Asthma

Asthma is a chronic disease involving the airways in the lungs. These airways, or bronchial tubes, allow air to come in and out of the lungs.

In an asthma patient, the airways are always inflamed. They become even more swollen and the muscles around the airways can tighten when something triggers the symptoms. This makes it difficult for air to move in and out of the lungs, causing symptoms such as coughing, wheezing, shortness of breath and/or chest tightness.

Asthma is thought to be caused by a combination of genetic and environmental factors. Environmental factors include exposure to air pollution and allergens.  Other potential triggers include medications such as aspirin and beta blockers.

Asthma is characterised by recurrent episodes of wheezing, shortness of breath, chest tightness, and coughing. Sputum may be produced from the lung by coughing but is often hard to bring up. During recovery from an attack, it may appear pus-like due to high levels of white blood cells called eosinophils. Symptoms are usually worse at night and in the early morning or in response to exercise or cold air. Some people with asthma rarely experience symptoms, usually in response to triggers, whereas others may have marked and persistent symptoms.

Asthma can be correlated as tamaka swasa in Ayurveda . It is considered vatha-vitiating. Vatha, the movement element of subtle nature is either blocked or deranged with influence of kapha. We usually treat the patient seeing the dominance of kapha or vatha predominance. Vatha will be more spastic in nature, with high-pitched voice and more delayed expirations. Kapha will have coarse low-pitched sound with other kapha symptoms like itching. Treatment widely varies according to the condition of the patient.Treatment widely varies according to the condition of the patient and Vedagram has the best tailor made ayurvedic treatment protocols for Asthma.

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