According to Ayurveda, increased in kapha dosha
in the stomach is the underlying cause of asthma. From the stomach,
the increased kapha blocks the flow of natural air, creating spasm
in the bronchial tree, hence it progresses to the lungs, trachea
and bronchi. This results wheezing in asthma.
To treat asthma the Ayurveda way, the kapha lodged
in the lungs and bronchi, need to return to the stomach where
it will be eliminated. Asthma is usually brought on by allergies
and no matter what is the cause, it is important to relive the
person from difficulty in breathing and asthmatic wheezing during
Stop the Wheezing
This licorice tea can be prepared as soon as you begin to feel
an asthmatic attack is coming. Symptoms include tightness in chest,
some difficulty in breathing or other symptoms you recognize from
experiences. When you have prepared the tea, the effect can last
for about 72 hours and does not lose its effectiveness.
5 – 1- drops of mahanarayan oil or ½ teaspoon plain
1 teaspoon of licorice root (yashti madhu)
Boil the root in a cup of water for a few minutes.
When you are about to drink the tea, add the ghee or the mahanarayan
oil. Sip the tea every 5 to 10 minutes.
In some cases, the tea may induce nausea and vomiting,
and this is beneficial for it eliminates kapha from the stomach
and relieves the spasm from the lungs and bronchial tubes. The
person will feel a lot better after this.
This tea is mot limited to emergency only. As a
precaution, you can also take it every day if you are prone to
If you have hypertension, do not use licorice tea regularly as
a drink as it makes the body retain sodium. USE IT only during
an emergency to avert asthma attack.
Prevention is better than cure. Try and avoid the
· Asthma unfriendly food
Avoid dairy food like cheese, milk, yoghurt and even cream. Fermented
food such as soy sauce and even alcohol, and all hydrophilic food
such as salty items, cucumber and tuna should be avoided. You
may also want to avoid yeast, mushrooms, peanuts, walnuts and
all kinds of nuts. For people who are very sensitive to these
food, may reaction at once, or may take a few hours.
Avoid any object that may cause a reaction and bring on an attack.
If it’s dust, avoid book shelves or moldy basements, certain
chemicals and even cuddly toys and pets with fur.
Three Mustard Seeds Remedies
Healing the bronchial system with mustard seeds can be most effective
and here are three ways to take advantage of their heat and healing
· Brown mustard Rub
Rub some brown mustard oil onto your chest to give some relief
· Mustard & Pippali Tea
Add ground mustard and pippali (or black pepper) to tea. Steep
¼ teaspoon of each in a cup of hot water for about 10 minutes.
You can add 2 teaspoons of honey to taste. Drink this 2 to 3 times
a day. For better results, sip it every 15 minutes throughout
· Brown Mustard Oil
· Just mix a teaspoon of brown mustard oil with 1 teaspoon
of organic sugar, natural preferred. Take a dose of this mixture
twice or three times a day on an empty stomach.
You can take the following herbal cures regularly for a long term
prevention of asthma:
· Half Licorice half Ginger tea
Use ½ teaspoon of the combined herbs of licorice and ginger
in a cup of water.
· Cinnamon and Trikatu tea
Add a teaspoon of cinnamon and ¼ teaspoon of trikatu to
a cup of boiling water. Steep for 10 minutes and add honey to
taste before drinking. Take this tea twice a day.
· Bay leaf and Pippali Mixture
Add ½ teasppon bay leaf and ¼ teaspoon of Pippali
to a teaspoon of honey. Mix well and take this mixture twice or
three times a day.
For both immediate relief of asthma and prevention,
· Herbal formula
Mix ½ teaspoon of sitopaladi, ½ teaspoon of punarnava,
and apinch of pippali and abrak bhasma together.
For immediate relief, take the whole mixture,little
by little, with honey. For long term use, take it once a day.
· Onion and Black Pepper mixture
To relief congestion and alleviate breathlessness, take ¼
cup onion juice with 1 teaspoon honey and 1/8 teaspoon ground
· Spinach tea with Pippali
Drink 1/3 cup of spinach juice with a pinch of pippali twice day.
Yoga too can be beneficial to help relieve asthma. Try effective
yoga asanas like sitting in the Vajrasana, the Bow and Cobra poses,
and the inverted poses like Shoulder Stand and Plow.
Chronic Bronchial Asthma
If you have this condition, try taking this cure:
Stick 7 cloves into a peeled banana, and leave it
overnight. Eat the banana and cloves the next morning. Obstinate
from food and drink for an hour. Then drink a hot cup of honey
water to energise the lungs and reduce any asthmatic wheezing.
Ayurveda remedies can help asthma problems. If you
find that some medication no longer help or seem to work for you
anymore, or if you have difficulty breathing and other symptoms
like swollen feet, chest pains and profuse sweating, and a history
of heart problems, seek medical attention at once.