Natural approach and a yoga lifestyle
Autumn and winter are generally associated with seasonal illnesses and cold is certainly one of the most common problems. So, what are the causes of the common cold? How to treat it without chemical medicines?
Also in this article we will learn more about the causes of colds for official medicine and those proposed by metha health. You will also discover natural cures to eradicate the cold, including the practice of yoga, an excellent ally both to prevent it and certainly to decrease symptoms.
The cold in medical language is better defined as “rhinitis”, an inflammation of the nasal mucosa.
The causes of the common cold, according to official medicine, are the viruses, which insinuate themselves in the cells of the upper respiratory tract.
Hence the inflammation that dilates the blood vessels that supply the nasal mucosa. Bringing symptoms such as sneezing, increased nasal secretions, but also fever, headache, lacrimation.
While, what is called allergic rhinitis is induced by various substances such as pollen, animal hair, dust mites and food.
But what does META-Health say instead?
For META-Health the respiratory system represents the relationship between the external and the internal environment, communication, the place where energy enters for life.
Disorders related to breathing, in general can come from problems with the surrounding environment, the need for “air”, or space, or may express a lack of satisfaction of one’s life.
The nose in particular represents the “sniffing”, the stuffy nose can express a situation, an event or a person that “stinks” us. The runny nose is associated with sadness, like tears that have not been expressed.
For example one could say “I feel chilled”, as a metaphor of a “freeze” a moment when you feel “frozen”, still, that does not know how to move.
Another person could tell his cold saying “I have a runny nose”, which could represent tears not expressed, a moment of sadness, a small unconscious wound.
Healthy yoga lifestyles and habits
Healthy yoga lifestyle and habits to deal with a cold in a natural way
Among the natural remedies that give benefits in the case of colds, there are balsamic oils that perform a decongestant. Fluidizing action and help the elimination of excess mucus.
Of the easiest balsamic essential oils to be found on the market, eucalyptus and pine oil are very effective.
You can use them by putting two three drops on a teaspoon of honey or sugar to swallow two three times a day. In a moisturizer to put on the chest to encourage breathing at night and in boiling water to make fumigations.
Among the essential oils also Tea tree oil is an excellent antiviral and anti-inflammatory to use even to relax and boost your practice and your day.
Mallow, thyme, chamomile perform anti-inflammatory and decongestant, you can use these herbs in the form of decoction three times a day.
Other natural substances
Other natural substances that act stimulating the immune system we can find the propolis in mother tincture or in tablets.
Even yoga is definitely a natural remedy that you can use both to reduce symptoms and to prevent further colds.
Furthermore, the practice of some asanas can provide you with immediate relief.
Some positions that yoga makes available to us help to open the chest and free the airways. Which, in addition to achieving a state of calm and relaxation, therefore helps the body to its healing.
Asanas that we can recommend
Some asanas that we can recommend to relieve the symptoms of colds are:
- Balasana (Child pose): sit on your heels with your knees open and your toes close together bend your torso on your thighs. Stretch your arms forward and lean your forehead on the ground (hold the position for 10 breaths).
- Adho Mukha Svanasana (Downward facing dog): hands and knees on the ground. Stretch out the legs and raise the pelvis (hold the position for 5 breaths).
- Uttanasana (Standing Forward Bend): keep your feet at a distance a bit larger than the hips. Fold your upper body forward. Open your chest (hold the position for 5 breaths).
- Sirsasana (Headstand): if you are an expert, place your forearms on the ground. Elbows under your shoulders, intertwine your fingers and hold them over your head. Stretch your legs and bring your feet closer to your head.
- Halasana (Plow pose): lie down on the mat, lift your legs and swing back over your head. Keep your arms relaxed next to your head (hold the position for 5 breaths).
- Sarvangasana (Candle pose): lie down on the mat, lift your torso and legs up over your shoulders. Keep your elbows bent and your hands on your back (hold your position for 5 breaths).
Other practices that can be useful not only for the cold but also for many other problems are Surya Namaskara. The yoga warming par excellence, also known as Sun Salutation.