The term “Honeycomb lung” was first used by N. Oswald and T. Parkinson in the 19th century. It is a radiological imaging descriptor having an appearance like clustered cystic air spaces which are usually subpleural and basal in distribution. This condition despite being chronic it is an economic and social burden affecting a large part of the population globally. According to the reviews, the rate of the Idiopathic interstitial lung disorders is increasing because of a sedentary lifestyle, smoking, drugs, infections or environmental exposures, etc. The incidence of honeycomb condition is more in people of age group 50 or above. (5)
What is Honeycombing ?
Honeycombing is considered as the end stage of interstitial lung diseases which is characterized by airspaces and cysts of diameter varying from few millimeters to few centimeters while airspaces range from 5-10mm covered with fibrous walls of thickness 2-3mm. High-resolution computed tomography (HRCT) or chest X-ray provides the appearance of enlarged respiratory bronchioles producing cystic airspaces like a honeycomb-like structure. This condition can be divided into two types i.e. Micro cystic honeycombing and Macro cystic honeycombing.
What Causes Honeycombing ? (ما الذي يسبب العسل)
Honeycombing is mainly caused by a diversified group of diseases like Idiopathic interstitial pneumonia, asbestosis, interstitial granulomatous, interstitial lung disease, and diffuse alveolar damage. These conditions come under a wide group of diseases known as interstitial lung diseases (ILD).
Interstitial Lung Diseases (ILd)
These are a group of diseases caused due to inflammation and fibrosis of lung parenchyma. Some factors that may lead to this condition are certain environmental factors, previous medication or autoimmune/connective tissue disease (CTD) and accumulation of chronic inflammatory cells (lymphocytes and macrophages). These conditions can directly or indirectly result in honeycombing of the lungs. Some of the conditions that may be categorized under this group are-
- Idiopathic interstitial diseases
- Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF)
- Non-specific interstitial pneumonia (NSIP)
- Interstitial pneumonia
- Sarcoidosis and asbestosis
- Usual interstitial pneumonia
- Hypersensitive pneumonia
Ayurvedic Herbs Beneficial in Preventing Honeycombing
Traditional herbs are being used since ancient times in the management of chronic and acute form of diseases. All the herbs are known to have a synergistic effect without any adverse side effects on the body. Ayurvedic herbs and medicines are the best alternative mode of treatment which mainly focuses on building a balanced and metabolic system. Some of the very effective herbs that are way more beneficial in preventing honeycombing are discussed as follows-
- Ginger(Zingiber officinale) is an Indian traditional herb that is commonly used as a flavoring agent and is loaded with important chemical constituents like Gingerols, volatile oils like (zingiberene, cucumene, and farnesene), parasols, etc. This herb is a great anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant, anti-diabetic and anti-tumor properties that effectively treat various respiratory disorders. (1)
- Mulethi (Glycyrrhiza glabra ) is an important medicinal plant which is moist in texture and sweet in taste, with expectorant properties which makes it work efficiently in controlling cough, detoxifying liver, managing symptoms of asthma, bronchitis, cough, etc. (2)
- Turmeric(Curcuma longa) of Haldi which is considered as a natural antibiotic and has been used for ages. It possesses anti-inflammatory properties thus proves to work significantly in treating cardiovascular disorders, chronic digestive ailments, and respiratory conditions. (3)
- Vasa(Adhatoda vasica) leafs advantageous in pacifying vitiated Pitta and Kapha Dosha. This natural herb is a great expectorant, anti-microbial, antitussive, anti-inflammatory and anti-tumor agent which makes it preventing chronic respiratory disorders and honeycombing in the lungs. (4)
Alternative Treatment by Planet Ayurveda to Prevent Honeycombing of Lungs (العلاج البديل من قبل الكوكب الأيورفيدا لمنع العسل من الرئتين)
Ayurveda is a holistic system of treatment that eliminates the root cause by balancing Tridosha i.e. Pitta, Vata, and Kapha. It manages the ailments according to nature (Prakriti) of the disease and the human body. Planet Ayurveda is offering natural treatment for managing and preventing the symptoms that occur in honeycombing of lungs. All the products that are manufactured here are 100 % pure, natural and vegetarian. These herbal formulations are prepared under the strict supervision of Ayurveda experts in properly sterilized conditions. Some of the product descriptions are given as follows-
1. Praanrakshak Churna
Praanrakshak churna is an amazing herbal supplement packed with the goodness of enormous traditional herbs like Shirish (Albezzia lebbock), Vaasa (Adhatoda vasica), Anantmool (Tylphora asthmatica), Dalchini (Cinnamomum zeylanica), Bharangi (Clerodandrum serratum), Mulethi (Glycyrrhiza glabra) and Kantkari (Solanum xanthocarpum). These herbs act synergistically in treating various disorders like asthma, respiratory tract infections, chronic bronchitis, and chronic allergies.
Dosage– 1-2 teaspoonful three times a day with plain water after meals.
2. Vasaka Capsules
Vasaka capsules have been formulated from the standardized extract of medicinally important herb i.e. Vasaka (Adhatoda vasica). Vasaka which is also known as Vasa is considered as a natural expectorant and is proved to be very effective in managing respiratory disorders and relieving tuberculosis. This herb possesses anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial, and skin protective properties. These capsules help in expelling phlegm accumulated in the lungs and relieves cough and cold.
Dosage– 1-2 capsules two times a day with plain water after meals.
3. Tulsi Capsules
Tulsi capsules from Planet Ayurveda contain high-quality Tulsi (Ocimum sanctum) which is a great anti-inflammatory, anti-stress and anti-microbial agent. It is an Indian traditional herb also known as Holy basil which works significantly in treating various disorders like Cardiovascular, respiratory, skin disorders, etc. These capsules work significantly in preventing the condition of honeycombing by maintaining balance in Tridosha i.e. Vata, Pitta and Kapha. This herbal product enhances immunity and thus manages problems cause by low immunity like various respiratory infections (cough, asthma, bronchitis, etc.), skin infections, etc.
Dosage– 1-2 capsules two times a day with plain water after meals.
4. Shwas Kuthar Tablets
Kuthar is an amazing herbal remedy which contains Shuddha Parada (Purified mercury), Shuddha Gandhaka (Purified Sulphur), Tankanabhasma (Borax), Shunti (Zingiber officinalis), Pippali (Piper longum), Maricha (Piper nigrum), Manashila (Purified and processed realgar) and Shuddha Vatsanabha (Purified Acontium ferox). These tablets are beneficial in treating Cough, Cold, asthma, bronchitis, Anorexia, and indigestion.
Dosage– 2 times a day with plain water after meals.
The whole information is concluded that the herbs and herbal remedies are the best natural ways to treat honeycomb lungs. Planet Ayurveda provides pure, natural and chemical-free herbal products for honeycomb lungs and you can go for the Planet Ayurveda for the best Ayurvedic treatment.