Series 5: Asthma
Asthma is a disease condition in which the air passages in the lungs (called bronchioles) become sensitive to simulation by a variety of agents, leading to contraction of the muscular wall, with narrowing of the bone to a degree that seriously obstructs the entry and exit of air in the lungs.
In an attack of asthma¸ the breathing becomes difficult, expiration often being more affected than inspiration. The patient is short of breath and breathing may become audibly “wheezy”, with coughing. The effort to draw breath increases, but despite this, the movement of the chest is diminished. The patient may become agitated or confused. He feels he is going to choke to death. It is a frightening condition.
There are numerous causes of asthmatic attack. In some cases, a frank allergy exists to a particular material, grass and tree pollens, molds and fungi, animal hair and even some types of food may all provoke an asthmatic attack. In other cases, a physical or chemical irritant such as a smoky atmosphere, exhaust fumes or acid fumes may bring on an attack. Even, the inhalation of dust (particularly when sweeping an enclosure), of smoke, particularly from frying food or burning of dried or wet grass, and others can cause attack.
Infections of the lungs, particularly those caused by viruses, may precipitate an attack in those who are susceptible. It has also been noted that asthmatic patients suffer more under cold conditions. It should be noted that just like in most cases of ill-health, the causes of asthma include much waste matter and mucus in the system.
It is not unusual to find that asthmatic patients have difficulties with their kidneys, stomachs and intestines. Where all these, or some of them, are not functioning properly, elimination of waste matter from the body is found defective. Eating of foods that are difficult to digest can sometimes bring about an attack, especially if eaten late in the evening.
From all these explanations, it becomes clear that the signs that one can easily observe in an asthmatic patient are difficult breathing and wheezing. It is mainly in the night that severe attacks take place. The patient longs to be in a wide-open place with sufficient fresh air.
Asthmatic attacks can be prevented if the causes are removed and the body’s resistance is built up. The first of such causes would be anything that is harmful to the lungs and bronchial tubes; such as smoking.
Treatment and Control
In Holistic Lifecare. It is strongly advocated that the best way to control asthmatic attack is by going back to NATURE. If the attack takes place after a meal, it is advisable to induce vomiting. It is good to give hot fomentations over the areas of the stomach, liver, lungs and spleen.