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Bronchial Asthma

21 Sep 2019 HYN Himalayan Yoga Academy

Bronchial Asthma

Introduction : Bronchial Asthma

The asthamatic disorder is a chronic(recurring) inflammatory condition in which the airways develop increased responsiveness to various stimuli characterized repeated episodes of wheezing, breathlessness, chest tightness and cough that is at least partly reversible, either spontaneously or treatment. It is thought that inflammation cause an increase in airway responsiveness( bronchospasm ) to a varirty of stimuli. Some of these stimuli would have little or no effect or non-asthmatics with normal airways.Many cells play a role in the inflammatory response.More about Bronchial Asthma

Asthma causes narrowing of airways and brocho-spasm. Airway narrowing process basically involves:

  • Tightening of the smooth muscles around the airways
  • Swelling of the airway
  • Collecting of thick mucus secretions in the airways

Signs & Symptoms of Bronchial Asthma

  • Asthma is characterized by difficulty in breathing, wheezing and cough.
  • Difficulty in expiration
  • Tightness of the chest/discomfort in the chest.
  • Attacks last form one to several hours
  • Severe attacks may affect the heart and circulatory system.
  • Severe attack, not responsive to usual therapy is called status asthmatics” and is medical emergency.
  • Hypercarbia , acidosis and hypoxia is rare in Asthma.

Bronchial asthma Triggers :

  • Bronchial asthma triggers may include:
  • tobacco smoke
  • Infections such as colds, flu or pneumonia
  • Allergens such as food, pollen, mold, dust mites and pet danger
  • Exercise
  • Air pollution and toxins
  • Weather, especially extreme changes in temperature
  • Drugs (such as aspirins, NSAID and beta-blockers)
  • Food additives (such as MSG)
  • Emotional stress and anxiety
  • Smoking, perfumes, or sprays
  • Acid reflux
  • Occupational irritants (gases, fumes, vapors, dust, tobacoo or other smoke, air pollution of any kind)
  • Microscopic droppings of dust mites and cockroaches, airborne pollens and molds, plants and plant proteins, enzymes, and pet dander (minute scales of hair, feathers or skin)
  • Viral, sinus infections such as a cold
  • Exposure to an allergen (for which the person is allergic)

Managment of Bronchaial Asthma

Dietary Management

  1. The diet plays an important role in the management of asthma.
  2. There are foods, which are allergic to asthma patient and such foods should be avoided.These foods include cold foods, ice creams, chocolates, stimulants etc
  3. Foods which add to the mucous production should be specifically avoided.
  4. Try to take warm water/ drinks
  5. When you have asthma attack, avoid taking food after sunset.
Bronchial Asthma
Yoga in Nepal

Yogic Management

  1. Shatkriyas : Jalaneti, Sutraneti, Kapalbhati, Kunjal, Vastra Dhouti
  2. Om chanting and Prayer
  3. Suryanamaskar
  4. Selected Practices of Sukshma Vyayama: Uccarana Sthala tatha Visuddha chakra suddhi, Budhi tatha dhriti shakti vikasaka, Vaksha sthala shakti vikasaka- 1 and 2
  5. Yogasanas : Tadasana , Katichakrasana, Urdhwahastottanasna, Gomukhasana, Usthrasana, Vakrasana, Bhujangasana, Sarvangasana, Sarala Matsyanasa, Shavasana
  6. Pranayama: Full yogic breathing, Nadisodhana Pranayama, Suryanadi Pranyama, Bhramari
  7. Yoga Nindra
  8. Om Meditation

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