Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease or COPD is a lung disease that decreases airflow in the lungs. It is a serious problem and should not be overlooked or delayed under any circumstances. Apart from chemical-based allopathic treatments, it can be cured and treated with natural medicines and therapies. Ayurvedic COPD treatment follows an all-natural path and works to eliminate the root cause of the disease permanently.
What is COPD?
COPD is a chronic inflammation of the lungs that causes obstruction of the airflow from the lungs and makes it difficult for the patient to breathe. COPD is a group of diseases that includes mainly Bronchitis and Emphysema. The cause for Bronchitis is inflammation and narrowing of the bronchial tube, which produces mucus and Emphysema destroys the small alveoli and disturbs the outward flow of air.
Symptoms of COPD
There is significant lung damage in COPD. The marked symptoms of COPD include shortness of breath, wheezing, cough, frequent cold and cough, weight loss, lack of energy, fatigue, swelling in feet, legs, and ankles. A patient with COPD might require emergency medical care if he has bluish fingernails or lips, trouble breathing, and increased heart rate. In any case, it is not logical to overlook the symptoms and delay a visit to the doctor.
Causes of COPD
COPD causes are long exposure to chemicals, fumes, air pollution, dust inhaling, chronic smoking, cooking in poorly ventilated homes, and certain genetic factors.
Complications Due To COPD
Untreated or overlooked COPD may lead to a series of complications that include:
- Respiratory Diseases: It may lead to many respiratory infections like pneumonia and flu.
- Heart Problems: The primary reason is yet to be discovered, but COPD is known to increase the risk of heart problems including heart attacks.
- Depression: It is not easy to enjoy life if you have difficulty breathing. Long-term dealing with such a problem may easily contribute to mental depression and anxiety.
- Lung Cancer: People with COPD are more vulnerable to lung cancer than others.
- High Blood Pressure in Arteries of Lungs: Obstruction in airflow may increase blood pressure in arteries of the lungs and cause pulmonary hypertension.
Diagnosis and COPD Ayurvedic Treatment
A doctor diagnoses COPD based on the clinical history, physical examination, and some other Diagnostic tests that include spirometry test, chest X-ray, blood investigations, and a CT scan.
COPD can lead to several respiratory infections, lung cancer, high blood pressure, heart problems, and depression if not appropriately treated. Ayurvedic COPD management helps patients get reasonable control of the symptoms and lead to a better quality of life.
Ayurveda refers to COPD as a Pranavaha Srotas disease. COPD's leading causes are the imbalance of all the three doshas Vata, Pitta, and Kapha. Kapha is the prime dosha vitiation in COPD. Therefore, the focus of treatment lies in restoring the lost balance between these doshas. In Ayurveda, COPD treatment includes Nidana Parivarjan that corrects the lifestyle and diet, Shaman Chikitsa, the pacification of the doshas, and Shodhana Chikitsa is Bio purification.
Nasya and other Ayurveda therapies help in drying the excess mucus secretion, which causes the obstruction. Ayurveda herbs boost immunity and reduce the occurrence of respiratory infections.
Diet and Lifestyle Changes for COPD
Diet rich in fruits, vegetables, hot, salty, and light foodstuff, along with a well-ventilated home, clean surroundings, and clean environment helps in subsiding COPD symptoms. Sweet, fermented foodstuff, cold drinks, refrigerated food, curd, and fatty food substances can increase COPD symptoms and be discouraged.
Preventions for COPD
- COPD has a clear set of causes and prevention. There are several ways to slow down the progression of this disease. Generally, COPD cases are related to chain-smoking which means its prevention lies in avoiding smoking or stopping it outrightly.
- People addicted to smoking may need to make strong efforts to get over this habit. They must seek medication and therapies to quit smoking and save their lungs from any further damage.
- If you have COPD as an occupational hazard, you must find ways to work with lung irritants. Find ways to protect yourself and buy some respiratory protective equipment.
- Seek proper help if you are going through depression or mental health issues.
Symptoms of COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease)
Excess Mucous Production
Difficulty in Breathing
Our Approach To COPD Treatment
Our Ayurveda expert does a detailed clinical examination of the patient. The doctor reviews the previous medical history, severity of the symptoms, and the disease's root cause. Based on these factors, the Ayurveda doctor prescribes the medicines, diet, lifestyle changes, Yoga, and Panchakarma therapies if required. The majority of the patients respond well to the treatment with natural herbal medicines. A few cases may require Panchakarma therapies like Vaman in the hospital. A patient with COPD can have a detailed discussion with our Ayurveda experts over an online video consultation by sitting at home.
Why To Choose Ayurveda?
Looks for the Root Cause
The ayurvedic approach of disease looks for the root cause and not merely the symptoms. Ayurveda offers two ways of treatment; One is Shodhan, and the other is Shaman. Shodhan is complete detoxification of the body by Panchakarma therapies. Shaman is balancing the doshas by Ayurveda medicines, diet, and lifestyle changes. Ayurveda medicines always work better in a patient detoxified with Panchakarma.
Ayurveda medicines are processed most naturally and not in the synthetic and chemical form. For this reason, the herbs are soft on the body, and there is no risk of side effects even if the patient requires to take them for longer durations. The complete eradication of the root cause ensures the cure and prevents future health complications.
Ayurveda is not merely a medical science. Instead, it is a philosophical science too. The basic principles of Ayurveda consider an individual human a specific identity and hence his treatment. Ayurveda gives importance to the treatment of the patient rather than the treatment of the disease. Two patients of the same disease can have different treatments because of the difference in their body constitution.