Thursday, April 25, 2013

Clear Sinuses and Ward off Infections (Holistic Approach)


With Spring allergies in the air, I would like to discuss healthy way to clear your sinuses and strength your immune system. I am going to talk about Chanting, Qigong, Chinese Medicine, Diet and other healthy ideas.

Vibrations created from chanting Om can help clear your sinuses and ward off infections.

Yogis have traditionally chanted the mantra "Om" to help with focusing the mind. However, this simple and most primal of chants may serve an important side benefit, particularly during winter / spring months: The sound vibrations may help keep your sinuses healthy.

 

This news comes from the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden, where the researchers Jon Lundberg and Eddie Weitzberg discovered that humming can help to ventilate and open the sinuses. When they tested 10 men, they found that humming increased nitric oxide levels fifteen fold, compared to quiet exhalations without sound. The exhalations of people with healthy sinuses tend to have high nitric oxide levels, indicating that more air is able to flow between the sinuses and the nose.


The two researchers defined humming simply as exhaling with sound while the mouth is closed; they say that chanting "Om" produces the same effects. Chanting and humming both create sound vibrations, which encourage air to move back and forth between your sinus membranes and nasal passages. This air movement then opens tiny ducts, or ostia, that connect your nose to your sinuses, allowing your sinuses to drain properly.




Your sinuses consist of four pairs of air-filled cavities behind and around your nose and your eyes. They filter the air you breathe,keeping germs from getting into your lungs. To combat germs, such as the viruses that cause the common cold, your sinus membranes swell.

Sometimes in response to these germs your sinuses can swell so that the ostia become blocked. Once these are blocked, the mucus cannot drain properly. Bacteria begin to breed inside the sinuses, causing 
a condition which is known as sinusitis.



Sinusitis affects approximately 37 million Americans each year; numbers are climbing in step with air pollution and antibiotic resistance. Common symptoms include facial pain and colored nasal discharge. Once you develop a case of sinusitis, you usually require antibiotics to cure it. However, daily humming or "Om" chanting may prevent such an infection from actually taking hold, according to Lundberg, associate professor of physiology and pharmacology at Karolinska Institute.

"It is logical that daily periods of humming would be beneficial," he says. "The sinuses are effectively ventilated by humming. Previous research shows that poor sinus ventilation increases the risk for sinusitis."


This Qigong can also be very helpful  
Qigong for Clearing the Lungs, Throat and Sinuses
Qigong - Lungs and Grief connection
How to Build up Life Force (Qi) to Fight off Illness

You can also try Energy Medicine for Seasonal Allergies

12 Healthy Tips for Seasonal Allergies

In addition to daily chanting, you can also use a humidifier, as warm, moist air helps to lubricate your nasal and sinus passages and to thin mucus secretions.

 


Many practitioners of Ayurveda also partake in a daily saline nasal washing using a neti pot to clean their nasal passages.


Candida can also manifested through sinus infections.
Please read about Candida treatment in Candida and Digestion

Please read about Veggies that you should include in your diet - Vegetables that eliminate Candida (includes recipes)

Detoxing can also help
Detox with a profound effect on the nervous system
Get Rid of Toxic Weight with Yoga and Cleansing
The Key to Longevity: The Kidney Point
4 Steps to be Mercury Free
Pure Bliss Detox Smoothie




Tips, herbs, yoga and qigong for healthy Digestion:
Another organ you need to pay attention to is your Liver. Please review posts below for Liver health.

Acupressure Points and Home remedies for Health: 
Acupressure Points on your Feet for Headaches and Migraines
Combat Stress and Food Cravings with Qi Massage
Energy Medicine and Home remedies for Dry Eyes


More Exercises and Tips for Energy Flow(Qi) Cultivation:


Resources:
 

Neigong - Martial Qigong for Internal Power 2-DVD set by Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming
INSIDE ZHAN ZHUANG - Standing Meditation for Beginners and Seniors










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