Throat problems are issues related to the throat, which is the area in the neck that is used for the transportation of food and air to the esophagus and the trachea respectively. The food that is transported to the esophagus is used by the digestive system, whereas the air transported to the trachea is used by the respiratory system.
The pharynx, larynx, and the epiglottis are important parts of the throat. The common types of throat problems are pharyngitis (commonly known as sore throat), laryngitis (infection of the larynx), tonsillitis (infection of the tonsils) and different types of throat cancers. An ENT (Ear, Nose, and Throat) specialist has to be consulted for all kinds of throat problems.
Various Yoga Exercises For Throat Problems
1. Simhasana (Lion Pose) For Sore Throat
Simhasana is one of the best yoga poses for relieving a sore throat. Sit on your knees, with your thighs resting on your shanks. Place your hands on your thighs. Inhale deeply and gradually. Now, open your mouth wide with your tongue sticking out. Exhale through your open mouth by making a sound that resembles a lion’s roar (though not as fiercely or loudly as the lion!). While performing this exercise, try to rotate your eyes.
This exercise improves blood flow to your throat and oxygenates it, thereby controlling the growth of infection causing microorganisms in your throat. This asana also cools the body and stretches the muscles of your throat, thereby strengthening them.
2. Paryankasana (Couch Pose) For Tonsillitis
Tonsillitis is a tonsil inflammation caused due to infection of the tonsils. The tonsils are a pair of fleshy tissue found behind the back of the throat that block incoming germs from the atmosphere from entering further into the body. Paryankasana improves the overall health of the tonsils. This asana is easy to perform.
Kneel on a level surface on a yoga mat and slowly bend backwards and arch your body with your head touching the floor and your neck forming a part of the curvature of the arch. Remain in this pose for 10-30 seconds. Gradually rise up and return to the kneeling pose. This asana improves blood flow to the throat, stretches and tones the muscles of the throat and ensures healthy working of the thyroid and parathyroid hormones.
3. Sasangasana (Rabbit Pose) For Laryngitis
Laryngitis is an inflammatory infection of the larynx and Sasangasana is found to relieve it along with other throat problems. Sasangasana is performed by kneeling on the floor and gradually bending forward till your head touches your knees. After attaining this pose, hold your heels with your hands, on either side. This pose deeply stretches your throat muscles and improves blood flow to the region and rejuvenates the different parts of the throat, including the larynx.
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4. Ujjayi Pranayam (Yoga Breathing Exercise) For Throat Cancer
Ujjayi Pranayama is a simple yoga breathing exercise that is beneficial in the case of throat cancer. Sit cross-legged on the floor wiith your eyes closed. Now perform Ujjayi by inhaling slowly and pressing your throat internally producing a wheezing sound. Hold the breath for a while and exhale though the nostrils. This exercise rejuvenates the muscles and glands of the throat by stimulating them and improving blood flow to the region.
Sheethalasana cools the throat, thereby reducing the temperature at which the throat infection microorganisms thrive. The fresh atmospheric oxygen that passes through the throat while performing this exercise is also non-conducive for bacterial growth.
Perform this asana, by folding your tongue like a tunnel and inhaling air through it. You will feel coolness on your tongue and throat while inhaling. Exhale the air out of your mouth.
Caution: Please use Home Remedies after Proper Research and Guidance. You accept that you are following any advice at your own risk and will properly research or consult healthcare professional.