I have a lot of congestion in my body. All over. Nearly all the time. For those who know about this stuff, it is mostly clear on an everyday basis. When there are extremes (such as sinus infection or cold or whatever), it is usually white. Very rarely is any discharge yellow or green...in that order, though.
What is congestion a sign of? How do I encourage my body to release the congestion? And stop producing excess amounts? More importantly, what are some ways to address the big picture and get to the root of the issue/problem?
In Ayurveda, I am tri-dosha, which means all three doshas are fairly equal (unusual). In order, mine are Vata-Kapha-Pitta, but the variances are minor. Congestion is said to be an imbalance in Kapha (too much Kapha). There are certain protocols for this, but as far as I can tell, it is generally accepted as congestion will always be a challenge for Kaphas. I accepted this for several years while my Ayurveda practitioner and I worked on my Vata imbalances first (mostly) and my digestive fire (Pitta) and Kapha imbalances in subtle ways. Now that my Vata imbalances are resolved and my digestive system is functioning MUCH better, I'm ready to work on the Kapha imbalances in a more focused way. Unfortunately, my practitioner has gotten quite popular and she works part-time (single mother), so appointments are hard to get and several months out. I've done two cleanses under her guidance and it is amazing how much "stuff" I have cleared out! Abyhangas are sort of like a oil massage, but much more intense and less "relaxing". Those really get my lymphatic system moving, but I cannot get them very often (due to cost and availability).
I have some other practitioners I've used for other services over the years, too, although I am skipping most for now in the interest of time. Manual lymph drainage (MLD) is amazing and helped clear out soooo much "gunk" during my last cleanse (Fall 2010). I had a series of 5 MLDs within a few weeks. Never had any before or since, but my dad gave me a gc to that place for Christmas. I can get one MLD, but I want to time it well. One treatment isn't particularly effective in isolation....at least not for me. This practitioner was trained in Ayurveda, but works more with Traditional Chinese Medicine and other alternative practices. She also said congestion is part of being Kapha and you learn to live with it. She's Kapha-dominant and spoke from both her professional training and her personal experiences.
I'm ready to figure it out now. I've been living with it for my whole life, peacefully for a few years now. I've accepted it, embraced it, and magically now I am ready to eradicate it. I typically carry a lot of water weight all the time, but I didn't even recognize it as such until recently. All the stuff I did from the cleanse last Fall has stuck with me and I have lost 16 pounds since the Monday before Halloween....without trying. For comparison, during my first cleanse (Spring 2010), I lost 20 pounds, but gained it all back pretty quickly (3-4 weeks). I was soooo sick for a month after that cleanse. I heard my experience (first cleanse) is pretty common, considering where I started.
I have quite a few tools (cell salts, flower essences, carrier oils, essential oils, herbal extracts, garden herbs, etc) in my tool box now, so I'd love to delve into this from a multi-dimensional aspect. I practice yoga, qigong, and walk daily. Please, any tips, suggestions, links, and discussion on this topic would be greatly appreciated!