Asthma

What is Asthma

The word asthma has originated from an ancient Greek word meaning panting. Essentially asthma is a chronic and recurring inflammation of the airways (bronchi) that results in obstruction of air flow. Asthma is very common all over the world, in all age groups. It may start in as early as months old baby to elder age group. Asthma is largely controllable and to an extent curable, depending on the stage and extent of the disease.

 

Asthma is commonly misspelled as astm, ashma, astha, asthama. Asthma is called as Dama in Hindi.

 

What happens in Asthma? (Pathogenesis)

There is a decrease in the lumen of the airways resulting from a two-fold response to the allergens and other irritants. Primarily in a hyper-reactive response, the smooth muscles in the airways constrict and narrow excessively. Followed by an inflammatory response where the immune system responds to the allergens by sending white blood cells and other immune factors to the airways. These inflammatory factors cause a swelling of the airways and also an increase in the mucus secretion thus causing symptoms like wheezing, cough, and shortness of breath.

Prevalence

Children aged 2-12 years reported higher rates of asthma (15.7%) than adults aged 16 years and over (10.1%). In males, the prevalence of asthma was highest among children aged 2-12 years; in females, prevalence was highest among young adults aged 16-24 years. Asthma is also closely linked to allergies. Most, but not all, people with asthma have allergies. Children with a family history of allergy and asthma are more likely to have asthma.

 

 

Symptoms of Asthma:

The most common symptoms are

  • Cough
  • Difficulty in breathing
  • Mucus production
  • Exhaustion

 

The most important and distressing symptom is the breathlessness or sense of suffocation, which may be of varying intensity. Some patients may not have a cough or mucus production (expectoration) at all.

The symptoms of asthma may be

  • Periodical (once in a week to once in a year)
  • Seasonal (a few weeks in a year)
  • Continuous (all throughout or most of the time)

The symptoms might get triggered by one or more of the following:

  • Physical exertion
  • Change in weather or temperature
  • Infection
  • Mental stress
  • Exposure to pollution (dust, chemical, pollen, etc.)
  • Without any apparent reason

Asthma Causes: Factors Responsible for Asthma

Asthma has no single cause. It is caused by multiple factors, which can be divided into two groups:

1. External

2. Internal

Asthma is caused and maintained by more than one of the following causes:

  • Genetic or hereditary cause
  • Environmental factors (pollution, pollen, etc) - Systemic diseases
  • Mental stress
  • Allergens
  • Asthma has a tendency to recur and get chronic. It is often observed to be a lifelong disease like diabetes or high blood pressure.

 

One or more of the above factors lead to altered immunity which eventually leads to chronic asthma. It may be noted that the genetic tendency for asthma forms soil, leading to susceptibility to be affected by other external or internal trigger factors.

 

Allergens Causing Asthma:

  • Pollens
  • Air pollutants
  • Smoking and second-hand smoking
  • Respiratory infections
  • Common cold, Sinusitis
  • Exercise, physical exertion
  • Cold air

Medications: Aspirin, NSAID, Beta blockers etc.

The list can be exhaustive though each person may have a different individual or a combination of triggering factors.

Asthma Risk Factors:

The following factors increase your chances of developing Asthma.

  • Urban / Industrial areas where the exposure to environmental pollutants is more.
  • Work Environment - Exposure to chemicals, dust, industrial waste.
  • Heredity - Have a history of either parents or family members suffering from Asthma.
  • Childhood - History of recurrent respiratory tract infections, low birth weight.
  • GERD

 

 

Asthma Symptoms & Severity Levels of Asthma

The intensity, duration, and recurrence of the symptoms vary from person to person. Even in the same person, the symptoms may vary from episode to episode. Some people with asthma may have extended symptom-free periods, interrupted by periodic asthma episodes, while others may have some symptoms every day. Very often some people with asthma have symptoms only during exercise, or when they are exposed to allergens or viral respiratory tract infections.

Common Symptoms of Asthma:

  • Cough is most often worse at night.
  • Wheezing. It is a whistling sound when you breathe.
  • Shortness of breath. A feeling of breathlessness.
  • Nasal flaring
  • Rapid pulse
  • Sweating
  • In severe cases bluish discoloration of lips/face
  • Retractions of intercostal spaces

 

Based on symptoms, asthma is divided into four levels of severity are:

Mild intermittent: you have episodes of asthma symptoms twice a week or less, between episodes, however, you have no symptoms and your lung function is normal.

Mild persistent asthma: you have asthma symptoms more than twice a week, but no more than once in a single day. You are bothered by symptoms at night more than twice a month.

Moderate persistent asthma: you have asthma symptoms every day, and you are bothered by nighttime symptoms more than once a week.

Severe persistent asthma: you have symptoms throughout the day on most days, and you are bothered by symptoms more often at night or early morning.

Asthma: Homeopathic Treatment

Asthma in adults is considered to be almost a life-long suffering for most patients, if not all.  It is important to manage it well, by using milder medicines and achieving a relatively attack-free phase for a long time.

Homeopathic treatment works wonders for Asthma. Patients who are on homeopathic medicines enjoy much better health than those who do not; as per the study. 

 

The Homeopathy Treatment:

Dr Rajesh Shah, M.D.(Hom.) has been working on Asthma and other chronic diseases since 1985. His research-based and internationally patented molecules have changed the prognosis of Asthma. Dr Shah's asthma treatment helps as follows:

  • It reduces the frequency of asthma attacks.
  • It reduces the severity of attacks.
  • It enhances immunity whereby your tendency to get a frequent cough, colds, throat infection, etc. reduces.
  • It reduces the need for bronchodilator, cortisone, inhalers, and antibiotics.
  • It improves overall health.
  • It is absolutely safe and can be taken along with the conventional medicines.

 

Duration Of Treatment For Asthma:

The total length of treatment varies from case to case, depending on the following factors:

  • Duration of Asthma
  • Severity and frequency of attacks
  • Environmental factors such as exposure to dust, allergens, industrial pollution, and other facts. Extent of spread (Small or large; one or multiple spots)
  • Previous and current medication (Extensive inhaled and oral cortisone)
  • Associated diseases eczema, pollen allergy, Ischemic heart disease, bronchiectasis, pulmonary fibrosis, etc.
  • One may expect a definite change in about three to five months. The total length of treatment varies from patient to patient.

 

 

5 Important Diet Tips For Asthma Patients To Follow:

Besides following the homeopathic treatment for asthma, you also need to have a balanced, nutritious diet to alleviate the discomfort due to asthma. Even though there is no specific diet for asthma, consuming certain healthy foods can help promote healthy functioning of your lungs and reduce the symptoms of the disease. Find below some effective diet tips to follow.

 

Increase Vitamin D Intake:

Make sure you have plenty of vitamin D rich foods in your regular diet when the following homeopathy for asthma treatment. Having adequate intake of vitamin D helps minimize the number of asthma attacks, particularly in kids. So, add salmon, milk, fortified orange juice, eggs, and other foods abundant in vitamin D in your daily diet.

 

Eat Beta-Carotene Rich Foods:

It is advisable to include foods abundant in beta-carotene in your regular diet. Consumption of beta-carotene on a regular basis, particularly by women, while following asthma treatment is sure to improve the quality of your life. So, don’t miss adding sweet potatoes, spinach, cantaloupe, leafy greens, carrots, and broccoli to your daily diet.

 

Have Lots Of Fruits & Vegetables:

Eating fresh fruits and vegetables is highly beneficial to obtain relief from the discomfort of asthma. Make a habit to eat an apple every day, as eating apple helps minimize the risk of asthma and promotes healthy functioning of your lungs. Also, add various fresh, nutritious vegetables to your daily cooking preparations and salads to keep the hazards of asthma at bay.

 

Consume Omega-3 Fatty Acids Rich Foods:

Make sure you eat foods that are rich in omega-3 fatty acids, such as sardines, salmon, tuna, flaxseed, and other healthy plant sources, in your diet when following asthma treatment. The consumption of omega-3 fatty acids offers you plenty of health benefits that can help you get relief from the discomfort when you are suffering from asthma.

 

Add Magnesium Rich Foods To Diet:

Boost your intake of foods that are abundant in magnesium. Increasing your intake of magnesium is beneficial for improving your lung volume and flow significantly. So, enhance your magnesium levels when following asthma treatment by including foods, such as pumpkin seeds, salmon, dark chocolate, and spinach, in your diet.

 

5 Crucial Health Care Tips For Asthma Patients To Follow:

In addition to diet tips, you also need to follow some self-care tips to improve your health and to obtain relief from the troubles of asthma. Here, you can find some health tips for asthma patients to follow along with the treatment.

 

Exercise Regularly & Stay Active:

Performing exercises regularly and leading an active lifestyle is highly beneficial to combat the adverse effects of asthma and to obtain a great relief. In cases of asthma, where fatigue is the cause of asthma, practicing various breathing exercises prove highly effective along with asthma treatment. Breathing exercises fill your lungs with fresh air and you exhale a lot of air out. Thus, breathing exercises help eliminate a lot of toxins out of your body.

 

Avoid Asthma Triggers:

First, figure out all the things that trigger your asthma attacks and ensure you strictly avoid those triggers when following asthma treatment. Avoid coming in contact with allergens, such as dust, dirt, and pollen, as they often trigger asthma attacks. Maintain cleanliness in your house and surroundings. Do not eat foods that trigger your breathing troubles.

 

Maintain A Healthy Weight:

Often, obese people tend to suffer from asthma as well as other health hazards. So, you need to take care to maintain a healthy weight and avoid turning obese. Eat healthily, exercise regularly, and regulate your weight gain effectively when following asthma treatment.

 

Drink Ample Of Water:

Make it a habit to drink plenty of pure water daily. Drinking a lot of water not only promotes smooth digestion but also minimizes the formation of thick mucus when you are suffering from asthma. So, ensure you drink at least 8 to 10 glasses of water daily when going for asthma treatment.

 

Quit Smoking:

Strictly quit smoking and lead a healthy lifestyle to minimize the discomfort resulting due to asthma. Smoking is highly injurious to your health even when you are on asthma treatment. So, quit smoking.

 

 

Side Effects Of Other Asthma Treatments:

While homeopathy is totally safe, highly effective, and rewards long-lasting results while relieving you from asthma, various other asthma treatments may affect your health adversely. Find below side-effects of other treatments for asthma.

 

Systemic Steroids: The long-term use of systemic steroids for asthma can make you suffer from stomach upset, acne, bone loss, weakness, eye changes, weight gain, behavior changes, and delayed growth.

 

Leukotriene Modifiers: Insomnia, headache, irritability, vomiting, and nausea are some of the side-effects of leukotriene modifiers when they are used as an asthma treatment.

 

Anticholinergics: Sinusitis, headache, pharyngitis, and bronchitis are some of the common adverse effects of anticholinergics. Other side-effects of anticholinergics, when used as an asthma treatment, are high blood pressure, allergic rhinitis, diarrhea, urinary tract infections, cough, and yeast infections in the throat.

 

Asthma: Medicines

Besides some of the following ingredients, the product contains Dr Rajesh Shah's international Patented, Research-based, highly effective medicines

Dr Shah's patented molecules

  • Thuja Occidentalis
  • Antimonium Tartaricum
  • Lycopodium clavatum
  • Kali Carbonicum
  • Silicea (Silica)
  • Hepar sulphuris calcareum
  • Pulsatilla
  • Tuberculinum
  • Spongia tosta
  • Natrum sulphuricum

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