Asthma – Symptoms, Types, Causes & Ayurvedic Treatment


Asthma is a chronic lung disease characterized by a decreased ability to breathe easily. The flow of air in and out of the lungs is obstructed in the airways that carry air to the air sacs deep inside the lung. The bronchi and bronchioles which may be obstructed by tightening of muscles, irritation or selling in the airways and accumulation of mucous thereby resulting in asthma. Asthma can either be acute or chronic.

Following factors are responsible for aggravating Asthma:

  • Breathing polluted air
  • Exposure to tobacco or wood smoke
  • Inhaling other respiratory irritants such as perfumes or cleaning products
  • Exposure to cold or dry weather
  • Emotional excitement or stress
  • Physical exertion
  • An upper respiratory infection, such as a cold, flu, sinusitis or bronchitis
  • Reflux of stomach acid
  • Breathing in allergy causing substances such as molds, dust or animal dander


Common Causes of Asthma are:

  • Allergy to pollen, dust mites
  • Air pollution
  • Respiratory infections
  • Non specific hyperirritability
  • Certain medications

asthma, causes, symptoms, types, ayurvedic treatment


Common Symptoms of Asthma are:

  • Coughing, mainly at night
  • Shortness of breath
  • Chest tightness
  • Chest pain
  • Wheezing


Ayurvedic view and Treatment According to Chandigarh Ayurved Centre

In ayurveda, asthma is known as swasa roga. The vitiated vata dosha combines with vitiated kapha dosha in the lungs and causes the obstruction in the respiratory passage or pranvaha srotasa. This results in gasping and labored breathing. Five types f shwasa roga are described in ayurvedic texts:

  1. Maha Shwasa
  2. Urdhava Shwasa
  3. Chinna Shwasa
  4. Tamak Shwasa
  5. Kshudra Shwasa

The first three types are not curable. Tamak shwasa is yapya or controllable but difficult to cure. The last one is curable.

Ayurveda believes that the cause of asthma is in the stomach. Toxins carried by improperly digested food are carried through channels directly into the chest and lung area. The resulting toxin accumulation imbalances the lungs and airway tissues through several mechanisms. The toxins irritate the linings of airways and often trigger an inflammatory response to foreign bodies that also harm the epithelial lining of airways. This causes asthma.

Following Ayurvedic formulations are found to be effective in Asthma:

  • Shwas Kuthar Rasa
  • Sitopaladi Churna
  • Talishadi Churna
  • Laxmi Vilas Rasa
  • Abhraka Bhasma
  • Vasavaleha
  • Kapha Ketu Rasa


  • Avoid cold and damp places
  • Go for morning and evening walk
  • Practice yoga and pranayama
  • Avoid over eating
  • Take light dinner one hour before going to bed
  • Avoid tobacco, wine and smoking
  • Keep rooms well ventilated.
  • Avoid air conditioners, coolers and direct air of fan
  • Avoid perfumes, incense sticks, mosquito repellants
  • Drink boiled water in plenty
  • Avoid excessive exercise and indulgence in sex
  • Avoid fried and processed foods
  • Avoid food such as rice, curds, buttermilk, sugar, lentils, heavy milk products like cheese, paneer etc which has natural tendency to accumulate the mucus
  • Avoid fruits such as guava, papaya, watermelon and banana


  • Take one-fourth shunthi churna powder, six black pepper, one fourth teaspoon black salt and five leaves of Tulsi. Boil this mixture in 200 ml water and reduce it to 50 ml. have this once a day.
  • Take two tablespoons of fenugreek seeds. Mix in one litre of water. Simmer it for 30 minutes. Strain the liquid. Prepare two teaspoon of ginger paste and press the paste on a sieve and extract juice. Add ginger juice to the strained liquid. Add one teaspoon of honey. Mix well. Drink one glass of the mixture every morning.
  • Take two teaspoon of Indian gooseberry powder. Mix one teaspoon of honey. Have this once every morning.
  • Drink a glass of two-third carrot juice, one-third spinach juice, three times a day.
  • Grind two grams of nagar and bharangi and mix them in water to prepare a paste. Take this with warm water twice a day.
  • Take 10 cloves of garlic boiled with 30 ml of milk once a day.
  • Mix one teaspoon honey with one teaspoon of Indian bay leaf powder and have it before going to bed at night. This helps in preventing the attack of asthma.
  • Take a mixture of one tablespoon of water and two tablespoon of fresh lemon juice twice a day.
  • Make paste of black resin, dates, long Pippali and honey in equal quantity. Take one teaspoonful of it morning and evening with warm milk.


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Linseed (Alasi, Flex Seed) – Benefits, Medicinal Usage and Properties

Linseed, Alasi, Flex Seed


All over India Linseed (Alasi, Flex Seed) is grown along with Rabi crop. It is also grown in Himachal Pradesh at a height of 6000 ft. The linseed color and size vary from place to place. White, yellowish- red and slightly brown are the various colours of linseed. The variety that is grown in warmer areas is said to be of the best quality. Linseed is used for extracting oil from the seeds and fiber from the branches.


This annual plant is 3-5 inch tall, straight, and soft. The leaves are striped and spear- like in shape with a pointed tip, the part containing the fruits has three compartments. The flowers are pretty sky blue. The fruits are nipple shaped with five chambers. Each chamber has two shining flat dark brown seeds.


The seeds contain a stable oil which constitutes mainly glycerides and fatty acids of linolic, and linolenic acids. Seeds also contain a poisonous glucoside, which is why when animals consume linseed, they die. In addition, the seeds also include proteins, mucilages, and wax like chemicals, a sticky substance, phosphates and sugars. Its ash contains sodium, potassium.


The seed is mildly fragrant, smooth, warm, and pungent. It enhances physical strength and potency. Taken in small quantities it increases urine flow and removes sluggishness. Taken in large quantities it is purgative and cures many diseases but affects eyesight.



Grind the linseed seeds in cold water and apply the paste on forehead. It relieves one of oedema related pain, headache and any wounds in the head.


Take fresh linseed oil and castor oil in equal quantities. Mix the two oils in a copper vessel.Using a copper rod apply the mixture in both the eyes.


Put a few drops of mucilage of linseed oil in the eye. It is beneficial in conjunctivitis or redness of eyes.


Cook linseed with onion juice and put a few drops of it in the ear.It also cures any kind of swelling in the ear.


  1. Soak 5 gm linseed in 60 gm water for 14 hrs and them give this water to the patient to drink soak the seeds in the morning and drink in the evening. Similarly, soak in the evening to drink in the morning. This treatment enhances physical energy when given to the patient. Be careful about following the recommended diet and anything to be avoided.
  2. Take 5 gm linseed powder and boil it in water. Mix 30 gm sugar candy and give the patient. During winters, instead of sugar mix honey. Give this solution to the patient every morning and evening. It helps cure breathing problem.
  3. Take 4 gm linseed and grind them coarse. Soak the ground mixture in 280 gm boiled water and cover it for an hour. After an hour, strain the solution, add sugar and give it to the patient. It helps in softening dry cough and relies the patient. It also purifies urine.
  4. Grind 28 gm linseed and then soak the powder in cold water overnight. Next day morning, strain the solution, heat it till lukewarm, add lemon juice to it and give to the patient. It is beneficial for patients of tuberculosis.
  5. Clean the linseed seeds and then roast on a hot plate at low heat. When it starts smelling of the roasted linseed, add equal amount of sugar to it. In case of cold, give 7 gm of this mixture with hot water, twice a day. It gives great relief and also eradicates any breathing problems.


Take 60 gm of roasted linseed seed powder, 60 gm sugar and 14 gm chili powder. Mix them with honey and prepare tablets of 5-8 gm each. These tablets must be taken min the morning (4 gm tablet for children and 7gm tablet for adults). It cures all kapha related disorders. Do not drink water till 6 hour after taking the tablets.


  1. Take 50 gm linseed and 6 gm. liquorice. Grind them coarse. Mix the two with 370 gm water in an earthen pot and cook it on low heat. When 60 gm of water is left, strain the solution and mix 4 gm kalami shored in it. Give 30 gm. of this solution to the patient at an interval of 3 hours. This helps in curing urinary disor- der. This mixture can be prepared in large quantities and can be used for 12- 16 days.
  2. Take equal quantities of linseed and mulethi and grind them. Take 50- 60 gm of grinded powder in an earthen pot and add 2 kg boiled water to it. Cover the pot for an hour and then strain the watern and add 25- 35 gm kalami shora in it. Store the mixture in a bottle. Give 26 -20ml of this mixture to the patient at an interval of 4 hours. Within 24 hours, the treatment brings relief from various urinary disorders like burning sensation, inconsistent urine flow, blood in urine, formation of pus.