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The Respiratory System

Any disease of the muscles and bones of the chest wall, lungs or air passage will interfere, to some extent, with the normal functioning of the respiratory system. This leads to a lower than normal supply of oxygen to all other organs and tissues of the body, thereby affecting their performance.

While muscle and nervous diseases weaken the capacity to breathe properly, diseases of the air passage narrow the tubes and reduce the efficient functioning of the gas exchange process. Infections are the most common forms of lung diseases. When the defence mechanisms of the respiratory system, like the hair in the nose and mucous membranes in the bronchi, are affected, chances of infections increase. Streptococcus germs affect the whole human system. They may infect the throat and cause septic sore throat, swollen lymph glands, sinusitis, pneumonia and meningitis, among others.

Most respiratory diseases begin with a viral infection like a common cold. When the patient's resistance to infections is low, localised infections of the tonsils, adenoids and tissues of the throat develop. The tissues become swollen, with dead germs and dying cells, and cause pain. Respiratory stimulants that help the nerves and muscles like bittersweet and daisy; respiratory relaxants that help to relax the tissues of the system by easing tension like aniseed, hyssop and thyme; and demulcents that clear inflamed mucous membranes like comfrey rootstock, mullein and marshmallow should be included in the daily diet. Also, include food that belongs to the expectorant and pectoral groups.

For respiratory problems like colds, flu, bronchitis and asthma:

  • Boil 6 teaspoons of crushed mustard seeds in water to make a decoction. Add the decoction to warm water and have a foot bath.
  • Add the infusion of thyme to hot bath. Use this to bathe once a day.