Asthma in ayurveda is termed Tamaka Swasa Roga. The characteristic feature of asthma is reversible obstruction of respiration. The incidence of bronchial asthma is rapidly increasing worldwide. Increasing pollution, changing climate and the rising pollution are believed to be the culprits.
According to Ayurveda bronchial asthma is a kapha disease. Shleshaka kapha is the fluid that is present in the heart and the lungs and vitiation of shleshaka kapha leads to bronchial asthma. However vitiation in the vata and the pitta doshas can also result in bronchial asthma.
Treatment of Asthma in Ayurveda: Several herbal remedies, ayurvedic mixtures, yoga and exercise, and diet changes are recommended by ayurvedic practitioners for treatment of Asthma.
Herbal remedies: Some of the herbs with are helpful in the treatment of asthma are Celery (Apium graveolens), Tachyspermum ammi (Bishop’s Weed ), Ephedra germanium wall (Ephedra), Datura stramonium (Datura), Terminalia chebula retz (Chebulic Myroblan), Ferula foetida (Asafetida), Terminalia arjuna (Arjuna), Myrica nagi (Bay Berry), Chichorium intybus (Chicory), Euphorbia hirta (Euphorbia), Allium sativum (Garlic), Syzygium aromaticum (Clove), Solanum nigrum (BlackNightshade), Zingiber officinale (Ginger).
Ayurvedic preparations for asthma: Besides the herbs several Ayurvedic preparations are prescribed for bronchial asthmatic patients.
Some of the commonly used preparation include
Yoga and exercise: Yoga is an effective exercise for patients with asthma. The various stretching and contorting asanas of yoga improve the function of the respiratory tract.
Some yogic asanas found to be beneficial in patients with bronchial asthmatic are
Besides yoga exercise is also beneficial in patients with bronchial asthma. Swimming is an excellent exercise for asthmatics as it strengthens the lung. Patients with severe bronchial asthmatic should swim under supervision.
Diet changes: Avoid foods that are difficult to digest such as all animal products, milk foods (especially for people who are lactose intolerant) and pulses. Avoid fried and spicy food. Drink plenty of fluids to facilitate easy digestion.
Caution with Ayurveda: Home remedies can help in asthma but if you want ayurvedic treatment for asthma take under the guidance of a professional ayurevda as asthma is a serious disease. Do not reduce the dose of your allopathic medication without consultation with your allopathic doctor. In case of an emergency in asthma consult or seek conventional medical care.
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