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Yoga for Lung Fibrosis
18 May

Yoga for Lung Fibrosis

Pulmonary fibrosis is a lung disease that occurs when lung tissue becomes damaged and scarred. This thickened, stiff muscle makes it more difficult for your lungs to work properly. As pulmonary fibrosis worsens, you become progressively more short of breath.

A multitude of factors can cause the scarring associated with pulmonary fibrosis. But in most cases, doctors can't pinpoint what's causing the problem. When a cause can't found, the condition termed idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis.

The lung damage caused by pulmonary fibrosis can't repair, but medications and therapies can sometimes help ease symptoms and improve quality of life. For some people, a lung transplant might be appropriate.

Symptoms of lung fibrosis may include:-

Shortness of breath (dyspnea)

A dry cough

Fatigue

Unexplained weight loss

Aching muscles and joints

Widening and rounding of the tips of the fingers or toes (clubbing)


Statistics of Lung Fibrosis:-

Lung Fibrosis is a chronic, progressive, fibrosing interstitial pneumonia of unknown etiology. It is a rare disease, and its incidence and prevalence are not precise. ... In Europe, IPF prevalence ranged from 1.25 to 23.4 cases per 100,000 population.

Source:- err.ersjournals.com

Yoga For Lung Fibrosis


1. Pursed Lip Breathing:-

Breathing through pursed lips helps to open the airways and make breathing easier. 

It is useful when experiencing shortness of breath and can also use as a relaxation aid.

Pursed lips breathing can be done standing, sitting or lying down and begins by relaxing the necks and shoulders. 

Patients then need to close their mouths and gently inhale through their nose slowly for two seconds. 

Then with pursed lips breath out slowly for four seconds.

The technique can be repeated as many times as needed and the length of time taken to inhale and may extend.


2. Forced Coughing:-

Removing mucus from the lungs is essential to help avoid infection and coughing is one of the best ways to achieve this.

The forced coughing technique is best done sitting in a chair with a straight back and feet on the floor.

It begins by breathing in as deeply as possible to expand the diaphragm. 

The patient will then need to hold their breath for a count of three and then open their mouths and cough hard twice. 

Any mucus that comes up should discard into a tissue. 

The technique should repeat until the patient feels they have removed all excess mucus from their airways.


3. Huff-Cough:-

Persistent coughing can cause fatigue, mainly if it is not productive coughing. 

This technique helps patients to cough better and reduce fatigue.

The technique best performed sitting down with a straight back and feet on the floor. 

The patient starts by taking several gentle but deep breaths. 

Then, placing one hand on their stomach, they can breathe in as normal while tightening the muscles in their chest and abdomen and then exhale forcefully with an open mouth while saying the word “huff.”


4. Belly Breathing:-

Belly breathing helps people with lung diseases strengthen their diaphragms and can also be used to aid relaxation and regain breath.

This technique can be done either sitting or lying down with the knees up. 

Patients should place one hand on their stomach and the other on their chest and then breathe deeply and slowly through the nose and out of their mouths until they can feel their lungs fully inflate and their stomachs rise and fall with each breath.


What food to eat while suffering from lung Fibrosis:-

Citrus fruits 

Berries

Cherries

Mango

Bananas

Drink Plenty of Water and Milk


So these are the foods to eat and yoga asanas to do while suffering from Lung Fibrosis.


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