• Asthma is a common illness characterized by repeated attacks of paroxysmal dyspnea with wheezing, condition making it the most common chronic childhood disease to date. During an asthma attack, the lung’s airways (bronchioles)become inflamed, contract and become lined with excessive amounts of mucous—causing a restriction of airflow and making it very difficult to breathe. These attacks often triggered by pollution or some environmental irritant like cigarette smoke, household cleaning agents, or other toxins. Other common triggers include a change in air temperature or humidity ; stress, allergies, and physical exertion. If there is a history of hives, eczema or skin-related allergies are a common link between skin reactions and chronic asthma.
Symptoms of asthma generally include :
Pain or pressure felt in the chest.
Chronic cold, persistent cough, especially at night or in the early mornings, itchness in the throat.
Phlegmatic noise in throat.
Blue lips, fingers.
An audible ‘wheezing’ sound is characteristic of asthma,especially when exhaling.
Shortness and difficult of breath.
Causes : Combination of genetic and environmental factors, has a number of triggers which often include :
Allergies to pollen, grass, certain foods, house dust mites, pets or any other environmental allergens.
Air pollution or irritants including car and factory emissions.
A number of perfumed products including deodorants,chemical detergents,fabric softeners and incense.
Upper respiratory infections colds,flu and sinusitis.
Physical exertion or exercise.
Sudden changes in air temperature or humidity.
Stress, anxiety and other strong emotions.
The causative factors are varied from the exogenous pathogenic factors to weakened body resistance. Asthma due to exogenous pathogenic factors is of excess type, and that due to weakened body resistance is of deficiency type.
Excess type :
Wind-cold; it denotes due to invasion of wind cold, which impairs the smooth flow of the lung vital, injures the skin and hair, and makes pores closed. Lungs vital fails to disperse and descend, leading to cough.
Main manifestations : cough with thin sputum, rapid breathing, accompanied by chills, fever, headache and anhidrosis, absense of thirst, white tongue coating. Lungs main function is of respiration and is associated with the skin and hair, which are first attacked by wind cold in invasive procedure.
Phlegm-heat type : It refers due to failure of the spleen in transformation and transportation, resulting in production of phlegm from the accumulated dampness. Long standing tetention of phlegm turns into heat. When phlegm heat stays in the lung, the lung qital is stagnated and the normal activity of the lung is impaired. Failure of lung vital in descending function results in asthma.
Main manifestations : Rapid and short breathing, strong and coarse voice, cough with thick yellow sputum. When phlegm stays in the lung, sensation of chest stuffiness appears. Fever, restlessness and dryness of mouth are due to presence of heat. Thick yellow or sticky coating are the signs of phlegm heat.
Deficiency type :
Lung – Prolonged and protracted cough may weaken and injure lung vital. Deficiency may create shortness of breath and dyspnea.
Main manifestations : Short and rapid breathing, feeble voice, weak and low sound of coughing, sweating on exertion, pale tongue, pulse of deficiency type.
Kidney – Overwork and sexual indulgence cn injure the kidney. It can weakens the body resistance and damages the essential energy, failure to receive energy may create causative factor to rise asthma.
Main manifestations : Dyspnea on eertion after longstanding asthma, severe wheezing, indrawing of the soft tissues of the neck, short breath, lassitude and weakness, sweating, cold limbs, pale tongue. Long standing asthma affects the kidney which is the source of energy. When it is in lowered functioning fails to receive energy and therefore dyspena on exertion, severe wheezing and short breath appear. Exhausted kidney develop emaciation and lassitude, weakness and sweating. To over come the asthmatic symptoms one has to do the followings ;
Exercise regularly. Regular, gentle exercise will help strengthen over-all lung and heart functioning. If you are unfit, start off slowly, gradually increasing activity as the fitness levels increase.
Include Vitamin C, B6 and magnesium, as a lack of these nutrients, implicated in a number of inflammatory conditions,including asthma.
Avoid sulfites and preservatives as these tend to trigger asthmatic reactions.
Avoid common irritants such as spray deodorants, perfumed cleaning agents, and cigarette smoke, wherever possible.
Reduce dust and pollen in the household. During pollen season, try keeping the windows closed and opt for an air conditioner instead. Dust can be reduced by replacing carpets with tiles or wooden floors, buying washable curtains and blinds, and vacuuming upholstered furniture and mattresses regularly.
Wear a scarf over nose and mouth if have to go out in cold air and avoid exercising in cold air.
Treat colds and flu as soon as they become evident.
If stress and anxiety are triggers, learn to manage with relaxation such as meditation, deep breathing exercises.
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