Ayurvedic Tips for Asthma
Conventional medicine does not regard asthma as a curable disease. Its treatment modalities are aimed at preventing a flare up, or ways to contain a flare up in case there is one. On the other hand, proponents of alternative systems like Ayurveda and Siddha regard asthma as a curable condition and they dole out a list of names and addresses of cured asthmatic patients when asked for a proof.
While proponents of each system may argue among themselves the merits of their systems, a pragmatic approach for a person suffering from asthma would be to make use of the best of both worlds. More than anyone else, an asthmatic would be the one most benefited by a holistic approach in dealing with this condition. Given below are a few Ayurvedic tips that have been found to be very effective in dealing with asthma.
A light diet is advised during a flare up. Easily digestible food in lesser quantity and more of warm fluids would do a world of good. A heavy and full stomach can worsen the difficulty. Inhalers and nebulizers can help in dealing with such situations, but patients are found to develop tolerance with ongoing usage. So an increase in dosage is necessitated, which can be harmful in the long run.
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Boiled cow’s milk with a pinch of turmeric, a few peppercorns, sliced ginger added to it is found to be helpful in preventing a flare up of asthma. Similarly soybean soaked yoghurt is taken twice or thrice a week. This helps in keeping a flare up at bay. Buttermilk improves digestion and induces appetite. Most asthmatics dread taking buttermilk fearing a worsening of symptoms. This can be avoided by heating the buttermilk for a few minutes after adding a pinch of turmeric to it.
Soup made of unskinned potato, unskinned carrot, small onions, 3-4 garlic cloves helps strengthen the immune system in an asthmatic patient. All these ingredients are boiled in a liter of water, reduced to half a liter and then allowed to cool to a lukewarm temperature. Add a pinch of salt and take this soup for four weeks everyday.
Yogasana, pranayama and meditation are of immense help to an asthmatic patient. These help improve deep breathing. Asanas like yoga mudra, paschimothasana, padmasana and surya namaskara etc can help. Also eucalyptus steam inhalation helps in easy breathing and relieves sinus and nasal congestion. Steam inhalation with garlic is another alternative.
Ayurvedic Tips for Asthma
Asthmatics with cough can benefit from taking Ayurvedic medicines Vyagradhi kashayam, dasamoolakaduthrayam kashayam. The usual dosage is 7.5 ml of both of these preparations added to 60 ml warm water and a teaspoon of honey. This is taken in mornings and evenings on empty stomach for 48 days. This brings down eosinophil levels to normal.
Almonds come in handy for asthmatics who have dry cough accompanying this condition. Seven to ten almonds are soaked in water and the outer skin removed. Along with a pinch of saffron, turmeric, cardamom seeds from 5-8 pods, two Java peppercorns, a pinch of camphor, sugar candy, these water soaked almonds are added to milk and allowed to boil. This enriched milk taken for a couple of days an hour before food.
Patients with all types of asthmatic conditions can take agasthya rasayanam 5 gm before going to bed. All these treatment regimens should be observed under the supervision of a qualified Ayurveda practitioner.
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