Bhramari pranayama exercises help control and regulate breathing in yoga, which can improve symptoms of sinusitis.
BS.CKII Tran Thi Thuy Hang, Head of Department of Otolaryngology, Tam Anh General Hospital in Ho Chi Minh City, said that yoga is an ancient Indian healing art that has recently gained popularity as a complementary treatment method. support for modern medicine. Bhramari Pranayama (bee breathing exercise) is one of them, which involves controlling the breath.
Many studies show that this breathing exercise can help reduce symptoms of anxiety and depression; improves blood circulation, concentration; treatment of sinusitis. Combining regular practice of Bhramari pranayama with treatment of chronic sinusitis will improve symptoms more effectively.
Bhramari pranayama comes from the name of the Indian black bee called bhramari and pranayama means breathing technique. There are several mechanisms by which humming may reduce symptoms of sinusitis.
The first mechanism is the humming that acts as an acoustic cleaner. Noise creates sound vibrations, which encourage air to move back and forth between the sinuses and nasal passages. The movement of air helps open up a blocked sinus opening, allowing the sinuses to ventilate and drain properly. This mechanism also helps prevent bacteria and allergens from settling in the sinuses, creating a healthy environment inside them.
The second mechanism is to increase nitric oxide levels. The humming sound increased endogenous nitric oxide production by 15 times compared with a quiet exhalation, the researchers found. Nitric oxide is a vasodilator and can regulate the filling of the nasal capacitance vessels, improve the temperature and humidity of the nasal mucosa, and help to better drain the nasal sinuses.
A third mechanism is to reduce anxiety and improve other psychological symptoms commonly seen in patients with chronic sinusitis. Regular yoga practice is effective in reducing anxiety and depression and improving quality of life.
To perform Bhramari pranayama breathing exercise, follow these steps:
Sit or stand comfortably in a quiet place and close your eyes.
Place your thumb in the ear canal or on the cartilage of the ear flap to gently clog the ear canal.
The index finger is on the eyebrow, the other fingers are on the eye.
Then, take a deep breath and exhale slowly through your nose, making a loud humming sound and focusing your attention on the areas between your eyebrows.
Perform twice daily, practice daily, each time lasts 15 minutes.
Chronic sinusitis is a common disease in Vietnam. Environmental pollution, rapid urbanization and increasing antibiotic resistance are responsible for increasing rates of upper respiratory tract infections and sinusitis. Chronic sinusitis can reduce quality of life leading to decreased work performance.
Dr. Hang added, the main principle in the treatment of sinusitis is to improve the ventilation and mucus drainage of the sinuses. Initial treatment includes medications such as decongestants and nasal sprays, with antibiotics only prescribed by your doctor. Surgery is done for more difficult cases of sinusitis.
Bhramari pranayama breathing exercise can help clear and drain sinus mucus by loosening the mucus layer and reducing mucosal edema. This is considered a supportive method to improve the symptoms of sinusitis. However, Dr. Hang noted, Bhramari pranayama should not be practiced in the supine position; women who are menstruating or pregnant; People with epilepsy, chest pain, high blood pressure or an ear infection should not practice Bhramari pranayama.