Tonsils are lumps of soft tissue and are part of the immune system. You have two tonsils, one on either side at the back of the mouth.Tonsils vary in size from person to person.
A main function of tonsils is to trap germs (bacteria and viruses) which you may breathe in. Proteins called antibodiesproduced by the immune cells in the tonsils help to kill germs and help to prevent throat and lung infections.
You can normally see your tonsils by opening your mouth wide and looking in a mirror. They are the two fleshy lumps that you can see at the sides and back of the mouth.
Adenoids is the name given to a lump of lymphoid tissue that sits between the tonsils, higher up in the back of the mouth. Adenoids trap germs that enter the body through the nose.This tissue cannot be seen without special instruments or x-rays, since it is hidden behind the roof of the mouth. This mouth breathing can cause permanent changes in the facial shape – “adenoidal facies” with elongation of the face and an open-mouthed, slack-jaw appearance.
Nighttime respiratory obstruction, with snoring and even sleep apnea can cause significant load upon the right side of the heart. Other problems caused by chronic adenoid hypertrophy include blockage of the eustachian tubes and chronic ear disease and hearing loss.
Some problems associated with tonsils:
Tonsillitis:Tonsillitis is an infection of the tonsils. A sore throat is the common symptom. In addition, you may also have a cough, high temperature (fever), and headache, feel sick, feel tired, find swallowing painful, and have swollen neck glands.
Glandular fever (infectious mononucleosis):infectious mononucleosis is caused by the Epstein-Barr virus. It tends to cause a severe bout of tonsillitis in addition to other symptoms. See separate leaflet called Glandular Fever (Infectious Mononucleosis) for more details.
Quincy:This is also known as peritonsillar abscess. An abscess is a collection of pus. Quinsy is an uncommon condition where an abscess develops next to a tonsil due to a bacterial infection. It usually develops just on one side. It may follow an episode of tonsillitis or may arise on its own.
Cancer of the tonsil:This is a rare cancer. It is more common in smokers and those who drink a lot of alcohol.
Swollen or enlarged adenoids are common in children. Causes include:
- Infections with viruses or bacteria. Once an infection clears, the swelling often goes down but sometimes the adenoids remain enlarged.
- Often there is no apparent cause.
- Redder than normal tonsils.
- • A white or yellow coating on the tonsils.
- • A slight voice change due to swelling.
- • Sore throat, sometimes accompanied by ear pain.
- • Uncomfortable or painful swallowing.
- • Swollen lymph nodes (glands) in the neck.
- • Fever.
- Bad breath.
Hydrastis is perfectly homoeopathic to the totality of the symptoms produced by enlarged adenoids, it has the yellow mucus and general lymphoid hypertrophy
Calcarea phosphorica [Calc.p]
Highly recommended by copper, Clifton and many others as a most efficacious remedy in enlarged adenoids
Cistus Canadensis [Cist]
In scrofulous or arthritic individuals who have enlarged adenoids. There is extreme sensitiveness to cold air, this is characteristic
Adenoids are greatly benefited and often times permanently cured by a weekly dose of Tuberculinum or preferably Bacillinum.
Agraphis nutans [Agra]
Obstruction of the nostrils from adenoids. Throat deafness. Clarke of London regarded this remedy as a leading one in cases of adenoids.
If you think yoga is used only for weight loss then I must say that you are absolutely wrong. According to Wikipedia the term yoga is derived from the literal meaning of ‘yoking together’. Yoking as in American English means linking together that being said Yoga is the linking of sound mind, body and breath.
Rooted in ancient India, yoga was less known and practised until a couple of decades ago. As the word of its benefits spread around the world people started practising it with utmost zeal. And now, yoga gurus have taken it to almost every part of the world. Be it east or west, Yoga’s magic spell never fails to amaze anybody. In Today’s topic I will make you well verse with its benefits. You might already know some or most of these benefits but revising them will surely encourage you to continue or start practising Yoga.
Weight Loss – This is the widely known benefit of yoga. Usually, people perceive it as a weight loss practice so only those who want to shed off their extra calories indulge in it. Yoga brings mind, body and breathe on the same platform; this makes the work out easier and helps in slowly flaking weight over a period of time. Surya Namaskar and Kapal Bhati pranayama are some ways to help lose weight with yoga. These days we also have power yoga that delivers fast results but it has to be done under the supervision of a yoga expert.
Healthy and Glowing Skin- Most of us get crazy when it come to skin care. A day or 2 before a festival or gathering, we all rush to salons to get the facials done for a glowing skin. What if we never have to run for these last minute facials! What if our skin always glows like a fresh flower and radiates the aura of being happy! Well, all these things are possible with Yoga. As I have said earlier Yoga links mind, body and breath together so every single technique that we practice in Yoga has numerous benefits. So any Yoga asana we practice it shows an effect on our skin. We get naturally rejuvenated and beautiful skin.
Stress Relief- In this hectic competitive world I think nobody is free from stress. Be it office issues or home gossips or breakups or weighing moot decisions almost every other daily issue can lead to stress. There are many de-stressing ways; we can vent it out by talking to a dear friend or go to a spa for de-stressing therapy or go for a brisk walk or practice Yoga. Daily Yoga can help reduce stress as it promotes relaxation by keeping our body, mind, and breathing at peace. People who do even a bit of yoga every day often find themselves better at handling crazy things. Yoga postures, pranayama and meditation are effective techniques to release stress. Continuously practicing yoga builds our ability to keep focus, balance, and relax in every situation.
Boosts Memory and Improves Concentration- The other primary benefit of Yoga is that it improves concentration and increases memory power. Memory and concentration are two things that are critical to our daily lives. If we do not have good memory power or ability to concentrate on our tasks we cannot retain information or plan our future. There are many yoga asanas that stimulate the brain and nervous system to improve memory and concentration. To name a few padmasana, halasana and pranayama are the most practiced asanas for memory and concentration.
Enhanced Flexibility- Unlike other rigorous exercises that require more work out and stamina, Yoga is moderately practised. It involves stretching of body while maintaining a balance between breathing and posture. Yoga is a great way to work on flexibility and strength. Almost everyone can do it, it’s not just for people who can touch their toes or bend backwards. After just a couple of weeks of practising Yoga one will see prominent difference in body’s elasticity level. Consistent yoga practice also helps in de-toxing the body.
Yoga does not require a big space or expensive machinery/equipment; one just needs a mat and a calm corner at home or outside to practice these Vedic techniques. Plus, it does not require a good stamina so people of all ages can easily choose to do these asanas. Keep in mind, yoga is an incessant process. So keep practising! The deeper you dig into yoga, the more profound benefits you will reap.