ayurveda for asthma


Ayurveda is the science of living a healthy long life, which is the quest of every human being.  These aspects of healing at the level of the body, mind, and spiritual levels are described and discussed in Ayurveda. Ayurveda is the oldest documented medical science known to mankind and the literature is written in Sanskrit language, which is the oldest language known to mankind and from which multiple other languages are derived. Ayurveda has been used extensively in India and abroad for thousands of years and generations. Its documented principles and treatment regimens for lung diseases and sleep disorders are of great usefulness even today, providing a holistic approach to health.

The different diseases known to mankind along with their treatments to help us in healing our body, mind, and emotions are described in Ayurveda’s main textbooks, like Charak Samhita or Sushurut Samhita or Astanga Hyraham. Ayurveda’s individualized treatment approach is based on the genetics of the person or Prakruti.  The treatment becomes more effective and better tolerated when adjusted to the type of person a patient is.  Also, understanding from the Ayurvedic perspective of Prana (life force, energy level or strength in the body), Ojas (body fluid that maintains the inner immunity or strength of the person; the absence of which can lead to death), Tejas (fire element governing intracellular metabolism), and Vikurti (imbalance of energy flow in the body or toxin built up) helps in providing the right treatment for the patient.

Asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease symptoms and flare-ups can be controlled by incorporating Ayurveda with the treatment. At the same time, there is improvement of a person’s entire health.

Ayurvedic treatment generally takes time, but once it works, the underlying condition and severity improves throughout the total body.  In the author’s view, Ayurveda is the key to improving health, as it is a holistic approach. Current medical drugs only control the symptoms or mask the symptoms. Unless the underlying health is not improved, the disease persists or progresses.