Ayurveda is a centuries-old medical system that originated in ancient India. Nowadays it is practiced as complementary medicine in most countries around the world. Ayurveda can successfully deal with many diseases, including asthma.
At the heart of Ayurvedic medicine are 5 elements – space, air, water, earth and fire. By combining, they maintain a healthy balance of the three doshas that exist in every living being. When the doshas become unbalanced, a disease occurs.
- watts (air and space)
- kapha (land and water)
- pitta (fire and water)
In each human individual one basic dosha prevails, which is naturally stronger than the others . It has been found that people with a predominant pitta dosha are the ones most likely to develop asthma.
Asthma is an inflammatory disease of the airways of the lungs. When affected by this disease, they narrow, swell and produce additional mucus , which manifests as difficulty breathing, coughing, wheezing and shortness of breath.
Symptoms of the disease
A person with asthma experiences:
- Lack of air
- Speech difficulties
- Chest tightening
- Cough, especially at night
Types of asthma
This is the most common type that affects the lungs of man. Some specific types of asthma are so. external and internal asthma.
External asthma (allergic asthma) occurs due to allergy to certain external factors as dust, pollen, food, etc. Allergic asthma is often seasonal.
Internal asthma (non-allergic asthma) can be caused by a viral illness , smoking, air pollution from burning wood, air fresheners, household cleaners, etc.
This type of asthma can be caused by working in a polluted environment – with dyes, dust, gases and vapors, industrial chemicals, etc.
Apart from these factors, some others such as stress, hormonal, hereditary and other environmental factors also cause asthma.
How can asthma be diagnosed?
The diagnosis of asthma can be made by taking a traditional history of the patient as well as by physical examination or
performing a breath test. Treatment of asthma with the methods of Ayurveda
In Ayurveda, asthma is mentioned under a category called shwas roga. In it, bronchial asthma may be associated with T maka shwas , in which vata and kapha dosha predominate.
Increased kapha dosha blocks natural airflow , leading to spasm in bronchial tree, and from here – to the appearance of asthma and wheezing.
Ayurvedic asthma treatment focuses on getting rid of enlarged kapha , which lingers in the lungs. In Ayurvedic texts, the main treatment mentioned for tamak suture is Virechana.
Ayurvedic herbs that have shown good results in respiratory disorders are:
These herbs are useful because n they have anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. They relieve nasal congestion and a feeling of heaviness in the chest, soothe the airways, relieve irritation of the throat and cough, sneezing and swollen lymph nodes.
Ayurveda focuses on diet and lifestyle in order to achieve a healthy life and longevity. Treatment with Ayurvedic supplements is a good option for treating this disorder. Adding certain foods to the diet will help normal respiratory function in the body .
Here are some Ayurvedic home remedies that could to help reduce asthma symptoms and control the incidence of asthma attacks.
Maricha or black pepper
This herb is an antioxidant and has antimicrobial potential as well as stomach -protective effects. Black pepper contains an alkaloid called piperine, which has a bronchodilator effect , relieves pain, improves breathing and reduces inflammation.
How to take it?
Take a small amount of black pepper, mix it with honey and take it for cough.
Pipali (pepper longum)
It has been used since ancient times to treat the respiratory system. It works as an anti-inflammatory, clears mucus and nasal congestion.
How to take it?
Boil a few tentacles in half a glass of milk and drink this decoction. It is useful to treat with it for the common cold, cough, shortness of breath.
Box Madhu or licorice
The use of licorice root is one of the oldest remedies for coughs and colds.
It acts as a imperative herbal preparation that protects the respiratory system. Provides a soothing effect in the throat and relieves irritation. It is an effective herb that secretes healthy mucus and releases sputum , clears the nasal passage and has anti-inflammatory properties.
How to take it?
Cut licorice into pieces and then chew them. Drink tea made from a mixture of half a teaspoon of licorice and half a teaspoon of ginger.
Mix a little Yashtimadhu powder with honey and take it. This mixture provides relief from inflammation, cough and other asthma problems.
Vasaka leaf is a popular Ayurvedic remedy for respiratory problems. It acts as a strong stimulant of the respiratory system, thus eliminating excess sputum from the throat, clearing the lungs and acting as a bronchodilator . Helps treat bronchial asthma, bronchitis, tuberculosis and other lung diseases.
How is it taken?
Make tea from wasaca leaves and drink it to relieve coughs and other cold symptoms.
Turmeric is a powerful herb that contains a compound called turmeric n, and is enriched with more than 300 natural ingredients. It has anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, antimicrobial properties, which is good for overall health and the respiratory system.
The active compound k urcumin helps cleanse the lungs and naturally eliminates toxins from the respiratory system, thus strengthening the immune response. Daily consumption of turmeric drink helps reduce inflammation in the airway.
How do we take it?
Boil a teaspoon of ginger in a glass of milk and add ½ teaspoon turmeric powder. If taken twice a day , this Ayurvedic medicine can reduce the incidence of asthma attacks.
This is an amazing and powerful anti-inflammatory herb that cures whooping cough and colds and helps clear toxins from the airways. It is enriched with potassium, magnesium and zinc. Consumption of ginger tea also helps build a healthy immune system and fight seasonal asthma and infections.
Cardamom tea is a stimulating and refreshing drink, which improves lung health and relieves digestive fire. Good taste and very effective!
Mix one teaspoon of cinnamon powder and ¼ a teaspoon of trikatu in a glass of boiling water. Add a teaspoon of honey and drink after a while. Take this mixture twice a day to treat any problems associated with asthma and get the most out of it.
Half a teaspoon of bay leaf and ¼ a teaspoon of tentacles mixed with 1 teaspoon of honey and taken two to three times a day can provide good results in chronic asthma symptoms.
Drink a glass of honey (1 teaspoon) and a little Indian bay leaf powder (1 tablespoon) before bed to prevent an asthma attack at night .
Rubbing or massaging the patient’s chest with warm mustard oil mixed with a little salt will help reduce the feeling of heaviness in the chest and often used as a natural remedy for asthma.
Provides relief during an asthma attack. Long-term use of these drugs can give excellent results in patients with asthma.
Some herbal formulations have been found to contain harmful substances such as lead. Therefore Ayurveda should not replace the standard asthma treatment protocol or use it without your doctor’s approval.