There are many reasons why respiratory diseases are on a rapid rise, especially, in urban areas – toxic levels of air pollution, low population of plants / trees, humidity, dust, pollen, inhaling of cigarette or beedi smoke etc.
Allergic Rhinitis: Allergic Rhinitis is caused by an allergic reaction to pollen. It is characterized by headache, itchy eyes and throat, runny nose with watery discharge and sneezing. In Ayurveda, such allergies are thought of being caused due to hypersensitivity of the nervous system. Allergic Rhinitis treatment in Ayurveda is personalized according to every patient’s body type, and hence it is effective. Some of the causes include indigestion, inhalation of smoke and dust, staying awake in the night, sleeping in the daytime, exposure to cold and chilly weather, increased sexual activity, not being in balance with the season, and the suppression of natural urges. For Allergic Rhinitis treatment, first these causes are mitigated through a 360 degree personalized approach.
Allergic Rhinitis from an Ayurvedic perspective is caused due to the ama (toxins) present in the body and due to low immunity. Accumulated ama aggravates the levels of Kapha (Water) in the body, giving rise to different symptoms of allergies. Ayurveda believes in balancing the three doshas present in the human body, thus treating the disease on the whole. Treatment involves clearing the sinuses and expelling phlegm, alleviating the relevant dosha and detoxification. To permanently resolve this disorder, dietary and lifestyle adjustments may be necessary in addition to the strengthening of the immune system. Panchakarma is an effective means of treating Allergic Rhinitis treatment.
Bronchitis: Bronchitis is a condition in which there is an acute inflammation of the trachea and bronchi of the lungs, resulting in the accumulation and discharge of phlegm or sputum. Bronchitis can be acute or chronic. Bronchitis treatment may vary depending on the type of the disease. Acute bronchitis is of short duration and treatment may take a few weeks, while chronic bronchitis treatment may take slightly longer. Aggravated Vata (air) blocks the Kapha (water) in the respiratory channels, the movement of the air gets interrupted, and phlegm accumulates in the lung tissue. In order to expel this phlegm, there is a natural reaction of coughing, which results in Bronchitis. This can be attributed to many reasons like inhalation of smoke and dust, physical exertion, intake of foods and drinks that have a drying effect on the body, and the obstruction of the trachea by food particles. Another cause is suppressing the natural urges of the body, such as passing stool and urine, hunger, thirst, sleep, sneezing, breathing, yawning, tears, coughing, etc.
Ayurveda calls this disease Kasroga and considers it to be caused by poor digestion. Poor diet, poor digestion and incomplete elimination of wastes lead to formation of ama (mucus) in the lungs. This creates a favorable ground for growth of infecting organisms in the bronchial area. Stress, poor lifestyle, bad circulation, and lack of rejuvenative measures can deteriorate the body’s immune response to invading organisms in the bronchial area.
Asthma: Asthma is a respiratory disease which is characterized by narrowing of the airways. This happens when the body responses to a trigger such as exposure to cold air, allergens in the air, emotional stress or heavy exercise. When the airways narrow, patients show symptoms such as tightness of the chest, wheezing noise while breathing, coughing and shortness of breath. The cause of Asthma according to Ayurveda is accumulation of Kapha in the airways. The airways become narrow because of the blockage caused by Kapha. As a result, the flow of air to the lungs is interrupted, which makes the patient experiences difficulty in breathing. Asthma is caused because of excessive intake of vata (cold), consuming kapha aggravating food items, weakening of the lung tissues, and problems caused by lung diseases. Environmental and lifestyle factors also play a role in asthma. Consuming cold or stale foods are not easy to digest and lead to the formation of ama (mucus) thereby causing blockage in the respiratory channel and difficulty in breathing. Living in cold and damp environment is also a reason of asthma.
Ayurvedic Asthma treatment considers bad digestion as a major cause. When the digestive system is weak, the body becomes oversensitive to dust, pollen and other substances which trigger an asthma attack. Deposits of ama (mucus) in the lungs and respiratory tract create obstruction in breathing and cause wheezing or coughing. Ayurvedic Asthma treatment focuses on restoring digestion with herbal preparations and the right diet and lifestyle changes. The medicines primarily work on pacifying Kapha and cleansing toxins from the body. In addition, specific herbal combinations are also supplemented to boost the body’s immunity.
Dr. Jasna's Ayurveda Therapies: According to Ayurveda medicine, the imbalanced Belgum (Phlegm) accumulates in the air tubes causing cough and breathing congestion. Medicines like - Sapistah, Tukhmi-Khatmi, Khubazi, Gule-banafsha and Gaozabah are time tested Ayurveda medicines. Ayurveda says the above-mentioned conditions are caused by imbalances of Prana & Udana Vata – which govern the physiology of normal breathing.
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