In today's stressful modern urbanized living, incidence of Asthma is considerably increasing. The rapid industrialization , excessive crowding , Increasing pollution are some of the factors responsible for this increase in incidence of Bronchial Asthma. It has been stated that 15% of Indian population suffers from Asthma and in developed countries like USA every year there is 10% increase of Asthmatic patients Every now and then we come across patients of Asthma seeking Ayurvedic treatment and advice. This is because of the versatile approach of Ayurveda to root cause of the problem and it's belief in preventing the disease rather than treating it.

Samprapti (Pathogenesis) : The vitiated 'Pranvayu' combines with deranged 'Kapha dosha' in the lungs causing obstruction in the 'Pranavaha srotasa'(Respiratory passage). This results in gasping and labored breathing. This condition is known as 'Swas Roga'

Types of Asthma:
Five types of 'Swas Roga' are described in Ayurvedic texts

  • Maha-shwas
  • Urdhva-shwas
  • Chinna-shwas
  • Tamak-shwas
  • Kshudra-shwas

Asthma According to Ayurveda

According to Ayurveda, accumulation of impurities leads to the debilitating changes at the basis of asthma through the following mechanisms:
1. Ayurveda theory says the cause of asthma is in the stomach. It describes how toxins created by improperly digested food are carried through channels directly into the chest and lung area. The resulting toxin accumulation imbalances the lung and airway tissues through several mechanisms.

2. Impurities start to clog the channels of circulation to the tissues and the channels that take nutrients into cells and waste out of cells. The end result is that the cells are not nourished properly and waste starts to accumulate in them.

3. When toxins accumulate in tissues, and circulation becomes blocked, often the body's natural defenses against foreign material become activated against the accumulating impurities.