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Asthma

Asthma is a chronical lung disorder which is caused due to inflammation in the airways. The airways become narrower and are filled with mucus, blocking the airflow which then results in short gasping breaths, recurring periods of wheezing, coughing and chest tightness. If an asthma attack is not controlled in proper time, it can leave a person breathless. An attack could be caused due to hypersensitive reactions to irritants, or some other triggers or stimuli like dust, smoke, fumes or chemical allergens like pollen, grass. According to ‘The Complete Book of Ayurvedic Home Panacea’ by Dr. Sanjeev Sharma , “The hidden cause of all asthmatic conditions is increased Kapha dosha instomach. From there it moves into the lungs , trachea and bronchits. The increased kapha blocks the natural flow of air, creating shrinkage in the bronchial tree and resulting in asthma and wheezing.” Kapha is one of the three energies or doshas (Vata, Pitta, and Kapha) responsible for maintaining balance of overall health. Ayurvedic treatments for asthma focus on wiping out the cough embed in the lungs .Dr. Sanjeev Sharma Ayurvedic Expert and Clinical Operations and Coordination Manager at My Sanjivini Booti tells us, “Herbal remedies taken on a regular basis in the long run. We use Herbs like vasa, pushkarmula and yastimadhu that have been known to control the symptoms of asthma”

1. Bronichal Asthma

Our lungs are responsible for exchanging oxygen and carbon dioxide between your blood and the air. Their functioning is facilitated by the mucous secretion inside the lungs. The production of this mucus depends on two factors: moistening and temperature regulation of the air we inhaled. But if there is exaggerated mucus secreted then it can negatively impact the functioning of the lungs. Inflammation coupled with exaggerated mucus constricts the air passages. Contraction of these passageways leads to hypoxia, one of the symptoms of an asthmatic attack.

Keeping the portrayal of diet in mind, the main causes of heart blockages would include:

Symptoms of Bronichal Asthma

  • Breath Shortness
  • Coughing
  • Snore (a whistling sounds coming from the chest when you breathe)
  • Tight feeling in the chest
  • Deep chest coughs that keeps you awake at night
  • Cough with thick sputum
  • Speaking Difficulty
  • Scratchy throat

Root Causes of Bronchial Asthma

One of the other allergy inducing factors as weather conditions (symptoms get worse on windy, rainy or cloudy days), dust, food, drugs, perfumes, pollution, pollen etc. or various psychological factors as deep-seated emotional insecurity, an intense need for parental love, etc. or hereditary / genetic factors.

While we think that bronchial asthma is a respiratory disease, And on the other hand Ayurveda looks at it from a gastrointestinal point of view. Poor digestion causes infection to build up in the lung tissue, which can lead to inflammatory conditions of the bronchial passageways.

2. Ayurveda and Bronchial Asthma

In Ayurveda, bronchial asthma – an allergic condition resulting from the reaction of the body to one or more allergens and is one of the most fatal respiratory diseases that is named ‘tamaka shvasa’ (difficulty in breathing) and its seat of manifestation is the lungs.

The primary dosha associated with bronchial asthma is the watery Kaphawhich leads to mucus composition. When this water accumulates in the air passages it leads to them becoming narrow and curb. The resulting blockage in the correct flow of air (Vata dosha) in the lungs causes shortness of breath and difficulty in breathing. Let’s understand the different types of asthma based on the dominant doshic influence.

# Vata dosha :

: Vata type of asthma is caused due to physical or emotional stress. It can also be prompt by a diet that is light, dry and cold (qualities of Vata). Usually it exhibit as a dry cough following an asthma attack. This type could lead to severe weight loss along with other symptoms of Vata vitiation in the body.

# Kapha dosha :

: This is the most typical type and is brought on sby vitiated Kapha dosha. Consuming surplus of cold, heavy and moist foods or overeating can trigger this type. A moist, productive cough will usually follow an asthmatic episode. Mucus is cloudy in consistency and white. Those suffering from Kaphic asthma may be overweight or show other signs of Kapha vitiation.

# Pitta dosha:

: Pitta vitiation may be a combination of Vata or Kapha type asthma. It is generally caused by being exposed to allergens or bacillus. The bronchial passages get aroused and the coughing will produce yellow or green mucus. Other signs of Pitta vitiation may also be clear

Ayurvedic Treatment of Bronchial Asthma

  • Tulsi (Ocimum Sanctum): Tulsi or holy basil is one of the precious and natural expectorant. The most delicious way to consume it as an asthma natural antidote is as tulsi juice with a little honey and ginger juice. One can also make a warming tea by boiling the fresh leaves with a few fresh slices of ginger and a some black peppercorns and cloves(laung). Sip on tis twice a day to decongest.

  • Vasaka (Adhatoda Vasika): Malabar nut or vasaka is one of the best natural remedies for bronchial asthma. In Ayurvedic treatment method snehapan (ingestion of fats), vasa ghrita is given to asthmatic patients. A very influential herbal remedy for bronchial asthma is 2 gm of vasaka powder + 2 gms of sitopaladi churna + 1 teaspoon of honey. The leaves of the plant contain the alkaloid vasicine (C11H12N2O), which is responsible for the small but persistent bronchodilatation, and an essential oil which is chiefly responsible for the expectorant action. Another way to intake it is to mix 5 ml of the fresh leaf juice of Malabar nut + 2.5 ml ginger juice + 1 teaspoon of honey.

  • Bala (Sida Cordifolia): Bala is one of the precious and top natural asthma remedies as it contains the alkaloid ephedrine, well-known for treating asthma. This herb is also an adaptogen which defeats the signs of stress. Make a powerful anti-asthma broth with 1 tsp of Bala, 1/2 tsp of Vasa, 1/2 tsp of ginger and 5 black peppercorns in two cups of water. Reduce it to one cup and drink twice daily.

  • Long Pepper (Piper longum): The best Ayurvedic treatment of bronchial asthma is long pepper, one can make this simple formula. Mix a few long pepper + 1 teaspoon honey + little onion juice. Drink this once a day, mainly in the morning.


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