Category: Lungs Health

What is Honeycombing in the Lungs? (Pulmonary Fibrosis)-Causes and Treatment

ABSTRACT

The human respiratory system consists of a network of tissues or organs, lungs are the primary organs of the respiratory system. Lungs are the paired organ located on either side of the heart of human beings. The prime function of the lungs involves the gaseous exchange between the atmosphere and the bloodstream, basically, oxygen is extracted and transferred into the bloodstream and in turn releasing the carbon dioxide from the blood to the external environment. But due to increased air pollution and some other factors can lead to the degradation of the normal function of the lungs. One of such diseases is pulmonary fibrosis. In this article, we’ll discuss in brief the disease and its best Ayurvedic management.

INTRODUCTION

Pulmonary fibrosis also known as honeycombing in lungs due to the radiological appearance of this disease and is defined as the condition which is characterised by presence of small cystic spaces with irregularly thickened walls composed of fibrous tissue in the lungs. Basically in pulmonary fibrosis, the tissue of lungs gets scarred, and lungs are unable to perform the normal functions efficiently. With increase in time, this condition gradually becomes worse and may ultimately lead to complete loss of function of lungs. Honeycomb cysts often predominate in the pleural/ sub pleural and peripheral regions of the lungs regardless of their cause.

SIGN AND SYMPTOMS

The common clinical features of lung fibrosis include shortness of breath especially on exertion, chronic dry cough, weakness and fatigue, chest discomfort and pain in chest and back regions, loss of appetite is followed by rapid loss of weight On auscultation, sometimes the fine cracked during inspiration can be heard on the base of lungs.

CAUSES

The causes of pulmonary fibrosis include environmental pollution, some medications, infections such as SARS infections, idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, interstitial lung disease etc., and connective tissue diseases. Endogenous stimuli- dust, fumes, cigarette smoke, autoimmune conditions.
Exogenous stimuli- drug interactions, radiations and other diseases.

PATHOPHYSIOLOGY OF PULMONARY FIBROSIS (Cause of honeycombing)

Due to the overexposure of endogenous and exogenous stimuli, leading to microscopic lung injury, separated spatially and temporally and if these injuries remain intact lead to lung haemostasis, and when healed up it leads to gradual change in lung parenchyma with fibrotic tissue leading pulmonary fibrosis, which appear as honeycombs on radiological imaging. This progressive changes in the normal lung tissue with scarred one, resulting in the reduced oxygen diffusion capacity and increase in stiffness of chest and back region.

Pulmonary Fibrosis

DIAGNOSIS

  • The diagnosis of this condition may be based on symptoms, lung function tests, medical imaging and lung biopsy
  • Honeycomb lung is the classical radiological appearance with widespread fibrosis.
  • The terminal and respiratory bronchioles are dilated and thickened to produce cystic airspaces, giving this characteristic honeycomb appearance on chest x-ray.
  • High resolution CT may be required for proper visualisation of the abnormalities.

COMPLICATIONS

If proper management of this condition is not done it may lead to many several lifethreatining complications. These include pneumothorax, lung cancer, pulmonary hypertension and respiratory failure.

AYURVEDIC VIEW

In Ayurveda, the best correlation of this disease can be made with Kshatksheen janya shwas rog, (respiratory disorder as a result of healed pulmonary abscess).

The person who is regularly on inappropriate diet and unwholesome diet, excessive dry and following the trauma to the lungs or due to any infective cause, the vitiated tridosha got entered in the chest region causing severe pain in the chest, back and also passes blood in sputum (hemoptysis), leading to abscess formation in the lungs and also causing depletion of shukra and oaj (the supreme body tissue that can be correlated with hormones responsible for growth and reproduction and immunity) and leading to the condition called kshatksheen. This kshat ksheen, itself when healed, makes the progressive changing of normal to fibrosed tissues in the lungs leading to pulmonary fibrosis condition.

The common symptoms of kshatksheen include

Uroruk- Pain in chest, Shonitchardi- haematemesis, Kaaso-cough, due to the pulmonary abscess (urahkasht), and also the generalised symptoms such as Sraktmutratvum– Haemeturia, parshavprishtkatigreh- stiffness in chest, back and lumbar region and weight loss.

The bleeding when the tissue becomes fibrosed decreases but it leads to the gradual increase in breathing difficulty, exertional dyspnea and other such symptoms.

TREATMENT of Pulmonary Fibrosis

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Best Herbal Remedies as suggested by our experts for pulmonary fibrosis

  1. Praanrakshak Churna
  2. Vasaka Capsule
  3. Tulsi Capsule
  4. Shwas kuthar ras

Herbal Supplements for Pulmonary Fibrosis

Herbal Supplements for Pulmonary Fibrosis

PRODUCT DESCRIPTION

1. Praanrakshak Churna

This is a poly herbal prepration made by Planet Ayurveda’s team on the ancient Ayurvedic principles. The shwas roga have prodominaece of kapha and vata dosha. This churna is very much efficient in screeching out the collected kapha dosha along with the soothing effects on the vata dosha. The product is having expectorant and properties to enhance the lung functions. The ingredients of this formulation include Sirisha (Albizia lebbeck), mulheti (Glycyrrhiza glabra) and kantakari (Solanum xanthocarpum) etc.

Dosage– 1 teaspoon twice daily with equal amount of honey, after meals

2. Vasaka Capsules

These are the standardized extract of the vasa (Adhatoda vasica). Vasa is an amazing rejuvenating herb that helps in the prevention of infections of lungs and promoting the health of the lungs, it helps in getting rid of the excess congestion in the chest and also improves digestion. This herb enhances the blood purifying ability, and boosts up the immunity. These all factors make them both suitable and one of the best medicines for pulmonary fibrosis.

Dosage- 1 capsule two times daily with water after meals

3. Tulsi Capsules

Tulsi Capsules are made from the standardized extract of Ocimum sanctum. Tulsi is the best remedy to treat the respiratory difficulties used since ages. Moreover, tulsi is the abundant source of antioxidants such as eugenol that protects the lungs from free radicals. Due to its kapha shamak property, it aids in relieving the symptoms of pulmonary fibrosis.

Dosage- 1 capsule twice daily with water after meals

4. Shwas kuthar ras

The classical Ayurvedic formulation used for the shwas roga (respiratory ailments). This medicine is useful in chronic breathing difficulties and dyspnea on exertion along with the stiffness issues in the lungs. Shwas kuthar ras is the best herbomineral preparation for dissolving the fibrosed tissue (due to kapha) and helps in promoting the normal lung functions.

Dosage– 2 tablets twice daily after meals, for better results crush the tablets in half teaspoon of ginger juice, and consume it with 1 teaspoon of honey.

CONCLUSION

There is no treatment method available with the Allopathic medicine for this condition, they mostly focus on symptomatic treatment (pulmonary rehabilitation or oxygen therapy), whereas Ayurveda with an integrated approach of lifestyle and dietary modification along with the herbal formulations is the best way to manage the condition of  Pulmonary fibrosis.

Natural Cure for Sarcoidosis

Sarcoidosis

Sarcoidosis is a disease presenting itself in the form of a small collection of perhaps reddish bumps or spots (inflammatory cells) -granulomas in a single part or various parts of the body, commonly affected parts are lungs and lymph gland, leading to an inflammation and dysfunction or an altered structure of the organ or body part involved if lasted for a long time.


sarcoidosis disease

Causes of Sarcoidosis

How and why sarcoidosis exactly develops is till date unknown , however researchers argue sarcoidosis to be a response of body’s immune system to an unknown substance , other hypothesis is that which an exposure to dust , chemicals or infectious agents or a reactive response to its own proteins in persons already with genetic predisposition may pave the way for granulomas.Sarcoidosis is most commonly occurring in the age group between 20-60 , women are more likely to develop the disease compared to men.

Signs and Symptoms

The disease is specified with a range of signs and symptoms varying from parts to parts of the body. However the generalised symptoms presented in the first stage of manifestation of a disease include fatigue ,swollen lymph nodes, inflammation of joints , weight loss , Tender , reddish patches of skin etc.

The Specified Symptoms Affecting Each Organ Are

  • 90% of cases affects the lungs and lymph– Characterised by persistent dry cough, wheezing , shortness of breath,chest pain, enlarged lymph nodes in the groin , etc if untreated and goes unchecked for a long time may cause hypertension and can also permanently scar the lungs resulting in pulmonary fibrosis.
  • 65% of cases affect the liver, 33% affect bones and joints– The clinical presentation of hepatic sarcoidosis may result in an increased level of enzymes in the blood , in most cases it is asymptomatic.
  • 25% of the cases affect skin and the eyes– Identified by reddish Bumps or spots in the form of rashes or patches in the skin, polymorphic lesions , irregular pattern of colour etc.Eye sarcoidosis may be manifested asymptomatically , however , in some cases the symptoms may include itchy or burning eyes ,severe redness, sensitivity to light may cause glaucoma or cataract ,may eventually damage the retina and cause blindness .
  • 15% of the cases affect the nervous system:- May lead to paralysis of the body parts related to the granulomas in the particular cranial nerves .

Ayurveda and Sarcoidosis

Ayurveda is based on the normalcy and discrepancies in the three bodily humours (dosas) that govern our body viz vata , pitta and kapha , it’s normalcy rests principally on the lifestyle and dietary regimen of a person , however , the habit , habitat , routine, seasons anything that affects the body affects the normalcy of the dosas and disease is manifested.

Hence, Ayurveda arrests the disease in the root level and offshoots the disease as a whole. In spite of consistent discoveries , manual and technical efforts and plenty of drug discoveries, modern medicine has very little to offer.

An Ayurvedic approach leads us to the cause of sarcoidosis to be the formation of toxins( AMA) in the body and is a dhaatugat vikaar (disease at the cellular level ). The circulatory and lymphatic system occluded with the aggregated AMA disrupts the normal operation of the same and weakens it .due to the blockage , the antibodies tend to accumulate in various parts of the body and lumps are developed . Ayurveda extends its miraculous hands to the heart of the disease and gently pinches it off in its sublime level; this is made possible with a treatment procedure that involves correction of dietary and lifestyle regime and herbal medicines , which is also beneficial in the overall well being of the body.

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Product Description

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Dosage– 2 capsules to be taken twice daily, along with normal water post meals.

2. Kanchnaar Guggul

Classical treatises suggestive of the drug to be responsible for enhancing muscle bulk, these tablets are a blend of guggul( Commiphora mukul) and kanchnaar (Bauhinia variegata ) in a single tablet. This also contains the rejuvenative drug-triphala ,trikatu , varuna ,ela,twak and tejpata.Kachnaar guggul is fruitful in alleviating any unwanted growth in the body and hence can soothe sarcoidosis. This proves to be a multifaceted supplement that supports your cellular functions and thereby your body throughout.

Dosage– 2 tablets, three times a day, along with normal water post meals.

3. Aller-G Care Capsules

An in house product brought to you that has harnessed the goodness of versatile herbs like Ashwagandha (withania somnifera), neem (azadirachta indica) haridra (curcuma longa) and shirish (albizia lebeck) and can be safely consumed regularly , productive in symptoms of sarcoidosis such as chest pain , persistent dry cough and shortness of breath etc.

Dosage– 2 capsules, two times a day, with normal water post meals.

4. Punarnava Mandur Tablets

Punarnava mandur is an efficacious tablet that has employed all the active principles of the following herbs – trivita (operculina turpethum), punarnava (Boerhavia diffusa), shunthi (zingiber officinale), pippali (Piper longen), Vidanga (Embelia ribes), Marich (Piper nigrum), etc. It’s dynamic in expelling out the toxins (AMA) of the body that goes a long way in the management of sarcoidosis.

Dosage– 2 tablets, two times a day with normal water post meals.

Conclusion

There are several incurable diseases in the hands of modern medicine and people might resort to other treatment procedures , and Ayurveda is assured not to leave any person unhappy in its own body . The range of herbal supplements planet ayurveda provides ensures a healthy well-being along with a healthy mind if taken correctly along with the corrected dietary regimen and lifestyle practices . You’ll no longer be wary of existing unhappily in your own skin. In case of any query kindly visit www.PlanetAyurveda.com