Yoga for asthma
Specific yoga therapy and mediyoga programs for patients suffering from asthma can be helpful. Although the yogic processes do not produce instantaneous results and have to be performed for long periods of time, their effect stays for a long time and the frequency of attacks can be reduced.
What is asthma
People generally do not think about their breathing as that is a natural and automatic thing that just happens for most people. We do not need to be aware of it, but this is not valid for asthma patients.
Asthma is a life threatening disease, even though one does not die of one asthma attack. This is a life threatening disease as it wears off the patient by draining their energy.
Asthma is nothing but a disorder developed in the process of respiration. The asthmatic patient cannot breath in and out enough air. Hence the body does not receive the required amount of oxygen. This hindrance in the process of respiration is called an attack of asthma. The intensity of the attack depends upon the nature of the disease.
Mental stress is an important cause of asthma. In addition, eating food that is hazardous for health and which leads to an allergic reaction also causes a person to suffer from asthma. Asthma can also be hereditary. Nevertheless, it cannot be predicted that the child of an asthmatic parent will suffer from asthma.
Yogic treatments for asthma
Non-vegetarian food, hot, spicy and fried food should be avoided. In addition, bakery products and milk products should also be avoided. Even though a bit controversial, we advice for patients suffering from asthma to avoid bananas, guavas, cucumber and pineapple.
A glass of cabbage juice on an empty stomach can be beneficial. In addition, we advice the daily consumption of cinnamon as well as avoiding eating after 7pm.
Asanas are useful for an asthmatic patient as various muscles are pressed or stretched when practicing asana, which helps drawing out toxins from the body. Asanas also improve the blood supply to the muscles thus improving muscles functioning and efficiency as well as efficiency of the chest muscles particularly.
The process of pranayama is directly related to respiration, thus pranayama is directly efficient for the asthmatic patient. Control of breath results in improved mental control, drains tension, hinders development of new stress and improves the efficiency of the chest muscles as well as the entire respiratory system.
Meditation and yoga nidra
Meditation and yoga nidra are very important for asthmatic patients. This daily practice of relaxation will help reduction in muscular contraction at the time of the attack. The mental pressure of the attack is reduced and the patient gets physically and mentally prepared to face the attack.