Category: Lungs Health

Ayurvedic Herbs For Asthma As An Alternate To Nebulizer

Introduction

Asthma is a chronic respiratory disease of lungs in which airways become narrow, leading to difficulty in breathing. It can affect people of any age group but mainly starts in childhood. It is characterized by – difficulty in breathing, cough, and wheezing. It can also be related to an allergic condition where there is

Presence of any allergen in the air. Asthma requires proper medication in association with some preventive measures.

asthma symptoms

Nebulizer in Asthma

If Asthma is not relieved by medications then nebulizer is the next option. In an acute asthmatic attack, a nebulizer can be used but its effect is for a short period of time so it is only for temporary treatment. Nebulizer is a type of inhaler that contains asthma medications in the form of mist, which is having a mouthpiece through which the medicine directly goes into your lungs.

Nebulizer mainly contains bronchodilators in the form of – Albuterol, Ipratropium bromide and Levalbuterol are beta-2 agonists that are used for temporary relief and their long term use can result in various complications. Budesonide is a steroidal medicine used in a nebulizer, It can cause hoarseness of voice and fungal infection of mouth called oral thrush. Long term use of Steroids can result in organ damage like liver failure, kidney failure. So Steroids used in Nebulizer are very harmful to our bodies.

Complications Due To Long Term Use of Nebulizer

A nebulizer is only for short time relief, its long term use can result in organ damage. Because we need to adjust the doses of the medicines used in Nebulizer, according to the patient’s need. Sometimes high doses are needed which can be very harmful. So Nebulizer should be used only for temporary relief.

Its long term use can result in the following complications

  • Weight gain mainly puffiness of face is seen
  • Osteoporosis, muscle weakness, hair loss, easy bruising
  • Blood in sputum, Cataract, Glucauma
  • Mood changes, Headache
  • High Blood pressure, Diabetes, suppression of adrenal glands

Ayurvedic Perspective of Asthma

According to Ayurveda, asthma is a “Swas rog” which occurs due to imbalance between vata, and kapha dosha and it mainly occurs due to our improper diet, Deranged kapha and vitiated Pranvayu. When vitiated Pranvayu and deranged kapha gets combine, they result in respiratory system obstruction, which is called “Pranvahasrotasa”, resulting in “Swas Rog”.

Ayurvedic Herbs by Planet Ayurveda for Asthma as an Alternate to Nebulizer

Planet Ayurveda offers Asthma care Pack for the Treatment of Asthma. These herbal remedies are prepared by using best quality herbs and are prepared under direct supervision of MD Ayurvedic Doctors by strictly following the principles of Ayurveda. These all remedies are natural, pure and vegetarian in nature. They do not contain any chemical or preservative and are safe to use for prolonged period of time and not having any side effect.

Ayurvedic Medicine for Asthma

Asthma Treatment

Asthma Care Pack By Planet Ayurveda

Asthma care pack is powerful natural combination of products by Planet Ayurveda for Asthma. It contains mainly three ingredients – Aller-G Care, Tulsi capsules and Praanrakshak churna.

Product description is as follows

1. Aller-G-Care

These are in the form of capsules. These capsules are the combination of best known herbs like – Ashwagandha, Neem, Shirish and Haridra.

DOSAGE – 2 capsules twice daily with plain water after meals

BENEFITS – Each component serves individual benefit

A. Ashwagandha

  • It is very potent herb used in Ayurvedic system.

Ancient Verse about Ashwagandha

Reference – Bhavprakash nighantu, edition of 2010: Verse 189-190, Page no- 393-394.

Meaning – Ashwagandha, Balda, Varda, Hyahriya, Vrahkarni, Baji and Kushtgandhini. Two synonyms of Ashwagandha are – Hyagandha and Bajigandha. Its potency is hot with astringent and bitter taste. It is a good energy provider. It enhances the spermatogenesis. It is very useful in leucoderma, inflammation, manages vata and kapha doshas and is very helpful in treating emaciation.

  • It has anti-ageing property.
  • It has anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory property
  • It helps in reducing stress and cholesterol.
  • It is beneficial in allergies, heart problems, inflammation and infections due to its natural rejuvenating property .

B. Neem

  • It is very useful in allergies and infections.
  • It is a powerful disinfectant
  • It is a very good gum cleaner so useful in halitosis and oral infections
  • It is anti-bacterial in nature.

C. Shirish

in Ayurveda, Shirish is called as “Vish-ghan” which means removing toxins from the body. Here the word toxin stands for accumulation of toxins in the body due to imbalanced vata, pitta and kapha doshas.

D. Haridra

  • It is also called Turmeric, very useful in allergies and rhinitis.
  • It has anti-inflammatory, anti-diabetic and antiseptic property
  • It is useful in Skin problems like pimples, acne, inflammation and skin rashes.

2. TULSI CAPSULES

This is a powerful natural product by Planet Ayurveda in the form of capsules. They are combination of pure herb Tulsi.

Dosage – 2 capsules twice daily with plain water after meals

Benefits

  • It has anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory property
  • is useful in respiratory conditions like Rhinitis and Sinusitis
  • It is very useful in decreasing stress and emotional imbalance.
  • It is known as “Holy Basil” which means it is a very Holy plant in India.

3. Praanrakshak Churna

It is a powerful natural product by Planet Ayurveda which is a combination of various herbs like – Dalchini (Cinnamomum zeylinca) 20gm, Shirish (Albezzia lebbok) 40gm, kantkari (Solanum xanthocarpum) 40gm, Mulethi (Glycerrhiza glabra) 10mg, Annathmool (Typhlora Asthmatica) 40mg, Bharangi (Clerodandrum Serritum) 10mg and Vaasa (Adhtoda vasica) 40gm.

DOSAGE – 1 teaspoonful twice daily with plain water after meals.

BENEFITS – The herbs kantakri, Bharangi and Shirish have anti-histaminic property so are useful in acute and chronic asthmatic attacks

Note

  • All these herbs are very useful in treating allergy and asthma
  • Mucous plugs are formed in respiratory diseases, so these herbs break those mucous plugs thus help in curing respiratory diseases.

What is Honeycombing of Lungs and its Best Alternative Treatment?

Honeycombing of Lungs

What is Honeycombing of Lungs?

Honeycombing of lungs is also called honeycomb lungs. It is a radiological feature, seen with extensive fibrosis. Cystic air spaces with wide walls appear in this disorder. These air spaces are formed of fibrous tissue and are variable-sized, and irregular. Honeycomb cysts usually happen in the pleural or sub-pleural and peripheral regions of the lung areas.

Honeycombing of Lungs

The enlarged and expanded respiratory bronchioles and terminals produce cystic airspace that provides the appearance of honeycomb in the lungs as a result of chest x-ray or High-Resolution Computed Tomography (HRCT). These modifications are non-significant and are generally seen in the end-stage of many Interstitial Lung Diseases (ILDs).

Honeycombing of Lung is Divided into Two Types:

  1. Microcystic Honeycombing
  2. Macrocystic Honeycombing

1. Microcystic Honeycombing

It is a visual descriptor on HRCT (High-Resolution Computed Tomography) or CT which represents very small cysts that occur in the sub-pleural region in the patient of interstitial lung disease. It is commonly associated with Non-Specific Interstitial Pneumonitis (NSIP). If the size of the cyst is below 4 mm it is considered as Microcystic honeycombing.

2. Macrocystic Honeycombing

When the size of cysts is bigger than 4 mm it is considered as Macrocystic honeycombing. It is the morphological type of honeycombing. It is commonly associated with Usual Interstitial Pneumonia (UIP).

Interstitial Lung Disease (ILD) is a huge group of disorders that cause lung scarring known as fibrosis which leads to lung stiffness making it troublesome to breathe.

Examples of ILD:

  1. Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis
  2. Non-Specific Interstitial Pneumonitis (NSIP)
  3. Interstitial pneumonia
  4. Hypersensitivity Pneumonitis
  5. Usual Interstitial Pneumonia
  6. Sarcoidosis and Asbestosis

The specific cause of interstitial lung disease (ILD) is not known. This may be due to some factors like chemical exposure, several medicines, family history, and some other diseases such as collagen disease, etc. The lung diseases get worse over time and at the end stage of the disease, they show the honeycombing appearance which is the cystic airspace in the lungs.

If a person with chronic lung disease does not get proper treatment on time, it becomes more severe and is recommended for lung transplantation. So, if you want to prevent your lungs from diseases and becoming a honeycomb lung then you should go for an alternative treatment which can treat it in an effective manner without affecting your health further.

What is the Alternative Treatment to Prevent the Honeycombing of Lungs?

If any treatment cures the disease at its roots and produces many side effects, it cannot be a good treatment. Therefore, it is better to go for an alternative treatment i.e. natural treatment which includes herbs that not only control the symptoms of the disease but also treat the root of the disease. These herbs do not cause any side effects rather they are beneficial for the health in many other ways.

Herbs to Prevent Honeycombing of Lungs

  1. Vasaka: It is a very effective herb for respiratory and lung disorders (3).
  2. Curcumin: This herb possesses numerous properties such as antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, chemotherapeutic properties, etc. (2)
  3. Tulsi: The herb helps to clear the lungs by purifying the air and is useful in lung diseases, like Sinusitis, bronchitis, and nasal congestion, etc. (1)
  4. Ginger: It helps to relieve respiratory diseases.
  5. Mulethi: It acts as an expectorant and holds bronchodilator activities that help to clean the respiratory tract.

These herbs are very effective individually, and also give a synergistic effect when used in combinations. Therefore, they are used in herbal formulations that are not only, more effective but also 100% pure and natural, without any added chemicals or preservatives as served by Planet Ayurveda.

Alternative Treatment for Honeycombing of Lungs by Planet Ayurveda

All the products of Planet Ayurveda are formulated under the direct supervision of highly qualified Ayurvedic practitioners. The herbal products provided for the treatment of Honeycombing of lungs are:

  1. Vasaka Capsules
  2. Tulsi Capsules
  3. Praanrakshak Churna
  4. Shwas Kuthar Ras

Product Descriptions

1. Vasaka Capsules

These capsules consist of pure extract of Vasaka (Adhatoda vasica) herb. Vasaka capsules are very beneficial in the treatment of lung diseases. This herb has expectorant and bronchodilator activities that help to clean the respiratory channels and promotes the healthy functioning of the respiratory system. So, these capsules also help to prevent the lungs from Honeycombing associated with interstitial lung disease (ILD).

Dosage: 2 capsules twice daily with water after meals.

2. Tulsi Capsules

Tulsi capsules are prepared by the standardized extract of Tulsi (Ocimum tenuiflorum), also known as Holy Basil. It is a wonderful herb that has medicinal properties to manage respiratory and lung complications preventing the formation of cystic airspace (honeycomb) in the patient’s lungs. It also possesses soothing and calming properties that help in easy and smooth breathing. It is a great antioxidant that promotes the healthy functioning of the lungs.

Dosage: 1 capsule twice daily with plain water after meals.

3. Praanrakshak Churna

This formulation from Planet Ayurveda is a blend of amazing herbs useful in lung diseases. The herbs included are Vasaka (Adhatoda vasica), Shirish (Albizia lebbeck), Bharangi (Clerodandrum serratum), Anantmool (Tylphora asthmatica),  Mulethi (Glycyrrhiza glabra), Kantkari (Solanum xanthocarpum), and Twak (Cinnamomum zeylanica).  This holds antioxidant properties which help to repair the lungs’ tissues and also encourages the transfer of oxygen throughout the blood. Praanrakshak Churna improves the functioning of the lungs and prevents Honeycombing. It is also effective in managing various conditions like cough, sneezing, Sinusitis, Rhinitis and others.

Dosage: 1-2 teaspoons thrice a day with plain water after meals.

4. Shwas Kuthar Ras

Shwas Kuthar Ras is a wonderful Ayurvedic formulation. It is a mixture of many ingredients including Shuddha Gandhaka (Purified Sulphur), Shuddha Parada (A Purified Mercury), Tankana Bhasma (Borax), Shuddha Vatsanabha (Purified Aconitum ferox), Manashila (Purified Realgar),  Pippali (Piper longum), Shunti (Zingiber officinalis), and Maricha (Piper nigrum). This formulation is very effective in various lung diseases like asthma, chronic bronchitis, dyspnea, etc.

Dosage: 2 tablets twice a day, before or after food.

Conclusion

From the above information, it is concluded that Ayurvedic treatment is the best alternative treatment to prevent and treat the lung diseases and formation of honeycombing in the lungs. Planet Ayurveda offers the best herbal products that naturally manage the condition of the lungs and do not even cause any side effect.

Reference

  1. https://www.nhp.gov.in/Raihan-Tulsi_mtl
  2. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17569221
  3. http://www.jocpr.com/articles/indian-traditional-herbs-adhatoda-vasica-and-its-medicinal-application.pdf