Tonsillitis refers to inflammation of the pharyngeal tonsils. The inflammation may involve other areas of the back of the throat including the adenoids and the lingual tonsils (areas of tonsil tissue at the back of the tongue).There is several variations of tonsillitis: acute, recurrent, and chronic tonsillitis and peritonsillar abscess. Viral or bacterial infections and immunologic factors lead to tonsillitis and its complications. Nearly all children in the United States experience at least one episode of tonsillitis. Younger children tend to be afflicted by viral tonsillitis, while older children and adults are more prone to bacterial infection. Tonsillitis can also sometimes be an offshoot of more serious illnesses like diphtheria, scarlet fever and infectious mononucleosis. Most types of tonsillitis are contagious. It usually spreads from person to person by contact with the throat or nasal fluids of someone who is infected.
The tonsils and adenoids are thought to assist the body in its defense against incoming bacteria and viruses by helping the body form antibodies. However, this function may only be important during the first year of life. There is no evidence to support a significant role of the tonsils and adenoids in immunity. Medical studies have shown that children who have their tonsils and adenoids removed suffer no loss whatsoever in their future immunity to disease or ability to ward off infections. If tonsillitis is caused by bacteria, with antibiotic treatment, the illness is usually cured within 1 week. However, it may take several weeks for the tonsils and swollen glands to return to normal size.
Yoga and TonsillitisYoga has been found & proven to be helpful in the prevention & cure of various diseases. Several yogic asanas have been recommended for various diseases which help the patient in the treatment course. Although the word 'Yoga' has many connotations, etymologically it means 'Integration', whose aim itself is integration of personality in its all aspects. In order to help the development of such integration, various techniques are employed. This techniques or practices enjoined in Yogic literature and handed down in different traditions also go under the name of Yoga. Bandhas and Mudras consist of practices where in one tries to consciously control certain semi -voluntary and involuntary muscles in the body. In these muscles there is an integration of central and autonomic nerve supply. By bringing these muscles under volition one could influence there by the activity of the autonomic nervous system which functions as a whole. Bandhas and Mudras help to tone up the internal organs decongest them and stimulate their healthy functioning. For undergoing yogic practices adequate bedrock is formed by resorting to a mode of self -imposed code of conduct technically known as Yamas and Niyamas. They form the very basis of Yoga and are considered to be essential part of yogic routine, howsoever on a mild scale. The nature of all yogic practices is psycho-physiological.
YOGA POSES FOR TONSILLITIS
Rabbit PoseYoga Rabbit pose is the ultimate spinal tension tamer. It can be perform after doing child pose. This pose helps bring blood to your brain, massage your thyroid and compress the throat, which also massages the lymph nodes. This helps to cure insomnia, depression, colds, sinus, tonsillitis, laryngitis, allergies and glandular defects, compresses thyroid, balances hormones, improves flexibility of scapula, and stimulates nerves behind eyes.
Corpse PoseThe Corpse Yoga Pose is considered as a classic relaxation Yoga Pose and is practiced before or in between Asanas as well as a Final Relaxation. While it looks deceptively simple, it is actually difficult to perform. Learn more on how to do it with the help of this article.
Triangle PoseIn Hindu art, the triangle is a potent symbol for the divine principle, and it is frequently found in the yantras and mandalas used for meditation. The Trikonasana or Triangle Pose concludes the Yoga Postures in our basic session.
Lion PoseThe pose of the roaring lion (whose Indian name is original Simhasana) yoga is suitable for people of all ages and types (old and weak including) because it is relatively easy to perform. The pose sometimes referred to as Bhairavasana. The pose gets its name because the face of the person performing the looks on the face of a roaring lion or fierce (Simha Mudra gesture or facial lion) because of the open mouth and tongue extended.
Fish PoseDoing the Fish Pose relieves stiffness of the neck and shoulder muscles and improves flexibility of your spine. It is the counter-pose of the Shoulder stand. Hold the Fish Pose for at least half the amount of time you spent in the Shoulder stands in order to balance the stretch.
YOGA ASANAS FOR TONSILLITIS
The word 'Matsya' would mean fish. This posture is named after one of the incarnation of Lord Vishnu who assumed the form of a fish. Hence the name 'Matsyasana' or the 'Fish Pose'.
- Sit in Padmasana (Lotus pose).
- Lie with your back flat with the legs placed on the floor.
- Breathe out and arch the back, lifting the neck and the chest. Taking the head back, rest the crown of the head on the floor. Increase the back arch by dragging the head further back by holding the crossed legs.
- Remove the hands from the legs. Flex the arms and hold the elbows resting the forearms on the floor behind the head.
- Stay in this position for about half a minute to a minute with deep breathing.
- Rest the back of the head on the floor and lie down flat on the back. Breathe in and get back to Padmasana to release the legs and relax.
- Recross the legs the other way and repeat the pose the same way for the same length if time.
- If it is difficult to perform the 3 and 4 position, lie down flat on the back and have the hands outstretched straight over the head.
Paryanka means a bed, couch or sofa. This asana is a continuation of Supta Virasana. In it the body resembles a couch, hence the name.
- Sit in Virasana
- Exhale and recline on the back. Let the neck and the chest and arching the back up rest only the crown of the head on the floor. No part of the trunk should be on the floor.
- Bend the arms at the elbows. Hold with the right hand the left upper arm near the elbows and with the left hand the right upper arm near the elbow. Rest the folded arms on the floor behind the head.
- Stay in the pose for a minute with even breathing.
- Inhale, rest the trunk and d neck on the floor, release the hands and sit up in Virasana.
- Then straighten the legs one by one, lie flat on the back and relax.
The Roaring Lion Posture (whose original Indian name is Simhasana) in Yoga is suitable for people of all ages and types (including old and weak) because it is relatively easy to perform. The posture is sometimes referred to as Bhairavasana.The posture gets its name because the face of the person performing it resembles the face of a Roaring Lion (Simha Mudra or Lion Face Gesture) because of the open mouth and extended tongue.
- Kneel down on the ground and place your body weight on your knees, calves and heels with the toes pointing back.
- Keep your head and spine erects with the knees about 6-12 inches apart.
- Press your palms on the respective knees with the fingers extended straight. This is the Thunderbolt Posture.
- Open your mouth fully. Exhale through your nose and mouth, and simultaneously extend your tongue comfortably out of your mouth curving it toward the chin. Hold your breath with the abdomen pulled in. Widen your eyes, bare your teeth and stretch your facial muscles so that your face looks terrifying.
- Remain in this final posture for about 10 seconds or your breakpoint.
Makara' in Sanskrit is crocodile. This position is basically meant for relaxation after performing other asanas.
- Lie in Saashtaangasana position.
- Spread the legs apart, so that the feet are at least 18 to 24 inches from one another.
- The heels should oppose each other with the toes pointing away.
- The thighs, abdomen and chest should rest on the ground and fold your arms so that they form a triangle under the face. The palms should clasp your opposite shoulder.
- The head rests on the triangle formed by the elbows and the shoulders.
- While breathing deeply stay in this position for at least 10 to 15 minutes.
This asana makes the spine flexible and gives good exercise to the lateral area. It also vitalizes the liver, pancreas and kidneys, exercises the side muscles and increases the flexibility of the hip joints and waist.
- Stand straight, feet apart and arms on the sides, palms facing and touching the thighs.
- While inhaling, raise your right arm slowly up to shoulder level, palm facing down with the elbow straight.
- Now turn the palm upwards and raise the hand so that it is in a straight line, touching the ear.
- While exhaling, bend as far as possible to the left. This is the final position of Trikonasana.
- Maintain it for a few seconds and return to normal position gradually.
- The same is to be done on the other side. This completes the process. The lateral stretch should be felt.
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