How to Release Phlegm Naturally

I found an article online on how to remove/release phlegm naturally, I thought I'd share (excuse me for the topic).  Certain conditions could trigger these specially to pregnant women, allergic people, sudden weather changes, etc.  In my case, I am prone to this especially with sudden weather changes plus I got allergic rhinitis and sinusitis that could easily lead to flu and block the passage of air on my nostrils. I also learned that you don't have to be sick to have a lot of them on your body. So what is phlegm anyway?

Phlegm is a sticky fluid secreted by the mucous membranes of humans and other animals. Its definition is limited to the mucus produced by the respiratory system, excluding that from the nasal passages, and particularly that which is expelled by coughing (sputum). Its composition varies, depending on climate, genetics, and state of the immune system, but basically is a water-based gel consisting of glycoproteins, immunoglobulins, lipids, etc. (1)

For those who are in distress because of from  phlegm, there is a natural way of removing/releasing it.  This can be done during your idle hours when you want to nap for a while or while resting.  You would need around 3 pillows for these and that you have to lie down to do this.

Below are the steps taken from the post of  (2)Tammy Lawrence-Cymbalisty, owner of TLC Services, on the HOWTODOTHINGS website.

Step 1:
Prepare to lie down:  You can lie down on a yoga mat or a bed if you are not comfortable on the floor.

If you are pregnant, you will lie down on your left side; everyone else should lie on their right side with the legs straight. Lying on the right helps the heart muscle to relax in your chest.

The arm should be straight up by your head on the side you are lying on.  You can relax the opposite arm in front of your chest.

Step 2:
Stack your pillows:  Place two stacked pillows under your feet.  The last pillow should be placed under the right armpit; for pregnancy, this will be your left armpit.

Step 3:
Relax:  Stay in this position for five to fifteen minutes.  You can repeat this several times a day.  Put on some relaxing music or use the down time for meditation.

Step 4:
Why do inversions help release phlegm?
Gravity!  Although this is not an inversion like headstand, it is still a mild inversion. 

Water will always flow to the center of the earth.  In the body, it will flow to its lowest point. Think of doing a headstand.  Stomach acid is stopped from moving into the esophagus because there is a flap at the top of the stomach to prevent the stomach acids (water) from flowing upwards;  if there was no flap, the esophagus would be burned or eaten by the acid, leaving a large hole. The nasal cavities do not have anything to stop them from draining which is why mucous (water) will flow downward, removing the excess.

Another way to understand it would be to take a bottle of water and turn it upside down.  Gravity will obviously pull the water to its opposite end, similar to the body in this position. 

Step 5:
Zero side effects.  The best part about releasing phlegm naturally, using this mild inversion is that you will only experience positive benefits.  When you get up off of the floor, you will find your sinuses are clear, almost like magic!

Keep in mind the colour of your phlegm can tell you much about what is happening in your body.  You may need to see a doctor also, especially if symptoms persist.

(1)Taken from wiki;
(2)Tammy Lawrence-Cymbalisty is the owner of TLC Services A Certified Yoga Teacher, HypnoBirthing Practitioner and Reiki Master. She is the Author of How to be Soul Strong: a user's guide to life on planet earth which can be found at


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