Cleansing The Lungs From Cigarette Smoke With Iranian Traditional Medicine
The Importance Of Quitting Smoking
Nowadays, the number of tobacco users, especially cigarettes and hookah, has increased. Smoking causes a lot of damage to the lungs and then to the whole body. Many people may consider the use of hookah or cigarettes as an entertainment. But this entertainment causes lung cancer. Like other body parts, lungs need daily care.
The lungs are two large organs in the chest that receive air transported from the trachea and bronchial tubes and extract the oxygen contained in the inhaled air and enter it into the bloodstream. At the same time, carbon dioxide is removed from the blood and leaves the body through exhalation during breathing.
To help prevent toxins and environmental pollutants from accumulating in your lungs, as well as dust and smoke, cleansing the lungs regularly is a must.
People who smoke or have quit for a while, as well as people who are exposed to secondhand and thirdhand smoke, need lung cleansing and detoxification.
The harms of tobacco and exposure to cigarette and hookah smoke have been proven to everyone. The continuous entry of smoke into the lungs causes a person to feel heaviness, tightness, or inflammation in the chest. Accumulation of sputum in the lungs causes the accumulation of microbes in the throat and this adds to the feeling of heaviness in the chest.
It’s never too late to quit smoking, and although your lungs may never fully recover, but at least they will get better than before. Therefore, quitting smoking after 40 years is better than remaining a smoker for the rest of your life. The lungs are self-cleaning organs that begin to heal themselves when exposure to pollutants ceases, such as when smoking is stopped. When your lungs have normal and ideal conditions, there is no inflammation, swelling and obstruction caused by sputum in the lungs.
There are medicines called “lung cleaners” that are derivatives of “N-acetylcysteine” which are prescribed by doctors. These medicines are mainly expectorant, and in smokers etc., they clear the sediments accumulated in the lungs in the form of sputum to some extent, but they do not eliminate the side effects caused by smoking, etc. These are only expectorant.
It should be noted that the best way to cleansing the lungs is to change the lifestyle, not smoking, inhaling clean air, and doing gentle exercise in clean air and staying away from pollution. Some traditional medicine methods also help the lung cleansing process and accelerate it.
Who Is More Interested In Smoking Cigarette?
Being a smoker is the result of intense activity of yellow bile (which means hot and dry temperament) or intense activity of hot or cold black bile in the body.
Smoking and all kinds of smokes cause anemia. The tendency to smoke is seen more in dry temperaments (melancholic + choleric) or blood groups A+ and AB+, and it is possible that even one whiff of smoke lead hot and dry or cold and dry temperaments to cancer.
Symptoms Of Lung Damage:
- Chronic cough
- Persistent presence of sputum
- Feeling pain in the chest for a long time
- Shortness of breath
- Coughing up blood
When the cough lasts for more than a month, its nature is considered chronic. Most likely, there is a problem with the respiratory system.
When the breathing pathway becomes inflamed or infected, it produces sputum as a defense. If this continuous production of sputum lasts for more than a month, it may be a warning sign of lung problems.
A feeling of chest pain that lasts for more than a month without any explanation may be a warning sign. If such pain occurs or worsens due to inhaling, exhaling or coughing, it is a sign of a lung problem.
When shortness of breath occurs, it is usually caused by heart or lung disease. This sign can be related to each of them, because they both play a role in the transfer of oxygen to the tissues and the elimination of carbon dioxide. When any of these problems are present, it leads to shortness of breath.
When hemoptysis occurs, there is always a lung or upper respiratory tract problem that needs immediate attention.
Wheezing is a whistling sound that is usually heard during exhalation, but may also occur during inhalation. This condition is usually a sign that an external object has blocked the normal flow of air in the lungs or narrowed the lung breathing pathway.
Cleansing The Lungs With Iranian Traditional Medicine Methods
The first step is to quit smoking and stay away from the smoke. Only 12 hours after the last cigarette, the level of carbon monoxide in the blood returns to normal. This provides the oxygen needed to perform all cellular functions in the body. The recovery of the lungs after quitting smoking begins after 2 weeks, and the recovery of the cilia of the lungs takes about 1 to 9 months.
Herbal essential oils are very effective for purifying and cleansing the lungs. Onion is also one of the wonderful remedies that affect the health of the lungs, especially because smokers need more of this because of the absorption of toxins from tobacco. Onion has a mucolytic effect and relaxes the muscles of the respiratory tract and increases the flow of air to the lungs. In this way, it de-inflames the oral cavity and helps to eliminate part of the harmful and pathogenic elements.
Much has been said about the properties of turmeric. But did you know that this yellow spice is one of the most effective treatments for purifying and cleaning and lungs? Turmeric contains an effective compound called curcumin. The results of numerous studies show that this combination is effective in reducing lung inflammation and acts as a protection against lung diseases (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, etc.). In addition, turmeric contains corticoids, which have a great effect on reducing infections and cleaning the lungs. The polyphenols in this spice also prevent the growth and spread of free radicals.
Green tea contains many antioxidants that help reduce inflammation in the lungs. These compounds protect the lung tissue from the harmful effects of smoke inhalation.
Garlic is one of the most beneficial foods, so that it plays a significant role in maintaining the health of the lungs. This benefit is created by consuming garlic through a compound called allicin. Allicin acts as a powerful natural antibiotic in the body and can help clear up respiratory infections that may clog the lungs. Also, consuming raw garlic has a special role in preventing cancer. In fact, garlic can compensate the damage to the lungs caused by air pollution and clean the lungs from smoke of cigarette.
The benefits of ginger are well known for treating and improving the health of the respiratory system. This therapeutic root is effective for opening the bronchi and also for draining sputum from the lungs. Ginger is a real antibacterial substance that has excellent anti-inflammatory and disinfecting properties. This medicinal plant completely cures cough and its spicy taste has a positive effect on the lungs. The oil extract obtained from this plant is great for reducing sore throat.
Corn prevents lung cancer. It contains strong antioxidants to eliminate cancer cells.
A strong antioxidant for cleansing the lungs is “selenium”, which is present in walnuts and other nuts.
This fruit contains a compound called bromelain that helps reduce inflammation. Bromelain also helps you to increase the elasticity of the lungs so that you can receive more oxygen with deep breaths.
Due to the presence of antioxidants, polyphenols, flavonoid, vitamin C and fiber, apples help fight cancer, prevent the increase of sugar levels, and have a healthy respiratory system. In addition, studies have shown that apples can help reduce the risk of lung cancer and asthma. Eat organic apples with the skin, because the skin has 6 times more antioxidants.
Daily consumption of a teaspoon of honey can have many benefits, including removing pollutants from the lungs.
Lemon, orange, grapefruit, etc. can help improve the lungs.
- Vegetables and leafy plants
Celery, asparagus, bamboo shoots, cauliflower, broccoli, kale, spinach, thyme, coriander, dandelion, rosemary, oregano, etc. help to strengthen the health of the lungs.
Another herb that can clean and calm your lungs is Lobelia. The alkaloid in it, which is known as lobeline, increases the output of sputum and the elimination of impurities. Lobelia even causes the release of epinephrine, which opens up the breathing pathway. Researchers believe that this compound may help reduce the effects of nicotine in the body.
Add 5 to 10 lobelia leaves to a pot of boiling water. Cover the container and let it stand for 5 minutes, then inhale the steam. Do this every morning and evening for 10 minutes for a few days to clean your lungs.
You can also make herbal tea or tincture from this herb. It can be potentially poisonous so do it under the supervision of a herbalist.
Note: Pregnant women, and people with heart disease or blood pressure should not consume this herb.
Red radish, daikon, horseradish, etc. also have many health benefits and are very useful for reducing lung discomfort after quitting smoking. These remove excess mucus, relieve sore throats, clear the sinuses, and reduce congestion in the respiratory system.
- Grape juice
Drinking fresh grape juice once a day for 1 week helps to detoxify and cleansing the lungs. Grape skin has a high antioxidant power that helps reduce lung inflammation and can reduce the severity of asthma and the risk of lung cancer.
- Anti-inflammatory foods
Inflammation of the respiratory tract can make breathing difficult and cause a feeling of heaviness and tightness in the chest. Eating anti-inflammatory foods can reduce inflammation to relieve these symptoms. Foods that help fight inflammation include turmeric, vegetables, cherries, blueberries, olives, walnuts, beans, and lentils.
- Lemon, honey and ginger tea
Ginger has anti-inflammatory benefits that can reduce cough and congestion. Honey prevents consecutive coughs and lemon strengthens the immune system due to its vitamin C content. Drinking this tea helps to cleansing the lungs naturally. You can also add mint to this tea.
- Jujube tea
Jujube tea has special compounds that relieve inflammation and general cleansing of the body, this tea with its unique compounds strengthens the body’s immune system and can play an important role in cleaning the lungs. If you feel the pollution has entered your lungs during the day, clean your lungs after returning home by drinking a cup of jujube tea.
- Mint tea
Peppermint is a popular herb for treating respiratory diseases. Menthol in mint relaxes the smooth muscles of the respiratory system and makes breathing easier. Menthol is an effective antihistamine that helps cleansing the lungs and body from toxins caused by respiratory allergies. In addition to the antihistamine properties of peppermint, menthol is an excellent disinfectant. That is why they use more menthol in expectorant sprays and tablets. In addition, mint is a very good source of antioxidants.
- Sage tea
Sage tea is used as a wonderful natural treatment for respiratory and lung diseases. It is a natural source of flavonoids and has strong antioxidant and antibacterial activities that stimulate the natural detoxification reaction and reduce the accumulation of toxins in tissues and organs.
- Thyme and lemon tea
Thyme is a herb that has been used since ancient times to eliminate infection, inflammation, detoxification and cleansing the lungs and respiratory tracts. The antibacterial and antioxidant properties of thyme have significant effects on decontamination and the problems caused by it.
Lemon is one of the fruits with many medicinal properties. The combination of thyme and lemon with similar properties can be very effective in cleaning and regenerating the respiratory system. Consuming thyme prevents respiratory problems, especially in patients with asthma and bronchitis. Consuming lemon plays a role in lung cleansing, cleaning and cooling the respiratory tract and removes the effects of pollution.
- Turmeric and ginger tea
Medicinal properties of turmeric have been confirmed in controlling cough, congestion and cold. Curcumin in turmeric has anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and anti-cancer properties. Ginger relieves nausea and reduces congestion.
- Masala tea
This tea has been used for many years in the treatment of diseases such as cough, cold, congestion and respiratory problems. Other compounds such as ginger and cinnamon are used in the preparation of this tea, which also have anti-inflammatory properties. This tea clears the throat and reduces its inflammation.
Oregano is rich in compounds such as carvacrol and terpenes that act as lung cleansing elements. This herb can help reduce inflammation and congestion in the lungs and improve the airflow in your nasal passages and the health of your respiratory system. If you suffer from asthma or other respiratory problems, drink 2 cups of oregano tea daily.
You can make oregano tea by putting fresh or dried oregano powder in hot water for 5 minutes. To detoxify the lungs, add a few drops of oregano oil to a glass of warm milk or tea and drink it at least once a day. You can also use oregano in cooking.
- Licorice root tea
Licorice root helps reduce cough and congestion. Studies show that licorice tea has antiviral and antimicrobial properties.
- Eucalyptus tea
One of the best home remedies for cleansing the lungs and bronchitis is eucalyptus tea. This herb has excellent properties for treating various respiratory conditions. Among other benefits of this tea, it can be mentioned as a disinfectant and anti-inflammatory. This tea helps to eliminate sputum accumulated in the respiratory system, reduce inflammation in the nasal passages and facilitate air circulation. This tea is also very useful in case of cold, cough, pharyngitis, bronchitis or influenza.
- Eucalyptus bath
Take a hot bath with eucalyptus, inhaling the hot steam every day can help detoxify your lungs. Eucalyptus is a strong antiseptic and antioxidant that can help reduce the risk of coughs and colds and strengthen the respiratory system. Hang a sprig and bunch of eucalyptus leaves in the bathroom while you shower, which will help with sore throats and reduce congestion or blocked sinuses.
- Water vapor
Steam therapy involves inhaling steam to open the breathing pathway and help the lungs clear sputum. People with lung diseases may have worse symptoms in cold or dry weather. This weather can dry the mucous membrane of the respiratory tract and limit blood flow. On the contrary, steam adds heat and moisture to the air to improve breathing and dry out sputum in the respiratory tract and lungs.
- Doing exercises
Regular exercise can improve people’s physical and mental health and reduce the risk of many diseases, including stroke and heart disease. Exercise forces the muscles to work more, which increases the body’s breathing rate, makes the lungs more open, and as a result, more oxygen enters the muscles. It also improves circulation and makes the body more efficient at eliminating excess carbon dioxide that the body produces during exercise.
Regular exercises such as pilates or yoga, running, zumba and many other sports are among the lifestyle changes that improve lung health.
Magnesium is a mineral and is recommended for those with asthma. Magnesium helps to increase the capacity of your lungs and is effective in the breathing process, and the right way to get minerals is through the consumption of nuts, seeds or beans.
Carotenoid is an antioxidant and is useful in reducing the risks of lung cancer and is found naturally in red and orange vegetables and fruits. Carrots are a good choice because of their beta-carotene. Pumpkin, papaya, spinach and kale contain beta-carotene. These antioxidants are converted to vitamin A and may help reduce your risk of asthma.
Some Miraculous Potions To Cleanse The Lungs
*Onion, turmeric, ginger and honey:
- 2 medium onions
- Half a liter of water
- Turmeric one teaspoon
- 50 grams of ginger root
- 2 tablespoons of honey (50 grams)
First boil half a liter of water. When the water boils, add washed, and chopped onions, grated ginger and two spoons of honey and turmeric to it. Let it cook for 35 to 40 minutes on low heat until half of the water evaporates. Stir the ingredients from time to time until a kind of syrup is obtained. Gradually, when the thick ingredients and onions are completely cooked, turn off the flame and put it in the container. Let the ingredients remain for an hour to release its properties.
In the next step, it is necessary to strain this potion to obtain a syrup with a more or less pungent smell. Don’t worry about the taste of your it because its taste is more pleasant than its smell.
Pour this drink into a glass and store it in a cool place away from sunlight. You can put your drink in the refrigerator, but the best way to store it is at room temperature. In this case, your drink will be neither too cold nor too hot. You can drink this lung cleansing elixir in the morning, afternoon, or night. It is enough to drink two spoons at each time. It is better to eat a spoonful early in the morning on an empty stomach. You will see that you feel better after taking this elixir, because your lungs are cleaned and detoxified.
*Lemon, mint and cucumber detox water
- A pitcher of water
- 6 to 10 pieces of cucumber slices
- Half of a lemon
- A small handful of mint leaves
Combine these ingredients together and let them remain overnight to absorb the flavor.
*Vegetable concoction with honey
- Juice of a bunch of Garden cress
- 3 cm of fresh ginger root
- 5 stalks of celery
- ¼ of a cup of onion
- A tablespoon of honey
Mix the juice of all the mentioned items together and then add honey to it and drink this mixture every day for a week.
*Garlic and thyme
This therapeutic combination detoxifies and cleansing the lungs. Combining the properties of garlic with the antiseptic effects of thyme promotes lung health.
- 10 cloves of garlic
- 3 sprigs of fresh thyme
- Olive oil as needed
Pound the garlic cloves in a mortar until it becomes a paste. Then add thyme leaves and beat again until both are mixed and uniform. Pour the mixture into a clean glass container and pour extra virgin olive oil over it, so that it covers the surface of the paste. Let the mixture remain overnight.
Eat a teaspoon of it on an empty stomach. The next day you can eat the same amount of the mixture. After two weeks of consumption, you will see its effects on the lungs and other organs.
Useful Hookahs For Cleansing The Lungs
If the hookah is used correctly, it not only does not harm the human body, but it can also be beneficial for the lungs, for example, if mint is used in the glass tank of the hookah and its vapors enter the lungs, it can be beneficial for the lungs.
It is possible to use other soothing or tonic compounds and hydrosols such as eucalyptus (disinfectant), lavender (energizing and calming the nerves), lemon (invigorating), licorice (one of the most famous medicines to treat cough, tuberculosis and lung problems) and many other medicinal plants. You can also pour thyme hydrosol into the hookah glass tank. By puffing it, the vapors reach the desired organ.
The Musk Willow hydrosol hookah is very useful for the brain and warms the lungs and brain and is enlivening. You can also use mint hydrosol plus rose water hookah to cleanse and increase lung volume.
- Iranian medicine book, Mohammad Azizkhani, 2018
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