• The treatment of asthma consists in the employment of the remedy to allay the paroxysm and in the adoption of measures likely to prevent the recurrence.
  • During the attack the patient is placed in as favourable condition for breathing as practicable. Patient usually selects the position easiest for himself.
  • During acute attack following  HYDROTHERAPEUTIC MEASURES  are of great importance:

(1)   Application of hot chest and shoulder pack repeatedly every half an hour.

(2)   Hot hand bath or foot bath.

(3)   Hot hand bath is more beneficial then hot foot bath. In hot hand bath both the hands should be immersed in hot water upto the elbow. Hand bath has a reflex influence on the respiratory function.

(4)   Patient should be given plentiful of hot water.

(5)   Steam inhalation is also useful to relive the acute attack.

(6)   Hot enema also is useful.

(7)   Half bath lasting for 10min will be of great value. During this bath only the legs and hips are immersed. The seated patient should be rubbed by attendants while rubbing his own chest and arms. Two-three times during this half bath slightly colder water should be poured down the spine for a few moments. This treatment CAN NOT BE GIVEN TO ONE WHO IS VERY WEAK OR WHOSE RECUPERATIVE POWER ARE LIMITED. IT IS OF GREAT ADVANTAGE TO ONE WHO CAN TOLERATE IT COMFORTABLY.

  • During acute attack heat must be applied on the chest. Hot chest pack electric light heater or infrared generator will have a sedative effect.
  • Asthma being primarily a nervous disorder. It is often relived by prolong application of cold compresses or ice bag to the occiput or base of the head.
  • Take dinner before sunset.
  • Practice yoga, pranayama, and deep breathing exercise daily.
  • Avoid excitement fatigue and overwork.
  • Bowels must be maintained in regular & efficient daily action.
  • Avoid all indigestible and heavy meal especially at night.

Stimulation of acupressure point of lungs on palm or feet sole is also useful.

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