Asthma is an ancient Greek word meaning “panting or short drawn breath”. It is the most troublesome of the respiratory diseases. The asthma patient gets frequent attacks of breathlessness in between which he is completely normal.
The general asthma symptoms are -
Coughing - Persistent coughing is the first symptom of asthma. The coughing is continuous. It is worse in early morning and when we are outside home. The cough is often accompanied with mucus and burning sensation in the throat.
Wheezing – It is a whistling sound which occurs when the patient berates. This sound is caused by the narrowing of the airway.
Chest Pain – Coughing is often accompanied with chest pain or feeling of pressure on the chest.
Breathing Problem – One feels that he can't breath in properly. This causes rapid breathing and rise in the rate of heart palpitation.
Causes of Asthma
The cause of asthma is unknown till date. Also it is not fully understood as to why asthma occurs in some but not in others. Asthma symptoms vary over time, and also differ from one individual to another. Some common causes of asthma are allergens from nature like house dust mite and cockroach, grass, pollen, foods, climatic changes, animals like cats, dogs etc.
Ayurveda classifies the causes of asthma into three based on the causative factors - Diet related factors, Work related factors and Other Factors
What happens during an asthma attack?
The inside wall of the airways become narrow and inflamed. They bloat up and get filled with fluid and mucus cells. Obstruction is further caused by tightening of muscles that surround the airways. This situation is called bronchospasm. In some people with asthma, the mucus glands in the airways produce thick mucus in large quantities, further obstructing the airways.
Chronic inflammation is considered to be the major cause of an asthma attack. The inflammation may last for weeks following an attack. Most people with asthma have some degree of inflammation all the time.
When inflammation occurs in the airways, they become sensitive. When the airways are more sensitive, a person is more probable get an asthma attack when exposed to things that trigger asthma.
Dietary Treatments for Asthma
Avoid fried and processed foods
Avoid food such as rice, curds, buttermilk, sugar, lentils, heavy milk products like cheese, paneer etc...which has natural tendency to produce the phlegm or to accumulate the mucus
Drink boiled water in plenty
Avoid over eating . Take light dinner one hour before going to bed
Avoid fruits such as guava, papaya, watermelon and banana
Home remedies for asthma treatment
Take a mixture of 1 tablespoon of water and 2 tablespoon of fresh lemon juice twice a day.
Take a teaspoon of fresh ginger juice mixed with a cup of fenugreek decoction and honey to taste.
Drink a glass of 2/3 carrot juice, 1/3 spinach juice, 3 times a day.
Mix 10 - 15 drops of garlic juice in warm water and take internally.
Grind to powder form - 2 gms each of Nagar (Nut grass, Cyperus rotundus) and Bharangi and mix them in water to prepare a paste which should be taken, with warm lukewarm water, twice daily.
Mix 1 teaspoon honey with 1 teaspoon of Indian bay leaf (Cinnamomum tamala) powder and have it before going to bed at night. This will help you in preventing the attack of asthma at night.
Take 10 cloves of garlic boiled with 30 ml of milk once a day.
Make paste of Black resin,dates, long Pippli (Piper longum) and honey, in equal quantity.Take one teaspoonful of it morning and evening with warm milk.
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