Asthma is a respiratory disease that is characterized by narrowing of the airways. This happens when the body responses to a trigger such as exposure to cold air, allergens in the air, emotional stress, or heavy exercise. When the airways narrow, patients show symptoms such as tightness of the chest, wheezing noise while breathing, coughing, and shortness of breath.
- Shortness of breath
- Chest tightness or pain.
- Trouble sleeping caused by shortness of breath, coughing or wheezing
- A whistling or wheezing sound when exhaling (wheezing is a common sign of asthma in children)
- Coughing or wheezing attacks that are worsened by a respiratory virus, such as a cold or the flu
Signs that your asthma is probably worsening include:
- Asthma signs and symptoms that are more frequent and bothersome
- Increasing difficulty breathing (measurable with a peak flow meter, a device used to check how well your lungs are working)
- The need to use a quick-relief inhaler more often
It isn’t clear why some people get asthma and others don’t, but it’s probably due to a combination of environmental and genetic (inherited) factors.
The underlying cause of all asthmatic conditions is increased Kapha dosha in the stomach. From there it moves into the lungs, trachea, and bronchi. The increased Kapha blocks the natural flow of air, creating spasm 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 the balance of overall health
Ayurveda as an alternative treatment for Asthma
Ayurveda has been widely accepted as an alternative treatment for Asthma. The type of ayurvedic therapy prescribed for Asthma depends on the Dosha; the patient is suffering from. The ayurvedic medicines are produced from herbs, vitamins, minerals, and proteins that improve immunity
Virechana and Vamana
These are the two most common Panchakarma procedures that form very effective natural treatments for Asthma.
Vamana– In Vamana, herbs like licorice, sweet flag, and emetic nut are given to the patient. These herbs induce therapeutic vomiting that eliminates the imbalanced Dosha through the upper gastrointestinal tract.
Virechana– In Virechana, the patient is made to consume herbal purgative preparations that induce toxin elimination through the anal route ensuring the well-being of the patient
Followed after the Panchakarma treatments, Rasayana therapy rejuvenates the mind and body. In this therapy, oral medicines are given to the patient along with diet regulation. Rasayana restores the normal functions of the body and maintains overall health.
Herbal Remedies for Asthma
Agastya Rasayana and Chyawanprash are known as effective herbal remedies for asthma treatment.
Chyawanprash – a rich source of Vitamin C — is usually taken in doses of one teaspoonful thrice a day. It can be taken in a combination of Sitopaladi Churna and honey for better results.
Agastya Rasayana is usually prescribed if asthma causes constipation. Ayurvedic therapists suggest a combination of honey, black pepper and onion juice as an effective home remedy to relieve asthma.