Friday, July 6, 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

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.

(P.S: As every human being is different according to Ayurveda, all have different cures. So, kindly consult us or an Ayurvedic doctor before taking any herbal medicines.)

        This post is written by Dr.Jaina Patwa who is a Chief Ayurvedic practitioner based at Vile Parle, Mumbai, India. She is available as an online Ayurvedic Consultant on Skype. Skype ID - vishwacare

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  1. Great post.Asthma is a chronic inflammation of the bronchial tubes and lungs which results in breathing problem.Ayurveda help to treat Asthma.Thanks for sharing the post..
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  2. gud day!

    pls guide me min age for doing yoga for kids who is having asthma.


  3. gud day!

    pls guide me min age for doing yoga for kids who is having asthma.


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