Asthma is an inflammatory disease, which affects the airways of your lungs (respiratory tract that pumps oxygen into the lungs). It is long term in nature. It is characterized by shortness of breath, coughing and wheezing. It occurs a few times a day or a few times a week depending on the person it affects. Sometimes it worsens during the night.
What triggers Asthma?
How to manage asthma better by changing your lifestyle:
Asthma can be very severe and can bring many hurdles in your day to day activities. Changing your lifestyle and certain habits can reduce asthma to a great extent.
Asthma refers to a respiratory disorder, characterized by narrowing of the airways. This occurs when your body responds to a trigger, say allergens, exposure to cold air, heavy workout, or emotional stress.
What causes asthma?
According to Ayurveda, asthma occurs when the airways become narrow and eventually get blocked due to the accumulation of Kapha. As the airflow to the lungs is interrupted, as a person experiences difficulty breathing.
Asthma is caused due to excessive intake of cold (Vata) and consumption of foods that aggravate Kapha, weakening of the lung tissues and health problems resulting from lung diseases.
Ayurveda considers poor digestion a major cause for asthma. A weak digestive system leads your body to become oversensitive to pollen, dust, and other substances that may trigger an asthma attack. Deposits of mucus (ama) in the respiratory tract or lungs may obstruct breathing and cause coughing or wheezing.
Ayurvedic Approach to Asthma -
Ayurvedic treatment for asthma aims to restore digestion with natural remedies and therapy combined with lifestyle changes and the right diet. The medicines work on cleansing the toxins from your body and pacifying Kapha.
One of the best approaches to cure asthma in Ayurveda is Vamana therapy. It is one of the Panchakarma therapies in Ayurveda. Vamana refers to therapeutic vomiting – a medicated emesis. The treatment aims to remove toxins from the gastrointestinal and respiratory tract.
Since Kapha is located in the chest region, it is easy to expel it orally. To do so, the Kapha dosha first needs to be brought forcefully from the extremities and organs into the stomach, before vomiting is induced.
The Steps to the Procedure -
Before Vamana therapy is induced, the individual is asked to consume foods that are likely to aggravate Kapha dosha – yogurt, basmati rice, and sweets – a night before. This is done to increase Kapha so that it forcefully gets eliminated from your system completely.
The next day, a drink prepared from certain drugs – licorice, calamus root tea, madanphala is given to induce vomiting. This triggers vomiting in patients.
Once the whole Kapha is expelled outside, the person feels a lot better and lighter
Following the Vamana therapy, patients are advised to rest and consume light food. You might be prescribed to do fasting, as the entire procedure undergoes heavy work.
Vamana therapy in Ayurveda is highly effective in treating asthma and several other conditions. The therapy helps ease asthma symptoms – a patient might feel tightness in the chest after undergoing therapy. Moreover, it clears the sinuses and offers relief from breathlessness, wheezing and congestion.
Apart from therapy and herbal remedies, focus on improving your diet plan and practice certain asanas to avoid asthma attacks in the near future.
Asthma is a condition that severely affects the lungs. The airways become narrow and the lungs become inflamed. Its characteristic features include bronchospasm, reversible airflow obstruction and variable and recurring symptoms such as coughing, wheezing, shortness of breath and chest tightness. This might be caused up to 2 to 3 times a day.
Asthma is usually triggered by:
Homeopathy is a system of medicine which tries to ‘cure’ this disease, instead of trying to provide symptomatic relief. While dealing with a case of asthma, a homeopath not only records the symptoms of the disease but also studies the medical history, family history, physical and psychological characteristics of a person. This helps to find the cause, the precipitating factors, and the hereditary tendency etc. Of special interest to a homeopath is the history of suppression of skin disease. Homeopaths believe that when there is a tendency or predisposition for a disease – it first manifests on the less vital organs, towards the periphery (like skin). If this manifestation is suppressed than the disease shifts inwards, towards the more vital organs (like lungs, heart, brain, etc).
The fact that in children asthma is often preceded by eczema is observed by the allopaths also. This fact is written in all their textbooks of medicine. They say that children often ‘move-out’ of eczema and ‘move-into’ asthma. But they are unable to make a correlation. Homeopaths believe that the suppression of eczema with topical preparations, does not cure the disease/sensitivity of the person, it merely drives it inwards.
Now after ascertaining the symptoms and the cause, the homeopath tries to find a medicine which matches the symptoms as well as the general characteristics of the person. The medicine so selected is administered to the patient.
When a right medicine is given, asthma disappears but old eczema or skin rash reappears for some time, before finally disappearing itself. This reappearance of old symptoms is seen as a reversal of disease process and is considered a very good prognostic sign by homeopaths.
MEDICINES – There are lots of medicines in homeopathy for asthma symptoms and it is not possible to list them all here. Some of the common medicines are ars- alb, ipecac, lachesis, pulsatilla, spongia, sulphur, ignatia, antim-tart, hepar-sulph, nat-sulph, tuberculinum, etc. The selection of medicine varies from patient to patient. Therefore, it is always recommended to consult a specialized homeopath for treating your individual case.
Asthma is a chronic respiratory condition. In asthma, the airway routes of the lungs get swollen. This causes irritation and gives rise to swelling inside these routes. For some people, a chilly climate comes with its own share of troubles and pain. Individuals who are sensitive to chilly temperatures are significantly influenced by this season. Various climate extremes and changing temperatures affect their health. For those who are hypersensitive to dust, their condition tends to rise during certain weather conditions. Their symptoms include coughing, sniffling, stuffiness and even breathing problems. It is an undeniable issue that can pose a serious danger to a person’s health.
Homeopathic solutions for asthma and these allergic conditions are exceptionally powerful and can cure them during any season. Yet, these medicines must necessarily be prescribed by a doctor. Homeopathic drugs are normal prescriptions and work by directing the immune system, which generally tends to be distinctly over-reactive during allergies and asthma. These are as follows:
These are only indicative medicines, however, one must consult a homeopathic doctor in order to, take the correct medicine.