YOGA TO CURE ASTHMA

What is asthma?

A condition in which a person’s airways become inflamed, narrow and swell and produce extra mucus, which makes it difficult to breathe. It is a long term disease of lungs. Asthma can be minor but in some cases it may lead to life threatening attack. It may cause difficult in breathing, chest pain and cough. Asthma can be cure by yoga.

SYMPTOMS OF ASTHMA:-
  1. Chest tightness 
  2. Shortness of breath
  3. Trouble sleeping caused by shortness of breath
  4. Wheezing when exhaling(which is common sign of asthma in children)
  5. Shortness of breath when you are doing minimal physical activity
  6. Airway blockage 
  7. Pale or blue face, lips and fingernails
TYPES OF ASTHMA:-
  1. Allergic asthma- Allergic asthma is caused by allergens like pollen, pets and dust.
  2. Seasonal asthma- Asthma that only occurs up at certain times of year, such as during hay fever season or when it’s cold.
  3. Adult onset asthma- Asthma may start in childhood, but some people are diagnosed with asthma for the first time when they are adults.
What causes asthma?

Some asthma attacks causes due to:-

  1. Allergies-Allergies with asthma is a common problem. Some percent of people with asthma have allergies to things in the air like tree, grass, dust mile and cockroach droppings.
  2.  Food Allergies- The most common food allergies are:-

                               a. Eggs

                               b. Cow’s milk                        

                               c. Peanuts

                               d. Tree nuts

                               e. Wheat

                               f.  Fish

                               g. Salads

                               h. Fresh fruit 

  1. Smoking
  2. Sinusitis

YOGA TO CURE ASTHMA

Yoga is the perfect solution to cure asthma.

Here are some of the yoga to cure asthma:-

  1. Sukhasana-  Sukhasana is simple and is great for  asthma. It mainly focuses on breathing and improves lung function. It is advisable to do this pose in the morning and sit in this pose for as long as possible. 
Sukhasana
  1. Dandasana- Dandasana stretches chest and improves posture.  It also  strengthens core and back muscles. 
Dandasana
  1.  Nadi shodhan pranayam- This pranayam calms your mind and relieves the body from stress. This technique has a healing effect on the respiratory system. 
Nadi Shodhan pranayam
  1. Kapal bhati pranayam- This pranayam relaxes the mind and energizes the nervous system. It also improves blood circulation 
Kapal Bhati pranayam
  1. Ardha Matsyendra asana- The sitting half spinal twist opens the chest and improves the supply of oxygen to the lungs and reduces the probability of asthma. 
Ardha Matsayendra Asana
  1. Pawanmuktasana- This asana is good for people with asthma as it helps in digestion and release of gas.
Pawanmukt Asana
  1. Bhujangasana- The cobra pose expands the chest, improves blood circulation and is highly recommended for people with asthma. 
Bhujang Asana
  1.  Savasana- This asana brings the body in a meditative state, and also helps reduce anxiety and pressure. A calm and relaxed body are essential to tackle asthma.
Shavasana
Breathing Exercises

Some breathing exercises for asthma are:-

  1. Diaphragmatic breathing- This is a basic and simple technique that maximizes air distribution in lungs. 

Lie down or sit. Concentrate on your breathing. Breathe slowly through your nose . When you inhale your abdomen should go out and not your chest. Exhale slowly with your abdomen going inward. Exhalation should be twice as long as inhalation.          

  1. Buteyko breathing- This a breathing exercise that teaches asthmatics to consciously reduce either breathing rate or breathing volume. 

Relax chest and belly muscles while breathing. Breathe through your nose gently and keep your mouth open. Breathe slowly and shallow. Exhale slowly until you feel their is no air left in your lungs. Hold your breath as long as you can and return to gentle breathing. 

  1. Physical movement exercise- This type of breathing technique combines physical elements and breathing elements. 
  1. Papworth method- This type is similar to diaphragmatic method and buteyko method. These breathing exercises are believed to be beneficial to patients with mild asthma that is caused by rapid breathing and mouth breathing, and may not benefit those with more severe asthma.
  1. Pursed lip breathing- This can be used when you are having an asthma attack. Since asthma causes air to become trapped in your lungs, this may help you get more air out and may make breathing easier. 
  1. Progressive relaxation technique- This technique helps to relax all the muscles in your body. 

Concentrate on breathing through the nose. Use diaphragmatic breathing. Tighten the muscles of your right foot, relax, feel tension, and release. Do the same for the limbs. When done your body should feel weightless. 

Contradictions 
  1. Stay away from allergens 
  2. Avoid smoke of any type
  3. Prevent colds
  4. Allergy-Proof your home
  5. Don’t forget your inhaler
  6. Do not over eat and avoid spicy food 
  7. Avoid alcohol consumption
  8. Don’t forget to take your medications on time as prescribed by the doctor

Conclusion

In conclusion asthma can be described as a chronic respiratory condition which can be identified by breathing difficulty, cough and chest tightness. Narrowing and swelling of the airways and increased mucus production are the major problem in asthma. Inhalation of allergens and pollutants, exposure to cold weather, exercises, infections and dust can be considered as asthma’s risk factors. Asthma can be cured by practicing yoga asanas and breathing exercises(inhale and exhale).

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