Bronchial Asthma

Bronchial Asthma

Bronchial Asthma is a chronic, inflammatory disease that shows symptoms irregularly. It is associated with periodic obstruction in the airways and symptoms like difficulty in breathing, cough, chest tightness and wheezing. Asthma is triggered by allergic reactions to different components. Psychological stress enhances the symptoms in case of asthma.

Causes

Bronchial Asthma is believed to be triggered by allergens like pollen, dust, mold, smoke and food that someone is allergic to. In some cases, drugs like cough syrups, asprin, etc. can also trigger asthma. Air pollution, exercising, weather changes, food additives and perfumes may also cause this respiratory issue. Narrowing of airways causes shortness in breath setting off other symptoms as well.

Symptoms

  • Chest tightness
  • Shortness of breath
  • Coughing
  • Wheezing

Ayurvedic View

Also known as Tamak Swasa in Ayurveda, Bronchial Asthma is believed to occur due to aggravated Kapha (water) accumulation in the airways that leads to their narrowing and obstruction. This causes tightness of chest and difficulty in breathing. Foods that contain increased amounts of Vata (air) and Kapha aggravating properties cause the internal weakness of lung tissues. People living in a cold and damp atmosphere or places with extreme changes in temperatures, consuming cold or stale food, eating indigestible foods are prone to this health issue. Ayurvedic treatment for Bronchial Asthma is focused on improving the digestive system with herbal medicines for clearing the blockage from the airways for lungs and eliminating the toxins (ama) from the body.

Diet & Lifestyle Advice

  • Avoid exposure to smoke, dust and cold air.
  • Avoid smoking and secondhand smoking.
  • Replace tea and coffee with herbal teas
  • Consume lukewarm water with honey to reduce severe attacks.
  • Consume fresh meals at warm temperature regularly.
  • Avoid heavy, hard to digest foods like fried foods, pickles, dairy products, cold foods and legumes.