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Author : Gurnam Saini  

Ayurvedic Medicine For Asthma

 

Bronchial asthma, a common respiratory disorder, affects 10 million people in Australia. It is a chronic inflammatory disorder of the airways, which leads to shortness of breath, chest congestion, coughing, and wheezing. If someone is searching for the best ayurvedic Medicine for asthma, then its better to understand that, before that, a proper ayurvedic consultation is required to know the factors like emotional factors, digestive factors, immune system strength, etc., which could be the triggers behind chronic asthma disease in Ayurveda

 

Bronchial Asthma Causes

 

The underlying cause is yet unknown, but the following factors may trigger asthma attacks:

 

  1. Dust
  2. Pollens
  3. Allergic rhinitis
  4. Climate change
  5. Excess humidity
  6. Hair or dander of pets
  7. Food additives
  8. Perfumes
  9. Cigarette smoke
  10. Air pollution
  11. Aspirin
  12. Stress
  13. Anxiety
  14. Paint odor

 

Symptoms of Bronchial Asthma

 

The following symptoms may appear in patients with bronchial asthma:

 

  1. Wheezing
  2. Coughing
  3. Shortness of breath
  4. Tightness in chest
  5. Changes in breathing pattern

 

Ayurvedic Medicine For Allergy and Asthma 

 

"Tamaka Swasa" is a term used in Ayurvedic Medicine for allergies and asthma. However, it is caused by vitiation of all three humors or doshas, but Vata and Kapha are predominant in bronchial asthma in Ayurveda.

 

According to Ayurveda, the common causes may include but are not limited to excessive use of beans, raw milk, black grams, sour curd, excess salt, and aquatic animal food. A dry and heavy diet may also be a cause of bronchial asthma. Other factors are extra cold, cold baths, excess sunbath, excessive exercise, etc.

 

Ayurvedic Medicine For Asthma Bronchitis

 

Ayurvedic texts have mentioned numerous natural remedies and ayurvedic Medicine for asthma bronchitis, which are used traditionally.

 

Natural Ayurvedic treatment of Asthma Bronchitis involves using Ayurvedic classical, traditional medicines, organic herbs, and dietary & lifestyle changes to enhance the immune system.

 

Ayurvedic Remedy for Asthma 

 

These are some of the commonly used Ayurvedic remedies for asthma used traditionally:

 

Puskarmool (Inula racemosa)

 

Inula racemose or Puskarmool is a helpful herb in pleurisy, chronic cold, and cough. It is known for its anti-tubercular properties. It is a febrifuge, an aromatic tonic, and an expectorant with several carminative, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, and diuretic properties. This herb can also help relieve pain in the chest.

 

According to research by Pooja Khurana et al., Pushkarmool may be useful in treating asthma. It has anti-histaminic and bronchodilator action. The main alkaloid in the oil derived from the root of this plant is alantolactone, which has anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties. Pushkarmool has ushna, virya, and vatakaphahara properties which are the main dosha in bronchial asthma.

 

Long Pepper

 

Pippali, or long pepper, is mentioned as a powerful rejuvenating herb in Ayurveda. Pippali, or long pepper, is a stimulant for the respiratory and digestive systems and may offer rejuvenating effects on the lungs. The roots of this herb can be used to treat respiratory infections. Consumption of this powdered herb and honey can relieve cough and cold.

 

Licorice (glycyrrhiza glabra)

 

It helps eliminate kapha from the stomach and chest and helps to clear out the phlegm in bronchial tubes and lungs. However, you should not use this herb if you are having hypertension.

Findings of research done by Ladde Shivakumar and Shalam enlist the uses of Licorice (Glycyrrhiza glabraradix) in treating asthma. The herb's active compounds, glycyrrhetinic acid, and carbenoxolone, are potent inhibitors of cortisol metabolism, thereby enhancing endogenous and exogenous steroid benefits.

 

Ginger (Zingiber officinale)

 

Ginger acts as a natural expectorant. It has been used since ancient times to treat several respiratory infections and helps control bronchial asthma attacks. Freshly grated ginger and little turmeric can be added to milk while boiling. You may have it twice every day to get some relief from the asthma.

 

As per the research done by Ranjita Prasad et al., the dried rhizome of ginger contains approximately 1–4% volatile oils. It is a powerful natural anti-allergy agent, especially acting on the respiratory system. It has powerful expectorant properties that are very helpful in asthma.

 

Cinnamon

 

It helps clear kapha from the stomach and chest and phlegm from the lungs. Half spoon of cinnamon powder and a little honey can be consumed twice a day may help to move the phlegm.

 

Nagar (Nut grass, Cyperus rotundus)

 

Prolonged use of this herb can help relieve bronchial asthma. It clears blocked phlegm. 2 grams of agar powder and bearing (Clerodendrum indicum) can be mixed in water to make a fine paste and taken with lukewarm water to treat bronchial asthma in Ayurveda.

 

Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera)

 

The roots of ashwagandha have several medicinal properties. It acts as an adaptogen and helps reduce stress. It is known as a Rasayana (rejuvenating) herb. This herb helps to boost body immunity and hence may help with asthma and cough.

 

Turmeric

 

Turmeric has medicinal properties, which may help treat respiratory disorders. Anti-purulent and anti-inflammatory properties in turmeric may help treat cough, cold, and other respiratory infections. It may be adjuvant in clearing air blockage due to bronchial asthma. Turmeric can be used in several ways to treat bronchial asthma. You can add a little pinch of turmeric to your milk and drink it daily. Inhaling the vapors of hot water and turmeric can also help clear nose blockage.

 

Black Pepper

 

It is yet another spice that helps to treat cough and cold. Add a pinch of black pepper, turmeric, and ginger in milk and boil it for a few minutes. You can drink it twice daily to reduce the phlegm in the lungs, colds, and coughs.

 

Bharangi (Clerodendrum indicum)

 

It is also known as the blue fountain brush. This herb helps balance vata and kapha disorders. Bharangi has anti-histamine properties and can help effectively treat bronchial asthma by stabilizing mast cells. When mixed with water, a few grams of nagar and bearing can be consumed in lukewarm water.

 

Garlic

 

Garlic has been used for ages to treat several diseases. Add freshly grated ginger and a few garlic cloves to your milk. This is an incredible ayurvedic treatment to treat asthma.

 

Wheezing Ayurvedic Medicine

 

Below is the list of classical or traditional products used in wheezing ayurvedic Medicine:

 

  1. Aswagandharishtam- Herbal Tonic 
  2. Dasamoolarishtam- Herbal Tonic 
  3. Kanakasavam- Herbal Tonic 
  4. Pippalyasavam- Herbal Tonic
  5. Vasarishtam- Herbal Tonic 
  6. Dasamoola kashayam- Herbal Tablet 
  7. Panchakola choornam- Herbal Powder
  8. Hinguvachadi Choornam- Herbal Powder
  9. Ashwagandha lehyam- Herbal Paste 
  10. Brahma rasayanam- Herbal Paste 
  11. Chyavana pranam- Herbal Paste
  12. Dasamoolahareethaki Lehyam- Herbal Paste
  13. Haridrakhandam- Herbal Powder Recipe
  14. Vyoshadi vatakam- Herbal Powder Recipe

 

Asthma Treatment In Ayurveda and Yoga 

 

In addition to ayurvedic treatment, yoga can help with bronchial asthma to improve lung capacity. Breathing exercises can help promote optimum health of the lungs and strengthen the respiratory system.

 

Asthma treatment in Ayurveda and yoga includes yoga posture and breathing exercises that may benefit asthma. Name of such yoga posture is Nadi Shodhan pranayama (Alternate nostril breathing technique), Kapal Bhati pranayama (Skull shining breathing technique), Ardha Matsyendrasana (Sitting half spinal twist), Pavanamuktasana (Wind relieving pose), Setu Bandhasana (Bridge pose), Bhujangasana (Cobra pose), Adho Mukha Svanasana (Downward-facing dog pose), Badhakonasana (Butterfly pose), Poorvottanasana (Upward plank pose) and Shavasana (Corpse pose).

 

Ayurvedic Medicine for Allergic Asthma 

 

Most people only rely on medications to get relief from the symptoms of asthma. You can also make a few changes in your lifestyle to maintain your health by lessening the possibility of an asthma attack. These healthy changes in the diet and lifestyle work together with the right ayurvedic Medicine for Allergic, bronchial, and dry cough asthma.

 

Avoid exposure to asthma-triggering elements.

 

  1. Using an air conditioner can reduce exposure to pollen. Air conditioning can also reduce indoor humidity and exposure to dust mites.
  2. Vacuuming your decor
  3. Cover nose and mouth when exposed to colder air.

 

Stay Healthy

 

  1. Exercise regularly. However, consulting a trainer or physician is recommended to know the best exercise.
  2. Maintain a healthy weight. Overweight or Obesity can increase the severity of asthma symptoms.
  3. Eat healthy foods. Eat fresh fruits and vegetables, which are abundant in antioxidants.

 

Suppose you wish to learn more about Asthma Ayurvedic Natural Treatment in Melbourne. You may contact us at our Ayurvedic clinicPure Herbal Ayurved Clinic, based in Northcote and Wantrina South in Victoria. People can opt for online line ayurvedic consultation anywhere in Australia or outside Australia.

 

References

 

1. Pooja Khurana, Vikas Saroch, Amitabh Singh, 'ROLE OF PUSHKARMOOL IN THE ASTHMA MANAGEMENT: A CONCEPTUAL STUDY', Research Gate, https://www.researchgate.net/publication/281366533_ROLE_OF_PUSHKARMOOL_IN_THE_ASTHMA_MANAGEMENT_A_CONCEPTUAL_STUDY_PG_scholar_2_HOD_Kayachikitsa_department

2. Ladde Shivakumar, Shalam, 'A SHORT REVIEW ON MANAGEMENT OF ASTHMA THROUGH ALTERNATIVE THERAPIES', International Journal of Life Sciences Biotechnology and Pharma Research, Int. J. LifeSc. Bt & Pharm. Res. 2012, https://www.ijlbpr.com/papers/ijlbpr_02.pdf

3. Ranjita Prasad, Rahul Dev Lavania, Manvi, Rajiv Gupta, 'Role of Herbs in the Management of Asthma', Research Gate, https://www.researchgate.net/publication/202282426_Role_of_Herbs_in_the_Management_of_Asthma

 

 

 

 

 

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Gurnam Saini has over 15 years’ experience in Ayurvedic naturopathy treatments in Melbourne, Australia. He has completed his bachelor degree in Ayurvedic Medicine and Surgery from Baba Farid University of Health Sciences, India. He has done MD in Alternative Medicine and certificate courses in Panchakarma Detox, Pulse diagnosis and skin care. He is also a member of the Australasian Association of Ayurveda (AAA). He has won awards for ground-breaking work in Ayurveda globally. Read More

 

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