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OVERVIEW MECHANISM OF SHVAS KRIYA IN AYURVEDIC & CONTEMPORARY SCIENCE
Dr. Trupti Gupta*, Dr. Arun Kumar Gupta and Dr. Satej T. Banne
Description regarding physiology of respiration is available in Ayurvedic and Sanskrit Literature. In Yajurveda it is mentioned that air in the form of Prana and Apana enters the Naasika (Yaj. 15/12). Some times Udana has been mentioned in the place of Apana. Conferring to Chandogyopanishad, one of the supreme ancient Upanishads, a human being can persist without eyes, ears, legs etc. but he cannot do so without breathing and without food, for life originates on these two basics and completely be contingent on them. This is the vital energy (prana) or vital force inside them. Lungs are the organs that benefit in this exchange of gases. The respiratory system is the channel that transmits the gases along with the vital life force, identified as the Prana. The antediluvian Ayurvedic scholars had obviously depicted the method of respiration in parlance of contemporary medical sciences. Maintenance of the respiratory tract is therefore actual significant. Problems in the respiratory tract can retire due to improper diet, seasonal changes, polluted air and lack of exercise Respiratory health can be enriched through controlled diet. Avoid fried food and, having light breakfast and dinner are the best ways to be followed. Drinking luke warm water comforts to break chest congestion. Herbs resembling pippali, guduchi, shati, pushkarmoolaetc are few of the lung supportive herbs. Warming the body through exercise is another way for sustaining respiratory health. Yoga, meditation and pranayama, in specific, purify the respiratory tract; strengthen the lungs and maintenances healthy lung function.[Full Text Article]