Asthma

Asthma

Definition

Asthma is a disease of the human systema respiratorium during which the airways narrow, often in response to a trigger like exposure to an allergen, cold air, excessive exercise or emotional stress. This causes symptoms like wheezing, chest tightness, shortness of breath and coughing.

Causes

Aggravated Kapha (water) accumulates within the airways, resulting in their narrowing and obstruction. This causes an interruption within the flow of the air within the lungs, causing shortness of breath and difficulty in breathing. This happens because of increased intake of air and Kapha aggravating foods, internal weakness of lung tissues, and various diseases affecting the lungs.

Symptoms

The onset of an Asthmatic attack may be sudden, with a way of constriction within the chest, breathing becomes difficult, and wheezing occurs. However, between episodes, most patients feel fine.

Prime symptoms may include coughing, wheezing, shortness of breath, pain or tightness within the chest, flaring of the nostrils when breathing in, interrupted talking and agitation. These symptoms tend to be variable and may stop and begin. They usually worsen at night.

Ayurvedic View

Ayurveda regards Asthma may be a disorder caused by impaired digestion. A malfunctioning digestive process causes hypersensitivity to certain substances, like dust and pollen that triggers asthma attacks. Deposits of ama (mucus) within the lungs and respiratory tract create an obstruction in breathing and cause wheezing or coughing.

Ayurvedic treatment of asthma focuses on restoring digestion with herbal and the right diet changes. The medicines work on pacifying Kapha and cleansing toxins from the body. in addition, specific herbal combinations also are supplemented to boost the body's immunity.

Diet & Lifestyle Advice

  • Pulses like old rice, wheat, kulattha, mung and arhar beans, etc . should be consumed.
  • Honey, warm drinks like herbal teas, spice teas also are okay.
  • Sprouts, nuts, and seeds can be taken in a moderate amount.
  • The heavy foods should be avoided. This mainly includes milk products like cheese, curd, buttermilk, and creams, etc.
  • Oily, greasy and fried foods that are difficult to digest should be avoided.
  • White sugar products should be avoided.
  • additionally, attempt to avoid cold foods, cold drinks, and other refrigerated things.
  • Avoid excessive or physically demanding exercise. Yoga and Pranayama are often helpful.