COPD

COPD- Ayurvedic Treatment, Diet, Exercises, Research Papers, Yoga & Pranayama

COPD is a disease affecting the respiratory system. It is a chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Chronic inflammation of the lungs leads to airflow obstruction and breathing difficulty.

  • SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS OF COPD
  • CAUSES OF COPD
  • PATHOPHYSIOLOGY OF COPD
  • DIAGNOSIS OF COPD
  • TREATMENTS FOR COPD
  • PROGNOSIS OF COPD
  • COMPLICATIONS OF COPD
  • COPD AND AYURVEDA
  • NIDANA- AYURVEDIC CAUSES OF COPD
  • PURVAROOPAM- AYURVEDIC PREMONITORY SYMPTOMS OF COPD
  • SAMPRAPTI – AYURVEDIC PATHOGENESIS OF COPD
  • LAKSHANA- AYURVEDIC SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS OF COPD
  • AYURVEDIC PROGNOSIS OF COPD
  • CHIKITSA- AYURVEDIC TREATMENT FOR COPD
  • AYURVEDIC LOCAL TREATMENT FOR COPD
  • AYURVEDIC SAMANA TREATMENT FOR COPD
  • AYURVEDIC SHODHANA TREATMENT FOR COPD
  • COMMONLY USED AYURVEDIC MEDICINES FOR COPD
  • HOME REMEDIES FOR COPD
  • DIET AND BEHAVIOUR FOR COPD
  • YOGA FOR COPD
  • RESEARCH PAPERS OF AYURVEDIC MANAGEMENT OF COPD

SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS OF COPD

  • Breathing difficulty
  • Wheezing
  • cough
  • Weight loss
  • Chest discomfort
  • Fatigue
  • Frequent respiratory infections
  • Sputum production

CAUSES OF COPD

  • Infection of airways
  • Chronic bronchitis
  • Emphysema
  • Smoking
  • Respiratory irritants
  • Genetic factors

PATHOPHYSIOLOGY OF COPD

Due to the above-mentioned causes, damage occurs in airways and alveoli resulting in airflow obstruction and impaired clearance of secretions. It starts with a cough and at last breathing difficulty occurs.

DIAGNOSIS OF COPD

  1. EXAMINATIONS

Auscultation – when listening to the chest with a stethoscope, the doctor may hear abnormal breathing sounds.

  • INVESTIGATIONS
  • X – rays
  • Lung function tests
  • Sputum culture
  • CT Scan – chest
  • Laboratory tests – to find out the underlying pathology

TREATMENTS FOR COPD

  • Antibiotics for bacterial infections
  • Expectorants and Mucus-Thinning Medicines
  • Bronchodilators
  • Anti-inflammatory drugs
  • Oxygen Therapy

PROGNOSIS OF COPD

  • Prognosis is based on the severity of the disease, duration, age and condition of the patient

COMPLICATIONS OF COPD          

  • Recurrent pneumonia
  • Chronic bronchial infection
  • Acute respiratory distress syndrome
  • Respiratory failure
  • Cardiac diseases
  • Carcinoma in lungs

BRONCHIECTASIS AND AYURVEDA

  • In Ayurveda,COPD is considered a disease that occurs in the pranavaha srothas.
  • COPD can be correlated to swasa along with kasa.
  • Ayurveda has several formulations to treat this condition and is in practice with proven efficacy.

NIDANA- AYURVEDIC CAUSES OF COPD

  • Exposure to dust and smoke
  • Residing in a cold place – seeta sthana
  • Use of cold water- seetambu sevana
  • Irregular meals
  • Injury to vital organs – marma ghata
  • Injury to chest – uro abhighata
  • Suppression of natural urges

PURVAROOPAM- AYURVEDIC PREMONITORY SYMPTOMS OF COPD

  • Pain in the chest
  • Aversion towards food
  • Restlessness
  • Pain in the flanks
  • Bad taste in the mouth

SAMPRAPTI – AYURVEDIC PATHOGENESIS OF COPD

  • Due to the causative factors, pranavata combining with kapha leaves its path and begins to move in the upward direction, giving rise to breathing difficulty, cough etc.

TYPES OF SWASA

  1. Ksudra swasa
  2. Tamaka swasa
  3. China swasa
  4. Maha swasa
  5. Urdwa swasa

TYPES OF KASA

  1. Vata
  2. Pitta
  3. Kapha
  4. Kshataja
  5. Kshayaja

LAKSHANA- AYURVEDIC SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS OF COPD

  • COPD can be called in ayurveda as swasa and kasa
  • Wheezing sound – ghurghuraka
  • Breathing difficulty
  • The chest is full of sputum – vaksha sampoorna
  • Profuse expectorations
  • Viscid sputum

AYURVEDIC PROGNOSIS OF COPD

  • Swasa and kasa roga is generally sadhya

CHIKITSA- AYURVEDIC TREATMENT FOR COPD

Ayurvedic local treatment for COPD

  • Snehana using lavana taila and Svedam – local fermentation

AYURVEDIC SAMANA TREATMENT FOR COPD

  • Thalisadi Choorna
  • Pippali Choorna           
  • Haridra Khanda
  • Guduchi Satwa
  • Kantakari Ghrutha
  • Datri Loha
  • Kanakasava +Pushkaramoolasava
  • Tribhuvana Keerthi Rasa
  • Dashamoola Katuthrayam Kashaya
  • Shwasa Kutara Rasa

 AYURVEDIC SHODHANA TREATMENT FOR COPD

  • Dasamoola nirooha basthi is best in vata kapha roga chikitsa
  • Vamana
  • virechana

COMMONLY USED AYURVEDIC MEDICINES FOR COPD

Internal administration

  • Thalisadi Choorna        
  • Haridra Khanda
  • Kantakari Ghrutha
  • Datri Loha
  • Kanakasava
  • Tribhuvana Keerthi Rasa
  • Dashamoola Katuthrayam Kashaya
  • Shwasa Kutara Rasa
  • Vyaghri hareetaki avaleha
  • Vyaghriyadi Leha

External application

  • Karpooradi taila application on chest region during breathing difficulty

HOME REMEDIES FOR COPD

  • Heat application on the chest area by a towel dipped with hot water
  • Steam inhalation

DIET AND BEHAVIOUR FOR COPD

  • Avoid food items that produce kapha, vataa dosha imbalance like cold and dry food, hard to digest. Because kapha, vata imbalance aggravates the symptoms.
  • Consume easily digestible food items
  • Avoid a heavy diet at bedtime.
  • Avoid drinking water immediately after food.
  • Avoid heavy exercises.

YOGA FOR COPD

  • Nadi Shuddi Pranayam    – cleans the respiratory passage

The patient needs to be seated in a meditative posture with the head and spine erect, with the body relaxed. The patient has to close his one nostril (e.g. left nostril if using the right hand and vice versa) with the thumb and exhale completely through the other nostril. Again, he will have to breathe in deeply through the other nostril while the opposite nostril is still closed with the thumb.                             

RESEARCH PAPERS OF AYURVEDIC MANAGEMENT OF COPD

  1. Efficacy of Vasadi Syrup and Shwasaghna Dhuma in the patients of COPD (Shwasa Roga)

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3215321/

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Ayurveda Expert, India
Dr. Rajesh Nair, Consultant, Ayurvedaforall

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