Natural treatment of respiratory diseases
In recent years, the incidence of respiratory pathologies has increased considerably, especially in children, where repetitive pathologies are becoming more frequent and begin at younger ages. The causes are diverse. The increase in pollution, tobacco smoke and heating systems of buildings, make the air we breathe in urban areas have an irritative effect on the respiratory tract. If we add stress, excess vaccination and drugs, bad eating habits and poor food quality, we can understand why our defenses decrease and our respiratory system gets worse day after day.
The importance of nasal hygiene
The nose is the main entrance of the respiratory tract. Among its various functions we could highlight that it conditions the air we breathe so that it reaches the lungs clean of impurities and with the necessary humidity and temperature. If we take into account that we inhale about 6 liters of air per minute, at the end of the day almost 10,000 liters of air pass through our nose; this air is heated in the nose reaching 31-34ºC in the rhinopharynx and 36-37ºC in the pulmonary alveoli, and moistened by 79% in the nostrils and 100% in the alveoli.
Another important function is the depurative and defensive: the air we breathe is a mixture of gases that also contains viruses, bacteria and particles in suspension. Upon entering the nose, the large particles are retained by the vibrissae (hairs) of the nasal vestibule and the smallest ones adhere to the respiratory mucosa, the layer that covers the inside of all the airways, with great bactericidal capacity. This mucosa has a mechanism that drags the mucus towards the rhinopharynx, where it can be swallowed or expelled to the outside.
Factors such as a dry environment slow down this movement, even stopping it, thus favoring the accumulation of mucus inside the rhinopharynx. This accumulation becomes the perfect breeding ground over which microbes find their ideal environment for reproducing and drying out infections.
The cleaning of the nasal cavities is a fundamental point in all the pathologies that affect the respiratory tract.
Why with sea water?
Because seawater is considered the first mineral-medicinal water par excellence, it contains 300mg / l of organic substances and 94 of the 104 elements of the periodic table and acts as an ionomineral “totum”. It is nutritious, regenerative, mucolytic, anti-inflammatory, antibiotic and immunostimulant; seawater is a real medicine with great possibilities in the treatment of respiratory and ear pathologies. Inhalation cures with seawater produce a positive effect on inflammatory processes, an inhibition of infections and a normalization of mucus production.
The Balneari Respiratori is a center of respiratory physiotherapy based on the use of seawater to cure and prevent all pathologies that affect the respiratory tree, both in the upper tract (sinusitis, pharyngitis, recurrent otitis, …), and of the lower tracts (acute and recurrent bronchitis, asthma, bronchiectasis, …).
Our treatments, suitable for all ages (babies, children, adults and seniors), consist of vapors, nasal showers, aerosols and nebulizations that favor the drainage of secretions, reactivating the defense mechanisms and local immunological stimulation, and most important, getting an optimal nasal function. In certain cases we complement these treatments with natural phytotherapy and homeopathy medicines.
Núria Oliver Tizón
Physiotherapist Respiratòria i homeòpata.
Postgrau Natural Therapies St. Joan de Deu
Muntaner, 411, local Esquerra
Phone 93 211 07 95