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Pneumonia is an infectious disease that primarily affects the air sacs in the lungs and typically progresses in an inflammatory manner.
Bacteria or viruses typically bring on pneumonia, but drugs can also bring it on.
Pneumonia can occasionally develop as a flu-related complication.
It is one of the most common reasons people die from hospital-acquired infections.
Cough, fever, chills, production of sputum, difficulty breathing, and chest pain are all signs of pneumonia, which can be mild or severe.
Coughing, sneezing, and sometimes even touching can spread this disease to healthy people.
It can also spread to people with the disease but don’t show any symptoms.
The antibacterial properties of herbs and medicines are the foundation of Ayurvedic treatment for pneumonia, which aims to eliminate vitiated Kapha from the body.
Pneumonia can be treated with Ayurvedic herbs like amalaki (Indian gooseberry), kutaja (kurchi), bhringraj (bhangra), tila (sesame), Guduchi (giloy, heart-leaved moonseed), and vasa (Malabar nut). Ayurvedic treatments for pneumonia include langhana (fasting), Vamana (medical emesis), and herbal medicines.
Ayurveda Perspective On Pneumonia
In Ayurveda, pneumonia is referred to as fever or shwasanaka jwara. The most common signs and symptoms of shwasanaka jwara are a high temperature, chest pain, and a cough with thick, persistent phlegm.
Increased air exhalation and inspiration, flaring of the nostrils, and difficulty breathing affect breathing.
The pulse appears to be light, rapid, and heavy.
Other symptoms include forehead sweating, lassitude, weakness, delirium, and a tongue that feels rough and dirty.
If your heart rate and breathing become extremely rapid, you should be admitted immediately to the hospital.
Kapha Pradhan (Kapha dominant) fever is known to be associated with pneumonia.
Numerous body naadis (channels) are obstructed by vitiated Kapha and ama (toxins). Agni (fire) spreads throughout the body; as a result, pushing heat toward the skin and raising body temperature.
The goal of Ayurvedic treatment for pneumonia is to reduce the Kapha dosha to speed up healing and reduce symptoms.
Symptoms of Pneumonia
Understanding the disease’s symptoms is crucial to its diagnosis. When this happens, treatment is simple if the signs of a serious illness like pneumonia are diagnosed early.
- Cough, chest pain, fever, and difficulty breathing are the most common signs of pneumonia. Additionally, a temperature of 105 degrees Fahrenheit may indicate pneumonia.
- Typically, flu-like symptoms begin and either gradually or suddenly worsen.
- The patient becomes weak and feels tired.
- The patient has a mucus-filled cough.
- The patient experiences sweating and fever.
- The patient begins to breathe rapidly or loudly because they are having trouble breathing.
- The patient is restless.
- The patient either stops eating or loses appetite.
- Low blood pressure, bloody coughing, heart palpitations, nausea, and vomiting
Types of Pneumonia:
Pneumonia can be classified into five types follows-
- Bacterial pneumonia
- Viral pneumonia
- Mycoplasma pneumonia
- Aspiration pneumonia
- Fungal pneumonia
Causative Factors For Pneumonia
- Exposure to dust, smoke, and wind.
- Excessive intake of cold water, cold potency foods, residing in a cold place.
- Excessive exercise, sexual intercourse, and long walk beyond one’s capacity.
- Habitual intake of dry foods.
- Intake of food, deficient or excessive in quantity, and before or long after the mealtime
- Fasting in excess
- Weakness and injury to vital organs.
- Use of mutually contradictory ingredients like fish and milk
- Excessive administration of shodan therapies.
- As secondary affliction to diarrhea, fever, vomiting, rakta-pitta, udavarta, visuchika-cholera, anemia, and poisoning.
- Habitual intake of pigeon peas, black gram, oil cake, excess consumption of sesame oil.
- Gas-forming ingredients.
- Food causes a burning sensation in the abdomen.
- Intake of aquatic meat, marshy animals, and birds.
- Intake of excess curd and unboiled milk.
- Food obstructs the channel of circulation.
- Flu viruses
- Cold viruses
- RSV virus
- Bacteria called Streptococcus pneumoniae and Mycoplasma pneumonia
Ayurveda Treatment For Pneumonia:
The first line of Ayurvedic treatment for pneumonia is Langhans.
Langhans is used to treating accumulated ama and jwara.
It is technically referred to as upavasa or fasting and induces apatarpana or calorie restriction.
Additionally, it gives you a sense of lightness.
Langhana can be divided into two categories: Nirahara (complete food deprivation) and phalahara (fruit-only eating).
A person’s Prakriti, or constitution, is used to determine the kind of procedure that will be carried out.
Vata Prakriti individuals can use the phalahara method, whereas pitta and Kapha individuals can use the nirahaar method.
Langhana facilitates ama digestion, increases digestive fire, and enhances sense clarity and sharpness.
The typical duration of langhana therapy is three days and three nights.
The winter months of hemanta and shishira are the best times to carry out this procedure.
Vamana is a bio-purification process that removes toxic substances from the body, like too much or vitiated Kapha and pitta dosha.
Additionally, it clears the chest and naadis of ama and mucus. Jwara (fever), lung conditions, asthma, coughing, and other breathing issues can all be alleviated with Vamana.
For the treatment of Kapha disorders, warm milk or water is combined with herbs like pippali (long pepper) and madana phal (emetic nut tree).
One is advised to wash their face, hands, and feet after the Vamana procedure and to inhale herbal smoke. After Vamana, you need a good night’s sleep.
A successful Vamana improves disease symptoms and brings calmness and mental clarity.
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One of the leading causes of death and severe illness worldwide is pneumonia. It is a lung infection that develops in an inflammatory manner. Ayurveda targets treating the Kapha-predominant jwara (fever) related to pneumonia and collected ama with herbs, home remedies, and important restorative techniques.
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Author of the Blog: DR. PRANAV GUJARATHI
Expert Review By: Dr Smita Pankaj Naram
Co-Founder, Ayushakti Ayurved Pvt Ltd
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