With the rapid seasonal variations and sedentary life styles, our respiratory system becomes a target every now and then. This results in lowering the general resistance of the body towards harmful microbes. The viral infections of the throat are common and yet the treatment remains unsatisfactory. It is therefore a need of the times to revive unto the respiratory system the ability to fight and defend the so often attacks.


What is Asthma?

Chronic cold, chill, rhinitis, thirst, and severe and persistent cough. The patient suffering from the disease complains of breathlessness. And in the chronic state, he is even unable to lie straight on the bed. As the disease proceeds, it results into attacks of dyspnoea, a sense of tightness around the chest and the wheezing sound in expiration. The patient also suffers from indigestion, constipation or diarrhoea and there is accumulation of phlegm in the system.


Ayurveda Therapy for Asthma

In Ayurveda no disease is unanswerable. Ayurveda treats not just the disease but the patient affected by it. And so the medicine should work without producing any side effects what so ever. Asthma or ‘Tamak Shwasa’ as pronounced in Ayurveda text, is one of the worst diseases, which are the bane of modern living.

Ayurveda Understanding of Asthma

Ayurveda believes asthma generally to be an aggravated form of preceding disease like chronic bronchitis or chronic rhinitis. This disease can also arise as a consequence of an allergy or due to infection. There are a number of causes which aid in causing asthma like taking irregular and dry diet, undue exercises, taking heavy foods, raw milk and variation of hot and cold in dietary habits. Other causes include mental stress and strain, over indulgence in sex, debility of vital organs, prolonged fever, chyme disorders and stomach problems. Most of all the allergic or Bronchial Asthma results from dust, wind, smoke and cold climate.






Ayurveda Treatments for Asthma

Generally, it is seen that to undo these symptoms the patient is given a strong antibiotic-steroid bronchodilator with anti-histamine. Yet, these give only a temporary relief and yet the patient constantly feels a sense of weakness and exhaustion. In Ayurveda, the diagnosis and treatment revolve around the three basic Doshas (humors of the body) i.e. Vata, Pitta and Kapha (air, fire and phlegm). An imbalance in any of the three results into production of the disease. In case of Asthma, Kapha dosha or the Phlegm  body humor is produced more and it further weakens the gastric appetite. This results into creating a vicious circle and therefore it is important to control and decrease the production of Kapha. Regular use of warm water aids in the same. Another help will be to find out for oneself the seasonal factors or the allergic manifestations and to try and refrain oneself from them.



Ayurveda Dosha Healing for Asthma

Due to vitiation of the Kapha and Pitta doshas and also impairment of the gastric fire, (the reasons that are believed to be causative for producing the disease of Asthma), Ayurveda treatments for Asthma focus on Dosha healing for correcting the imbalance. Ayurvedic medicines and herbal formulations are provided to the patient so as to invigorate the agni (gastric fire) as well as removal of ama (toxic matter). Some particular Rasayanas and specific Ayurvedic diet is recommended for balancing of the doshas. Yoga asanas, Pranayama or the deep breathing techniques as well as lifestyle modifications are suggested for holistic health improvement.

Ayurveda also counsels Panchkarma Ayurvedic treatments of Vamana (Inducing Vomiting as therapy) and Virechana (Purgation therapy), along with external therapies of Abhyanga or therapeutic massage and Swedana (Steam bath and steam inhalation).


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