It is a widely prevalent disease, affecting the young, old and even the children. Today millions people suffer from Asthma and bronchitis.
Facts about Asthma
More than 6% of children in the United States have been diagnosed with asthma, a 75% increase in recent decades. The rate soars to 40% among some populations of urban children. Asthma is usually diagnosed in childhood. The most disheartening aspect of asthma is that it does not get completely cured through medication.
Asthma is defined as a disease characterized by an increased responsiveness of the trachea and bronchi to various stimuli, and is manifested by widespread narrowing of the airway passage that changes in severity either spontaneously or as a result of treatment. Attacks are brought on by the spasms of the smooth muscles that lie in the walls of the smaller bronchi and bronchioles, causing the passageways to close partially. The patient has trouble exhaling and ‘the alveoli may remain inflated during expiration.
Usually the mucus membranes that line the respiratory passageways become irritated and secrete severe excessive amount of mucus that may clog the bronchi and bronchioles and worsen the attacks.
Signs and Symptom Asthma and Bronchitis
Airway narrowing causes symptoms such as wheezing, shortness of breath (difficulty in breathing), chest tightness, and coughing, strain in exhaling the air. The asthmatic has to try hard for just getting a breath. In severe cases, the life of the patient becomes miserable and it makes him almost invalid. In medical terms the complicated condition of asthma is called Emphysema.
Cause for Asthma and Bronchitis
Asthma might also have a psychosomatic origin. Attacks of asthma involve both physical and psychological factors. It may be triggered by emotions, environmental extremities (cold air, exercise or exertion, allergen) and viral infections. Asthmatic attacks may also be generated and triggered in brain itself.
If a person is allergic to particular thing, merely looking at such things brings asthmatic attack. In children, the most common triggers are viral illnesses such as those that cause the common cold.
Stimuli in Asthma and BronchitisThe airways of asthmatics are “hypersensitive” to certain triggers, also known as stimuli
There are about ten different categories of stimuli as follows,
- Allergenic air pollution, from nature, typically inhaled, which include waste from common household pests, such as the house dust mite and cockroach, grass pollen, mould spores, and pet epithelial cells;
- Medications, including aspirin, β-adrenergic antagonists (beta blockers), and penicillin.
- Food allergies such as milk, peanuts, and eggs. However, asthma is rarely the only symptom, and not all people with food or other allergies have asthma.
- Use of fossil fuel related allergenic air pollution, such as ozone, smog, summer smog, nitrogen dioxide, and sulfur dioxide, which is thought to be one of the major reasons for the high prevalence of asthma in urban areas;
- Various industrial compounds and other chemicals, notably sulfites; chlorinated swimming pools generate chloramines—monochloramine (NH2Cl), dichloramine (NHCl2) and trichloramine (NCl3)—in the air around them, which are known to induce asthma.
- Early childhood infections, especially viral respiratory infections. However, persons of any age can have asthma triggered by colds and other respiratory infections even though their normal stimuli might be from another category (e.g. pollen) and absent at the time of infection. 80% of asthma attacks in adults and 60% in children are caused by respiratory viruses.
- Exercise, the effects of which differ somewhat from those of the other triggers;
- Allergenic indoor air pollution from newsprint & other literature such as, junk mail leaflets & glossy magazines (in some countries).
- Hormonal changes in adolescent girls and adult women associated with their menstrual cycle can lead to a worsening of asthma. Some women also experience a worsening of their asthma during pregnancy whereas others find no significant changes, and in other women their asthma improves during their pregnancy.
- Emotional stress which is poorly understood as a trigger.
Treatment of Asthma and Bronchitis with holistic and natural view
There is no permanent cure for asthma in Allopath they may alleviate the symptoms for time being. And they are are habit forming. One of the strongest risk factors for asthma is allergy, which is an sign of lowered resistance and disharmony with nature; caused by faulty eating and bad habits. So it’s proper healing will be to restore harmony with nature.
Asthmatic and Bronchitis patients are recommended to do
1. Regular exercise
2. Proper diet,
3. Avoid the things which strain the nerves.
Alternative and complementary medicine in Asthma and Bronchitis
A study of “manual therapies” for asthma, including osteopathic, chiropractic, physiotherapeutic and respiratory therapeutic manoeuvers, found there is insufficient evidence to support or refute their use in treating asthma; these manoeuvers include various osteopathic and chiropractic techniques to “increase movement in the rib cage and the spine to try and improve the working of the lungs and circulation”; chest tapping, shaking, vibration, and the use of “postures to help shift and cough up phlegm.” On the other hand, one meta-analysis found that homeopathy has a potentially mild benefit in reducing symptom intensity; however, the number of patients involved in the analysis was small, and subsequent studies have not supported this finding. Several trials have suggested some benefit from various yoga practices, ranging from integrated yoga programs —”yogasanas, Pranayama, meditation, and kriyas”—to sahaja yoga, a form of meditation. Ayurveda recommends use of herbs such as Ajwain, Harad, Hing, Ajamoda, Lavanga, Sunthi and others.
Yoga treatment for Asthma and Bronchitis
By regular exercise of Yogasana and Pranayama the constriction of the bronchial tubes gets very much reduced. Slowly the capacity of bronchial tubes increases to a great extent. By this type of performance one can control the attack of asthma to a great extent and subsequently gradually asthma can be cured from the roots.
The Asthma and Bronchitis patients have to do three things:
(i) Regular practice of selected yoga asanas, pranayama,
(ii) Proper diet,
(iii)Avoid the things which strain the nerves.
Beside the above mentioned asana and pranayama practice of yoga nidra, concentration and meditation gives the best result.
Natture Cure Naturopathy and Asthma bronchitis
- To remove morbid matter and reconstruct the body by stimulating excretory system and strengthen the lungs, digestive system and circulatory systems are important in treatment of Asthma.
- Asthma patient may be given enema to remove morbid matter and prevent auto-intoxication.
- Undigested food may lead to fermentation and intestinal peristalsis; Mud-packs on abdomen helps in this condition also relieves the fermentation.
- Wet packs on chest helps in congestion of the lungs.
- Sun bath, hot hip bath, steam bath, hot foot bath.
- Perform yogic kriyas such as jalneti
YogaNidra is a state of conscious Deep Sleep. YogaNidra brings an incredible calmness, quietness and clarity. It has great Therapeutics values.
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Principles and Advice or Guidelines for in Asthma (Asthmatics) and Bronchitis
- Asthmatics should follow the following principles and advice in their diet and daily life for their highest good.
- Have dinner at least two hours before going to bed at night.
- Don’t over eat.
- Eat slowly and chew the food properly.
- Should drink water after half an hour of finishing their meals.
- Intake ten to twelve glasses of water in a day.
- Avoid hot spices, red pepper and pickles, tea or coffee.
- Don’t drink water upon arising and before going to toilet.
- Avoid Smoking (tobacco in any form).
- know more about Diet.
Benefits of Yoga in Asthma (Asthmatics) and Bronchitis
Asanas and pranayama have corrective, curative and strengthening effects on the condition of the lungs and the bronchiole linings.
Pranayama does the internal purification. As we know that air has some fantastic properties like absorbing property. It absorbs certain things as moisture, fragrance and odour. When air is kept in the body for a longer time, it absorbs the impurities of the system and when it is expelled with a force it carries those inner impurities out. Further, when external pressure is given it maximizes the inner penetration of the air and enables it to rub, activate and give inner massage to the body cells and organs.
Kindly find following research papers in category Research
Yoga- Asthama References and abstract of research papers published in international Journals on Therapeutic yoga
Sahaja yoga in the management of moderate to severe asthma: a randomised controlled trial
Asthma: the yoga perspective. Part II: Yoga therapy in the treatment of asthma.
Yoga as therapy in psychosomatic medicine.
Improvement in oxidative status with yogic breathing in young healthy males.
A pilot study of mind-body changes in adults with asthma who practice mental imagery.
Clinical study of yoga techniques in university students with asthma: a controlled study.
Evaluation of yoga therapy programme for patients of bronchial asthma.
Effect of yoga training on exercise tolerance in adolescents with childhood asthma.
Effect of yoga training on handgrip, respiratory pressures and pulmonary function.
Effect of yoga training on reaction time, respiratory endurance and muscle strength.
Acute effect of Mukh bhastrika (a yogic bellows type breathing) on reaction time.
Right uninostril yoga breathing influences ipsilateral components of middle latency auditory evoked potentials.