Pneumonia is an inflammation of airways of one or both the lungs. The air spaces are filled with purulent material (pus) or fluid causing the cough reflex with phlegm or pus. Also having other symptoms of infection such as fever with chills, difficulty in breathing etc. there are plenty of microorganism causing pneumonia like bacteria, virus and fungus. Pneumonia ranges from mild to serious life threatening. But it is the most serious infection in infants, young children, older people and people with low immunity.
It can be of two types:
- Lobar Pneumonia (affecting one or more lobes)
- Bronchial Pneumonia (affects patches throughout the lungs)
What causes Pneumonia?
It can be bacterial, viral or fungal.
Viruses causing Pneumonia: It only constitutes one third of the pneumonia. People usually acquire bacterial pneumonia if he/she is having viral pneumonia.
- Influenza virus
- Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV)
- SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19)
- Rhino virus
Bacteria causing Pneumonia: It is the most common cause occur in individuals having poor immunity, poor nutrition, old age etc . It affects all ages.
- Streptococcus pneumoniae (pneumococcus)
- Mycoplasma pneumoniae.
Fungal causing Pneumonia:
Who are at risk?
- Children Younger than 2 years
- Older people more than 65 years
- People having certain medical conditions
- Weaker immunity
Sign and Symptom:
- Fever and chills
- Blue discoloration of lips and fingernails
- Greenish yellow cough with blood or mucus
- Delirium or altered mental state
- Rapid breathing
- Extreme tiredness and low energy
- Loss of appetite
- Stabbing chest pain that worsen over coughing
- Shortness of breath
What does Ayurveda say about Pneumonia?
Shwasanaka jwara is the term given to Pneumonia in Ayurveda. Out of three doshas Vata, Pitta and Kapha, predominantly kapha dosha is vitiated along with ama formation (accumulation of toxins). These toxins or ama blocked the srotas (microchannels) of the body results in the adulturating the Agni (digestive Fire). Spreading the Agni throughout the body from its place Kostha (stomach), pushing heat towards the skin resulting in rise of body temperature. Ayurveda focuses on reduction of Kapha dosha to promote healing and decreasing symptoms of pneumonia.
Treatment Protocol according to Ayurveda:
- Langhan (Fasting)
- Vamana (medicated emesis)
- Herbs like Amalaki, Giloy, Vasa, Kutaj, Bhringraj etc
- Classical Ayurvedic formulations like Sanjeevani vati, Sudershanghanvati, sudershan churna, giloy satva, arogyavardhini vati etc
Managing Pneumonia Naturally With Chandigarh Ayurved Centre:
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 Rasa:
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.