Modern medicine understands the physiological changes involved in bronchial constriction and fluid retention in lung tissue that create asthma symptoms. Ayurveda expands this understanding by:
- Describing the mental, physical and behavioral factors that contribute to bronchial constriction and fluid retention.
- Providing natural methods to help prevent and reverse these changes.
According to modern medicine the physiological changes at the basis of asthma are:
- A hyperactive bronchial constrictor response to a stimulus that creates bronchospasm and constriction of airways.
- An inflammatory reaction that leads to buildup of mucous and liquids in lung tissue.
- Various material and structural changes in airway passages.
Ayurveda gives additional understanding of the underlying contributing factors to the physiology of asthma.
When impurities accumulate in the lung and airway tissues, they contribute to many chronic conditions, including most types of allergic and hypersensitive responses in the physiology. The Raj in-residence treatment program helps to reduce the most common sources of impurities in the body including those from:
- Impure or toxic food sources
- Poor digestion
- Poor elimination
- Improper metabolism
- Mental and physical stress
- Environmental toxins
According to Ayurveda, accumulation of impurities leads to the debilitating changes at the basis of asthma through the following mechanisms:
Ayurveda theory says the cause of asthma is in the stomach. It describes how toxins created by improperly digested food are carried through channels directly into the chest and lung area. The resulting toxin accumulation creates imbalances in the lung and airway tissues through several mechanisms.
First, the toxins themselves can irritate the linings of airways and often trigger an inflammatory response to foreign bodies that also can harm the epithelial lining of airways. Modern medicine describes the damage of epithelial lining of airways as one of the major contributing factors to asthma because the epithelium creates chemicals that help inhibit broncho-constriction. This effect is lost when epithelial lining is destroyed.
Impurities then begin to clog the channels of circulation that take nutrients into cells and waste out of cells. The end result is that the cells are not nourished properly and waste starts to accumulate in them. Often, when toxins accumulate in tissues, and circulation becomes blocked, the body’s natural defenses against foreign material become activated against the accumulating impurities.
Inflammation and excess fluid secretion is actually part of your body’s natural defense mechanisms, intended to dilute and wash away impurities in tissues. The chronic build up of impurities can make this process hyperactive, with the result that the lungs fill up with fluid, airwaves are constricted and asthma results.
The Raj Ayurveda Asthma treatment program offers a multi-modality approach to improving digestion, eliminating the buildup of impurities and reducing blockage of circulation to tissues. Your daily Panchakarma treatments form the cornerstone of your in-residence treatment program.