Herbal way to Protect against Air Pollution

What can be bigger proof for the rising pollution and toxins than the Government shutting down 1,800 schools in the capital alone? Even though rising pollution has been a concern for many years, this year’s pollution levels have risen to staggering limits. One can blame it on the firecrackers on Diwali, emissions from diesel engines and coal-fired power plants, or even the vast paddy burning in neighbouring cities. In either case, the pollution levels have risen to dangerous levels resulting in Delhi being classified as one big gas chamber.

Air Pollution crosses Hazardous Levels

According to recent data for air pollution in Delhi, the concentration of primary pollutant – particulate matter 10 (PM) had crossed the safety level of 100 and was way above the hazardous level ranging between 900-1200! These tiny pollutant particles can lead to respiratory problems like cough, sore throat, congestion, breathlessness and increase the risk of asthmatic attacks and various respiratory infections. And what is worrisome is that it’s not just the adults that are affected, but young children too. Alarming rise in air pollution alters the immune system in children leaving them more susceptible to virus, bacteria and other disease causing agents in the polluted air.

With a majority of children constantly wheezing or suffering from throat and respiratory concerns, most are placed on a constant mix of antibiotics, anti-allergics, and cough suppressants. These generally leave the children feeling drowsy, nauseated and with stomach irritation. In addition, while they may calm the symptoms for a short while, in no way do they help to prevent the condition. Minor exposure to polluted air can bring back the problems in a much more severe manner, leaving parents worried and children distressed.

Adults too seem to have more medicines on their nightstand than anything else. And while they may seem suitable at the moment, the long term effects of these medicines can be quite disastrous on overall health.

Strengthening Immunity and Protecting Lungs the Herbal way     

The only solution seems to be is to protect your lungs and boost immunity to fight the toxins in the air. A great and safest way to do so is by herbal support, formulated combining a variety of herbs, to strengthen the body’s immune system to tackle these respiratory problems.  In addition, as they are purely herbal and natural, they are safe for young children too.

Extrammune syrup/tablets

A natural immunity enhancer, this supplement is the first step to good health as it strengthens one’s immunity and resistance against microbial infections caused by toxins in the air. Herbs like Guduchi (Tinospora cordifolia), Tulsi (Ocimum sanctum), Chitrak (Plumbago zeylanica) and Manjishtha (Rubia cordifolia), not only improve immune functions but also possess anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory activity to fight respiratory infections.

Kofol syrup/lozenges/chewable tablets

One of the most common problems with air pollution is a sore or inflamed throat and irritated airways leading to bouts of coughing. Yet several people stay away from cough syrup due to the drowsiness caused by them which make it practically impossible to get through the day. However, with Charak’s purely herbal concoction, Kofol syrup, you can get rid of your cough, soothe your throat and not worry about having to stifle a yawn the whole day. The use of herbs such as Yastimadhu (Glycyrrhiza glabra), Shunthi (Zingiber officinale), Bibhitaki (Terminalia bellerica) and Vasa (Adhatoda Vasica), combine properties of an expectorant, antibacterial and antiinflammatory, while also soothing the throat.

Spasma syrup

Chest congestion, wheezing and difficulty breathing are common side effects of air pollution. Over time this can lead to severe respiratory problems and lung damage. To combat this, Spasm syrup is a best chest congestion reliever. Herbs like Vasa (Adhatoda vasica), Bharangi (Clerodendron serratum) and Haridra (Curcuma longa) possess anti inflammatory and anti allergic properties, while Kantakari (Solanum xanthocarpum) relieves the constriction of the airway and eases the flow of air while breathing.

Haleezy syrup/tablets

None other than an asthmatic can understand the pain and severity of an asthma attack. And with air pollution reaching all new levels, asthma attacks become more frequent. A purely herbal solution by Charak in the form of Haleezy works wonders for one’s lungs health. The primary ingredients Kantakari (Solanum xanthocarpum) and Antamul (Tylophora Indica) help relax the lung muscles increasing airflow. Herbs Tulsi (Ocimum sanctum), Somlata (Ephedra gerardiana) and Haridra (Curcuma longa) in Haleezy helps reduce the frequency, severity and duration of asthma attacks by its anti-allergic and natural anti-asthmatic properties.

Opting for these natural supplements can go a long way in protecting your health and preventing various respiratory infections. In addition, the purely herbal nature of these supplements makes it a safe option for children to improve their resistance towards air-borne infections.

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