Tonsils are the glands located in the throat at the opening of the food pipe. They are situated at both the sides of the pipe lik e guards and there function is as such. They destroy the germs entering the body thro ugh respiration or through food by creating antibodies.
The white blood cells and certain proteins fight th e external infections to the body. Production of these proteins and white blood cells is made by glands like tonsils, adenoids, thymus, etc. This security system must be intact. At times when the germs are strong, they are not completely destroyed. They then reside in the tonsils and start growing there. This will cause swelling to these gl ands as well as the formation of puss, slowing down their functioning. These germs c an enter the body and cause some disorder. Thus, these glands contribute to of the d isorder in the body. In such cases the tonsils are surgically removed as they are deemed t o be sick, therefore these ‘security guards’ are taken away. The ideal solution would be to treat them and improve their functioning. The majority of the times the surgical option is taken and these glands are partially or completely eliminated, leaving the body to fight a variety of infections by other means due to the absence of its ‘security guards’. Hence maintaining good health of these glands is a better option to surger y.
The growth of tonsils and adenoid glands continues up to the age of ten to twelve years at which point their size become reduc ed. The adenoids disappear after the age of sixteen. The outcome of an infection- we akened immune system-infection is the vicious circle for the victims of tonsilliti s. The infection to the tonsils allows for the entry of germs into the body which can develop into further troubles such as swelling in the tonsils, throat pain, trouble swall owing and breathing, a nasal voice and quite often a fever. Sometimes there are accomp anied pain in the neck bones. All these consequences result in feeling low, trouble c oncentrating and if not treated in time, may develop possibilities of arthritis, heart disease, or kidney disorders. Sometimes, there is infection in the ears through t he Eustachian tubes developing disorders in the ears.
Infection of the tonsils and increased or swollen t onsils are two different things. If someone is suffering from infection it d oes not necessarily mean that the size will increase or vice versa. If however there is swelling without infection, it can create an obstruction to both the respiratory tract and the digestive tract. This reaction could be temporary and therefore not a serious prob lem. Being symptomatic once or twice in a year will not require as there may be ot her treatments that may reduce the trouble.
On the other hand, frequent occurrence of the troub le may lead to long-term negative effects, especially in young persons who s uffer from this ailment, as they tend to breathe through the mouth. This habit creat es adverse effects on their physical as well as mental growth. It alters the facial appe arance and size of chest and also affects mental skills lowering concentration and me mory. In these cases with frequent outbreaks, surgery is suggested as a measure. In ea rlier times, the number of such surgeries was more but more recently an inclination to avoid surgery has been developed.
Doctors are now aware of the hazards of removing to nsils. The body becomes permanently weak by eliminating one of the organs r esponsible for protecting the immune system. Antibiotics to fight the infection i n the tonsils are a temporary 112 measure. The way to get rid of the disease permanen tly is of course Yoga.
We know that yoga does not work at the time of atta ck. Medication may be used to reduce the trouble and then regular practic e of yoga may prevent future trouble. When the trouble is less severe, measures like warming the throat, gurgling with salt water and Jalaneti, if possible may be ad opted. These help in bringing the patient to normal. Increase in the resistance power of the body and especially the tonsils through Sun Salutations, Yogasanas, Cleansi ng processes, and Pranayama will be helpful. A four week course has been developed f or this purpose. The list includes both revisions of processes taught initially as wel l as some new ones to be taught. Revisions should be practiced daily within the one hour expected daily practice.
Monday- Standing Position, Preparatory Movements Pr eposition, Preparatory Movements Exercises-1-6, Sitting Position, Supine P osition, Shavasana, Halasana, Gentle Breathing, Deep Breathing, Prayers and Shant ipaath.
Tuesday- Preparatory Movements Exercises-7-12, Swas tikasana, Padmasana, Dhyan Mudra, Sharanagat Mudra, Deep Breathing 1:0:1 ratio (Same proportion).
Wednesday- Prone Position, Makarasana, Parvatasana, Sun Salutation (Positions), Vrikshasana.
Thursday- Sun Salutation (Positions including rules of respiration and chanting of mantras), Sun Salutation-9, Saral Hasta (straight a rmed) Bhujangasana, Ardha (partial) Shalabhasana.
Friday- Sun Salutation 12 + 2, Uttanpadasana (compl ete and partial), Vakrahasta (bent arm) Bhujangasana, Complete Shalabhasana.
Saturday- Vakrasana Types-1 & 2, Dhanurasana, Ardha (partial) Pashchimottanasana, and Deep Breathing (1: 0: 1.5 ratios)
Sunday Prayers - Ganapati Atharvasheersha, chanting of Aum- 108 times, contemplation 5 minutes, Prayers.
Monday- Vipareet Karani, Naukasana types-1 & 2, Pad masana Yogamudra types 1 & 2, Samaasana, Vajrasana.
Tuesday- Vajrasana Yogamudra types-1 & 2, Baddhapad masana, Ardha Matsyendrasana, Yogamudra type-2, Sarvangasana, Mat syasana.
Wednesday- Utthit Padmasana, Halasana, Pashchimotta nasana, Trikonasana, Ashwini Mudra, and Deep Breathing (1: 0: 2 ratios).
Thursday- Aakarna Dhanurasana types 1 & 2, Veerasan a, Rapid Breathing types- 1-5.
Friday- Pavanmuktasana, Rapid Breathing type-6, Rev ision.
Sunday- Prayers, (as previous), contemplation 10 mi nutes.
Take revision one hour daily of the processes taugh t in the previous two weeks. Important points to be noted for revision are:
Monday- taking Vajrasana as initial position perfor m Shoulder Movement exercise-1 & 2, Leg Movement exercise- 1 & 2, Jalandhar Bandha , Bhraamari (while exhalation).
Wednesday- Complete Chakrasana (supine position), S inha Mudra- Bhramari (while inhalation).
Thursday- Chakrasana (standing position) - Ushtrasa na- Parighasana- Ujjayi.
Friday- Ugrasana (sitting and standing position).
Saturday- Hala-ugrasana- Karnapeedanasana.
The following revision should be taken in sixty min utes time in this week.
Daily Revision- Prayers, Sun Salutation-12, Sarvangasana, Halasana, Hala-ugrasana, Karnapeedana sana, Matsyasana- 2 repetitions,
Shavasana- Chakrasana, Bhujangasana (complete and p artial), Shalabhasana, Dhanurasana, Naukasana, Matsyasana, Ardha Matsyendr asana, complete Pashchimottanasana, Aakarna Dhanurasana types-1 & 2 , Shavasana, Trikonasana, Veerasana, Chakrasana, single legged Hastasana, Ugr asana, Shavasana, With Vajrasana as initial position- Shoulder Moveme nt exercise-1 & 2, neck movement exercise- 1 & 2, With Padmasana as initial position- Bhramari, Bhraa mari, Kapalbhati, Ujjayi, Deep Breathing, Prayers, Chanting of Aum.
Gurgling of the mixture of 1 glass of hot water + half teaspoon salt + half teaspoon of Alum granules 2-3 times daily.
Gurgling of mixture of Bark of myrobalan (Hirda) + turmeric powder 2-3 times a day.
Soak orange, sweet lime or dry grapes in water, cr ush it with hand and drink that water.
Cover the throat with warm muffler.
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