Asthma


Overview

Asthma is a condition in which a person's airways become inflamed, narrow and swell and produce extra mucus, which makes it difficult to breathe. It is a common inflammatory disease of the airway of the lungs.

Symptoms

  1. Wheezing
  2. Cough worse when exposed to cold air
  3. Chest congestion
  4. Breathlessness
  5. Chest tightness
  6. Inability or decrease ability to perform physical activity/exercise.

According to Ayurveda, there are three elements present in our body; vata, pitta and kapha. Because of the above-said causative factors it leads to impairment of digestion and aggravation of Vata and kapha elements. Impaired digestion causes accumulation of toxins known as ama. Ama spreads and accumulates in the respiratory channels, ama along with Kapha and vata eventually producing asthmatic symptoms. Asthma is considered as Tamaka swasa in ayurveda.

Causes

Exposure to various irritants and substances that trigger allergies (allergens) can trigger signs and symptoms of asthma. Asthma triggers are different from person to person and can include:

Common allergens

  • Pet dander
  • Dust mites
  • Tobacco smoke
  • Air pollution
  • Strong odors, including scented lotions and perfumes
  • Chemical fumes
  • Pollen

Other‌ ‌causes‌ ‌due‌ ‌to‌ ‌diet‌ ‌and‌ ‌lifestyle‌ ‌includes:‌ ‌ ‌

  1. Excess‌ ‌intake‌ ‌of‌ ‌sour‌ ‌,salty‌ ‌and‌ ‌pungent‌ ‌food‌ ‌
  2. Eating‌ ‌large‌ ‌amounts‌ ‌of‌ ‌sour‌ ‌gruels‌ ‌
  3. Excessive‌ ‌intake‌ ‌of‌ ‌mustard‌ ‌
  4. Exposure‌ ‌to‌ ‌cold‌ ‌wind‌ ‌
  5. Contact‌ ‌of‌ ‌cold‌ ‌substances‌ ‌
  6. Day‌ ‌sleep‌ ‌
  7. Suppression‌ ‌of‌ ‌vomiting‌ ‌reflux‌ ‌
  8. Insect‌ ‌bite‌ ‌
  9. Contact‌ ‌of‌ ‌poisonous‌ ‌insects/bugs‌ ‌
  10. Incompatible‌ ‌food‌ ‌like‌ ‌taking‌ ‌milk‌ ‌and‌ ‌sour‌ ‌food‌ ‌together‌ .
  11. Eating‌ ‌food‌ ‌before‌ ‌the‌ ‌previous‌ ‌meal‌ ‌is‌ ‌digested‌ ‌.
  12. Untimely‌ ‌food‌ ‌habits‌.

Treatment

Treatment protocol aims at:
  1. Treating inflammation of the respiratory tract 
  2. Prevent recurrence by balancing the immune response.
  3. Regular intake of supplements can help in long term relief and rejuvenating the whole body.

The first line of treatment should always be avoiding the causative factors. If the problem persists then consider the following treatment protocol.

  • When the respiratory system comes into contact with an allergen, the body tries to combat by releasing a natural chemical known as histamine. Histamines boost blood flow in the area of your body the allergen affected. This causes inflammation in throat airways and nasal cavity resulting in swelling in nasal mucosa, wheezing and shortness of breath. Ajamoda, Vacha, Sitopaladi churna will reduced the inflammation, relieves phlegm and Chitrakadi vati are helpful in removing toxin (ama) from the body
  • Inflammation of airways results in increased  mucus production, mucus from the nasal sinuses dripping down the back of the throat (post-nasal drip)  and causes Chest tightness and cough . Pippali, Lavanga, Surasa,Talisadi churna, Tankana will help to treat the congestion in the chest by clearing the mucus from the channels.

(The above mentioned Ayurvedic drugs are Herbs and Herbomineral preparations)

Other Therapies:-Swedana , ( Steam therapy ),Nasya , Virechana/Purgation therapy (cleaning digestive tract and purifies blood)

Herbs

 Ajamoda, Vacha, Sitopaladi churna, 

Herbs

 Ajamoda, Vacha, Sitopaladi churna, Chitrakadi vati,  Pippali, Lavanga, Surasa, Talisadi churna, Tankana


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