Ayurvedic Medicines to Treat Asthma - Symptoms and Triggers

Ayurvedic Medicines to Treat Asthma : Symptoms, Triggers

Authored by DesiMD Doctor on 17 Jan 2016 - 09:30

Asthma

Asthma also known as 'Tamak-Shvasa' in ancient Ayurvedic Science is a chronic lung disease that inflames and narrows the airways. It affects people of all ages but is more common among women than men.

During an asthma attack the walls of the lungs become inflamed and the mucus membranes fill up with sticky and fluid mucus, thereby causing wheezing and breathing problem. Even though just cough and asthma-related-cough are two different things, asthmatic patients often cough a lot and have difficulty in breathing. In fact continual coughing is a common symptom of asthma.

Ayurvedic Medicines to Treat Asthma

Asthma is a long-term disease that cannot be cured completely. However one can control the symptoms by taking safe and natural herbal medicines such as:

  • Chandraprabhavati: Chandrarabhavati is widely used in ayurvedic practices acrossIndia. Ithelps in eliminating asthma symptoms like cough, cold, bronchitis asthma, rhinitis and other respiratory disorders. Chandrarabha is available in tablet form and is recommended to take 1-2 tablets (2 times) a day, before or after meals as instructed by your ayurvedic doctor. Excess dosage may cause burning sensation in the abdomen.
  • Kasakesari: Kasakesari syrup prepared out of 22 natural herbs is most often prescribed by ayurvedic doctors. This syrup not only eliminates the symptoms of asthma but also treats the root cause of the illness. It has more than ten years of successful past events of treating severe colds, allergies, wheezing, cough, bronchitis asthma and sinusitis, all of which are associated with asthma.
  • Chyavanaprasha: This is another effective remedy that can easily treat bronchitis asthma. The main components included in chyavanaprasha are: cardamom and gooseberry known as Amlaki in ayurveda. Amlaki is a rich source of vitamin C and thus helps to get rid of bronchial asthma more effectively than other types of medicine.
  • Praanrakshakchurna: Praan Rakshak is a chemical free herbal formulation that contains anti-allergy herbs and works wonders in treating asthma and allergy. The herbs act as powerful anti-histamine and are highly effective in treating acute and chronic asthma attacks. Vaasa and Madhuyashti are essentially the herbs present in this powder. This helps break the mucus plug and eases the symptoms of asthma like cough, cold, breathlessness and the inflamed respiratory tract. Taking 1-2 tsp (3 times) a day with plain water after meals may help.
  • Ajwain: What's more, Ajwain is easily available in every Indian household to make Indian cuisines. It has many medicinal values, and is a natural aid, effective in dealing with various disorders including asthma. Inhalation of Ajwain smoke acts as bronchodilator (relaxing bronchial passages and improving the passages of air into the lungs) and alleviates breathing problem.

    Crushed seeds of ajwain, mixed with jaggary can be taken like a toffee. Thymol, an important ingredient present in ajwain has anaesthetic, anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties that helps ease cough and congestion.

Top 8 Tips to Prevent Asthma Episodes

Besides following these ayurvedic medicines prescribed by your doctor, a healthy lifestyle and diet also play a key role in treating asthma.

Some expert tips and advice on avoiding asthma attacks include:

  1. Consume light food
  2. Avoid rigorous exercises as it can result in the exertion of the body
  3. Cut down on consumption of alcohol, tea, coffee and quit smoking
  4. Avoid exposure to cold water
  5. Use allergy proof covers on pillows and mattresses
  6. Get regular check-ups for your asthma
  7. Take steps to reduce stress in your life
  8. Limit outdoor activity when it's extremely hot
  9. Do not keep pets at home

Symptoms of Asthma:

According to the ACAAI (American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology), asthma symptoms affects about 26 million Americans and is one of the major causes of school and work absenteeism. Asthma symptoms can be mild, average or intense and can erupt from time to time and then vanish for a long time. Doctors define asthma as a "chronic inflammatory disease of the airway" causing the following symptoms:

  • Breathing problem
  • Wheezing
  • Coughing
  • Difficulty in speaking
  • Chest pain (tightness in the chest)

Asthma triggers:

Certain Asthma triggers vary from person to person and can induce the symptoms. The most common triggers include:

  • Airborne allergies like pollens, animal dander, dust mites and mold.
  • Respiratory infections like cold, bronchitis and sinus infection that can trigger an asthma attack
  • Intake of certain medications such as ibuprofen and aspirin
  • Food preservatives
  • Physical and mental stress
  • Irritants like cigarette smoke
  • Changes in temperature and humidity
  • Inhalers can also trigger an asthma attack
  • Consumption of beer, wine and processed potatoes

Dr Samantha walker, chief executive and director of research and policy, asthma,says that “It's impossible to avoid all triggers but you can cut your risk of developing asthma symptoms when you're exposed to them.”

 

Reference: American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology;

http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/asthma/basics/causes/con-20026992

https://www.asthma.org.uk/advice/triggers/

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