Doctor’s article – Asthma

Asthma – Causes and symptoms

Asthma is caused by inflammation in the airways. When an asthma attack occurs, the muscles surrounding the airways become tight and the lining of the air passages swells. This reduces the amount of air that can pass by. In sensitive people, asthma symptoms can be triggered by breathing in allergy-causing substances. Common symptoms of Asthma may include wheezing, shortness of breath, chest tightness and coughing. Symptoms are often worse at night or in the early morning, or in response to exercise or cold air. Some people with asthma only rarely experience symptoms, usually in response to triggers, whereas other may have marked persistent airflow obstruction.

Asthma is caused by environmental and genetic factors. These factors influence how severe asthma is and how well it responds to medication. Asthma caused due to inflammation of bronchioles has become common these days. It is perhaps due to increased pollution and lower vitality of people.

Treatment at Swas healthcare

Naturopathy uses a combination of physical treatments, dietary changes, some herbs and yoga. These give quick results and prove useful in most chronic diseases.Little changes in diet, mainly a healthier food choice with more of warm items like soups can act as soothing/stabilizing agents. Tulsi (Basil) and ginger tea can act as a natural bronchodilator. Cleansing diet consisting mainly of fruits – Apple, pomegranate and Papaya and raw food – salads, sprouts of green gram (moong) and chatni made of ginger, roasted black gram (dadiya), curry leaves, and green turmeric would improve the condition to a huge extent. Decrease of milk intake and cooked food and supplementing these with dry fruits like soaked dates, black raisins and almonds would reduce the breathing problems.These dietary changes if supplemented by Naturopathy treatments of chest pack, warm leg pack and spinal pack and also fomentation of upper back and massage for neck and shoulders would increase the blood flow to these areas, improving the condition.

Asthma is a reversible condition, not many people are able to go that path; instead try to manage it through medication. In most cases the medication progressively moves to increasingly stronger medication from Anti-histamines to Bronchodilators to steroids. We encourage you to follow our treatment which is completely natural and also over time helps you reverse the condition completely.


Case study

This case study has been written by Dr. Jay Sanghvi, the medical director of Swas healthcare.

Patient’s background and symptoms

I remember treating a case recently. Kundan Singh (name changed to protect identity) came to me about 6 months back. He lives in an area with mostly dry weather. He has been suffering from Asthma for last 4 years. He was taking Deriphyllin (Theophylline) tablets about 400mg, twice a day and Beclomethasone based inhaler thrice a day. Asthma is caused by inflammation in the airways. When an asthma attack occurs, the muscles surrounding the airways become tight and the lining of the air passages swells. This reduces the amount of air that can pass by.

Asthma caused due to inflammation of bronchioles has become common these days. It is perhaps due to increased pollution and lower vitality of people. While it is a reversible condition, not many people are able to go that path; instead try to manage it through medication. In most cases the medication progressively moves to increasingly stronger medication from Anti-histamines to Bronchodilators to steroids.

Treatment at Swas healthcare

Naturopathy uses a combination of physical treatments, dietary changes, some herbs and yoga. These give quick results and prove useful in most chronic diseases. After studying Kundan’s case, initially I prescribed some changes in diet, mainly a healthier food choice with more of warm items like soups. These act as soothing/stabilizing food. I also gave him Tulsi (Basil) + ginger tea as natural bronchodilator. Further, I recommended addition of Peeprimul (Ganthoda or Valerian root) to evening milk. After 10 days we moved him to a cleansing diet. It mainly consisted of fruits – Apple, pomegranate and Papayya and raw food – salads, sprouts of green gram (moong), alfa-alfa, and fenugreek and chatni made of ginger, roasted black gram (dadiya), curry leaves, and green turmeric. We decreased the milk intake and cooked food and supplemented these with dry fruits like soaked dates, black raisins and almonds.

The dietary changes were supplemented by Naturopathy treatments of chest pack, warm leg pack and spinal pack. I also used fomentation of upper back and massage for neck and shoulders. Kundan also did certain yogasanas and pranayama under guidance of a competent yoga instructor. These help in expanding the chest and lungs and decrease the over sensitivity of air passages.

Follow up plan and Recovery

Slowly, Kundan Singh was able to reduce medication to about half and then it was stopped completely. Also, he was able to reduce the use of inhaler pump from thrice to once daily. He was suggested a follow up plan to practice at home, with the help of which, he was able to stop the medication completely and uses the inhaler occasionally. Breathlessness is almost gone and he is now leading a much better life. I hope that over time, he will be able to reverse it even further.


Wellness tips – Asthma

Asthma is caused by inflammation in the airways. When an asthma attack occurs, the muscles surrounding the airways become tight and the lining of the air passages swells. This reduces the amount of air that can pass by. In sensitive people, asthma symptoms can be triggered by breathing in allergy-causing substances. Asthma caused due to inflammation of bronchioles has become common these days. It is perhaps due to increased pollution and lower vitality of people.

Common symptoms of asthma include wheezing, shortness of breath, chest tightness and coughing. Symptoms are often worse at night or in the early morning, or in response to exercise or cold air. Some people with asthma only rarely experience symptoms, usually in response to triggers, whereas other may have marked persistent airflow obstruction. Asthma is a reversible condition, not many people are able to go that path; instead try to manage it through medication. In most cases the medication progressively moves to increasingly stronger medication from Anti-histamines to Bronchodilators to steroids.

Few easy tips can be followed at home which help you to improve the condition the condition to a considerable extent. Some of them are

Breathing – Dos and Dont’s

Hot air eases the breathing and also relaxes the lungs. Facial steam would also help reduce the breathing problem. Avoiding cold air and smoke, which trigger asthma attacks would help reduce the frequency of asthma attack. Put ferns around your home, as potted plants provide added oxygen and reduce allergen-producing irritants in the air.


Dietary tips

Adding more warm items like soups would help soothe the breathing condition.A teaspoon of turmeric powder with a glass of warm milk is effective in early stages of asthma. Honey, garlic and ginger are very effective in the case of asthma as they reduce the mucus accumulated, thereby easing the breathing. Dairy products can aggravate asthma. Reducing the quantity of intake of these and supplementing these with dry fruits, fruits and sprouts would help in moving to a cleansing diet, which would aid the reduction of asthma.


Yoga and Exercise

Specific pranayama’s of yoga can help in improving the breathing condition. Practicing heating pranayama’s and avoiding the cooling pranayama’s would help in reducing asthma attacks.

These tips are only suggestions made by our competent doctors. However, we suggest you to consult a competent doctor. We also encourage you to contact our customer service or write to our doctor about your condition so that we can help you with our expert advice.

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