Increased air pollution, combined with disgusting lifestyle habits, is leading to an increase in respiratory diseases. According to a report in the Lancet, the contribution of chronic respiratory disease in India has increased from 4.5 per cent in 1990 to 6.4 per cent in 2016. As respiratory problems increase, so does the need for natural remedies to treat such problems. Instead of the conventional medicine, people are turning to alternative medical therapies to cure the disease.
Common lung disorders
Bronchitis is a health condition that causes inflammation of the airways in the lungs. It constricts the airways and causes excess mucus odor, coughing and difficulty breathing. It is a chronic condition that seriously interferes with daily life.
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
It is a chronic inflammatory lung disease that obstructs air flow to the lungs. Symptoms of COPD include shortness of breath, mucus production, coughing and shortness of breath. This can be the result of long-term exposure to irritating gases or particulate matter, often from cigarette smoke. People with COPD have an increased risk of lung cancer, heart disease and a variety of other conditions.
This is another variant of COPD. Bronchitis produces similar mucus that can cause inflammation and cough. Chronic bronchitis often lasts for months, so the airways in the lungs are constantly swollen. Symptoms of chronic bronchitis include persistent cough, wheezing, shortness of breath, and tightness of the chest.
It is said that all diseases can be cured by natural means. Here are some alternative medicine methods for treating respiratory ailments.
Alternative medicine for the treatment of respiratory diseases
Asthma is one of the most common lung diseases. One of the primary causes of asthma is allergies, which are often caused by ingested food. Therefore, it is very important to first prepare a food that is suitable for a person. Often, dairy products, meat and some nuts can increase mucus production. Such foods should be avoided. Also, antioxidants can prevent damage as a result of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Diet is important in this case, as fruits and vegetables rich in vitamins A, C, and E can improve the condition of COPD patients.
Yoga and exercise
Treatment of lung disease often involves the use of the lungs to develop healthy breathing habits. Exercises like cycling, swimming, yoga, etc., which create the need for full power breathing are very important. Diaphragm exercises are important and simple activities can go a long way in treating the same. Pranayama, the practice of controlled breathing, is an integral part of alternative therapies for people suffering from respiratory problems. This extensive breathing practice helps to expand the lungs and improve the capacity of the lungs, which helps a person to breathe more freely.
Using a neti pot, a nasal irrigation system such as a jalneti can help wash away the sinuses, which can provide some relief from respiratory allergy symptoms.
The traditional Chinese practice of acupuncture involves inserting thin needles into the skin to stimulate certain parts of the body. According to a study published in the Journal of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, people with allergic rhinitis who received acupuncture treatment twice a week for eight weeks had fewer symptoms than placebo.
It is important to remember that no complementary or alternative therapy works well for everyone with respiratory problems. Therefore, a proper evaluation is done before deciding on the method of treatment planning. For those who are considering alternative medicine for their respiratory problems, it is advisable to first talk to a specialist and discuss the method that may work best.