Asthma and Allergic Management

In Ayurveda, Asthma is known as ‘Swas Roga’

Samprapti (Pathogenesis) : The vitiated ‘Pranvayu’ combines with deranged ‘Kapha dosha’ in the lungs causing obstruction in the ‘Pranavaha srotasa'(Respiratory passage). This results in gasping and labored breathing. This condition is known as ‘Swas Roga’

Types of Asthma: Five types of ‘Swas Roga’ are described in Ayurvedic texts
1]Maha-shwas
2]Urdhva-shwas
3]Chinna-shwas
4]Tamak-shwas
5]Kshudra-shwas

Among these five types first three are not curable. ‘Tamak-shwas is ‘yapya'(Controllable) and is difficult to cure. The last one is curable. More than 75% of the cases belong to last two catagories.

Cause of Asthma :
A] Factors related to diet:
Excessive indulgence in lablab beans ,black grams, raw milk, soar curd, excess salt, flesh of aquatic and wet land animals.
Excessive use of ‘Ruksha'(dry) and ‘Guru'(heavy) diet, excessive use of cold water and cold drinks.
Excessive use of ‘Abhishandi'(Kapha producing) diet, Excessive use of not easily digestible and irritant food.
B] Factors related to work :
Excessive exposure to dust and smoke.
Excessive wind, cold, cold bath or excessive heat, sun bath.
Exhaustive exercise, walking, excessive sexual activities.
Supression of natural urges
Psychological factors
C] Other Factors :
Trauma to vital organs viz. – chest, throat
Asthma may be as a sequaelae in other diseases like –
Fever, Long standing common cold, Tuberculosis , Anaemia, Heart disease, Poisoning etc.