WHAT IS PNEUMONIA?
Pneumonia is a medical condition in which there is inflammation of the alveoli of lungs. Alveoli are the air sacs which transmit air from the external environment to the inside of the lungs. During pneumonia, these air sacs get filled with pus or fluid, thus causing difficulty in breathing. Bacteria, fungi and viruses are the micro-organisms which can cause pneumonia. Fever, chills and cough with purulent discharge are some of the most common symptoms of pneumonia. The symptoms of pneumonia range from mild to severe. It can be fatal in infants and young children.
When both the lungs are involved in pneumonia, then it is called bilateral or double pneumonia.
WHAT ARE THE CAUSES OF PNEUMONIA?
Different types of micro-organisms are responsible for the cause of pneumonia. There are various types of micro-organisms present in air such as bacteria, viruses and fungi. When a person’s immune system becomes weak, these micro-organisms overpower it and cause infection of the lungs.
Some of the causal micro-organisms are:
- RSV virus
- Flu virus
- RSV virus
- Streptococcus pneumonia
- Mycoplasma pneumonia
- Cryptococcus fungi
- Pneumocystis jirovecii
- Toxoplasma protozoa
WHAT ARE THE RISK FACTORS OF PNEUMONIA?
Pneumonia can affect people of any age group but some of the factors make a person at more risk of developing the disease:
- Weakened immune system
- Children of 2 years or younger
- People of 65 years or above
- Suffering from asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
- Being on ventilator
- Cigarette smoking
- Suffering from neurological disease like parkinson’s disease
WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS OF PNEUMONIA?
Some of the common signs and symptoms of pneumonia are:
- Pain in chest during coughing or breathing
- Cough with phlegm
- Difficulty in breathing
- Body fatigue
- State of mental confusion
- Pain in abdomen during coughing or deep breathing
- Increased heart rate
- Loss of appetite
- Bluish nails, lips or nails – cyanosis
WHAT ARE THE COMPLICATIONS OF PNEUMONIA?
If not treated properly, then there can be some of the fatal complications which can arise with pneumonia:
- Presence of bacteria in bloodstream – bacteremia
- Accumulation of fluid in lungs called pleural effusion
- Formation of abscess in lungs
- Difficulty in breathing
HOW PNEUMONIA IS DIAGNOSED?
The doctor will ask about the signs and symptoms of the disease to the patient. He will do a physical examination with stethoscope. He will take the patient’s complete medical history. He will suggest some of the following tests to the patient:
- Blood tests
- Pulse oximetry
- Sputum test
- Chest X-ray
- CT scan
- Culture of pleural fluid
- Arterial blood gas test
CHANDIGARH AYURVED CENTER’S MEDICATIONS FOR THE TREATMENT OF PNEUMONIA
Here are some of the medications of Chandigarh ayurved center which are used for the treatment of pneumonia:
1. Kapha Powder
This ayurvedic powder is very effective in cough with mucus, cold, and other respiratory disorders. Cough powder is a mixture of some ayurvedic ingredients like talisadi churna, abharak bhasam, godanti bhasam, lakshmi vilas rasa, yashtimadhu churna, tankan bhasma, kaph ketu ras. These ingredients in combination show antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, bronchodilator, & expectorant properties.
Recommended Dosage: Take 1 sachet twice a day with honey.
2. Trikatu Tablet
As the name suggests three ingredients are used for its preparation like Shunthi, Pippali, & Maricha. These herbs in combination deal with the loss of appetite, gas, flatulence, bloating, abdominal distension, weak digestion, constipation, abdominal pain, etc.
Recommended Dosage: Take 1 tablet twice daily with normal water.
3. Cough Go Tablets
These herbal tablets are beneficial in cough, cold, bronchitis, & other respiratory disorders. Cough Go Tablets are ayurvedic formulation containing Sonth (Zingiber officinale), Mulethi (Glycyrrhiza glabra), Pippali (Piper longum), Kali mirch (Piper nigrum), etc. All these ingredients show antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, bronchodilator, & expectorant properties. This is very beneficial in fever due to phlegm and treats the chronic cough. It helps in reducing cough, headache, rhinitis, etc.
Recommended Dosage– Take 1 tablet twice daily with normal water.
4. Giloy capsule
Giloy capsules are formed with the standardized extract of herb giloy (Tinospora cordifolia). The Giloy herb improves immunity, removes toxins from body, purifies blood, beneficial in cough, cold, fever, & bronchitis.
Recommended Dosage: Take 2 capsules twice a day with normal water.
5. Nerve up tablets
Nerve up tablets help in balancing the vata doshas and kapha dosha, and acts as nervine stimulant. It shows effective results in improving the central nervous system. It contains natural ingredients like shudha kuchla, shudha shilajeet, abhrak bhasma, praval pishti, shankh bhasma etc. These contains natural vatahar properties and helps in curing vata disorders, speed up physical and mental processes. It act as Respiratory stimulant, helps in Joint pain, Inflammation, Stiffness, Gout, Arthritis, Bodyache, Erectile dysfunction, and Body weakness.
Recommended Dosage: Take 1 tablet twice daily.
6. Amrit Tulsi Ras
Amrit Tulsi Ras is a pure herbal preparation containing five types of Tulsi extracts Ocimum sanctum, Ocimum gratissium, Ocimum canum, Ocimum basilicum, Ocimum citriodorum. This herbal drop increases immunity, helps to treat cough, common cold and skin, respiratory diseases specially bronchitis. It gives effective results in bacterial and viral infections.
Recommended Dosage: Take 2 drops twice daily in a cup of water.