About Decongestant in Ayurveda
An herb that reduces mucus congestion in the sinus or lungs by restricting blood flow to mucus membranes.
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AYURVEDIC PERSPECTIVE ON DECONGESTANTDecongestants generally increase adrenal activity. The adrenal stimulation constricts blood vessels in the throat, nose, and sinuses - reducing inflammation, swelling, and mucus formation. The effects are not limited to the respiratory tract however, and may cause an increase in blood pressure from vasoconstriction. Many topical decongestants such as nasal sprays and eye drops only work in the short term before the body develops a higher tolerance.
Herbal actions common to many herbs listed in Decongestant:
Kapha Reducing (13)
PUNGENTPungency is characterized by irritation, or sharp, spicy foods that irritate the mouth such as black pepper.
CLEARClear refers to anything that cleanses or flushes out wastes, or that digests ama.
MOBILEMobile refers to anything that stimulates the nervous system, muscles, or activity.
LIGHTLightness is identified by reduced weight.
AROMATICHerbs or spices with volatile essential oils that present strong aromas. Aromatic oils shock, refresh and numb tissue, with the end result of relaxing, opening and clearing stagnant fluids in tissues.
EXPECTORANTHerbs that help you cough up and eliminate mucus. These herbs often work by increasing the quantity of mucus, or thinning the mucus.
BITTERBitter is disagreeable and stimulating rejection, and a strong taste often associated with black coffee, dark chocolate, and most salad greens.
DIAPHORETICAn herb that induces sweating, often by dilating blood vessels close to the skin.
BRONCHODILATORAn herb that encourages the widening or opening of the lung airways. Helpful in cough and asthma.
HOTHot is identified by increased body temperature, metabolism, or inflammation.
ASTRINGENTAstringency is characterized by constriction, drawing together, or drying.
VASODILATORA vasodilator is an herb that widens the blood vessels by the relaxation of smooth muscle cells within the vessel walls, thereby increasing circulation systemically or to a local area.
STIMULATES-ENERGYThis category groups thyroid and adrenal stimulating herbs.
DIGESTIVEHerbs that encourage healthy digestion.
CARDIAC-STIMULANTHerbs that increase the heart rate. Useful in cardiovascular health, blood stagnation, and subjective feeling of heaviness in the chest area.
NERVINEHerbs that specifically go to the nervous system and brain. They can help with stress, memory, early alzheimer's, even chronic pain.
Pitta Reducing (5)
ANTIHISTAMINEHerbs that interrupt an allergic reaction or calm the immune system.
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About the AuthorJohn Immel, the founder of Joyful Belly, teaches people how to have a healthy diet and lifestyle with Ayurveda. His approach to Ayurveda exudes a certain ease, which many find enjoyable and insightful. John also directs Joyful Belly's School of Ayurveda , which specializes in digestive tract pathology & Ayurvedic nutrition. John and his wife Natalie recently published Explore Your Hunger: A Guide to Hunger, Appetite & Food.
John's interest in Ayurveda and digestive tract pathology was inspired by a complex digestive disorder acquired from years of international travel, including his public service work in South Asia. John's commitment to the detailed study of digestive disorders reflects his zeal to get down to the roots of the problem. His hope and belief in the capacity of each & every client to improve their quality of life is nothing short of a personal passion. John's creativity in the kitchen and delight in cooking for others comes from his family oriented upbringing. In addition to his certification in Ayurveda, John holds a bachelor's degree in mathematics from Harvard University.
John enjoys sharing Ayurveda within the context of his Catholic roots, and finds Ayurveda gives him an opportunity to participate in the healing mission of the Church. Jesus expressed God's love by feeding and healing the sick. That kindness is the fundamental ministry of Ayurveda as well.