Prana energy is essential for life. The air that enters the body through the respiratory system enables crucial and life-sustaining activities. Unfortunately, respiratory problems have become very common because of environmental as well as lifestyle factors.
Respiratory disorders in Ayurveda have been described as problems arising out of an imbalance in Kapha and Vata. Avlambaka Kapha, a sub-type of Kapha dosha governs the lungs, respiratory system and heart. This controls the flow of Udana Vata and Prana Vayu. An imbalance in these fundamental doshas lead to respiratory problems such as Asthma, COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease), Bronchitis, Pneumonia, as well as seasonal allergies.
Bronchitis is a condition in which there is an acute inflammation of the trachea and bronchi of the lungs, resulting in the accumulation and discharge of phlegm or sputum. Bronchitis can be acute or chronic. Bronchitis treatment may vary depending on the type of the disease. Acute bronchitis is of short duration and treatment may take a few weeks, while chronic bronchitis treatment may take slightly longer.
Primary focus of treatment in Chronic Bronchitis is to boost immunity, cleanse ama, and balance metabolism with the help of panchakarma therapies and medicines. Aggravated doshas are pacified, and the respiratory channels are cleansed and strengthened with proper diet, lifestyle and ayurvedic herbs.
Since the drying of Prana vaha strota (respiratory channels) leads to Bronchitis, herbal treatment is done to lubricate as well as strengthen it. Panchakarma and steam inhalation therapies are also recommended.
What is Chronic Laryngitis? In laryngitis, the laryngeal mucous membrane is swollen, congested and coated with mucus. Chronic laryngitis occurs as a result of repeated attacks of acute laryngitis. Since the larynx is responsible for producing voice, laryngitis naturally affects the voice of the individual. Therefore, chronic laryngitis has been called swarabhed in Ayurveda, the word swar means voice and bhed means breaking.
Vataj swarabhed (caused mainly by vitiated vayu) is marked by harsh, loud, vibrating voice and pain around the larynx. Pittaj swarabhed (caused mainly by vitiated Pitta) is indicated by thirst, fever and burning sensation in the laryngeal region. Staggering or obstructed voice indicates kaphaj swarabhed (caused mainly by vitiated kapha) which aggravates during night and alleviates during the day. Sannipatik swarabhed is caused by vitiation of all three doshas and therefore have mixed characteristics. Swarabhed caused by emaciating diseases like tuberculosis is called kshayaj swarabhed and is generally accompanied by mild fever, weakness and weight loss. Medoj swarabhed caused by the vitiation of meda dhatu (fat tissue) has similar features like kaphaj swarabhed but patients also experience excessive thirst. The treatment for swarabhed involves certain therapies with proper herbal medicines , diet and lifestyle.
Allergies are an overreaction of the body's immune system to specific substances that it misidentifies as harmful. This overreaction of the body's immune system is known as an allergic reaction and the substances that cause it are called allergens. Allergic reactions manifest themselves in the form of commonly seen skin and respiratory disorders such as eczema, hives, hay fever, asthma and food allergies. In Ayurveda, COPD treatment is done by first diagnosing the individual root-cause of every patient.
Ayurvedic treatment of COPD will include immunity boosting herbs and treatments to reduce the occurrence of infection. Proper hygiene is suggested, as well as lifestyle and diet modifications. Nasya treatment can be particularly helpful in preventing the entrance of external irritants and pollution. Ater consulting doctor will determine which treatments, oils, and herbs are most suitable for each individual. Rasayana treatment, rejuvenation therapy, is of particular importance for patients suffering from COPD.
Influenza, commonly referred to as the flu, is an infectious disease caused by viruses. Even though it is similar to the common cold, its symptoms are more severe and pronounced. Influenza is primarily caused by a virus in the body. It spreads when an infected person coughs, sneezes, or even talks around others. It can easily spread by touching a surface like a telephone, keyboard or doorknob that has been contaminated and then from your hand to your nose or mouth. Breathing the air where a contagious person has been may also pass the flu onto you.
According to Ayurveda, Influenza results from an imbalance of the Kapha and VataDoshas (Ayurvedic humours representing Water and Air respectively). Cold develops in the body when there’s an excess of Kapha’s cool, moist characteristics, causing a stuffy or runny nose and sneezing. And, excess Vata reduces the body’s digestive fire, so you get the chills.
The Ayurvedic treatment of Influenza consists of pacifying the aggravated body energies, expelling excess mucus, restoring peripheral circulation, strengthening digestion and boosting immunity.
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Pleurisy is caused due to the inflammation of the pleura, the lining that surround the lungs. When inflamed pleural layers rub against each other while breathing, it causes sharp pain in the chest. Though there could be several causes, viral infections spreading from the lungs to the pleural cavity are mostly responsible. In Ayurveda, this condition is known as parshwashool.
According to Ayurveda, all three doshas viz. vata, pitta kapha play roles in causing parshwashool. Vayu gets aggravated and collects from the body into the lungs. This leads to accumulation of kapha which is thick. Since Pitta is hot in nature, it liquefies kapha and converts it into a watery fluid. As a result, there is accumulation of fluid in lungs, which causes discomfort while breathing. Aggravation of kapha can extinguish the gastric fire and hamper the digestion. Effective treatment is available in Ayurveda for parshwashool which includes certain Ayurvedic therapies, herbs and dietary recommendations.
Rhinitis is a condition in which the soft and sensitive membrane becomes inflamed andit is characterized by headache, itchy eyes and throat, runny nose with watery discharge and sneezing. Rhinitis is of three different types: acute, chronic and allergic. Viral and bacterial infections, dust, pollen, fumes, spices and certain environmental factors are some commonly known triggers of Rhinitis.
In Ayurveda, such allergies are thought of being caused due to hypersensitivity of the nervous system. Allergic Rhinitis treatment in Ayurveda is personalized according to every patient’s body type, and hence it is effective. From an Ayurvedic perspective, it is caused due to ama (toxins) present in the body and due to low immunity. Accumulated ama aggravates the levels of Kapha (Water) in the body, giving rise to different symptoms of allergies.
Ayurvedic treatment for this type of Rhinitis with customized herbo-mineral and steam inhalation techniques with special ingredients.
At this stage, the problem have chronic due to weak immunity. Hence, treatment works on boosting the immune system by improving digestion and metabolism. Panchakarma therapies are recommended for pacification of aggravated doshas, good results can achieved with proper diet and lifestyle recommendations.
Treatment for this stage focuses strongly towards enhancing immunity. Panchakarma therapies such Nasya is recommended to reduce hypersensitivity and detoxify the nasal canal. In addition to that, counselling is provided on how to avoid triggers.
Known as Pinas in Ayurveda, sinusitis is a condition in which the sinuses are blocked with mucus and become inflamed. Sinusitis may attack people of any age and sex. Kids suffering from cold and other viral infections are prone to Sinusitis, and so are Asthma patients.
Increased intake of dry, oily, spicy, or too hot or too cold foods, and foods that are heavy, indigestible and incompatible foods cause impairment of all three doshas. Impaired Kapha (Water) accumulates in the sinuses, thus blocking the flow of Vata (Air). Impaired Pitta (Fire) causes swelling and irritation of the tissues of the sinuses. Other factors responsible for this condition are suppressing natural urges of tears and vomiting, exposure to cold or dusty and dry weather, staying awake till late in the night, and sleeping in the daytime.
Treatment for acute sinusitis focuses on balancing aggravated dosha and cleansing the sinuses. Nasya therapy is very beneficial in relieving all symptoms.Steam inhalation is recommended to strengthenthe pranavahasrotas.
For chronic sinusitis, treatment is done to boost immunity, cleanse ama and balance metabolism with Panchakarma therapies. The Pranavahasrotais also cleaned and strengthened with the help of herbal medicines.Good results can be achieved with proper diet, lifestyle and Panchakarma therapies
Recurrent/Allergic When the disorder becomes chronic, Ayurvedic treatment works towards reducing sensitivity towards the triggers, enhancing immunity and finally cleansing toxins from the nasal canal. This is done mainly with the help of herbal medicines and Panchakarma therapies.
Asthma is a respiratory disease which is characterized by narrowing of the airways. This happens when the body responses to a trigger such as exposure to cold air, allergens in the air, emotional stress or heavy exercise. When the airways narrow, patients show symptoms such as tightness of the chest, wheezing noise while breathing, coughing and shortness of breath. Asthma treatment at QuintusVed is completely personalized with customized medicines, diet and lifestyle.
Asthma is caused because of excessive intake of vata (cold), consuming kapha aggravating food items, weakening of the lung tissues, and problems caused by lung diseases. Environmental and lifestyle factors also play a role in asthma. Consuming cold or stale foods are not easy to digest and lead to the formation of ama (mucus) thereby causing blockage in the respiratory channel and difficulty in breathing. Living in cold and damp environment is also a reason of asthma.
For Bronchial Asthma, treatment focuses onreducing localized inflammations, cleansing and strengthening pranavahasrotas, and balancing aggravated doshas. In addition to herbal medicines, Panchakarma therapies such as snehan (oiling) and swedana (sudation) are also recommended.
Treatment for Allergic Asthma works towardsstrengthening immune system, cleansing of toxins from the respiratory channels, and reducing hyper sensitivity to allergens. Panchakarma therapies are also recommended.