Asthma Cure In Ayurveda

Bronchial Asthma is named as Tamaka Shvasa in Ayurveda.  This is an allergic condition caused by the body’s reaction to allergens. Ayurveda has varied methods of treatment for Asthma. The primary focus of Ayurvedic treatment is on the lungs, nose, bowels and the stomach. Bronchial Asthma is one of the most fatal respiratory diseases as a result of high levels of pollution in addition to the stress filled lifestyle. Ayurvedic treatment regimen is decided that is highly individualized to suit the specific needs and condition of the patient.  

The attack of asthma can be sudden if the person is hypersensitive to certain substances like pollen or dust, substances from animals like dogs and cats, certain foods to which the person is allergic and from certain bacteria. Bronchial asthma can also be caused by the disorders of the stomach and the gastro-intestinal tract. Early symptoms like indigestion, diarrhea or constipation can be noticed in the early stages of these diseases affecting the digestive tract.
  • The person may feel difficulty in hearing
  • Constriction of the chest
  • A sense of tightness
  • Exhalation may cause a wheezing noise
  • Difficulty in breathing due to the accumulation of mucus in the bronchial tract

The Ayurvedic Doshas and Asthma

Dosha disruptions may occur in any form namely physical, spiritual or emotional.
Ayurveda considers Kapha as the primary dosha disturbance that causes asthma. Kapha induced asthma normally shows symptom like wheezing with cough accompanied by white or transparent phlegm.  The lungs will be filled with water that creates a rattling or crackling sound.  Mostly attacks occur in the mornings and evenings.
Pitta induced dosha is the cause of Cardiac asthma. This is identified by coughing and wheezing with yellow phlegm.  Sweating, fever, sweating, irritability and the need for cool air. These attacks happen during noon or midnight.
Vata dosha related asthma symptoms are dry cough, dry mouth, dry skin, thirst, anxiety, constipation and craving for a warm drink. These attacks usually occur at early morning and dusk.

Ayurvedic treatment

Ayurveda has a multi pronged approach to treatment of asthma to correct the dosha imbalance and to build better immunity. The treatment is aimed at removing the symptoms, lowering anxiety, increasing the resistance to disease and restoring harmony in the composition of body and mind. Along with medicinal herbs and processes, change in lifestyle is also advised for lasting effect.
Get rid of symptoms: The Ayurvedic physician prescribes certain herbal preparations containing negligible amount of metals and minerals such as gold or iron. Dietary adjustments and physical and breathing exercises may be suggested including stretching. Massages, lying in the sunlight, meditation are also helpful in some cases.
Expelling Impurities: The Ayurveda process of removing impurities from the human system is known as Panchakarma. Panchakarma helps to cleanse the whole body of impurities and toxins. The undigested food that interrupts the healthy functioning of organs is first eliminated. Through enema, massage and using nasal sprays with medicinal oils and other methods are found effective.
Building immunity: Ayurvedic treatment consisting o f herbs, proteins, vitamins and minerals in the form of tonics or lehyas are given to asthma patients to strengthen their digestive system and increase their appetite and disease resistance.
Reduce Anxiety and Enhance harmony: Avoiding unfavorable situations for asthmatic patients is suggested along with techniques to get rid of negative emotions.

Herbs Used in the Treatment of Asthma

Ayurvedic preparations such as Sitopaladi Churna, Suvarna-Pushpasuga Rasa, and Kanalwsava and Swasha-Kasa-Chintamani Rasa are generally prescribed for bronchial asthma patients depending on their condition. For treating chronic asthma Agastya Rasayana is prescribed for patients who suffer from constipation. Chyavanaprasha contains Amla which is rich in vitamin C. They reduce the frequency of asthmatic attacks. Herbs used in the perpetration of medications include Adhatoda Vasica, Piper Lugnum, Terminalia Chebula and Thylophora Asthmatic etc.

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