Natural Treatment of Hospital-acquired pneumonia (HAP)

Ayurvedic Management of Hospital-Acquired Pneumonia (HAP)

In this shloka symptoms of kapahaja jwara are explained. :

The symptoms are:

  1. Aggravation of fever in the whole body especially after meals, early morning, early night or in the spring season
  2. Heaviness in the body
  3. Anorexia
  4. Excessive salivation
  5. The sweet taste of mouth
  6. Nausea
  7. Stiffness in the heart
  8. Cold sensation
  9. Vomiting
  10. Loss of appetite
  11. Excessive sleep
  12. Stiffness in the body
  13. Drowsiness
  14. Cough
  15. Dyspnoea
  16. Coryza
  17. Whitish discoloration of nails, eyes, face, urine, stool, and skin
  18. The excessive appearance of urticarial patches on the body
  19. The desire for hot food items

(Reference: Charak Smahita (nidan sthan) Chapter:1 and shloka:27)

As per Ayurvedic aspect:

Jwara is the most crucial among all the diseases because it affects almost every living being at some point of time on the earth. In Ayurveda, it is correlated with kapahaja jwara which is caused due to the intake of heavy, cold, slime and sour substances, day time sleep and less of physical exercise. Due to these causes, there is a vitiation of Kapha dosha which enters into the dhatus (tissue channels)i.e., rasa and Sweda and blocks them. This causes an impairment in the Agni (digestive fire) and spreads it all over the body and produces kaphaja jwara.

Ayurvedic Treatment of Hospital-acquired pneumonia (HAP)

As per modern aspect: :

Pneumonia is defined as the inflammation and consolidation of lung tissues which is caused due to an infectious agent. This condition is the 8th leading cause of deaths in the US. Among the patients who have hospital-acquired infections, this is the leading cause of death and causes 22% of all hospital-acquired infections.

Hospital-acquired pneumonia is an acute condition of the lower respiratory tract which acquires after at least 48 hours to 72 hours of being admitted without any antecedent signs of infection at the time of hospital admission.

What are the types of hospital-acquired pneumonia?

  • Bacterial pneumonia: It is related to various rod-shaped gram-negative organisms and Staphylococcus aureus.
  • Viral pneumonia: Cytomegalovirus, respiratory syncytial virus, and influenza. .

1. Ventilator-associated pneumonia:

This pneumonia is a subtype of hospital-acquired pneumonia and occurs in those patients who are receiving mechanical ventilation.

2. Healthcare-associated pneumonia:

Healthcare-associated pneumonia occurs in those patients who have frequent contact with the healthcare environment.

What are the causes of hospital-acquired pneumonia?

The main cause of hospital-acquired pneumonia is the micro-aspiration of bacteria that colonize the upper respiratory tract in seriously ill patients. Inhalation of the contaminated aerosols and bacteremia (presence of bacteria in the blood) are the less common causes. .

What are the risk factors for hospital-acquired pneumonia?

The pathogenesis of this condition is multi-factorial and this can place the hospitalized patient at a risk for nosocomial infections. The low immunity allows the pathogens to cause invasive infections. This increases the risk of infections.

  • Overuse of antibiotics or any antibiotic treatment
  • High level of gastric pH (This is due to stress ulcer prophylaxis or therapy with protein pump inhibitor)
  • Pulmonary, hepatic, cardiac or renal insufficiency

Other main risk factors are:

  1. Age less than 70 years
  2. A person having surgery of abdomen or thoracic area
  3. Functional debilitation
  4. Use of tracheostomy tubes
  5. Weak immune system

What are the symptoms of hospital-acquired pneumonia?

The symptoms of hospital-acquired pneumonia are generally the same as that of community-acquired pneumonia:

Symptoms are:

  1. Productive cough
  2. Dyspnoea
  3. Fever
  4. Chills
  5. Malaise
  6. Chest pain
  7. Asymmetrical chest expansion
  8. Breathing difficulty
  9. Headache
  10. Loss of appetite
  11. Crackling breathing sounds

Natural treatment for hospital-acquired pneumonia:

Planet Ayurveda offers wonderful treatment for hospital-acquired pneumonia which is HAP care pack. This pack is purely vegetarian and is not tested on any animal. These are 100% pure, natural and are free from preservatives, fillers, additives, and colors. These formulations strictly follow the principles of Ayurveda and have been used in Ayurveda for many ages.

This pack contains:

1. Aller-G care capsules: :

Aller-G care capsules are formulated with the natural and extremely beneficial herbs that have been proven effective in treating hospital-acquired pneumonia. The herbs present in it are Shirish, neem, ashwagandha, and haridra. These capsules are helpful in eliminating toxins from the body. Being an immune-modulator, it boosts up the immunity and provides strength to the patient. It also manages asthma, breathlessness, and other several conditions. .

Dosage: 2 capsules two times a day with plain water after the intake of food. .

Curcumin capsules:

Curcumin capsules are an amazing formulation due to the presence of active compound curcumin in it. It has been used in Ayurveda for many ages because of its various medicinal properties. These capsules are formulated with pure and standardized curcumin extract because it contains 95% curcuminoids. It manages inflammation and ulcers, treats upper respiratory tract infections and allergies. .

Dosage: 2 capsules two times a day with plain water after meals. .

Tulsi capsules:

Tulsi has been used in Ayurveda for many ages because of its various effective medicinal properties. These capsules are prepared from the pure extract of tulsi which is a natural immune modulator. These capsules manage the symptoms related to diabetes, cancers, skin allergies and autoimmune disorders. Regular use of these capsules enhances the immunity and reduces the harmful effects of toxins present in the environment.

Dosage: 2 capsules two times a day with water after meals. .

4. Boswellia curcumin:

Boswellia curcumin contains the pure and standardized extracts of two effective herbs- Boswellia (shallaki) and curcumin (an active component of turmeric). These herbs are considered excellent for reducing the inflammation. According to Ayurveda, these capsules alleviate the three doshas (ie., Vata, Pitta, and Kapha) in the body.

Dosage: 2 capsules two times a day with plain water after meals.

5. Praanrakshak churna:

Praanrakshak churna is a wonderful Ayurvedic formulation which is prepared from some effective herbs that have been used by Ayurvedic experts since ancient times. Herbs present in it are Vaasa, bharangi, dalchini, Shirish, mulethi and kantakri. This formulation is very helpful in treating all types of allergies, manages cough and treats respiratory tract infections and symptoms of rhinitis and sinusitis. .

Dosage: 1 to 2 tsp twice or thrice daily with plain water after meals. .

Some preventive tips:

  1. Clean your hands properly
  2. Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables
  3. Do exercise regularly
  4. Take proper sleep
  5. Quit smoking
  6. Stay away from sick people
  7. Drink plenty of warm fluids to help loosen secretions and to bring out the phlegm
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Dr. Vikram Chauhan (MD-Ayurvedic Medicine) is an expert Ayurveda consultant in Chandigarh (India). He has vast experience of herbs and their applied uses. He has successfully treated numerous patients suffering from various ailments, throughout the world. He is CEO and Founder of Krishna Herbal Company and Planet Ayurveda in Chandigarh, India. He researched age old formulas from ancient Ayurvedic text books to restore health and save human beings from the worst side-effects of chemical-based treatments.