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Pleurisy is a condition of the lungs in which the lining of pleural cavity around the lungs undergoes swelling. It is caused due to infection and results in severe pain in the chest and leads to problems as well as pain during breathing. There is an inflammation as well in the lining of the lungs.
There are two layers of the pleura which are lubricated by pleural fluid. Due to accumulation of excessive amount of fluid amid the two layers of the pleura, it results in the disease known as Pleurisy. The patient suffers from cough, pain and tenderness in the chest.
Causes of Pleurisy
There are multiple causes behind occurrence of pleurisy. Major among them are parasite, fungi and viruses. Additionally, some diseases are also responsible for pleurisy such as tuberculosis, rheumatoid arthritis and lupus. The condition of pleurisy is intensified due to tumours and cancer. Apart from this, exposure to some .. specific chemicals plus reaction of certain medicines or some problems in abdomen may also make the condition worse.
Symptoms of Pleurisy
Pleurisy is characterised by signs and symptoms such as pain in the chest, problem in breathing, coughing, fever and shortness of breath. Some other symptoms include change in the colour of skin to blue and accumulation of fluid in the chest cavity.
Ayurvedic perspective about Pleurisy
Pleurisy is known by the name Paeshwashula in ayurvedic language. The main line of treatment includes reduction and prevention of inflammation of the lining of lungs. Also it aims to make digestive system strong as well as restore back its normal functioning so as to keep body in proper working order.
Diet and Lifestyle advocacy for Pleurisy
The patients suffering from Pleurisy must limit the amount of refined carbohydrates in their diet. These include white rice, French fries, white bread and soda. Similarly, trans fat oil and saturated fats must be avoided. Instead they must rely on a completely healthy and light diet including fruits and vegetables.
Nuts are also equally beneficial. Drink lots of water to flush out toxins from the body and pace up healing process. To have proper breath while sleeping, it is advised to lie down on sides. Heavy or strenuous physical activity must be avoided as it aggravates the condition by creating problems in breathing.
Some Home Remedies that help in treatment of Pleurisy
You may try applying hot packs over chest to get relief from inflammation of the lining of lungs. It also aids in easy breathing process. Have proper rest in a well-ventilated room. Do not have refrigerated or cold foods as these make the condition worse. You may try taking fenugreek and bitter gourd as these help in pacifying the symptoms of pleurisy.
You may take milk 2-3 times a day to cure pleurisy at a rapid pace. Due to antispasmodic properties of celery leaves, you may use the same to cure pleurisy. Pleurisy may be treated effectively by using olive leaf. Similarly, Linseed can also be used in the treatment of pleurisy.
Swami Ramdev and Divya Pharmamcy has developed a herbal formulation that may be very effective in treating pleurisy problem
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