Asthma is a chronic condition in which your airways narrow, swells and produce extra mucus. This can make breathing difficult and trigger coughing, wheezing and shortness of breath. For some people, asthma is a minor nuisance. For others, it can be a major problem that interferes with daily activities and may lead to a life-threatening asthma attack.
Inflamed airways are very sensitive, and they tend to react to things in the environment called triggers, such as substances that are inhaled. When the airways react, they swell and narrow even more, and also produce extra mucus, all of which make it harder for air to flow to the lungs. The muscles around the airways also tighten, which further restricts air flow.
1. Smoking and secondhand smoke
2. Infections such as colds, flu, or pneumonia
3. Allergens such as food, pollen, mold, dust mites, and pet dander
4. Air pollution and toxins
5. Certain Drugs
6. Emotional stress and anxiety
7. Bad Diet Choices
1. Shortness of breath
2. Chest tightness or pain
3. Trouble sleeping caused by shortness of breath, coughing or wheezing
4. A whistling or wheezing sound when exhaling (wheezing is a common sign of asthma in children)
5. Coughing or wheezing attacks that are worsened by a respiratory virus, such as a cold or the flu
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.
Medicines are prescribed by the doctor after a thorough examination of the patient. Treatments must be done under the supervision or advice of a certified Ayurvedic Doctor and not based on self-judgment.