, a huge treasure trove of knowledge and experience has been gathered, which we can apply according to Ayurvedic principles. If the neck is flushed (kantharaga), two tried and tested native plants are recommended.

Ormennig (Agrimonia eupatoria)

The Odermennig is also called "Sängerkraut", because speakers and singers in particular cultivate their voices with Odermennig tea. Due to its high content of tannins, it has an inhibiting effect on inflammation and against the development of harmful microorganisms in the mucous membranes. Its bitter substances stimulate the appetite and bile as well as generally invigorating. Flavonoids have anti-inflammatory and antibiotic effects. Accompanying substances are a little essential oil, silica, mucilage. The totality of all ingredients makes up the medicinal effect.

The Ayurvedic properties are

  • Taste (Rasa): astringent, bitter
  • Energy (Virya): sita (cooling)
  • Effect after digestion (Vipaka): katu (spicy)
  • Effect on the doshas: reducing Pitta and Kapha and slightly increasing Vata

Indications

Pharyngitis, overexertion or inflammation of the vocal cords, all diseases of the larynx, hoarseness, stomach acid deficiency, digestive disorders after eating high-fat food, slight diarrhea.

Making a tea

Pour 1 teaspoon of orchid with 1 cup of boiling water, let it steep for 10 minutes and strain; Drink 3 cups a day until the symptoms subside. This tea mixture is also suitable for gargling.

tincture

Put 20g of dried redwood in 100 ml of 70% alcohol, let it steep for 10 days, strain, dilute with 2-3 parts of water before use, gargle with this solution 3-4 times a day.
Reports about the healing power of the Odermennig have been handed down from antiquity. Today it disappears from the wild, mainly due to the use of chemicals in agriculture and forestry. Therefore, one begins to cultivate it for drug production. It is still one of the most important drugs in this country.

Sage (Salvia officinalis)

Salvia comes from salvere, to heal. Ancient and medieval medicine valued the sage and used it frequently. In China, sage was already being used around 3ooo BC. Chr. Mentioned medicinally. The Celtic Druids even believed that sage could bring the dead to life.

Active ingredients

essential oil, tannins, bitter substances, flavonoids. The ingredients have a disinfecting and astringent effect.

The Ayurvedic properties are

  • Property (Guna): easy
  • Taste (Rasa): astringent, bitter, spicy
  • Effect (Virya): sita (cooling)
  • Effect after digestion (Vipaka): sharp
  • Doshas: reducing kapha and vata, increasing pitta
  • Specific effect (Prabhava): antiperspirant, heart soothing
  • Healing effects for: sore throats, flu-like infections, throat and gum infections, flatulence, intestinal inflammation, diarrhea, when weaning (inhibits milk flow), with excessive sweating (hyperhydrosis) and stomach inflammation.

Recipes for strep throat and hoarseness

  • Chewing a sage leaf works against bad breath
  • Tea: Pour 1 tablespoon of fresh or dried sage leaves with ¼ liter of hot water. Let it steep for 10 minutes, strain, drink 2-3 cups a day or gargle until the symptoms subside.
  • Tincture: Mix 20g of dried sage leaves with 100 ml of 60-70% alcohol, let stand for 10 days, strain and fill into a dropper bottle. Dilute with 2 parts water before use.
  • Gargle: mixed with chamomile 1: 1
  • Side effects: Sage should not be taken internally during pregnancy. Nursing mothers should also avoid sage, as the plant inhibits the flow of milk. Larger amounts of sage can lead to dizziness, rapid heartbeat and dry mouth. The sage oil thujone is mainly responsible for these complaints.

Issue 19 - European Medicinal Plants

Ayurveda Journal 19 deals with the medicinal herbs that also grow under European climatic conditions. Supportive healing effects of nettle, thyme, sage & Co. from the garden at home.