Asthma

Asthma is condition where the patient experiences extreme difficulty in breathing due to inflammation of the bronchial tubes and lungs. Asthma patients experience pain due to gasping and laboured breathing causing the air passage to narrow resulting in breathing difficulties.
Ayurveda considers asthma to be the result of aggravation of kapha and vata doshas resulting from an accumulation of toxins in the body.

Cause of Asthma in Ayurveda

  • Improper dietary habits
  • Exposure to excessive heat and cold
  • Abrupt change in weather
  • Use of cosmetic products
  • Exposure to pollution
  • Alcohol consumption
  • Hereditary factors

Symptoms of asthma:

  • Wheezing
  • Coughing
  • Feeling of “tightness” in the chest
  • Astringent taste in the mouth
  • Abdominal rumbling
  • Asthma symptoms can occur at any time of the day or at night.

Ayurvedic Treatments for Asthma

Ayurvedic treatments for asthma are aimed at removal of toxins accumulated in the human body, strengthening the digestive system and balancing the doshas. Asthma treatments consist of panchakarma treatments, rasayana treatments and intake of oral medicines. After the purification therapies lehyams, kashayams are given to the patient to bring the patient back to normal self. A mild massage with salt and oil is also given to the patient (snehana)

Ayurvedic Remedies for Asthma

  • Stay away from allergens like pollen, perfumes, mosquito repellents etc
  • Avoid Tobacco, wine and smoking
  • Do not stay at cold and humid places.
  • Follow regular yoga and meditation.
  • Drink plenty of boiled water
  • Avoid over eating; take light meals at night.
  • Avoid fried and processed foods
  • Keep your rooms well ventilated
  • Avoid over exercise and over indulgence in sex
Asthma, Bronchitis & Ayurveda

Ayurvedic treatment for Asthma consists of using several medicinal herbs. These are used in the several formulations like kashayams, lehyams, arishtams and choornams etc. The major herbs used in the ayurveda preparation of medicinal herbs include liquorices root, amalaki fruits, black pepper, cloves and turmeric among others.

Ayurvedic medicines used in the treatment of bronchitis are aimed to restore the lost balance and to provide the needed inputs to cure bronchitis fully. Ayurveda does not merely treat the symptoms; the medicines prescribed are useful in rooting out the disease and it will further ensure that it does not re appear again

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