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When diet is wrong, medicine is of no use.
When diet is correct,medicine is of no need.
Ayurveda for Asthama
From the Ayurvedic medical point of view, Asthma does not begin in the lungs but in the digestive system eventhough symptoms seen in respiratory systems according to Dr. Gaurav Dave ( B.A.M.S)- Ayurvedacharya (PGDEMS) an expert in Ayurvedic medicine, Director of Dr.Dave's Ayurveda Panchkarma Wellness Clinic. Dr. Gaurav Dave relates the case of Mr.Santosh, 35, who came to him with symptoms of severe asthma. Santosh complained of wheezing, shortness of breath, weight loss, dry cough, sleeping difficulties, dry skin, scanty appetite, and frequent constipation.
In consultation with Santosh ,Dr. Gaurav Dave learned that his asthma was sufficiently serious to require the daily use of an inhaler and the frequent use of cortisone during an asthma attack. His recent weight loss from 120 to 108 pounds observed. He drank a great deal of coffee and had a rapid, thin pulse. Santosh said food settled in his stomach "like a rock." Coffee, as a stimulant, "makes everything more faster. Santosh's emotional landscape" was dominated with fear, worry, anxiety, and a deep-set concern about suffocating; his mind was flighty, "like a bee, moving very fast" unable to focus and settle for long on one topic and constantly waffling and changing direction.
These factors, and Santosh light thin skeletal structure, were classic indicators of a basic constitutional type called vata, one of three types described by Ayurvedic medicine, says Dr.Gaurav Dave . In Ayurvedic medical thinking, the internal "fire" or basic life force is Santosh's system was suppressed, leading to digestive difficulties, and mal-absorption of nutrients. "It's like putting a big log on a campfire with a tiny flame; most likely, the log will not catch fire but only smolder," says Dr. Gaurav Dave.
Santosh's From digestive system, the imbalance then spread upward to his lungs, he adds. "Dry Asthma, as in Santosh's dry cough without mucus, begins in the intestines while 'wet' asthma, with mucus on coughing, starts in the stomach."
This is why Dr. Gaurav Dave began his treatment program by addressing what foods Santosh's put in his stomach.
The goal was to use foods to introduce warmth into Santosh's digestive system and to stimulate the digestive fire. Dr. Dave put him on a limited diet for five days consisting of 1/8 teaspoon of nutmeg mixed with ½ cup of buttermilk (diluted 50% with water), to be taken three times daily. Buttermilk, because it is fermented, provides warmth to the stomach (compared to regular milk, which is a "cold" food and thereby harder to digest), while nutmeg increases nutrient absorption. Dr. Dave also recommended Basmati rice mixed with cumin, fennel, and ginger; these hot spices would "increase the fire" in Santosh's digestive system and enhance absorption. he eat these foods with a traditional Indian product called Ghee, made from clarified butter, to help regulate the digestive forces, or "fire." After the five days, Santosh's digestion was noticeably better, so Dr. Gaurav Dave began to gradually increase his food intake by adding selected cooked vegetables, not raw, as well as warm milk mixed with ginger. His approach was to increase Santosh's food consumption in proportion to the improvements in his digestion. "That's the key because if you increase the foods too rapidly, the digestion will be upset."
Dr. Dave also sought to reduce the overbearing influence of vata in Santosh's system by prescribing foods to "pacify" its effects. Dr. Dave introduced a series of tonic herbs to increase Santosh's internal strength, including Indian herbal medicine he took these in capsule form three times daily,. Here is the goal was to "work more systematically on Santosh's internal energy as it encompasses the function of all his organs and systems," says Dr.Dave. Only 8 weeks after starting Dr. Dave's program, Santosh's reported that his asthma was gone, his breathing capacity had returned to normal, and that he had discontinued the cortisone and inhaler .
Bear in mind that Santosh's had suffered from asthma for a 4 year before Dr. Dave and that for the final three months he had endured the severest symptoms and used the inhaler every night. Even so, Dr. Dave wanted to fine-tune Santosh's recovery from asthma, so Dr.Dave drew upon other facets of Ayurvedic practice. Dr.Dave prescribed special breathing exercises, called pranayama, to help free up his lungs, giver him more control over her breathing, and again, to stimulate his digestion. Dr. Dave suggested that santosh apply a small amount of medicated herbal oil into his chest at morning befor bath and bed time to help normalize the breathing. Santosh's started using more of the hot spices (mentioned above) in his foods to reduce the formation of mucus throughout his body . Dr. Dave introduced another Ayurvedic specialty preparation called kitcheree to help normalize digestion.
Kitcheree, which consists of split mung beans and Basmati rice cooked with spices and ghee, became a mealtime regular for Santosh in the third month of his program. "We also started paying attention to all the habits that surrounded his eating," comments Dr. Dave.
He suggested that he eat slowly in a quiet environment, that he chew his food thoroughly, and generally create a positive atmosphere for eating, adding prayer, grace, or brief meditation, if he wished. "In Ayurveda, we say it's more important how you eat rather than what you eat, that even good food eaten the wrong way will create digestive problems." Santosh broke his diet again, this time with yams, butter, and bakery food etc , and quickly saw how it led to a transient return of the milder of his previous asthmatic symptoms. To regulate her system again, Dr. Dave re-instituted the earlier stages in his diet of first, nutmeg, buttermilk, kitcheree, and Basmati rice for three days, followed by the nuts as well as the various herbs already prescribed.
To strengthen his lungs, Dr. Dave added an herbal formula in jelly form called Chavanprash, made from the amla fruit, mixed with spices and herbs. Four months after starting treatment with Dr. Dave, Santosh's asthama "had totally subsided and totally stop of inhaler, as though it never existed," he reports. Dr. Dave emphasizes that while the program produced excellent results for Santosh , it was precisely tailored to his temperament and physiology. Not every case of asthma is treated this way. There are many other asthma treatments for different types of people .Ayurveda describes three metabolic, constitutional, and body types (doshas), in association with the basic elements of Nature in combination. These are Vata ,Pitta and Kapha Ayurvedic physicians use these categories (which also have psychological aspects) as the basis for prescribing individualized formulas of herbs, diet, massage, breathing, meditation, exercise and yoga postures, and detoxification techniques.


As we all are genetically different with different constitutions and patterns, we respond to treatments in many different ways. Hence Standard Ayurvedic Treatments are always individually formulated. This article is intended only for information. It is not a substitute to the standard medical diagnosis, personalized Ayurvedic treatment or qualified Ayurvedic physician. For specific treatment, always consult with a qualified Ayurvedic physician