Bad breath indicates not only poor oral hygiene but also the accumulation of toxins in the upper digestive tract. According to the science of Ayurveda, it is the vitiating KAPHA dosha (dominates upper respiratory and upper digestive tract) that blocks Apana Vaayu (an element that is responsible for the elimination of toxins and has natural downward movement) and bring disturbance/obstruction in its function. As a result, toxins cannot be flushed out properly and starts accumulating in the upper digestive tract. One can experience the smell of these toxins in the form of bad breath.
Bad breath could also occur due to frequent attacks of cold and sinusitis in which excess mucus gets accumulated in the nasal cavity and upper respiratory tract which can turn toxic if left untreated. Dehydration, toxicity in the liver and kidney could also be responsible for bad breath issue.
How to get rid of bad breath?
The primary Ayurvedic object in treating bad breath is to kindle Agni (digestive fire) which in turn burns toxins and alleviate the root cause of the condition. Here are several effective remedies to prevent and treat bad breath.
1. Get the right cause of your issue with Nadi Pariksha
Ravana Nadi Pariksha is a powerful diagnostic tool for establishing the root cause of the problem. The findings in Nadi Pariksha reveal the kind of treatment and therapies you require to heal. A clear healing programme is drawn out for you to heal you from the root of your problems. A thorough examination of the nasal tract and mouth is furthermore important for the conclusion.
2. Panchakarma Therapy
Panchakarma therapy is advised if the problem is deep-seated and chronic. Removal of toxins and rejuvenation of the digestive tract or nasal track can be achieved with these therapies. Following therapies stand useful for bad breath issue.
A. Matra Basti:-
This procedure is a medicated oil enema that is administered through the anal route to rejuvenate and strengthen this channel.
Duration:- 20 to 30 minutes
Benefits of Matra Basti :-
- It helps to maintain the health and longevity of the deeper tissues by effectively eliminating the excess toxins from the body.
- It helps improve the digestive fire or Agni and helps in the digestion of toxins that form as a result of an ineffective digestion process.
- It rejuvenates the skin which is the direct result of rasa and rakta dhatu. Rasa dhatu is the outcome of consuming food where acids, alkali and food are mixed in harmony where food is consumed in a pleasant state of mind. Rasa is useful to nourish every tissue of the body.
- It helps in maintaining the water metabolism by nourishing the walls of the large intestine.
B. Niruham or Kashaya Basti:-
It is a process where medicated decoction enema is administered into the large intestine.
Duration:- 20 to 30 minutes
Benefits Niruham or Kashaya Basti :-
- The medicated decoction balances the Vaayu, thereby improving the life of tissues in the body. It activates the life force which originates at the pelvic diaphragm and enhances the overall energy in the body.
- When Vaayu is toned, it also helps in toning the nerve impulses thereby relaxing the nerves and muscles
- It induces a deep state of relaxation.
- It eliminates constipation.
C. Nasyam :-
Drops of medicated oil or herbal juice are administered to the nostril.
Duration:- 20 to 30 minutes
Benefits of Nasyam :-
- Enhances cerebral circulation
- Restores and balances prana in the body
- Prevents recurring colds and sinus congestion
- Rejuvenates the action of the sympathetic and parasympathetic nerves and enhances body-mind coordination
- Pacifies the stress in the neck and thoracic region
- Radiance in facial skin as a consequence of rejuvenation of the facial tissues
- Rejuvenates hair follicles and effectively controls hair fall and greying
- Improved immunity of upper respiratory tract.
3. Modifications in the diet and lifestyle habits.
- It is important to monitor your diet. Consuming heavy meals, eating at the wrong time and wrong food combinations can reduce the gastric fire and built up the toxins in the gut.
- Watching your emotions is necessary to avoid emotional eating or cravings.
- Avoid cheese, yoghurt, ice cream, cold drinks
- Pick up any form of exercise like yoga, brisk walk to maintain the physical and mental energy. This also promotes the flow of healthy digestive juices and calms the mind.
- Avoid sleeping or lying down after meals. Make sure you take a walk for 10-15 minutes after each meal.
- Avoid drinking lime water, cold drink, juices with food. This will slow down the process of digestion.
- Avoid combining sweets or milk with salty food.
4. Home Remedies
- Chew about one teaspoon of roasted fennel and cumin seeds (mixed in equal proportion), after each meal.
- Gargle with a decoction made with Triphala and Turmeric.
- Drink a cup of cumin-coriander-fennel tea (equal quantity) to aid digestion.
- Drink half a cup of aloe vera juice twice a day until the freshness is restored to the breath.
- Hold a clove in the mouth for a while if the bad breath is due to a gum issue.
- Slowly chew one or two cardamom seeds to reduce bad breath. Cardamom aids digestion and helps to reduce toxins.
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