Ayurvedic Treatment Of Asthma
What is asthma?
Asthma is a chronic lung condition that causes a breathing problem. The bronchial tubes always have some degree of inflammation, but during an asthma attack some trigger provokes an increase in inflammation and the surrounding muscles tighten, narrowing the airways. The symptoms range from mild wheezing to the chronic coughing, gasping and choking that takes place during an attack. If not managed the condition can become dangerous and can potentially lead to asphyxiation due to an airway obstruction.
What factors can contribute to asthma developing?
The triggers that bring on the symptoms vary greatly between people, but common triggers include pollen, dust mites, animal fur, tobacco smoke, hot or cold air, and exercise. Because of lung hypersensitivity, the situation can be worsened by exposure to materials or conditions in the workplace.
What are the symptoms of Asthma?
What are the health effects of Asthma?
Asthma can be a lifelong condition affecting the respiratory system. In some sufferers the effects come and go, while in others the attacks are recurrent and severe. While difficulty with breathing is the common factor, the illness can affect many other systems. The sufferer becomes highly intolerant to a range of environmental and dietary triggers. The digestive system is frequently compromised and bloating is a likely symptom, as is a tendency to long-term sinus problems. Tiredness, lack of motivation and negativity are all common.
What is the Ayurvedic explanation of Asthma?
Ayurveda sees asthma as beginning not in the lungs, but in the digestive system. Pitta is low and an excess of Kapha causes aggravation of Vata. The Vata and Kapha doshas are in need of pacification. Major contributors are lack of routine in daily lifestyle and poor eating habits. Typically the diet can contain too many cold foods and drinks, excess carbohydrates, and foods that are heavy and sticky.
How can Ayurvedic treatment help with Asthma?
The supportive treatment for asthma in Ayurveda is highly individualised but there are always three main targets: the gut, the liver and the lungs. The dietary advice given is as much to do with what to avoid as what to consume. Lifestyle routines are introduced with a view to balancing circadian rhythms. Breathing exercises (Pranayama) help to relax and widen the airways. The Neti pot is used to clear the mucus membranes of the sinuses and throat, and to help clear away allergens.
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