A frequent medical problem that we come across in athletes is disorders of the respiratory tract. Researchers suggest that intense exercise for competitive sport causes a temporary immune suppression further making the athletes prone to infections.
Moreover, the athletes prone to infection have an increased risk for asthma and various allergies. The interplay of environmental factors; training and performing in adverse climatic conditions, temperature variations, pollution etc. add-on to the implicated risk. Chronic and intense physical activity induced transient immunosuppression also enhances allergic reactions in athletes.Therefore it is utmost important to take of the respiratory system to train better and in turn perform better.
To understand the role of Ashwasa oil in the respiratory system; let’s begin with the basic functions of the nose.
The basic functions of nose are :
- Conditioning of air while breathing
- Filtering the air
- Smell perception to judge whether the air is healthy. The perception of smell is necessary to appreciate the various food flavors also.
The nose does not generally allow the air to pass into the lungs as it is. It filters, warms and moistens the air first and then allows it to pass into the lungs.
An interesting anatomical feature that can be seen here is how the shape of the nose changes with respect to geographical location. In people who live near the equator the nose is broad and short. This is because the air in this region is already warm and hence more friction of air as it passes into the lungs is not required. Compared to this, the nose of people who live away from the equator in cold climate areas e.g. the Himalayan region; the nose is longer and narrower so that there is more friction of air and it thus is warmed and moistened. Thus we can understand that the nose acts as a security guard at the entrance of respiratory tract.
The changing climatic or environmental conditions cause a few short term changes in our nose. We all must have felt these changes when we enter into an A/c room from hot climate.
Many people sneeze once or twice when they go out from a room into sunlight. These are normal body reactions. These same changes can be seen during seasonal change. In summer the nose becomes dry and in rainy and winter season it becomes moister. The nose causes these changes so that the respiratory system adjusts to the changing conditions. These changes in the nose last only for a few days and do not cause any trouble.
However due to increased pollution, constantly changing climate and lifestyle that the athletes have to face; the changes in the nose last for a considerably longer time. This may result in the person suffering from common cold, allergic reactions and dry nose which may even bleed.
What happens here is that the immunity of the nose is reduced and it shows hyperactivity or even inactivity. In some people the nose does not react at all to changing conditions. This is troublesome because the person becomes susceptible to lower respiratory tract problems. The guard at the entrance of the respiratory tract is sleeping allowing the allergens to pass and cause more problems.
In many cases there is hyperactivity causing choked nose, runny nose, excessive sneezing etc; which further progresses to cough and other symptoms. Due to various viral infections people complain of loss of smell.
To address all these complaints ASHWASA oil is extremely useful. Regular application of ASHWASA oil in the nose helps develop nasal immunity. It normalizes blood flow to the nose and normalizes its secretions. It helps the nose to adapt better to the changing climatic conditions. It even helps to regain the smell function in some cases.
Application of ASHWASA oil on the throat helps to reduce swelling of tonsils. It is very useful when applied on chest to relieve cough. The ingredients in ASHWASA are natural and have no adverse effects. ASHWASA oil can be used in any age group, from babies to elders.
Dr. Gaurang Paranjape
Sanjeevan Chikitsa Practitioner
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