I heard that too much steam makes the skin dry, red, causing dehydration. Ask your doctor for advice because when I have a runny nose, stuffy nose, fever, I often use lemongrass, ginger, and lemon to be very comfortable. (Hoang, 25 years old, Hanoi)
In Eastern medicine, steam is a remedy to treat colds, headaches, stuffy nose, sore throat, sore throat… has been used by folk for a long time. People can use lemon leaves, lemongrass leaves, purple flowers. perilla, marjoram, mint, jackfruit leaves, longan leaves, pig shit, ginger leaves, turmeric leaves, bamboo leaves, basil leaves, wormwood… or as eucalyptus (eucalyptus), phyllanthus amarus (phyllanthus amarus) , Melaleuca cajuputi (Melaleuca cajuputi) as a medicinal steam.
You add fresh ginger to be medicinal, spicy, warm, have the effect of explaining, spreading cold, temperate, water, pepper, detoxification, clearing the nose and throat. Or lemongrass is spicy, aromatic, warm, has a drying effect (sweating), anti-inflammatory, expectorant, lowers gas, disinfects, clears urine. Some types of steamed leaves also have anti-inflammatory effects, clear airways, relieve pain, reduce fever… thanks to antibiotic and essential oils.
When inhaled, the medicinal herbs have turned into steam, so they can easily enter the respiratory tract, reaching the alveoli. Steam can enter the oral cavity, the mucous membranes of the eyes and nose, and through the skin to enter the body. After inhalation, the respiratory tract is clear, relieves pain, reduces secretions, lowers gas to relieve headaches, dizziness, and shortness of breath. The patient feels comfortable, light-headed, and refreshed.
You should steam in a closed room to avoid drafts and place the steam pot on the bed. After that, the patient covered himself with a blanket, sat in the steam room for 15-20 minutes to get rid of sweat, dried his body with a clean cotton towel and put on new clothes. After steaming, the patient can eat hot porridge with perilla leaves, onions, northern pepper, lemon, chili… to increase resistance.
In case of flu, only need to inhale once or twice. Do not steam repeatedly to cause dehydration. People who sweat a lot, dizzy, dizzy, nauseous, red face, wobbly, weak and tired should not rush. Do not shower immediately after steaming because the pores are open, if it is cold, it will be blocked, not able to drain water, leading to lack of blood circulation.
During the steaming process, if you find it difficult to breathe, chest tightness, dizziness, weakness… you need to stop immediately. Note, these methods only work to reduce the symptoms of the disease, not to cure the disease.
Doctor Bui Dac Sang
Academy of Science and Technology