In the recent times patients suffering from asthma are noticed in every corner of the globe. The disease is caused due to allergic reactions to different allergens (allergy producing materials). In the initial stage the patient suffers from frequent cold and sneezing and falls prey to bacterial infections too. In the later period he suffers from wheezing and ronchi. Though asthma is not life threatening it poses nagging problems. According to ayurveda this disease is mentioned as the ‘ Tamaka Svas ‘, a type of acute breathing problem. In the traditional mode of treatment there is no particular cure for the ailment. But ayurvedic mode of treatment can challenge the disease with different herbs and bringing change in the life style along with some yogic exercises.
Wheezing is the vital symptom of asthma. The wheezing is so acute sometimes that it seems the patient may lose breath and die. The patient tries to gasp and fails. At this moment he is perspired and seeks fresh air. Allopathic physicians can treat this patient with immediate inhalers of various compounds; some contains steroids too to act quickly. There is no inhaler in ayurveda but if the patient can have faith in ayurvedic treatment he may come round or may remain safe from frequent attacks.
The causes of asthma are numerous but change in weather, dust, smoke, food, drugs and perfumes are solely responsible for an asthma attack. According to the ayurvedic physicians mental anxiety may precipitate the aggravation too. Asthma is basically hereditary. Genetic factors are underlying behind the problem. So it is the sole aim of the auyrveda healer to get the patient rid from all toxins and offers him a new birth so that his inheritors can be deprived from this loathsome inheritance.
Combating asthma after the ayurveda style is safe and can take some time but it can be assured that the patient, if he follows the guide lines, may enjoy better dawn. The herbs that are specifically are of great i9mportance are Tulsi (Osmium sanctum) and Vasaka (Adhatoda Vasaka).
The patient is encouraged to take proteins, fats and carbohydrates in limited quantities. He should live in a place that is absolutely free from pollutions. Alkaline foods must be added to the diet such as green leafy vegetables, grains and fresh fruits. Ayurveda cautions the patient to avert the foods that cause enough phlegm such as curd and lentils. The patient should take those foods that are easily digestible. All types of sour foods such as pickle, sauces, jams and even black tea and coffee are forbidden. As for ayurvedic prescription of yoga the patient is encouraged to practice two yogic asanas such as the Ardha Cakrasana and the Dhanurasana.