Tra­di­tional rem­edy for res­pi­ra­tory prob­lems

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THE pri­mary func­tion of the res­pi­ra­tory sys­tem is to sup­ply our blood with oxy­gen. It does this through our breath­ing. When we breathe, we in­hale oxy­gen and ex­hale car­bon diox­ide. The res­pi­ra­tory sys­tem con­sists of: > Lungs – the main or­gans of the res­pi­ra­tory sys­tem. In the lungs, oxy­gen is taken into the body and car­bon diox­ide is ex­haled. The red blood cells carry the oxy­gen from the lungs to all the body cells that need it. They pick up the car­bon diox­ide which is then trans­ported back to the lungs and we breathe it out when we ex­hale.

> Trachea – also known as the wind­pipe. The trachea fil­ters the air we breathe and branches into the bronchi.

> Bronchi – two air tubes that branch off from the trachea and carry air di­rectly into the lungs.

> Nose – it takes in the out­side air into the res­pi­ra­tory sys­tem. The hairs that line the wall are part of the air-clean­ing sys­tem.

> Mouth – air also en­ters through the mouth, es­pe­cially for peo­ple who have a mouth-breath­ing habit or whose nasal pas­sages may be tem­po­rar­ily ob­structed, as by a cold or dur­ing heavy ex­er­cise.

> Throat – it col­lects in­com­ing air from the nose and mouth and passes it down­ward to the wind­pipe (trachea).

What causes res­pi­ra­tory prob­lems?

Res­pi­ra­tory prob­lems can be acute (short term) or chronic (on­go­ing). Acute res­pira- tory prob­lems can de­velop quickly and may re­quire emer­gency treat­ment. Chronic res­pi­ra­tory prob­lems de­velop more slowly and last longer. Causes of these res­pi­ra­tory prob­lems may be due to en­vi­ron­men­tal pol­lu­tion, cig­a­rette smoke, in­door air pol­lu­tion, oc­cu­pa­tional risks, un­healthy diet, obe­sity and over­weight and phys­i­cal in­ac­tiv­ity. Some ex­am­ples of res­pi­ra­tory prob­lems are: > Asthma > Com­mon cold, run­ning nose and stuffy nose > Chronic ob­struc­tive pul­monary dis­ease (COPD) > Pneu­mo­nia > Acute res­pi­ra­tory dis­tress syndrome > Pul­monary em­bolism > Cys­tic fi­bro­sis > Laryn­gi­tis > Bron­chi­tis > Tu­ber­cu­lo­sis > Em­phy­sema > Lung can­cer > RDS (res­pi­ra­tory dis­tress syndrome) or IRDS (in­fant res­pi­ra­tory dis­tress syndrome)

Symp­toms of res­pi­ra­tory prob­lems may in­clude: > Chronic cough > Short­ness of breath > Laboured or dif­fi­cult breath­ing > Chronic mu­cus pro­duc­tion > Wheez­ing > Cough­ing up blood and chronic chest pain Those who are prone to res­pi­ra­tory prob­lems in­clude peo­ple with dis­eases or con­di­tions that af­fect the mus­cles, nerves, bones or tis­sues that sup­port breath­ing.

Chil­dren, the el­derly and preg­nant women are sus­cep­ti­ble, es­pe­cially when they are ex­posed to in­door and out­door air pol­lu­tion in the long run.

Treat­ing res­pi­ra­tory prob­lems

To treat these prob­lems, pos­i­tive changes in lifestyle and en­vi­ron­ment must be made, such as avoid­ing ex­po­sure to to­bacco, re­duc­ing the in­take of fatty foods and keep­ing a bal­anced diet, lim­it­ing ex­po­sure to com­mon al­ler­gens, main­tain­ing hy­giene at all times, ex­er­cis­ing, stay­ing hy­drated, re­duc­ing al­co­hol in­take and get­ting enough rest.

Herbal rem­edy – the Tiger Milk Mush­room

Hailed as Malaysia’s na­tional trea­sure, the Tiger Milk Mush­room or Lig­no­sus rhinocerus is a rare medic­i­nal mush­room that is be­lieved to con­tain medic­i­nal val­ues.

Its name is de­rived from a Malaysian abo­rig­i­nal folk­lore and is said to grow on the spot the ti­gress dripped its milk while feed­ing her cubs.

The mush­room con­sists of a cap, stem and scle­rotium. The scle­rotium is the part of the mush­room that con­tains medic­i­nal value and fea­tures white tis­sue that looks and tastes like milk when ground and mixed with wa­ter.

The Tiger Milk Mush­room’s prop­er­ties are sci­en­tif­i­cally proven to be anti-in­flam­ma­tory and im­mune-mod­u­lat­ing. Its key health benefits in­clude: > Re­lieves symp­toms of asthma. > Re­lieves chronic cough. > Re­lieves nasal and si­nus con­di­tions. > Re­lieves res­pi­ra­tory al­lergy. > Helps to re­pair in­flamed tis­sues and im­prove res­pi­ra­tory func­tions.

> Works as a gen­eral tonic to strengthen a weak con­sti­tu­tion, es­pe­cially for the el­derly and those with busy and hec­tic life­styles.

> Helps to pro­tect the lungs and res­pi­ra­tory sys­tem.

> Helps to strengthen the im­mune sys­tem of chil­dren who are sus­cep­ti­ble to colds and flu.

This ar­ti­cle is con­trib­uted by Ligno & Us Sdn Bhd.

The Tiger Milk Mush­room helps to pro­tect the lungs and res­pi­ra­tory sys­tem.

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