ASTHMA – Causes, Symptoms, Alternative Therapies!

Asthma is a universally found breathing-related disease putting people into most-discomfort. Patients suffering from Asthma (also known as Bronchial Asthma) finds it difficult to breathe freely, since phlegm will congest their air-passage ways and lungs.

Oftentimes, these patients with chronic Bronchial Asthma get bouts or attacks during cold winter season, or when they are affected by some allergens. When they get treated with appropriate therapies and treatments, they will get immense relief. There are a good number of therapies and treatments to get comfortable relief from Asthma, in Alternative Medical Practices like Ayurveda, Yoga, Homeopathy and Naturopathy.

About Asthma:

When the airflow in the airways of human body gets obstructed or affected by any reason, the person suffers a lot. The inflammated condition of airways is called Bronchial Asthma. The airway ducts can be obstructed by swelling caused in the surrounding muscles and the air-passage is restricted. In this condition, the patient breathes with difficulty; severe cough recur to push out the phlegm; wheezing and congestion in the chest etc. will entail. The severity will be more during nights and early morning, making it difficult for the patient to sleep well.


Many causes are attributed to chronic Asthma, some of them are – hereditarily inherited from family; childhood respiratory infection; sensitivity to allergens caused by environment reasons like air-pollution; insects; change in weather conditions especially during cold-weather; digestive disorders causing toxic juices to obstruct airways; smoking; some medicines like aspirin; and even psychological factors like mental stress, worries etc. can cause or trigger Asthma.


Asthma patients will have difficulty in breathing; suffer from wheezing; tightness in chest; heavy coughing with cold and phlegm; sneezing and nasal congestion; weakness and tiredness; uneasiness and difficulty in sleeping etc.


At times of attacks of Asthma for any reason, the severity in sufferings like great difficulty to breathe, sudden bluishness to lips and face; improper pulse and such other complications will have to be attended to, by immediate medical help. Allopathic medicines, injections and such other first-aids can make the patient comfortable during those emergency situations.

Longer-lasting solution to prevent recurrence of Asthma-bouts can be available through Alternative Medical Practices like Yoga; Ayurveda; Homeopathy and Naturopathy etc.

Yoga Therapies:

Regular and systematic Yoga Practice includes breathing exercises. There are many Yogasanas available for making the patient comfortably get relieved from the breathing problems and digestive problems. There are no medications and only by following the Yogic Lifestyle and exercises, one can get relief from Asthma and prevent attacks.

For a person suffering from Asthma, Yoga Masters advise practicing the following Yogasanas namely – Deep Yogic breathing exercise to expand the lungs to the maximum; Nadi Shodan Pranayama (alternative nostril breathing technique); Kapal Bhati Pranayama (Skull shining breathing technique); Ardha Matsyendrasana (sitting half-spinal twist); Pavan Muktasana (wind relieving pose); Setu Bandhasana (Bridge pose); Bhujangasana (Cobra pose); Adho Mukha Svanasana (Downward posing dog pose); Badhakonasana (Butterfly pose); Poorvottanasana (Upward Plank pose) and Shavasana (Corpse pose).

All the above Yogasana Postures are to be strictly practiced after learning them thoroughly from an expert Yoga Master.


Excellent remedies through herbs, natural substances, easily-available home-products, and by Panchakarma treatment Ayurveda can cure Asthma. Effective Ayurvedic medicines for Asthma are – Somalata plant dried and powdered (Ephedra Vulgaris) given in 100 to 250 milligrams with honey will greatly relieve acute Asthma attack. Normally Kapha Kartari; Bhaarangee Guda; Kanakaasava; Chyvana Praasa and Agastya Rasayana and Sitopalaadi Choorna are given. In severe cases special medicines like Swaasakaasa Chintamanee Rasa and Swaasa Kuthaara Rasa are also prescribed.

All ayurvedic remedies are to be taken only after a thorough evaluation by a good ayurvedic practitioner for good results.


The specialty of Homeopathic remedies is that they are prescribed only after completely studying the background, family history, and medical history, physical and psychological characteristics of the Asthma patient. This is because, they want to “cure” Asthma rather than providing symptomatic relief. Lots of Homeopathic medicines are there which differ from person to person. Yet, the common medicines are – tuberculinum; nat-sulph; heaper-sulph; antim-tart; sulphur; spongia; pulsatilla; lachesis; ipecac and ars-alb etc. Consult a good Homeopathic practitioner to identify suitable homeopathic remedies for the individual situation.


This medical branch relies upon triggering the self-healing powers of the body. For Asthma, Naturopathy physicians do mud-bath; hip-bath, hot-foot-path and suggest natural herbal products to help Asthma patients to get more lasting relief. A holistic approach to provide complete relief from Asthma is the specialty of Naturopathic Practitioners. They will study the sensitivity of the patients to allergens and evolve a comprehensive program of treatment which includes herbal substances, dietary modifications, nutrients and elimination of allergens etc. Drugs are avoided in Naturopathy to the maximum extent possible.

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