The respiratory system brings oxygen into your body and helps to remove carbon dioxide.
Parts of the respiratory system are: Nose, pharynx (throat), larynx (voice box), trachea (windpipe), bronchi (airways branching from the trachea and leading to smaller bronchioles and the lungs.
You breathe air in and out through your nose and mouth. This air is warmed and moistened along the way. The air passes through your larynx, then to the trachea (windpipe) and bronchi to reach your lungs. In your lungs, the air sits in small air sacs called alveoli. Oxygen from the air you breathe in travels from your alveoli into your bloodstream. Carbon dioxide travels the other way, from your bloodstream into your alveoli. You then breathe the carbon dioxide out.
Some examples of conditions that can affect the respiratory system include: Asthma, bronchitis, COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease), hay fever, laryngitis, pneumonia, whooping cough, croup bronchiolitis and other lung conditions.
Many viruses and infections can cause respiratory illnesses. Common infections include colds, influenza (the flu) and COVID 19.
If you would like to have a more tailored approach to your health concerns you can book in to see our Herbal Naturopath. (you will be transferred to our sister companies online booking service) She will look at you as an individual and look into your specific needs through holistic and evidence-based approach to wellness. Herbal Naturopathic principles are based on treating each person as an individual and treatment plans are designed to treat you as a whole person and not just your presenting symptoms.