Body System Disorders: The Respiratory System – Enhancing the Body’s Life Force (Prana) / Online Program

Presented by Dr. Somesh N. Kaushik

Tuesday, April 12
7-8 pm

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The respiratory system is the network of organs and tissues that work together to move oxygen throughout the body and clean out waste gases like carbon dioxide. It includes your airways, lungs and blood vessels. The muscles that power your lungs are also part of the respiratory system.

Each part of the respiratory system has many separate components. These include: mouth/nose, sinuses, pharynx, trachea, and bronchial tubes. In addition, the diaphragm and ribs move the air in and out of the lungs. Other components that work with the lungs and blood vessels include: alveoli, bronchioles, capillaries, lung lobes; pleura, cilia, epiglottis, and larynx.

There are hundreds of different diseases and conditions – acute to chronic – that can affect the respiratory system, ranging from common cold and flu to pneumonia and COPD. Some are: asthma, allergic rhinitis, sinusitis, bronchitis, emphysema, cystic fibrosis, lung cancer, tuberculosis, pleural effusion, tonsillitis, whooping cough, and occupational respiratory disease.

Some causes of respiratory conditions are: environmental pathogens, air pollution, chemical sprays and fumes, smoke, bacterial and viral infections, autoimmune conditions, and genetics. Those with weak lungs and impaired immune systems are more vulnerable to respiratory infections. Some symptoms include: shortness of breath, coughing, wheezing, hoarseness, nasal congestion, runny nose, itchy or watery eyes.

Ayurveda’s approach is to strengthen the immune system so that the body can combat the toxins and heal naturally. In this way, the body’s life force (prana) is enhanced.