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Friday, June 8, 2018

Herbal Remedies for Aspergillus Infection - Symptoms, Causes & Treatment

Aspergillus Infection

Aspergillus is a fungus. These fungal spores are commonly seen in the breathing air. In normal circumstances, it is harmless. But in persons with compromised immunity, these fungi tend to cause a wide range of diseases. These diseases are collectively called as aspergillosis. The group of diseases titled under aspergillosis includes:-

  • Invasive aspergillosis
  • ABPA (allergic bronco pulmonary aspergillosis)
  • CPA (chronic pulmonary aspergillosis) & Aspergilloma – a fungal ball formed within the cavities like lungs
  • Severe asthma with fungal sensitization (SAFS)

The most common type of infection is a Para nasal sinus infection caused by Aspergillus fumigatus fungi. The symptoms include:-

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Chest pain
  • Breathlessness

INVASIVE ASPERGILLOSIS

Invasive aspergillosis generally occurs in persons with severely compromised immunity like AIDS or chemotherapy patients. It is most commonly seen in the lungs, but can also spread to CNS, bone, heart, sinuses, blood, skin, kidney & eye. The common risk factors for this invasive disease include:-

  1. Later stages if AIDS
  2. Patient on steroids
  3. Chemotherapy treatment resulting in severe neutropenia
  4. Stem cell & organ transplantation
  5. Chronic granulomatous disease – a genetic disease

SYMPTOMS OF ASPERGILLOSIS

  • Fever and chills
  • Shortness of breath
  • Chest or joint pain
  • Nosebleed
  • Cough that brings up blood-streaked sputum (hemoptysis)
  • Severe bleeding from your lungs
  • Facial swelling on one side
  • Skin lesions
  • Headaches or eye symptoms

ALLERGIC BRONCHOPULMONARY ASPERGILLOSIS

This condition is non invasive and occurs when a person develops allergy to Aspergillus spores. This spore allergy is more materialized in patients with severe asthma, cystic fibrosis & bronchiectasis. Around 30% of asthma patients suffer from very severe asthma and most of them may be sensitized to numerous fungi spores – making up a new category known as severe asthma with fungal sensitization.

PRESENTATION

  • Shortness of breath
  • Coughing
  • Coughing up brown color mucus plug
  • Wheezing
  • Intermittent episodes of feeling unwell
  • Lung infiltrates which doesn’t respond to convention antibiotic therapy

If left untreated, ABPA can cause permanent damage to lungs.

CHRONIC PULMONARY ASPERGILLOSIS

This is a long term infection with Aspergillus in the lungs. In most of the cases Aspergillus fumigatus is the culprit. The patient can be under any of the following category:-

  1. Patients with an aspergilloma (fungal ball in a single cavity) – the condition may improve over a few years
  2. Chronic cavitary pulmonary aspergillosis (CCPA) – cavities are present in the lungs, but may or may not with aspergilloma
  3. Chronic fibrosing pulmonary aspergillosis – when CCPA left untreated, chronic scarring of the lungs may happen

Most of the CPA patients may have underlying lung pathology like COPD, lung cancer, ABPA, cystic fibrosis, silicosis, asthma, emphysema, atypical Mycobacterium infection & stage III fibrocystic pulmonary sarcoidosis.

Consult your physician as soon as possible when the following symptoms last for more than 3 months:-

  • Weight loss
  • Fatigue
  • Cough
  • Hemoptysis

HERBAL REMEDIES FOR ASPERGILLUS INFECTION

Allopathic medicine came up with steroid therapy and long term antibiotic therapy to withstand Aspergillus spores, but may cause serious impacts on later life. Planet Ayurveda offers a wide variety of herbal remedies, which are very effective to fight against Aspergillus spores and also to strengthen the immunity. Consult your physician if you are in a risk with Aspergillus infection and take necessary steps to remove the underlying pathology that may risk you with Aspergillus infection.

1. Punarnava Capsules

These capsules are very effective in pain relief. It is widely used for its diuretic and anti-inflammatory properties. It is very well known for its of revitalizing the lives and also helps in cleansing the blood. This is also good for lung health. It also has antimicrobial property.

Dosage – 1 capsule twice daily after meals with lukewarm water.

2. Giloy Capsules

These capsules are prepared out of guduchi (Tinospora cordifolia). It is considered to be as elixir and do possess rejuvenating properties. It also has anti allergic, anti inflammatory, anti bacterial, antifungal and antiviral properties. It boosts the immune system and acts as an immune modulator. It is a natural antioxidant and helps in the detoxification of the body. Giloy capsule is a natural blood purifier.

Dosage – 1 capsule twice daily after meals with lukewarm water.

3. Pitta Balance

This helps to balance the aggravated pitta. There by reduces the foul smell of the coughed up sputum. It also helps to achieve mental clarity and minimizes negative emotions. Pitta balance is coolant in nature, thereby reduces perspiration. It is a rich source of calcium and helps in body building, thereby boosting the immune system. Thus strengthened immunity will effectively flush out the Aspergillus fungi spores.

Dosage – 1 capsule twice daily after meals with lukewarm water.

4. Green Essentials

It is a natural blood purifier and a health promoter. It boosts up the immune system. It is rich in antioxidants and can effectively fight against illness. Its antimicrobial activity can remove the fungus infection. Green essentials contain the potent herbs like grape seed, wheat grass, spirulina, green tea and amalaki. The rich vitamin C content in the formulation boosts up the whole immune system.

Dosage – 1 to 2 capsules twice daily after meals with lukewarm water.

5. Praval Panchamrit Tablets

Panchamrit ras contains 5 bhasma that can act as an elixir of life. The 5 bhasmas are Praval bhasma, Mukta bhasma, shanka bhasma, sukti bhasma & karpadika bhasma. These bhasma together acts as an elixir. They help in longevity. They are anti-aging and have Rejuvenative property.  Most of the ingredients of Praval panchamrit are calcium compound and helps in calcium supplementation. Also, it acts as rasayana. It also has antimicrobial action. It is also used to treat the underlying pathology like tuberculosis.

Dosage – 1 to 2 tablets twice a day with lukewarm water.

All these formulations are free from chemicals, preservatives, binders or fillers which may adversely affect the health, making them 100% herbal.

Contact my assistant to provide you the costing / ordering and delivery information at - costing.planetayurveda@gmail.com or call at +91-172-5214030

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