Will my lungs recover from incense

Treatment for the respiratory tract in your own four walls

19.01.2011

In view of the dry air in overheated rooms and frequent respiratory infections in the winter months, it is a great advantage to inhale regularly. Because inhaling saline solution (brine) leads to better humidification and blood flow in the airways and thus increases the resistance of the mucous membranes to pathogens. In the meantime there are also devices for room inhalation that allow inhalation even while sleeping or at work. The lung doctors of the German Lung Foundation (DLS) point this out.

Dry air in overheated indoor spaces is a major stress factor for the respiratory tract, and there is often a risk of respiratory infections in the winter months. If you want to do something good for your airways, you should - in addition to consistently refraining from smoking and regular exercise - inhale brine (saline solution) as often as possible. The pulmonologists of the German Lung Foundation e.V. (DLS) in Hanover recommend this. "Scientific studies show that inhaling brine leads to better humidification and blood flow in chronic bronchitis, which has two positive effects: it dissolves mucus and inhibits inflammation," explains Prof. Harald Morr, CEO of DLS. "Sticky mucus in the respiratory tract, but also invasive pathogens, pollutants or allergens
These are substances that are classified as "foreign" by the body's immune system and are therefore attacked, which leads to an excessive defense reaction (= allergy with over-sensitivity of the body to the respective allergen).
A distinction is made between animal, vegetable and chemical allergens, with almost any environmental substance triggering an allergy. A potential allergen is a substance that, due to its biochemical nature, can cause an allergic reaction more frequently than other substances.
 
 
 
can be better liquefied and transported away after inhaling a saline solution. Because brine inhalation noticeably promotes the natural self-cleaning mechanism of the airways (so-called mucosal clearance): The cilia in the mucous membrane of the airways beat faster, so that foreign substances are more effectively transported out of the airways, while expectoration is made easier. For this reason, respiratory patients are recommended to stay at the sea or in salt healing tunnels. The wellness industry has long since discovered the benefits of salt inhalation. Many hotels and swimming pools now offer their guests special brine steam baths and other applications with brine. In metropolitan areas there is even a trend to build artificially created salt caves. "

To complement therapy and prevent respiratory diseases

Regular brine inhalations can also be proven to complement and support the therapy of chronic respiratory diseases such as mucous membranes in the airways and COPD. "Symptoms caused by increased mucus formation, swollen mucous membranes and inflamed bronchial tissue can be alleviated more effectively by regularly inhaling brine in addition to drug therapy and lung exercise," emphasizes Morr. “Due to its anti-inflammatory effect, brine inhalation can also be used to prevent colds, acute inflammation of the bronchi (bronchitis) and recurrent frontal or sinus infections. Incidentally, this is not only of interest in the winter months: patients with hay fever also report that they have fewer complaints and that breathing becomes easier again by daily inhaling brine during the pollen season in spring and summer. "

Brine room inhalation enables inhalation during sleep and at work

For many, traditional inhalation with a water bowl and towel may seem too cumbersome. "In the meantime there are also devices for brine room inhalation that enable inhalation via natural mouth and nose breathing without a device and without additional expenditure of time," reports Morr. “These devices cause a significant increase in the salt content in the room air and thus offer the opportunity at home or in the office to use the time to sleep or work at the same time to inhale. The salt content achieved in the room air can be regulated and can therefore be tailored to individual needs and your own wellbeing. In contrast to conventional humidifiers, which are often dangerous germs, the devices for brine room inhalation are technically designed so that they do not allow the spread of bacteria or fungal spores. In principle, it is just as suitable for newborns as it is for the very old and all ages in between. "