Childhood Asthma Herbal Remedies, Childhood Asthma Natural Treatment
Everyone feels in heaven when their children are playing, enjoying and leading happy life but some diseases hinders the playful smiling energetic attitude of the child. Asthma is one of them.
Respiratory system is one of the most important system on which the life sustains. The inhalation of oxygen and expiration of carbon dioxide by lungs is known as respiration. Difficulty in breathing or respiration is sometimes due to asthma. Asthma is commonly seen condition now days due to increasing pollution, stress and changed life style. In the past decade number of asthmatic persons has increased vigorously. Youngsters to old people, anyone can suffer from asthma. Asthma is not communicable. Asthma affects airways known as bronchial tubes.
During the normal process of breathing the air goes normally through the nose into the windpipe (trachea), it then passes through bronchial tubes and reaches the lungs and lastly reverse out again. But in asthmatic persons these airways get inflamed and start producing mucus that in turn blocks the airways. The asthmatic persons are hypersensitive to certain allergens. As a result of hypersensitivity the muscles fiber of the airways tightens, bringing difficulty in breathing.
Symptoms of asthma
- Recurring episodes of wheezing
- Chest tightness
- Coughing (particularly at night)
Whenever the lining of airways swells up, broncho-constriction occurs and mucus plugs the airways, attack of asthma takes place.
Common Triggers of Asthma are
- Allergens like pollens, dust mites, mold, and animal fur
- Change of weather
- Physical exertion
- Airborne pollutants and irritants such as smoke, paints, strong perfumes
- Food allergies like peanuts, eggs, sour items
- Respiratory tract infection
- Even crying and laughing can trigger an asthmatic attack.
In Ayurveda, asthma is similar to Tamaka shwas, a type of Shwasa roga. The vitiation of kapha dosha, vata dosha along with pranavaha srotas (respiratory system), anna vaha srotas (digestive system) and rasa dhatu (digestive juices) are pathological factors responsible for shwasa or asthma. Firstly, the alleviation of vata and kapha dosha gives symptomatic relief and for total relief pacification of pitta dosha is must.
There are many herbs in nature which are known traditionally in different cultures to treat various respiratory related ailments such as cough, cold, pneumonia, pleurisy, asthma, bronchial infection etc. The demulcent herbs helps in liquefying clogged mucus, some herbs have volatile components which work as expectorant; some herbs are anti spasmodic in nature cures bronchial spasm. Planet Ayurveda formulated a special care pack for childhood asthma consisting herbs which synergistically works on respiratory system. This pack is prepared according to Ayurvedic principles for treating asthma. The Asthma Care Pack contains
- Aller-G Care - 2 capsules twice daily with plain water after meals.
- Praanrakshak churna - 1 teaspoonful twice daily with plain water or honey after meals.
- Tulsi Capsules - 2 capsules twice daily with plain water after meals.
It contains Bambusa arundinacea, Piper longum, Cinnamomum zylanica, Eletteria cardamomun, crystallized sugar. Pippli is popularly used in traditional practice to promote respiratory health. Cardamon (Dried ripe seeds of Elettaria cardamomum) contains aromatic oils, Terpenes (cineol and terpineol) and it is an effective carminative, stimulant therefore used for treating indigestion, nausea, flatulence, acidity and cough. Cinnamon, the Bark of Cinnamomum zeylanicum is used in ayurvedic medicines. Its main active constituent aromatic volatile oil and Cinnamic aldehyde that works as an antiseptic, carminative, aphrodiasiac, astringent, digestive, blood purifier and beneficial in respiratory infections, cold, flu and cough. All of these herbs in this powdered formulation are greatly praised in for their synergistic effect in Cough and Cold, Chest congestion, breathlessness. These herbs make the mucus secretion thin and act as an expectorant, reduce the respiratory tract inflammation.
Praanrakshak Churna is a wonderful natural formulation in the form of powder by Planet Ayurveda. It is blended with ingredients such as Shirish (Albizia lebbeck), Vasa (Adhatoda vasica), Anantamool (Tylphora asthmatica), Dalchini (Cinnamomum zeylanica), Bharangi (Clerodendrum serratum) and Madhuyashti (Glycyrrhiza glabra) that give good result in asthma. This churna treats signs & symptoms associated in asthmatic patients.
The Aller-G Care capsules are very effective herbal remedy for allergies. The herbs such as Haridra, Neem, Shirish and Ashwagandha increases immunity and keep you away from allergies and infections. Haridra (turmeric) is the best herbal antibiotic and anti allergic. Neem has been used traditionally in India to combat infections and allergies. It purifies the blood and removes toxins from the body. It helps body to increase leucocytes count to fight infection. Shirish is a tree, bark of which is vishaghan (works against poisons). The poisons may be allergens, chemical stimulants or free radicals produced due to oxidative stress. Ashwagandha is rich in antioxidants and increases immunity and stamina. Ashwagandha helps in relaxing the involuntary muscle spasm in asthma. Aller- G Care capsules are totally herbal and contain standardized extract of the herbs mentioned above. The standardized extract makes these capsules wonderfully effective against sneezing, asthma, rhinitis, sinusitis and different allergies.
Capsule Tusli of Planet Ayurveda contains extract of Tulsi (Ocimum sanctum) or holy basil in standardized form. Tulsi is worshiped in whole of the India. It is regarded as a sacred plant, which has property to keep evil things away from home and family. These evil things can be bacteria, virus, any diseases or negative thoughts. It has been proved by researchers that Tulsi is effective in any viral ailment as well as bacterial infection such as cough, cold, influenza, bronchitis and asthma. It possesses immunity enhancing properties. It has been proved that the extract of Tulsi can protect us from toxins produced due to oxidative stress, allergy and pollution. Thus, Oscimum sanctum helps in nullifying the allergic reactions and stress. Capsule Tulsi is effective in wheezing, breathing difficulty tropical, asthma and pulmonary eosinophilia. Traditionally Tulsi is prescribed as a herbal remedy to strengthen the immune system after any allergic reaction.
Some Dietary Recommendations for Asthmatic Child
- Avoid fried and oily food
- Avoid curd, cold milk, ice creams
- Avoid banana
- Avoid cold drinks
- Avoid direct exposure to allergens and cold air
- Avoid spicy food
- Avoid refrigerated items
- Take detox tea of planet ayurveda regularly
- Do pranayama or breathing exercise daily
- Make sure that the bowel clears every day
- Decoction of Trachyspermum ammi, Ocimum sanctum, Piper nigrum and Zingiber officinale is very beneficial
- Curcumin is very helpful in enhancing immunity