Ayurvedic medicine is used by many practitioners in India for over 5000 years for treating many chronic illnesses. The regime uses natural herbal and mineral remedies along with other modes of treatment including diet changes, breathing exercise, yoga and lifestyle changes.
Ayurvedic medicine helps to balance the over-reactive bronchi and improves the air circulation in the lungs. The greatest benefit of ayurvedic medicine is that it can be combined with the conventional prescribed medications and can gradually help to reduce the daily dosage of prescription medications.
Herbs such as garlic, chamomile and parsley help to alleviate asthma symptoms and to control the condition, thereby lessening the daily dosage of prescription medications. Others such as tea tree, eucalyptus, marshmallow and liquorice are all good oils for loosening mucus and relieving congestion.
Maintaining a good asthma diet is one of the easiest ways to control asthma symptoms. Avoid fried, fatty and processed foods, especially cheeses and meats. It is healthier to replace meats with fish. Limit the intake of sugary foods such as candy, biscuits and other kinds of snacks. Aromatic food and the foods which the patient is known to be allergic should be avoided.
Foods and supplements with antihistamines and antiinflammatory drugs help to reduce swelling or inflammation and also protect the lining of the airways from potential irritants when present in small amounts.
Self-Management of Asthma
Guided self-management of asthma is a treatment strategy in whichpatients are taught to act appropriately when the first signsof asthma exacerbationsappear. Patient education can allow patients with asthma to begin guided self-management of the disease. Self-management of asthma prevents exacerbations, improves care and is cost-effective. Such practice will ensure a favorable clinical outcome and an enhanced quality of life.1
The responsibility for treatment is borneby the patient and the primary healthcare system, supported byspecialized medical care. The treatment plans may be based on symptoms, peakexpiratory flow values or both. Patients should be taught to understand their symptoms and to monitor peak expiratory flow at home. Patients suitable for guided self- management are those with the following:
- History of emergency room visits due to asthma
- Moderate or severe asthma
- Variable disease
- Bad perception of the severity of the disease
- Good cooperation
- Stoloff SW, Janson S. Providing asthma education in primary care practice. Am Fam Physician. 1997; 56: 117–126.