Prana Vaha srotas is a very important srotas in the human body. It is in charge of taking Prana into the body (the breath or life-force), primarily the respiratory system and circulatory system.
Mula: Heart, Left side of the heart.
Marga: All of the respiratory system.
Mukha: The nose (some include the mouth also).
Prana Vaha srotas is in charge of oxygen flow to the body, oxygen and Co2 exchange, agni deepana (helps to enkindle the digestive fire), keeps body temperature, encouraging blood flow.
Reasons for disorders:
1. Dhatu Kshaya.
2. Suppressing natural urges (in Ayurveda there are 13 urges not to be suppressed).
3. Incorrect Pranayama.
4. Extreme coldness or dryness.
5. Prolonged fasting.
6. Inflammation in the respiratory pathways.
7. Exposure to smoke, acids and every substance which can irritate the respiratory system.
8. Physical traumas.
1. Fast/slow breathing.
2. Irregular noises while inhaling or exhaling.
3. Chest pain.
4. Larynx pain.
5. Congestion in the sinuses, nose or bronchi.
7. Coughing whether dry or productive.
2. Heart diseases.
5. Bronchitis or lung infection and inflammation.
8. Benign tumors in the Prana zones.
9. Edema in the lungs.
Whenever coming to diagnose a disease, we should always pay attention to the ‘Big Picture’ and not just symptoms of diseases. Normally when diagnosing the disease right, whether the problem is in the srotas, or dhatu, treating the main cause will eliminate the symptoms.
Pranayama, when practised correctly can help in treating problems in Prana Vaha Srotas. Ujjai, is a very good pranayama for the respiratory system, so is Anulom-Vilom.