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“When I have an Asthama aattack I feel like a Fish with No Water” ....... Jesse, Age 5yrs Asthma is a respiratory disease which is characterized by narrowing of the airways. This happens when the body responses to a trigger such as exposure to cold air, allergens in the air, emotional stress or heavy exercise. When the airways become narrow, patients show symptoms such as tightness of the chest, wheezing noise while breathing, coughing and shortness of breath. In Ayurveda Asthama or “Shwaas”, is caused by accumulation of Kapha in the airways. This causes obstruction in the pathway of Vata or Pranavayu leading to symptoms of Shwaas . This pathology is same as a big truck stopped in the middle of an highway creating a traffic jam. Symptoms: • Cough • Difficulty in breathing • Tightness in chest • Wheezing or whistling sound while breathing • Blackout in front of eyes with shortness of breath Ayurvedic treatment for Asthama : Asthma treatment at Ved Clinic is completely personalized with customized medicines, Purification procedures, diet and lifestyle. Following steps are followed- 1. Detailed consultation with Ayurvedic Physician 2. Purification Procedures: Panchakarma procedures like Vamana (Therapeutic vomiting) or Virechana (Therapeutic purgation) is done. Patients must first undergo oleation therapy (snehana); this includes both external and internal forms of oil treatment. External oleation by daily oil massage is advised first, for 7-10 days Therapeutic Vomiting Procedure or Vamana: Patient is advised to do internal Oleation (Abhyantar snehapana) with medicated ghee for 3-5 days. External Oleation (Body massage) and fomentation (Swedan ) is given for 3-4 days. Vomitting is induced with Ayurvedic herbs like Madanphala and Yashtimadhu . This helps remove the excess kapha from the air passage thereby clearing the pathway for Vata. Sansarjan karma or diet plan is advised for 3-5 days. Therapeutic Purgation Procedure or Virechana: Similar to Vamana , Oleation is done. Laxative tablets are given causing loose motions. This helps to remove the excess Vata and Kapha dosha from the body. 3. Ayurvedic medicines for Asthama: Ayurvedic tablets, kadha and powders or Churnas are given to pacify the doshas and improve digestion. 4. Dietary advice is given 5. Advice on Yoga for Asthama
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