Cough and Cold Problems
Cough and Cold problems
cough and cold Treatment
Due to vitiation of Kapha, the upper respiratory tract gets inflamed and congested. Kapha dosha having qualities of cold, heavy and damp accumulates in the gut and the respiratory system when one eats fatty creamy cheesy food and cold foods, lack of exercise or other indulgences. Aggravated Vata dosha which is being light, cold and dry may also cause this problem. Vata can be agitated by alcohol, caffeine, exertion, poor sleep, excessive travel, deep stress, advanced ageing and poor nutrition.
Sneezing, coughing, runny nose, heaviness of the head followed by inflammation of the mucus membranes of the eyes and nose, body aches, chills and loss of appetite.
Therefore, a common cough and cold is basically a viral infection that you can catch from another person. This can happen by coming into direct physical contact with an infected person or by touching a surface that has been contaminated by germs – like remote controls, keyboards, doorknobs and cutlery – and then touching the nose and mouth.
Another way to get infected is by breathing in infected droplets that are released when a person sneezes or coughs.
A cough may be caused by the inflammation of the larynx or the pharynx and develops in the chest due to change in weather.
In Ayurveda, it is known as Pratishaya mainly due to vitiation of Kapha dosha. But other doshas can also be involved in it:
Vata dosha: Dry cough, little mucus discharge, hoarse voice, headache and a runny nose
Pitta dosha: Fever, sore throat, yellowish nasal discharge and continuous blockage of the nose
Kapha dosha: Thick mucus discharges with dull headaches and heaviness of the head
The real cause of this disorder according to Ayurveda is attributed to the dampening of the digestive for or agni. And what would dampen a fire? The cold weather, of course! As the temperatures start to dip outside, our immunity begins to plunge too.
Now, these dimmed fires fail to burn the body’s toxins (ama). These toxins then start to accumulate in the microchannels of the body and soon clog the bronchial tubes. The Kapha on the body combines with toxins or ama to make mucus.