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n Ayurveda, any abnormality in normal breathing is considered as Shwasa Roga. There are five types of Shwasa roga. The vitiated vata dosha enters pranavaha srotas (respiratory system) and escalates the level of Kapha dosha present in chest region. It leads to obstruction of pranavaha srotas and results in shwasa roga. – PowerPoint PPT presentation

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Title: Treatment Of Asthma in Ayurveda

  • Over the previous few decades, extreme changes in
    the lifestyle of human beings lead to advancement
    and increased number of sufferers of various
    diseases. Poor health conditions, improper diet,
    mental stress, lack of hygiene, heightened
    pollution and unhealthy lifestyle are some of
    root causes for various diseases in this era.
    Diseases related to our breathing or respiratory
    system are outcome of such activities or changes.
    Appropriate breathing is essential for good
    health. Breathing transfers both oxygen and the
    vitality to each and every cell in the body. Air
    is inhaled through nostrils and mouth which goes
    down through trachea, principle bronchus and then
    to lungs. Lungs are the important organ of our
    respiratory system. Our body uses this oxygen to
    burn or oxidize waste products and other toxins.
    These gaseous toxins are also expelled out from
    body through the lungs. 70 of all
    elimination from the body occurs through the
    lungs in the form of gases and particles.
  • Bronchial asthma is a serious disorder of our
    respiratory system. Shortness of breath, cough is
    very common health problem seen in children and
    old persons. The percentage of asthma sufferers
    has been increased world-wide. As per WHO
    estimation, 15-20 million are asthmatics.

  • In Ayurveda, any abnormality in normal breathing
    is considered as Shwasa Roga. There are five
    types of Shwasa roga. The vitiated vata dosha
    enters pranavaha srotas (respiratory system) and
    escalates the level of Kapha dosha present in
    chest region. It leads to obstruction
    of pranavaha srotas and results in shwasa roga.
  • Tamaka shwasa is one among the types of Shwasa
    roga. Vata and Kapha are the main doshas involved
    in the development of Tamaka Shwasa. It is
    a yapya disorder that can be well manageable with
    the treatment. It is very annoying disease as it
    disturbs routine activity by episodic acute
    attacks. On the basis of causes, sign
    symptoms, Tamaka Shwasa resembles with bronchial
  • Bronchial asthma is a disease related our lungs
    and respiratory system. Complains like Cough,
    chest tightness, wheezing during breathing and
    difficulty in breathing are experienced by
    asthmatic patients.  It is an episodic disease.
    Most of the asthmatic patients have some type
    allergy towards any allergen like dust, smoke,
    pollens etc. Asthma also worsens with change of
    season or weather. This is extrinsic or allergic
    type of bronchial asthma.Asthma attacks all age
    groups but often starts in childhood. A minority
    of asthmatic patients (approximately 10) have
    intrinsic type of asthma.

  • ???? ??? ????????  Exposure to dust, smoke and
    cold wind.
  • ??? ?????????????????   Going to a cold/ wintry
    place and Intake of cold food items.
  •  ??????????  Excessive exercise.
  • ????????? ????????? - Intake of unctuous food
    items and irregular dietary pattern.
  • ???????????   Bad dietary habits leads
    to agnimandya and formation of Ama dosha in the
    body. Thus ama dosha is produced due to poor
    digestion of food and this responsible for the
    development of various disorders.
  • ???????????  Due to infirmity or reediness.
  • ??????????? - Direct injury over important body
    parts /lungs or respiratory system.

  • ??? -  Coughing.
  • ?????? ???? -  Wheezing or whistling sound during
  • ?????????- Difficulty in breathing.
  • ??????? ???  Gripping pain in chest or chest
  • ???? -    Stuffy or running nose.
  • ??????????  -  Itching in throat or sore throat.
  • ??????-????? ??????  -  Stiffness in neck and
    head region.
  • ??????? ????? ?????? -  Difficulty in speaking.
  • ????????????????????????????  Aggravation of
    disease symptoms on climatic changes, due to
    intake of cold drinks other cold food items and
    on exposure to cold wind.
  • ????????? ?????????? ????  Relief in symptoms on
    expulsion of mucus or sticky sputum.
  • ????? ???? ??????  Relief in symptoms in sitting
  • ????????  Loss of sleep.
  • ??????  - Fainting and shock.

Line of treatment
  • Ayurveda states that any drug or dietary regime
    etc. which alleviates Kapha and Vata,
    have ushna (hot or warm)property and promotes
    downward movement of vata, should be used in the
    patient of shwasa roga. Deepana- Pachana-
    Agnivardhaka (improvement of digestion), Chedana
    Shleshmahara (expulsion of sticky
    mucus),Vatashamana, Vata-anulomana Chikitsa are
    the line of treatment for shwasa roga in
    Ayurveda.Shodhana chikitsa or Panchakarma is one
    of the main treatment modality in Ayurveda. It is
    described for the diseases where dosha are
    vitiated in high levels.  Swedana (fomentation), 
    Vamana (therapeutic emesis) andVirechana (therapeu
    tic purgation) are the prime pachakarma procedures
    indidcated in shwasa roga.

  •   Take healthy and nourishing diet.
  •   Regular breathing exercises or pranayama.
  •   Take proper care during rainy and winter
  •   Green leafy vegetable and fiber rich diet.
  •   Be cautious during change of season or weather.
  •    Direct exposure to cold wind.
  •    Exposure to allergen like dust and smoke.
  •    Psychological problems like stress, anxiety
    and depression.
  •    Alcohol intake and smoking.
  •    Oily and spicy food.
  •   Fast food items like burger, pizza etc.

  •  Bakasana
  •  Dandasana
  •  Suta vajrasana
  •  Pawanmuktasana
  •  Sarvangasana
  •  Tadasana
  •  Vipreet karni Mudra
  •   Anuloma-Viloma pranayama
  •   Nadi shodhana pranayama
  •  Ujjayi pranayama