Tuesday, 10 July 2012




Asthma is one of the most common chronic diseases of childhood. It is a lung disease characterized by difficulty in breathing, cough with sputum and some time fever. Children with asthma typically cough, wheeze, and experience chest tightness and shortness of breath.

Symptoms of Childhood Asthma:

The symptoms of asthma may be mild, moderate or severe. 
They may include:
  • Coughing - chronic or recurring (worse particularly at night and in the early hours of the morning)
  • Wheezing
  • Shortness of breath
  • Pain or a tight feeling in the chest
  • Flaring of the nostrils when breathing in interrupted talking
  • Agitation
These symptoms tend to be variable and may stop and start. They are usually worse at night. Accompanying infection in the respiratory system turns the problem severe to dangerous. Emergency treatment is advised in such cases.

Causes of Asthma: 
According to Ayurveda, it may be due to genetic factor or may be acquired.

Triggering factors of Asthma:

Ayurvedic management for Asthma: 

A few Ayurvedic remedies and home preventive tips are mentioned here:
  1. Asthmatic patients can go in for Panchkarma therapies like vamana and virechana before the onset of monsoon.
  2. Honey is one of the most effective remedies used for Asthma. During bouts of Asthma, just holding a jug of honey beneath the nose and inhaling the air in contact with honey helps in easier breathing and provides temporary relief from Asthma. When consumed internally with equal parts of dates, black resins and pippali, it acts as a good lung tonic by thinning out the accumulated mucus and eliminating it from the respiratory system.
  3. When five grams of Indian gooseberry or Amla is mixed with one table spoon of honey and consumed, it acts as an expectorant, and is an effective medicine for Asthma.
  4. During Asthmatic attacks, massaging sesame oil with camphor over the chest will loosen the mucus and help easy breathing. Simultaneously, inhaling steam with a few caraway seeds (ajwain) added to boiling water will help in dilatation of bronchial passage.        
  5. Ayurvedic medicines for treating Asthma are:

  • Kumar kalyan ras 
  • Abhrak bhasm 
  • Praval pishti 
  • Ras sindhur
  • Kastooribhairav ras
  • Siddh makardhwaj ras 
  • Brihat haridra khand
  • Sitopaladi churna
  • Balrogantak ras 
  • Arvindasava 
  • Kafaketu ras 
  • Punarnava swaras
(P.S.- Do not have any medicines without Ayurvedic doctor's prescription)

Right Diet for Child having Asthma:

Must have: 
Lot of water (boiled water)
Ample of fruits and vegetables
Bitter vegetables
Cow's milk (warm) with a little ginger powder
Turmeric powder in any form

Eating anything after 10:00 pm
Fried or spicy foods
Excess of salt or sugar
Red meat or any such heavy non-veg items
Fruits like banana, custard apple, guava, etc.
Vegetables like potato, sweet potato, brinjal, etc.
Dairy products like yogurt, buffalo's milk, cheese, etc.
Chocolates, desserts, ice-creams, etc.
Nuts like groundnuts, cashew nuts, etc.
Foodstuffs that are cold, raw and rough.

Exercise - Yoga - Pranayama:

Light exercises are advised to children having Asthma.

Yoga asanas helpful for Asthma are:
  • Sukhasana
  • Taadasana
  • Ushtrasana
  • Simhasana
  • Sarvangasana
  • Matsyasana
  • Shavasana
  • Yoga mudra
  • Surya namaskara
Pranayama's helpful for Asthma are:
  • Anulom-vilom
  • Kapalbhati
  • Ujjayee
Beside the yoga and pranayama, practice of concentration and meditation gives best result.

For more details :
Om Ayurveda & Yoga Centre ( OAYC )
Email: omayurvedamysore@gmail.com
Website: www.omayurveda.co.nr
Tel : 0821 -2412077/2510214

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