Doctor Prescribes Yoga To Boost Immune System

The cold and flu season is almost here. There’s no cure for the common cold, but a common form of exercise — yoga — can help prevent the sniffles.

“Your immune system impacts your overall health. So, we’re looking at what we can do to make sure your immune system is intact,” said Dr. Theri Raby of Internal Medicine.

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When autumn comes, almost everyone will be suffering with cold and flu. Autumn means cold weather and seasonal allergies. But yoga can help by strengthening and balancing your immune system against sinus conditions. Yoga poses are powerful tools to stimulate or calm the immune system.

If allergy symptoms are increased, it indicates that your immune system is working over time. Mucus producing process of immune system causes headaches, stuff nose, ears and sinuses, sore throat and difficulty in breathing attacking innocuous invaders.

When you relax through yoga, the nervous system makes the immune system to calm down and stop attacking the foreign bodies, which are cleared out naturally in a person who is non-allergic by sneezing once or twice in a day.

When the immune system calms down, mucus and inflammation decrease and symptoms disappear. You can decrease the allergy symptoms with relaxing nervous system by practicing any yoga pose in a relaxing and calming way.

At the end of yoga session, relaxing time is important part to decrease the allergic immune response. When you relax your nervous system, it helps to improve immune system and directs it to attack viruses and bacteria that increase in cold weather.

If your immune system becomes weak, bacteria enter into your lungs and cause pneumonia or bronchitis. Viruses also enter into your system and cause fever, joint pains and chills.

Yoga helps to lower stress hormones that weaken the immune system and also conditions the lungs and respiratory tract. It also stimulates the lymphatic system to excrete toxins from the body and brings oxygenated blood to various parts of the body to ensure proper functioning.

Different yoga poses that build immune system:

  • Kurmasana or tortoise pose supports your thymus. Thymus gland is located in the chest and is the locus of immune system. For the thymus gland, cobra, fish, boat and bridge poses are beneficial.
  • Adho mukha svanasana or downward-facing dog pose encourages the blood flow to the sinuses and help to ease congestion.
  • Ustrasana or camel pose, gomukhasana or cow face pose, and balasana or child pose opens your chest and prevent pneumonia.

With a relaxed nervous system and improved immune system with yoga, you will be able to resist autumn allergies and throw off infections readily.