Asthma

Ayurveda treatment for Asthma

Asthma is a chronic inflammatory reversible lung disease that inflames, produces extra mucus, cause’s spasms and narrows the airways. This can make breathing difficult causing coughing, wheezing and shortness of breath.

The airways are the tubes that carry air into and out of the lungs. People with asthma, have inflamed airways, which make them swollen and sensitive, and also make them react strongly and become more susceptible to inhaled substances. Thus, when these airways react, the muscles around them become tighten, and this narrows the airways, thereby causing less air to flow into the lungs.

Causes:

In modern science, the exact cause of asthma isn’t known, but research points into the interaction of genes and environmental factors early in life, that cause asthma.

Some factors include:

  • Parents with asthma condition
  • Inherited tendency to develop allergies, or Contact with airborne allergies
  • Exposure to viral infections at the infant stage.

Symptoms:

  • Running nose
  • Coughing, Phlegm
  • Wheezing
  • Shortness of breath
  • Chest tightness, pain, or pressure
  • Dryness in mouth

Ayurveda treatment for asthma:

  • In Ayurveda, asthma can be correlated to Tamaka Swasa. Ayurveda attributes the root cause of tamaka Swasa as stomach / gastrointestinal tract disturbance,  with the imbalance of Vata and Kapha, where Vata takes a wrong course in moving in an upward direction and causes the increase in Kapha in the region of throat and head. Asthma is regarded as an irksome respiratory ailment that is easily aggravated by seasonal variations, emotions and lifestyles.
  • Ayurveda treatment for asthma: “Tamaketu Virechanam” – Virechana is the specific treatment considering the site of origin.

Treatments:

The treatment modalities include panchakarma, external therapies, internal medications, Activities,  Advice of food and lifestyle changes.

  • Panchakarma – Vamana, Virechana
  • Externally – Lavanakta Thaila (oil with has Rock salt in it) Abhyanga and Sweda for chest and back, Lepa, Shiro dhara
  • Internally
  • Agni Deepana (Improve appetite)
  • Ama Pachana (Digestives)
  • Vatanulomana (Herbs to balance the flow of Vata)
  • Pitta and Kapha balancing herbs
  • Rasayana which strengthen the respiratory system and digestion.

Activities:

  • Specific Asanas, Pranayama, Chest Physiotherapy
  • Food and lifestyle changes:  specific to the individual’s constitution, nature of work and geographical conditions.