Category: Lungs Health

What are the Signs and Symptoms of Vitamin D Deficiency?


Vitamin D has some vital roles to play that keeps the whole body functioning normally. Not like what happens to other vitamins, every cell of the body is  a receptor to it. It functions like hormones. Your body makes it from cholesterol when the body is exposed to the sunlight. It can also be traced in many foods like fatty fish and fortified dairy products, whereas it is difficult to get it alone from our diet. Its deficiency is a common problem. It is estimated that nearly 1 billion people on this globe is facing vitamin D deficiency in their blood.

Signs and Symptoms of Vitamin D Deficiency?

Let us explain the most usual risk factors for vitamin D deficiency:

  • Having dark skin.
  • Being overweight or obese.
  • Living far from the equator where there is little sun year-round.
  • Being elderly.
  • Not eating much fish or dairy.
  • Always using sunscreen when going out.
  • Staying indoors.

Signs and Symptoms of Vitamin D Deficiency?

People who live near the equator usually get exposed to sunlight, in their case the vitamin deficiency is rarely found. Their skin produces enough vitamin D that their bodies require.

Most of them don’t realize that they’re deficient, as symptoms are usually mild. You might not be able to recognize them easily, even if they’re having a vital negative effect on the quality of your life.

Falling Sick too Often:

  • One of its important jobs is to keep your immune system in a strong position so that it is able to fight off many bacteria and viruses, which cause sickness. It gets in touch with cells that are responsible for fighting infection. It can be a major reason when you keep getting cold or fever quite frequently. Many massive studies have shown that the deficiency of vitamin D has the respiratory tract infections that cause colds, pneumonia and bronchitis.
  • After a brief research it is was found that by having the dosage of 4000iu daily may lower the risk of getting respiratory tract infections. In the case of chronic lung disorder (COPD), only those who lacked vitamin D severely showed a remarkable progress after taking a high dose supplement for the whole year.

Back Pain:-

  • Vitamin D helps to develop bone health in many ways. It enhances the body in absorbing the calcium. Its inadequate level might cause the lower back & bone pain. Studies have found a connection between the chronic lower back pain and its deficiency.
  • Research was done on vitamin D’s deficiency and it was found that people who lacked vitamin D had severe back pain that restricted their daily activities. Vitamin D deficiency were doubled to feel the pain in their ribs, joints and legs when compared with those who had a normal level.


  • Vitamin D deficiency can cause a depressed mood, particularly in the old adults. In a research it was found that 65% of people complain about a low blood pressure. The dosage of vitamin D is often very low. Most of the studies conducted showed no results on mood. The dosage of vitamin D to the depressed people showed some effect, including the seasonal depression that happens during the colder months.

Tiredness and fatigue:

  • Vitamin D deficiency can lead to fatigue. Most of the times it is ignored. In many cases it is seen that the blood level gets low and has a negative effect on the quality of life. Once a lady complained about daytime fatigue and headaches.
  • When tested her vitamin D level was just 5.9ng/ml. It was extremely low, anything below 20ng/ml is considered low. Then she took some supplements of food that was rich in vitamin D and her tiredness and headache vanished. A diagnoses was done on the effect of lack of vitamin D on a young lady.

Wounds healing slows down:

  • When the wounds take time to heal, a clear indication that you lack vitamin D. Vitamin D enhances the production of compounds that are required for forming new skin in the wound healing process. A study found out that dental surgery healing was compromised by deficiency of vitamin D.
  • It was reported that vitamin D has a role in controlling inflammation and fighting infections that healed the wounds.  People who lacked vitamin D had higher level of inflammation that jeopardized healing. Patients of leg ulcers who lacked vitamin D, when vitamin D is provided to them their ulcer size reduced by 28%.

Bone loss:

  • Lots of older people who lost bones believed that they lacked calcium, but lack of vitamin D was also found. Low bone mineral density means that your bones have lost their minerals and calcium. It means that the older adults, especially the females have a risk of frequent fractures. In a study carried on 1100 ladies, who were middle aged, it was found that most of them lacked vitamin D, so they all had a low bone density and low bone minerals.
  • The ladies who had low vitamin D, when fed with foods rich in vitamin D showed no improvement in bone density, however their blood level improved. Adequate intake of vitamin D maintains the blood level and is seen as a good strategy for protecting bone mass and reducing risk of frequent fractures.

Hair Loss:

  • Autoimmune disease characterized by severe hair loss from the head and other parts of the body, when you get infected by Alopecia areata. Rickets happen that causes soft bones as in children due to lack of vitamin D.
  • When vitamin D is so low then you run the risk of acquiring alopecia areata and it may develop this disease further. So low level of vitamin D is associated with severe hair loss.
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  • These are the major factors that are responsible if your body lacks vitamin D. You tend to acquire any of the above mentioned diseases, if deficiency of vitamin D in your body. So the importance of vitamin D is necessary to mobilize your body normally.

How to Treat Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) in Ayurveda ?

COPD is a term used for a group of lung conditions that results in breathing difficulties. It includes emphysema, chronic bronchitis and bronchiectasis. It is characterized by obstructed airflow from the lungs resulting in breathlessness. COPD has become one of the leading cause of deaths worldwide.


What are the Signs and Symptoms of COPD?

Coughing and shortness of breath may be easily thought as a normal part of the aging process or some common flu but it can be signs and symptoms of COPD. This why it is important to talk about it to your doctor.

  • Difficulty in breathing.
  • Frequent coughing.
  • Wheezing
  • Tightness in the chest
  • Fatigue
  • Frequent respiratory tract infections.
  • Cyanosis, i.e. bluish discoloration of lips and nail beds.
  • Weight loss
  • Loss of appetite.
  • Anxiety

What are the Types of COPD?

1. Emphysema

In this condition, tiny air sacs, i.e. alveoli of the lungs are damaged due to inflammation and scarring. Lungs lose their elasticity resulting in air trapping.

2. Chronic bronchitis

There is inflammation of airways for a considerable time causing scarring and thickening of lungs. It results in increased formation of mucus which fills the airways causing difficulty in breathing.

3. Bronchiectasis

In this conditions dilatation of airways occurs due to recurrent respiratory infections. Recurrent infections cause inflammation and increased mucus production.

What are the Causes of COPD?

It is mostly caused due to inhaling pollutants or tobacco smoking.

  • Cigarette smoking.
  • Exposure to chemicals due to the occupation.
  • Air pollution either indoor or outdoor.
  • In rare cases genetic disorder known as alpha-1-antitrypsin deficiency (AAT-deficiency). In this type of case, a person who has never been exposed to smoke or other pollutants can suffer from COPD.

How to Diagnose COPD?

  • Complete history and physical examination of the patient is a must.
  • Pulmonary function tests, specifically spirometry test. Spirometry is a non-invasive test which is used to diagnose COPD.
  • Blood tests including CBC, Hb level.
  • Chest X-ray.
  • Screening of AAT deficiency.

Why it is Important to get Tested for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease?

If symptoms of COPD are left untreated, undertreated or misdiagnosed can result in worsening the disease and condition of the patient.

How can COPD be Treated?

In the conventional system of medicine there is no proper treatment of COPD. Treatment includes medications, oxygen therapy, pulmonary rehabilitation, pneumonia vaccine and lung surgery or airways clearance techniques. However, all these methods of treatment have many side-effects.

What is the Ayurvedic concept of COPD?

According to Ayurveda COPD is caused due to vitiated Prana Vayu. Kapha dosha obstructs the normal movement of vayu. It changes the normal direction of flow of air. As air is not able to perform its normal functions hence resulting breathing problems.

How can Ayurveda help in Treating COPD?

Ayurveda can help in two ways, i.e. management and cure of the disease.

  • Management of the disease and maintain health which in Ayurveda is called Swasthasya swasthya rakshanam. It is done in the following ways
  • Keep home clean and dust free. Remove molds and mildew from sinks and bathroom.
  • Avoid going to crowdy places when flu season is at peak.
  • Wash hands often and avoids exposure to cold air.
  • Go for morning walk daily.
  • Do not suppress natural urges like urination, defecation, flatus, sneezing, vomiting, sneezing, eructation’s, thirst, hunger, tears, and sleep.
  • Take nutritious food and in moderate amount. Do not overeat or under eat.

Cure of the Disease

Which is called Aturasya vicar prashamanamcha in Ayurveda. In this it is suggested:

  • Ayurvedic medicines are completely natural and herbal which treats the disease naturally without causing any side-effects.
  • Avoid triggering factors like heavy exercise, smoking and pets.
  • Quit smoking
  • Maintain personal hygiene.

Ayurvedic Treatment of COPD

Planet Ayurveda offers COPD care pack for the treatment of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease without causing any side-effects.

1. Vasaka Capsules

These capsules are very effective in treating COPD. Vasaka capsules are prepared from an extract of Adhatoda vasica (vasaka). As these capsules have mucolytic and expectorant action which helps to liquefy the mucus in airways and aids elimination of the mucus from the body. This helps to clear the airways and proper breathing. It relieves shortness of breath, wheezing, and tightness of chest.

Dosage :- Take two capsules twice a day after meals.


2. Praanrakshak Churna

This churna helps to manage and treat symptoms of COPD. It is an herbal blend of following herbs

  • Shirish (Albezzia lebbock)
  • Vasa (Adhatoda vasica)
  • Anantmool (Tylphora asthmatica)
  • Twak (Cinnamomum Zeylanica)
  • Bharangi (Clerodandrum serratum)
  • Kantkari (Solanum xanthocarpum)
  • Mulethi (Glycyrrhiza glabra)

It treats COPD and manages any complication associated with it. Antioxidant action of this churna helps in healing lung tissues and improves oxygen exchange in the blood.

Dosage :- Take one teaspoonful of this churna two times a day and boil in 400 ml water until this solution remains 50-60 ml. Strain and drink it.

3. Curcumin Capsules

These capsules are very effective in treating chronic pulmonary obstructive disease and its associated complaints. It is made from Haridra herb (Curcuma longa). In Ayurveda, it is a very famous herb used for treating respiratory complaints. Antioxidant properties of these capsules help in eliminating free radical and toxins from the body and increases the immunity of the body. It relieves symptoms like wheezing, cough, and tightness of chest. Curcumin capsules also purify the blood.

Dosage :-Take two capsules twice a day after meals.

4. Tulsi Capsules

It is prepared from Ocimum tenuiflorum (tulsi) which have many health benefits. Breathing is eased due to its calming and soothing effects. Improves lung functions due to its anti-oxidant properties.

Dosage :- Take one capsule two times a day after meals.

5. Kaashar Churna

It is made from combinations of various herbs listed below

  • Mishri (Crystallized sugar lumps)
  • Vanshlochan (Bambusa arudinacea)
  • Pippali (Piper Longum)
  • Dalchini (Cinnamomum zeylanica)

Kaas har churna is rich in anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties. It boosts up immunity and fight helps the body to fight against various infections and diseases. Herbs from which this churna is made helps to maintain healthy functioning of lungs.

Dosage :- Take one teaspoon of this churna two times a day after meals.