THE AYURVEDIC WAY
Respiratory disorders or diseases are diseases of the lungs and human airways that affect human respiration
Ayurveda refers to breathing disorders (dyspnea) as “svasa”. These are characterized by the type of breath created. There are five types of Shwasas
Respiratory Diseases Asthma/ Tamaka Svasa
Asthma is a chronic disease that affects the bronchi and bronchioles of the lungs. It causes difficulty in breathing and is followed by severe cough, restlessness, cough, and a wheezing sound while breathing.
Tamaka svasa is the name for forceful respiration that leads to great distress. The condition is due primarily to kapha dosha’s vitiation and results in the eyes opening wide and gazing in an upward direction during an attack. The condition term is used synonymously with bronchial asthma.
Tuberculosis (TB) is an infectious disease that most often affects the lungs and is caused by a type of bacteria. It spreads through the air when infected people cough, sneeze, or spit.
Rajayakshma is a syndrome consisting of diseases associated with wasting (kshaya) of various tissues including rasa and ojas causing immunodeficiency resulting in opportunistic infections, the most common being tuberculosis. The term rajayakshma has been used interchangeably with tuberculosis. It is a potentially fatal wasting disease that "consumes" the body.
Rhinitis is an inflammation of the nasal membranes, characterized by watery nasal discharge, nasal obstruction, sneezing, and nasal itching. This may also be associated with symptoms of itching in the eyes, palate, and pharynx
“ Vatam prati abhimukham syayate iti Pratishyayaha”
The disease in which Kaphadi doshas move towards the direction of Vata dosha is called Pratishyaya vitiated Kaphadi doshas are eliminated through the nose is known as Pratishyaya
Upper Respiratory Tract Infection (URTI)
An upper respiratory tract infection (URTI) is an illness caused by an acute infection, which involves the upper respiratory tract, including the nose, sinuses, pharynx, larynx, or trachea. This commonly includes nasal obstruction, sore throat, tonsillitis, pharyngitis, laryngitis, sinusitis, otitis media, and the common cold.
Lower Respiratory Tract Infection (LRTI)
Lower respiratory tract infections (LRTIs) are types of infections that affect the lungs, bronchi, and trachea. These infections can be caused by a wide variety of microorganisms, including bacteria, viruses, and fungi. Common examples of LRTIs include pneumonia, bronchitis, and tuberculosis.
LRTIs can range from mild to severe, with symptoms that may include coughing, shortness of breath, chest pain, fever, and fatigue.
Sinusitis is an inflammation of the tissues in your sinuses (spaces in your forehead, cheeks, and nose usually filled with air). It causes facial pain, a stuffy or runny nose, and sometimes a fever and other symptoms. It's usually caused by the common cold, but other viruses, bacteria, fungi, and allergies can also cause sinusitis
In Ayurveda, sinusitis is due to aggravated Kapha and Vata balance in the sinus area. Shleshaka Kapha also gets mixed with doshas in the body, resulting in sticky mucus
In Ayurveda, bronchitis is also known as the kasa roga. This condition denotes the inflammation of bronchial tubes, which carry air to the lungs. It usually follows a viral respiratory tract infection. The phlegm adheres to the inflamed mucous membrane thus making it difficult to expel it. The sticky semi-fluid phlegm may be purulent. The phlegm sticking to the bronchi causes breathing difficulty thus starving the lungs of air. It is mainly caused due to smoking, air pollution, and emphysema. Advancing age also tends to influence the development of bronchitis. The main symptoms are dry/productive cough, shortlessness of breath, slight fever, fatigue, chest pain
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
This includes all the respiratory diseases that cause breathlessness or the inability to exhale. It largely affects people who have been exposed to some sort of smoke. It is a very serious disease and worsens even if you stop smoking.
Emphysema is defined as a chronic disease, reduction of the respiratory surface due to damage to the lung alveolar walls. It is caused mainly by cigarette smoking. The main symptoms of emphysema include shortness of breath and cough. Emphysema might lead to a loss of elasticity in the lungs.
Pneumonia is an infection that inflames the air sacs in one or both lungs. The air sacs may fill with fluid or pus (purulent material), causing cough with phlegm or pus, fever, chills, and difficulty breathing. A variety of organisms, including bacteria, viruses, and fungi, can cause pneumonia.Book An Appointment