Almost 25% of India’s population is suffering from any kind of allergy, and 5% of those are suffering from Asthma.
Thirteen of the World’s 20 most polluted cities are in India, as per World Health Organization (WHO)!!! With this ever-rising pollution, it is becoming increasingly difficult for people suffering from respiratory disorders, such as Asthma or Bronchitis.
The good news is that natural medicines have been discovered to control Asthma, which does not have any side effects also.
“Asthma” is a condition in which the airways narrow and swell and produce extra mucus. This can make breathing difficult and trigger coughing, wheezing and shortness of breath. Asthma is a respiratory disease which 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.
People with a family history of allergies or asthma are more prone to developing asthma. Many people with asthma also have allergies. This is called allergic asthma. Childhood asthma impacts millions of children and their families. In fact, most children who develop asthma do so before the age of 5!
As per Ayurveda, Asthma comes under the category of diseases known as Dyspnoea (Difficult Breathing) or in Sanskrit, “Swasa Rog”. According to Ayurveda asthma is an accumulation of Kapha in the airways. The airways become narrow because of the blockage caused by Kapha. As a result, the flow of air to the lungs is interrupted, which makes the patient experiences difficulty in breathing. Asthma is caused because of excessive intake of vata (cold), consuming kapha aggravating food items, weakening of the lung tissues, and problems caused by lung diseases. Consuming cold or stale foods are not easy to digest and lead to the formation of ama (mucus) thereby causing blockage in the respiratory channel and difficulty in breathing. Living in cold and damp environment is also one of the causes of asthma.
- A cough
- Chest pain.
- Tightness or difficulty in breathing.
- Shortness of breath.
- Recurrent breathing problem.
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.
- Respiratory infections.
- Drugs and preserved foods.
- Cold air.
- Air pollutants and irritants, such as smoke.
- Airborne substances, such as pollen, dust mites, mold spores.
- Sudden changes in climate.
- Strong emotions and stress.
- Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), a condition in which stomach acids back up into your throat.
A number of factors are thought to increase your chances of developing asthma. These include:
- Having a blood relative (such as a parent or sibling) with asthma
- Being overweight
- Being a smoker
- Exposure to secondhand smoke
- Exposure to exhaust fumes or other types of pollution
- Exposure to occupational triggers, such as chemicals used in farming, hairdressing, and manufacturing.
Ayurvedic treatment of asthma focuses on restoring digestion with herbal preparations and the right diet and lifestyle changes.
- Pulses like old rice (rice which is stored for at least one year is called old), wheat, barley, kulattha, mung beans, arhar beans, etc. should be consumed.
- Honey, warm drinks like herbal teas, spice teas are to be taken.
- Sprouts, nuts, and seeds can be taken in moderate amount for Asthma.
- The heavy foods and those which make ama should be avoided. This mainly includes milk products like cheese, curd, buttermilk, creams, and banana, cold milk, eggs, cucumbers, etc.
- Oily, deep fried or oily food, greasy and fried foods which are difficult to digest should be avoided.
- White flour, processed flour and bread and white sugar products should be avoided.
- In addition, try to avoid the cold foods, cold drinks, and other refrigerated things.
- Avoid excessive or physically demanding exercise. Yoga and Pranayama can be helpful.
Yoga is slow and soothing, combined with deep breaths, which greatly help the patient’s asthmatic condition.
- Sukhasana (Easy Pose)
- Upavistha Konasana (Seated Wide Angle Pose)
- Ardha Matsyendrasana (Sitting Half Spinal Twist)
- Sethu Bandhasana (Bridge Pose)
- Purvottanasana (Upward Plank Pose)
- Shavasana (Corpse Pose)
- Take 11 guava leaves, 11 black pepper, 1 cup milk and one cup water. Put all of them in pot and boil it well, when it reduced to one cup, drinks in empty stomach.
- Dosage: Take this remedy daily for at least six months or a year.
- Boil cumin seeds in water and inhale the steam. It helps dilate the bronchial passage.
- Take 5 gm. of ginger, black pepper, cardamom, clove, cinnamon, turmeric and 30 gm. of sugar. Grind the mixture to a powder.
- Dosage: Take 1/2 – 1 tbsp of the mixture with honey twice a day.
- Mustard Oil: When having an asthma attack, massaging with mustard oil can clear the respiratory passage and restore normal breathing.
- Heat some mustard oil with a little camphor and warm and then gently rub it on the chest and upper back and massage.
- Dosage: Rub the oil gently several times until the symptoms subside.
- Figs: The nutritional properties of figs promote respiratory health and help drain phlegm and alleviate breathing difficulties and cure from Asthma.
- Wash three dried figs and soak them in a cup of water overnight and eat the soaked figs in morning and drink the fig water on an empty stomach.
- Dosage: Continue this home treatment for a couple of months.
- Coffee: The caffeine in regular coffee can help control asthma attacks because it acts as a bronchodilator. Hot coffee helps to relax and clear the airways to help you to breathe easier.
- Dosage: Drink 3 cups of black coffee a day.
Amastha Awleha: Amastha Awaleha, is a prophylactic in bronchial asthma, chronic bronchitis, cough with or without bronchospasm, Naso bronchial allergy.
- Dosage: 1-2 teaspoon full twice daily with lukewarm water.
Rudanti phal: Rudanti phal is useful in the vitiated condition of Vata and Kapha. It is useful in asthma, bronchitis, dyspepsia, bloating, etc.
- Dosage: 1-3 grams twice or thrice a day.
Abhrak Bhasam: It is used in Ayurvedic treatment of asthma, urinary disorders, skin diseases etc. This medicine should only be taken strictly under medical supervision.
- Dosage: 65 mg to 125 mg with milk or water twice a day.
Abhrak bhasam: Abhrak Bhasma is a mineral-based ayurvedic medicine prepared from Gypsum. It is beneficial for a headache, chronic fever, headache, chronic fever, asthma, etc.
- Dosage: 500 mg to 1 gram per day along with ghee, honey milk or with sugar.