Yoga for Nasal Allergy
Do you sneeze as soon as you wake up? Do you get a runny or itchy nose often? These are signs of Nasal allergy. The nose is a natural air-condition of our body, which warms the cool air as we breathe in, and humidifies it as well. Our system has a inbuilt defence system, such as the mechanism of sneezing. When a foreign particle enters the nose, to expel it out sneezing is the reflex action that takes place. Along with that, the lining in the nostrils swell up to protect further the foreign particle from entering, and starts to secrete the mucus which will wash the foreign substance away. Thus the block and runny nose. Nasal allergy happens because of hyperactivity of the system to such foreign particles. How can Yoga help! There is hardly any problem where Yoga cannot play a divine intervention! The following yogic way is best to combat nasal allergy.
Jala Neti: A yogic practice of nasal cleansing.
Procedure: Fill up the pot with the spout with lightly salted lukewarm water. Tilt the head towards the left, put the spout on the right nostril, and pour water slowly in the right nostril so that water comes out of the left nostril. After one teacup of saline water is over, repeat on the other side. Then, blow the nose, one nostril at a time to remove any remaining water in the nostril.
When and How often to do it? Do the Nasal Wash in the morning empty stomach, and upto three times a day when the nose is blocked or runny. It may be practised everyday or once or twice in a week, or as required.
Precautions: People prone to ear infections should not do neti. Someone who has chronic nose bleeding issue should seek advise of a competent teacher. People having great difficulty passing out water through the nose may have some structural blockage inside and should seek advice of an expert. When nose is totally blocked during cold or sinusitis, neti should be avoided. People with High blood pressure should not use saline water, instead use plain lukewarm water.
How does it work?
The practise of Jala Neti increases the nasal lining’s tolerance to these agents. One gains mastery over the involuntary reflex response by voluntary will power. It will have its effect within two to four weeks of practise.
Another yogic ways include: Kapalbhati or Rapid Abdominal Breathing
Procedure: Also known as frontal brain cleansing breath. Sit with spine erect, body relaxed. This method involves forceful exhalation and passive inhalation. The exhalation is just using the abdomen, the abdomen goes in(while breathing out) and out(while breathing in) rhythmically. Begin by doing twenty breaths per round, continuing for three rounds, resting for few seconds in between the rounds. Increase the number and speed of breath gradually.
When and How often to do it? Should be performed on an empty stomach. Best to do in the morning or can be performed 3 to 4 hours after a meal.
Precautions: Heart disease, high blood pressure, epilepsy, stroke, hernia, gastric ulcer or vertigo patients should avoid this practise. Pregnant ladies are not recommended this practise.
How does it work?
It is good for respiratory disorders and cleanses the lungs.