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Bronchial Asthma Ayurvedic Treatment

Author : Gurnam Saini  

Bronchial Asthma (Allergic wheezing) Ayurveda Treatment

 

Bronchial Asthma (Allergic wheezing) Ayurveda TreatmentAsthma is a chronic allergic disease which is distressing. The multifactorial causative factors cause recurrent attacks of difficult breathing and wheezing, the frequency and severity of which vary from person to person due to various reasons.

 

 

Shwasa Roga explained in Ayurveda is quite similar to Asthma because of the similarity in aetiology, symptoms and pathogenesis. According to Ayurveda, Shwasa (Asthma) is caused due to vitiation of Vata and Kapha Dosha.

 

 

In the initial stages, the disease is Sadhya (Treatable). However, as the disease gets chronic it becomes Yapya (treatable with difficulty). The available treatment methods are only symptomatic and has adverse reactions too. However Ayurveda herbs and treatments are quite effective to manage symptoms and improve the quality of life.

 

 

Shwasa’ is the term which describes shortness of breath or difficulty in breathing. According to Ayurveda, Shwasa (Asthma), Kasa (Cough) and Hikka (Hiccough) are associated with each other because their Nidana (Causative Factors) and site of origin are identical (based on ayurveda principles).  In some Ayurveda Samhitas (Ancient Ayurveda textbooks), Shwasa is explained along with Hikka whereas in certain other Samhitas it is explained as an independent chapter.

 

 

Types of Asthma Attacks In Ayurveda

 

Ayurveda explains two types of occurrence of Shwasa – Swatantra (Primary or Independent disease) and Paratantra (Secondary or effect of other disease). Here we will discuss about the Swatantra or Primary Asthma.

 

Causative factors of Shwasa (Asthma)

 

There causative factors are listed below. 

 

External factors of Shwasa (Asthma)

 

  • Exposure to Raja (Dust), Dhooma (Smoke or Fumes)
  • Exposure to Vata (Cold Breeze or Humid weather), Rains, Sudden change in weather
  • Inhalation of pollutants and pollens
  • Sheeta Sthana (Residing in cold places)

 

Physical strain

 

  • Ati vyayama (Excess physical exercise)
  • Ati Graamya Dharma (Excess indulgence in sexual intercourse)
  • Adhwa (Walking long distances)

 

Diet factors

 

  • Sheeta Ambu Sevana (Excess intake of cold water & cold beverages)
  • Ati Rooksha Anna (Excess intake of dry food items), Vishamashana (Intake of incompatible food items), Dwandwa Seva (Intake of food items having opposite quality like taking cold and hot foods together), Vishtambhi Anna (Food that cause constipation), Vidahi Anna (Food that cause burning sensation), Abhishyandi Ahara (Slimy & sticky food which causes obstruction in Srotas or channels of circulation), Guru Bhojana (Heavy to digest food), Ati Apatarpana (Excess fasting)
  • Ama pradosha (Accumulation of Ama or endotoxins in the body), Anaha (Flatulence)
  • Excess intake of Jalaja Mamsa (Meat of aquatic animals) & Anupa Ahara (Meat of animals living in marshy lands)
  • Excess intake of Nishpava (Flat beans), Masha (Black gram), Pinyaka (Pastries made from sesame seeds), Tila taila (Sesame oil), Dadhi (Yoghurt), Amakshira (Unprocessed milk), Pishta Anna (White flour preparations)

 

Injury or Complications

 

  • Kanta Urasa pratighata (Trauma to throat of chest)
  • Marma Ghata (Injury to Marma or vital points in the body)
  • Improper application of Panchakarma procedures
  • As a complication to diseases like Kasa (Cough), Raktapitta (Bleeding disorders), Udavarta (Upward movement of Vata), Visuchika (Cholera), Alasaka (Slow digestion), Pandu (Anaemia), Atisara (Diarrhoea), Jwara (Fever), Chardi (Vomiting), Pratishyaya (Cold), Rajayakshma (Tuberculosis), Visha (Poisoning) 

 

Purvaroopa (Premonitory Symptoms) of Shwasa (Asthma)

 

The premonitory symptoms of Shwasa (Asthma) are:

 

  • Anaha (Abdominal distension / Flatulence)
  • Parshvashula (Pain in the flanks)
  • Hridpida (Pain in the chest)
  • Shula (Colic)
  • Bhaktadvesha (Loss of appetite)
  • Asya vairasya (Distaste)
  • Arati (Restlessness)
  • Shankabheda  (Pain in the temples)
  • Pranasya viloma (Vata Dosha moving in upward direction)

 

Roopa (Symptoms) of Shwasa (Asthma)

 

The cardinal feature of Shwasa (Asthma) is Krichra Shwasana which means ‘Difficult Breathing’

 

Samprapti (Pathogenesis) of Shwasa (Asthma)

 

Vata Dosha is aggravated because of the above mentioned causative factors. This vitiated Vata enters the airway or respiratory channels (Pranavaha Srotas) thus leading to derangement of Kapha Dosha in the Uras Sthana (Thoracic region). The vitiated Kapha Dosha obstructs the Prana Vata (A subtype of Vata, the function of which is respiration) which moves in the respiratory channels, leading to abnormal movement of Prana Vata, resulting in Shwasa (Asthma).

 

 

The Ayurevedic pathogenesis of Shwasa (Asthma)

 

 

 

कफवातात्मावेतौ पित्तस्थानसमुद्बवौ। हृदयस्य रसादीनां धातून चोपशोषणौ।। 8 II
इस्मात्साधारणावेतौ मतौ परमदुर्जयौ। मिथ्यापचरितौ क्रुद्धौ हता आशीविषाविव।। 9 II

 

(Reference Charak Samhita Chikitsa Sthana Chapter 16, Versus 8 and 9)

 

In the above Shloka Acharya Charaka described the disease pathogenesis of Swasa yoga. He suggests that this disease generally originates from the site of pitta dosha and caused by the simultaneous aggravation of kapha and vata dosha. These vitiated doshas adversely affect the hridaya region (chest area) and slowly affect all the seven chats like plasma, blood etc.

 

 

Dushya (Vitiated Doshas): Kapha & Vata

Adhisthana (Seat): Uras (Chest) 

Srotodushti (Vitiated Channels): Sanga (Obsruction), Vimarmagamana. 

Swabhava (Nature of Disease): Ashukari. 

Agni dushti: Jatharagni, Rasa agni- Agnimandya

 

 

Types of Patients of Shwasa (Asthma)

 

  1. Kaphadhika Rogi / Balavan (Strong patients with excess vitiation of Kapha)
  2. Vatadhika Rogi / Durbala (Weak patients with excess vitiation of Vata)

 

 

Kaphadhika Rogi / Balavan (Strong patients with excess vitiation of Kapha)

 

In patients who are strong and in whom there is excess vitiation of Kapha, Shodhana Karma (Detoxification Therapies, Panchakarma) can be administered. Since their strength is good, their tolerance to Shodhana Karma (Detoxification Therapies) will be good. Also since there is excess Kapha Dosha in their body, detoxification is recommended to restore normalcy of Kapha Dosha. For such patients, Vamana (Therapeutic Emesis), Virechana (Therapeutic Purgation), Dhumapana (Inhalation of Medicated Herbs Smoke) is recommended.

 

 

Vatadhika Rogi / Durbala (Weak patients with excess vitiation of Vata)

 

In patients who are weak and in whom there is excess vitiation of Vata Dosha, Shodhana Karma (Detoxification Therapies) should not be administered because of the dryness and roughness in their body which is prevalent because of increase of Vata Dosha. As they have weak body strength, their tolerance to Shodhana Karma (Detoxification Therapies) is very less and sometimes Detoxification Therapies can produce complications in them.

 

Tarpana (Nourishing treatment, food and medicines), Brmhana (Bulk Promoting food and medicine) and Shamana (Palliative care) are recommended for these people because this will nourish their body. Sneha (Oils or Ghee), Yusha (Soups), Mamsa Rasa (Meat Soup), Meat of animals and birds living in Jangala Desha (Desert regions), Kulattha (Horse gram) are some of the Nourishing and Bulk promoting substances which are highly beneficial for these patients. Also this line of treatment is advised for children and the elderly suffering with Asthma.

 

 

Classiificaiton of  Shwasa (Astham) according to Ayurveda

 

Shwasa (Asthma) is classified into 5 types

 

  1. Maha Shwasa –  Predominance of Vata Dosha
  2. Urdhva Shwasa – Predominance of Vata Dosha
  3. Chinna Shwasa – Aggravation of Kapha and Vata Dosha
  4. Kshudra Shwasa – Vata is predominant
  5. Tamaka Shwasa – Vitiation of Kapha Dosha

 

Maha Shwasa (High pitched wheezing sound while breathing asthma)

 

When the airway is blocked and Vata Dosha is forced in upward direction, the person becomes distressed and takes deep breathing through the mouth constantly producing high pitched wheezing sound like an angry bull.

 

Symptoms: of Maha Shwasa (High pitched wheezing sound while breathing)

 

 

  1. Forceful breathing with high pitched wheezing sound which is sometimes audible from a distance.
  2. Restlessness and Anxiety.
  3. Unsteady eyeballs.
  4. Severe pain in head, temples and ears.
  5. Blurred speech and low voice.
  6. Respirations are obvious from distance.
  7. Breathes through mouth, so mouth is open.
  8. Mental faculties are affected.
  9. Difficult facial expressions.
  10. Sometimes fainting and unconsciousness especially when it develops as a terminal stage symptom.

 

Urdhva Shwasa (Rapid & Shallow breathing asthma)

 

Due to the accumulation of mucus in the airway, there is obstruction in the upper end of the respiratory channels causing hinderance in the flow of air, thereby making the air unable to reach the lower respiratory tract causing rapid and shallow breathing. Thus inspiration becomes painful and strenuous and expiration becomes prolonged.

 

Symptoms of  Urdhva Shwasa (Rapid & Shallow breathing)

 

 

  1. Dryness of mouth.
  2. Restlessness and severe distress.
  3. Obstructed inspirations and deep expirations cause dizziness and fainting.
  4. Eye balls turn upwards.
  5. Sometimes, the person becomes partially unconscious and visualizes unnatural sight when this develops as a terminal stage symptom.

 

Chinna Shwasa (Irregular and Interrupted breathing asthma)

 

Breathing is interrupted and irregular with few faster, few slower breaths and intermittent breathless phase.

 

Symptoms of Chinna Shwasa (Irregular and Interrupted breathing)

 

 

  1. Intense body ache
  2. Weakness of the body
  3. Dryness of the mouth
  4. Irrelevant speech
  5. Upward movement of eye ball
  6. Excess lacrimation or redness of the eyes
  7. Dullness of the skin
  8. Burning sensation in the bladder and obstruction in the flow of urine.
  9. Sometimes unconsciousness especially when it develops as a terminal stage symptom.

 

Kshudra Shwasa (Dyspnoea on effort asthma)

 

This type of Shwasa (Asthma) is not very troublesome as it is a mild form of dyspnoea on effort. Due to the causative factors, Vata Dosha increases slightly in the abdomen leading to difficulty in breathing upon exertion or due to overeating. However this type of Shwasa (Dyspnoea) is not serious and does not harm the body nor produce any complications. It generally subsides on using hot comforts and taking rest. Daily activities are unaffected in this type of Shwasa (Asthma). It is easily curable and generally medicines are not required, however if needed mild form of Ayurveda medicines can be administered in minimal dosage.

 

Tamaka Shwasa (Bronchial Asthma)

 

The inspiration is affected because of obstruction in the airway and hence Vata Dosha moves in reverse direction (upward direction) leading to excess secretion of mucus producing obstruction in breathing causing wheezing sounds. There can be severe acute attacks which can cause difficulty like dizziness and coughing. There is difficulty to spit out sputum and when sputum is spit out by coughing, the person experiences ease in breathing but only for a short period of time.

 

Symptoms of  Tamaka Shwasa (Bronchial Asthma)

 

 

  1. Laboured breathing leading to restlessness and feeling of suffocation.
  2. Frequent coughs with production & expectoration of small amounts of sputum giving relief for a transient period of time.
  3. Breathing through the mouth leading to dryness in the mouth.
  4. Breathlessness especially while lying down hence disturbed sleep.
  5. Breathing is better in sitting position and while intake of warm drinks or food or staying in a heated room.
  6. Condition aggravates during rainy, cloudy and windy days.

 

Tamaka Shwasa (Bronchial Asthma) can be relieved and cured in a healthy person in early stages only. In chronic cases it is controllable with Ayurveda medicines and treatment.

 

Ayurveda Chikitsa (Treatment) of of  Tamaka Shwasa (Bronchial Asthma)

 

Panchakarma therapies beneficial in a person suffering from Shwasa (Asthma) are

 

  • Snehana (Oleation or Lubrication)
  • Swedana (Fomentation)
  • Vamana (Therapeutic Emesis)
  • Virechana (Therapeutic Purgation)
  • Dhumpana (Medicated Herbal Smoking)

 

Cure For Asthma In Ayurveda

 

When the symptoms are less or the condition is not very much aggravated, then suitable Ayurveda herbs and simple therapies along with some home remedies will help. However in chronic or severe conditions, Panchakarma is recommended following Snehana (Oleation or Lubrication) and Swedana (Fomentation).

 

Snehana (Oleation or Lubrication) is massaging the chest and upper back region gently with warm medicated oils added with salt. Following this, Swedana (Fomentation) is done using Nadi Swedana technique. However for children and those suffering from CAD, in place of Nadi Swedana, apply hot towel gently on the chest and back. For hot towel, either you may heat the towel on dry hot pan or dip a towel in hot water and squeeze excess water and use.

 

Swedana in AyurvedaSnehana (Oleation or Lubrication) & Swedana (Fomentation) procedures helps to break and liquefy the toxins or consolidated phlegm sticking to the walls of the Pranavaha Srotas (Respiratory channels) so that it can be removed or eliminated through suitable Panchakarma (Detoxification). Thus vitiated Kapha Dosha which is mixed with the consolidated phlegm will get back to normalcy because of the elimination of the phlegm and the Vata Dosha which was obstructed in its normal pathway by the vitiated Kapha & consolidated phlegm will start moving in normal direction thereby bringing relief in Shwasa (Asthma).

 

Snehana (Oleation or Lubrication) provokes or softens the vitiated Doshas in the Srotas (Respiratory channels) and excites them. Swedana (Fomentation), because of heating & penetrating property liquifies the Doshas which are excited by the Snehana (Oleation or Lubrication) making them to move to the alimentary tract. Now it becomes easy to eliminate the toxins through Vamana (Therapeutic Emesis) or Virechana (Therapeutic Purgation.

 

 

Vamana (Therapeutic Emesis) is administered following Abhyanga (Massage), Swedana (Fomentation) and Snehapana (Oral administration of medicated fats) for 5 to 7 days. On the day of Vamana (Therapeutic Emesis), Kapha increasing foods like milk, medicated gruel of sugarcane juice are given to the patient for easy facilitation of Vamana (Therapeutic Emesis).

 

When the patient has vomiting reflex, Vamana Aushadhi (Medicine for Emesis), that is paste of Madanaphala (Emetic nut), Pippali (Long pepper), Saindhava (Rock salt) and Madhu (Honey) is given according to the strength of the patient and Agni bala (Strength of digestive fire). Bouts of vomiting will commence. The process ends in about 3 hours. The consolidated phlegm and endotoxins are removed from the body through Vamana (Therapeutic Emesis) and the vitiated Kapha Dosha comes back to normalcy. Thus the subtype of Vata, Prana Vata is unobstructed in its movements because the respiratory channels are cleansed through Vamana (Therapeutic Emesis), thereby restoring normal breathing process and providing relief from Shwasa (Asthma).

 

 

Dhumapana (Medicated Smoking)Dhumapana (Medicated Smoking) is administered after Vamana (Therapeutic Emesis) to remove or dry up the residue phlegm left in the respiratory channels. If Dhumapana (Medicated smoking) is not done, the phlegm and excess Kapha Dosha adhering to the respiratory channels gradually increase in due course of time triggering Shwasa (Asthma) again. In order to avoid this, the small quantities of phlegm and Kapha Dosha stagnant in the walls of respiratory channels have to be eliminated through Dhumapana (Medicated smoking).

 

 

Fine powders of herbs like turmeric, etc. are made into a paste with the resin of Guggulu (Commiphora mukul) and ghee and wicks are prepared from it. These wicks are dried and stored in moist free, air tight container. During Dhumapana (Medicated smoking), one wick is lighted and the fire is put out, and the smoke is facilitated entry through one nostril using a leaf folded in cone shaped form near the nose through which

 

 

Virechana (Therapeutic Purgation) is the best treatment for diseases arising from the Amashaya (alimentary tract). It removes Ama or endotoxins from the body and restores regular functioning of Agni (Digestive and Metabolic fire) and equilibrium of Doshas. Like Vamana (Therapeutic Emesis), Virechana (Therapeutic Purgation) is administered after 5 to 7 days of Snehapana (Oral administration of medicated ghee) and Swedana (Fomentation).

 

Single Ayurvedic  Herbs beneficial in Shwasa (Asthma)

 

The herbs having hot and penetrating action are beneficial in the treatment of Shwasa (Asthma). Single herbs effective in Shwasa (Asthma) and their pharmacological action are listed in the below table. They have bronchodilator, anti-tussive, expectorant, digestive, carminative and rejuvenating property.

 

 

Herb

Part Used

Benefits / Pharmacological Actions

Vasa (Adhatoda vasica)

Leaves

  • Beneficial in allergy and asthma.
  • Has antitussive, expectorant and anti-asthmatic activity and possess powerful respiratory stimulant activity.

Pushkaramula (Inula racemose)

Roots

  • Anti-inflammatory, analgesic, expectorant

 

Pippali (Piper longum)

Fruits

  • Bronchodilator effect

Amalaki (Emblica officinalis)

Fruits

  • Anti-anaphylactic & Anti-inflammatory activity

Guduchi (Tinospora cordifolia)

Stem

  • Potent immune-modulator which reduces bronchospasm.

 

Bharangi (Cleodendron serratum

Roots

  • Juice of roots is beneficial in cough & asthma

Kantakari (Solanum xanthocarpum)

Root

  • Anti-asthmatic & Anti-inflammatory property.

Bibhitaki (Terminalia bellirica)

Fruits

  • Anti-asthmatic, anti-spasmodic, anti-tussive and expectorant.

Shirisha (Albizia lebbeck)

Bark

  • Useful in asthma and allergy induced bronchospasm.

Bala (Sida cordifolia)

Whole plant

  • Has natural ephedrine, a Phyto-steroid which is used to treat asthma and bronchitis.

Gojihva (Onosma bracteatum)

 

Leaves & Flowers

  • Anti-asthmatic property and reduces airway inflammation.

Yashtimadhu (Glycyrrhiza glabra / Liquorice)

Roots

  • Increases production of cortisone which has a systemic anti-inflammatory effect on the lungs.

Tulsi (Ocimum sanctum)

Leaves

  • Bronchodilator, expectorant, anti-inflammatory, mast cell stabilizer

Bharangi (Cleodendrum serratum)

 

Leaves

  • Antihistaminic, expectorant and mast cell stabilizing and bronchodilator effect

Dashmool (Root of 10 herbs)

 

Roots

  • Anti-inflammatory, Anti-asthmatic effect

Talisapatra (Abies webbiana)

 

Leaves

  • Bronchodilator, mucolytic, anti-tussive, expectorant, anti-inflammatory effect on lungs and airways

 

 

Home Spices effective in Shwasa (Asthma)

 

  • Jeeraka (Cuminum cyminum / Cumin) - A powerful bronchodilator. Cinnamon enhances expectoration of fluids in lungs. Turmeric has anti-inflammatory and anti-asthmatic properties.
  • Sunthi (Zingiber officinalis / Ginger) – Powerful anti-allergic effective on the respiratory system.
  • Maricha (Piper nigrum / Black pepper)
  • Ela (Elettaria cardamomum / Cardamom) – Has bronchodilator effect
  • Hingu (Ferula narthex / Asafoetida) – Relaxant effect in tracheal muscles
  • Haridra (Curcuma longa / Turmeric) – Anti-asthmatic and Anti-inflammatory effect
  • Lashuna (Allium sativum / Garlic) – Anti-inflammatory, decongestant, expectorant.

Asthma home remedies ayurveda

 

Hot infusion of the above spices are effective.

 

Traditional Ayurveda Medicine for Shwasa (Asthma)

 

Different formulations used for treatment of Shwasa (Asthma) are summarized below.

 

  • Kashayam (Medicated Decoction) - Vyaghryadi Kashayam, Dashmula Kashayam, Dashmula Katutrayadi Kashayam, Punarnavadi Kashayam

 

  • Asava – Arishta (Fermented Drinks) – Vasarishtam, Dashmularishtam, Draksharishtam, Parthyadyarishtam, Punarnavasavam, Kanakasavam

 

  • Avaleha & Leha (Herbal Pastes)- Kantakari Avaleham, Talisapatradi leham, Mridvikadi leham, Agastya Haritaki Rasayanam, Chitra Haritaki Leham, Dashmula Rasyanam, Kushmanda Rasyanam

 

  • Churna (Compound Powders) - Talisadi Churna, Sitophaladi Churna, Tashtimadhu Churna, Haridrakhand

 

  • Vati (Tablet) - Vyoshadi Vatakam, Vyoshadi guggulu, Eladi Vati

 

  • Ghrita (Medicated Ghee) – Vasa Ghrita, Dashmuladi Ghrita

 

  • Yavagu & Yusha (Medicated Porridge & Soups) –  Dashmuladi Yavagu, Hingvadi Yavagu, Rasnadi Yusha, Kasamarda Yusha

 

  • Dhumapana (Medicated Smoking) – Guggulu Dhumapana, Haridradi Dhumapana

 

Ayurvedic Remedies For Shwasa (Asthma)

 

  • Milk processed with Panchamula (Root of 5 herbs)
  • Oil cooked with ten times the juice of Bhringaraja (Eclipta alba)
  • Medicated ghee which is processed with Haritaki (Terminalia chebula), Bida Lavana (Black salt) and Asafoetida
  • Juice of Shirisha Pushpa (Flowers of Albizia lebbeck) along with Long pepper and honey
  • Decoction of Dashmoola (Root of 10 herbs) alone or added with Pushkaramula (Inula racemose) powder
  • Decoction of Devadaru (Cedrus deodara)
  • Juice of Ginger added with Honey
  • Goat’s milk processed with decoction of Ginger and added with cane sugar.
  • Powders or Decoctions of Ginger, Long pepper, Amalaki Phala (Fruits of Phyllanthus emblica) along with Cane sugar and Honey
  • Juice of fresh Ginger with honey helps in Asthma, Cough and Cold
  • Soup of Dry radish
  • Use of jaggery with equal quantity mustard oil for three weeks
  • Powder of Bibhitaki (Terminalia bellirica) with honey
  • Paste of one part of Kantakari (one part) mixed with half quantity of Asafoetida and honey for 3 days
  • Powder of Bharangi (Clerodendrum serratum) or Powder of Bharangi (Clerodendrum serratum) and ginger or black pepper with hot water
  • Soup of drumstick fruits cooked with black pepper, salt and yavakshara (Alkali preparation made from barley)
  • Ghee cooked with Karkatasrngi (Pistacia chinensis) or gruel prepared with Karkatsrngi (Pistacia chinensis) or powder of Karkatsringi (Pistacia chinensis) mixed with seed of radish and honey
  • Ghee cooked with juice of Nirgundi (Vitex negundo)
  • Powder of ginger mixed with equal quantity jaggery internally or sniffing is good.
  • Put turmeric in saline water for 21 days and parch on fire or burn by closed heating and the residual ash should be given with honey in the dose of 2 gm daily.
  • Soup of Kasamarda Patra (Leaves of Cassia occidentalis), drumstick and dried radish
  • Pills made from jaggery and edible camphor
  • Leaves of Matulunga nimba (Citrus medica), pointed gourd and green gram added with Trikatu (Ginger, Long pepper & Black pepper)
  • Powder of Ginger with Cane sugar, Bharangi (Clerodendrum serratum) and Sauvarchal Lavana (Potassium Nitrate)

 

Quick relief at home for wheezing and allergic Asthma

 

During acute attack of Shwasa (Asthma), the first and foremost measure should be gentle massage with warm mustard or sesame oil added with rock salt or sea salt on the chest and upper back followed by gentle and comfortable hot compress. Oil because of the unctuousness & heating property alleviates Vata Dosha and it does not aggravate Kapha Dosha as well because of the heating property. Salt has great penetrating capacity hence when mixed with warm oil and applied it produces good result in short period of time itself. Thus the mixture of warm oil and salt helps to liquify the congested phlegm causing obstruction in the respiratory pathway. Once this blockage is removed from the airway the breathing becomes normal.

 

Charaka Samhita has listed the following ten herbs as Shwasahara Mahakashaya – Shati (Hedychium spicatum), Pushkaramula (Inula racemose), Amlavetas (Garcinia pedunculata), Ela (Elettaria cardamomum), Hingu (Ferula narthex), Tulsi (Ocimum sanctum), Agaru (Aquilaria agallocha), Bhumyamalaki (Phyllanthus niuri), Jivanti (Leptadenia reticulata), Chanda (Costus speciosus)

 

Acharya Susrutha has explained Surasadi ghana and Dashmoola ghana which are effective in Shwasa (Asthma).

 

 

Pathya – Apathya (Wholesome & Unwholesome Regimen) for Asthma

 

 

Pathya Ahara (Wholesome Food)

 

Pathya Vihara (Wholesome Lifestyle)

 

Cereals

 

  • Godhuma (Wheat)
  • Yava (Barley)
  • Rakta Shali (Red variety of rice)
  • Puratana Shali (Old rice / Paddy)

 

Pulses

 

  • Kulattha (Horse gram)
  • Mudga (Green gram)

 

Dairy Products

 

  • Aja Kshira (Goat’s Milk)
  • Aja Ghrita (Ghee from goat’s milk)

 

 

Vegetables

 

  • Patola (Snake Gourd)
  • Vaartaaka (Brinjal)
  • Lashuna (Garlic)
  • Bimbi (Ivy gourd)
  • Tanduleeya (Amaranth)

 

Fruits

 

  • Jambeera (Citron fruit)
  • Draksha (Raisins)

 

Non-vegetarian food

 

  • Andaja Mamsa (Meat of birds)

 

Spices & Condiments

 

  • Madhu (Honey)
  • Ela (Cardamom)
  • Haridra (Turmeric)
  • Jeeraka (Cumin seeds)
  • Twak (Cinnamon)
  • Maricha (Black pepper)

 

Others

 

  • Ushna Annapana (Hot food & drinks)

 

Pulses

 

  • Masha (Black gram)
  • Nishpava (Flat beans)

 

Dairy Products

 

  • Mesha Dugdha (Sheep’s milk)
  • Mesha Ghrita (Ghee from Sheep’s milk)
  • Dadhi (Yoghurt)

 

 

Vegetables

 

  • Kanda (Tubers)

 

Non-Vegetarian food

 

  • Matsya (Fish)

 

Spices & Condiments

 

  • Sarshapa (Mustard)

 

Others

 

  • Ruksha Annapana (Dry food)
  • Sheeta Annapana (Cold food & drinks)
  • Guru Bhojana (Heavy to digest food)

 

 

 

 

 

Pathya Vihara (Wholesome Lifestyle)

Apathya Vihara (Unwholesome Lifestyle)

 

  • Divaswapna (Day nap)
  • Pranayama (Breathing technique)
  • Ushnajala Snana (Bath in hot water)

 

  • Ati vyayama (Excess physical exercise)
  • Purva Vata (Eastern breeze)
  • Purva Bhojana / Pana (Having food or water facing east)
  • Vegadharana (Suppression of natural urges)
  • Stress

 

 

 

 

Ayurveda treatments can help to manage the symptoms effectively thereby giving significant results.

 

 
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Gurnam Saini has over 15 years’ experience in Ayurvedic naturopathy treatments in Melbourne, Australia. He has completed his bachelor degree in Ayurvedic Medicine and Surgery from Baba Farid University of Health Sciences, India. He has done MD in Alternative Medicine and certificate courses in Panchakarma Detox, Pulse diagnosis and skin care. He is also a member of the Australasian Association of Ayurveda (AAA). He has won awards for ground-breaking work in Ayurveda globally. Read More