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Ayurvedic Therapies Can Help With COPD: Have Gourds & Pulses, Drink Warm Water, Replace Cleaning Sponges Often

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Managing Life With COPD
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is a chronic inflammatory lung disease that causes obstructed airflow from the lungs. The main cause for COPD is long-term tobacco smoking. Other causes include exposure to polluted air, chemical fumes, vapor and dusts in the external environment.

According to the World Health Organization, 65 million people are diagnosed with moderate to severe COPD every year, and is the third leading cause of death by 2020, globally. COPD patients are at a higher risk of developing heart disease, lung cancer and a variety of other conditions such as high blood pressure and increased risk of cold, flu and pneumonia.

On World COPD Day, Dr Jyoti Kumbar, Medical Superintendent, Medanta AyurVAID, Medanta - The Medicity in Gurgaon, shares the tips to manage the condition with Ayurveda.
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Role of Ayurveda in COPD
While COPD is commonly treated through medications such as bronchodilators (available through inhalers) and antibiotics, depending on the severity of the condition, Ayurveda can also play a significant role in management of the condition. In Ayurveda, COPD is understood as a disorder of 'PranavahaSrotas'.

According to Ayurveda, effective COPD treatment requires one to do Nidanaparivarjana that includes modification of lifestyle and diet, and Shamana, a pacification treatment, and Shodhana, which is a biopurifactory method technique.
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Avoid Etiological Factors
To minimise the risk of COPD, one should manage the risk/causative factors by quitting smoking, avoiding close contact with people suffering from respiratory infections, and avoiding exposure to excessive heat, cold and high altitudes and environmental irritants.
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Ayurvedic Therapies
Bio-purification (shodhana) can be performed regularly to capture and biologically degrade pollutants. This therapy helps in drying up excess mucus secretion in the respiratory system which can cause obstruction. Additionaly, Nasya therapy can prevent the membrane lining the nasal cavity from coming in contact with irritants or pollutants.
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Modify Lifestyle
Exercising regularly and maintaining normal body weight can help in preventing COPD. Ayurveda recommends inculcating healthy habits like waking up early and consuming a glass of warm water on an empty stomach to prevent complications associated to COPD.
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A Healthy Diet
Ayurveda advocates consumption of a healthy diet which is low in saturated fat and rich in fruits and vegetables. Whole grain foods is recommended. It is beneficial to consume vegetables which are pungent, salty, hot and light such as gourd, bottle gourd, spinach, methi, garlic, ginger, bittergourd, spongegourd, drumstick, and pulses like greengram and horsegram. Tomato, cauliflower, potatoes, preparations of rice flour, sweets, curd, whole milk, black gram, coconut oil, fermented and sour foods, cold drinks and refrigerated foods must be avoided.
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Ensuring Clean Surroundings
A well-ventilated, hygienic environment can help in prevention of COPD. At home, one should avoid usage of sprays or roll on deodorants. Ensure you are not at indoors when cleaners or sprays are being used. Avoid shrugging off of rugs, vacuuming, sweeping and dusting. Do away with cleaning sponges or replace them often.
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