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Ayurvedic treatment for asthma

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Ayurvedic treatment for asthma, like for any other disease, consists of drugs that derive their potency from their taste. In Ayurveda, every drug has a taste, which gives it its potential. According to scientists at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, substances, which give some foods their bitter flavors, can also act to reverse the contraction of airway cells. This reversal, known as “Bronchodilation”, is used to treat airway obstructive disease such as asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

The sense of taste is mediated by taste receptors in the tongue. These receptors were thought only to exist in the tongue but recent discoveries have shown that they are expressed in various cell types, throughout the body. In particular, bitter taste receptors exist in the smooth muscle cells in the airways. The fact that bitter substances can relax these smooth muscles, suggests that they have the potential to halt asthma attacks and in fact, could even be an improvement over current treatments, since the relaxation effects are quite fast.

From the Ayurvedic point of view, this discovery explains how bitter tasting herbs are working in the treatment of asthma. The reason why this study is monumental is because it opens a window of opportunity to explain, how other tastes might be working in other diseases. There might be receptors for different tastes in different organs.

Still scientists reject this as a cure, as it does not approach inflammation, which is the fundamental cause of the disease. But on the basis of our clinical experience, and its detailed mention in Ayurvedic texts, the properties of bitter taste counter the inflammatory process. However bitter taste is not going to work in all cases of asthma, especially where a lot of mucus plugs are present, as bitter taste will be rendered ineffective by mucus plugs. This is where pungent (chilly) taste will work, as it is known to have mucolytic and mucus dissolving properties.

Scientists also say that other types of diseases like COPD and Emphysema, could possibly be less receptive as there is extensive damage to lungs. This is very true as sweet herbs, which have regenerative properties, work well here. Although this is not that simple, as there are many other factors, apart from taste, which have to be taken into consideration during Ayurvedic treatment for Asthma.

Western researches, as always, search for active principles, as opposed to Ayurvedic fundamentals, which are holistic in nature. Here too, we hear scientists talk of ‘substances, which give bitter taste to food’, rather than talking of food or herbs, as a whole. It is a proven fact that herbs used in Ayurveda, for treatment for asthma, have no side effects as they are used as whole, rather than by using active principles.

Dr JP Guleria

Dr. J P Guleria has Masters in Ayurvedic Medicine and has mastered the guna (properties) based concept of Ayurveda. He is a Consultant Ayurveda Specialist at Himachal Ayurvedic Hospital. Special area of interest is chronic pancreatitis and Interstitial lung disease.

Dr JP Guleria

Dr. J P Guleria has Masters in Ayurvedic Medicine and has mastered the guna (properties) based concept of Ayurveda. He is a Consultant Ayurveda Specialist at Himachal Ayurvedic Hospital. Special area of interest is chronic pancreatitis and Interstitial lung disease.

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Farah Nadeem
Farah Nadeem 5pts

I am a patient of asthama kindly send medicine name

Jolly Vikram
Jolly Vikram 5pts

ok please send me good homeopathic doctor idreess

Manash Pratim Kalita
Manash Pratim Kalita 5pts

Blatta orientalis. .mainly. ..but our medicine base on totally of symptoms

Heidi Overton
Heidi Overton 5pts

There are a lot of bitter herbs and foods out there. Are there any in particular that are recommended for treating asthma?

Hilary Edwards
Hilary Edwards 5pts

Definitely worth trying! I can handle increasing my romaine lettuce & horseradish intake. Thanks for sharing!!

Kumar Mohit
Kumar Mohit 5pts

Cma Surya Katie Louise Maninder Singh Rammi Rajpur

SandyDAngeloGannaway
SandyDAngeloGannaway 5pts

Why does all your articles show up as a black page on my Ipad? Makes it impossible to read? [email protected]!!!

Nishi Mittal
Nishi Mittal 5pts

The drug of choice is vasa given with sitopaladi as they are vasodilators.....zinc is an important mineral too.

Ayurveda
Ayurveda 5pts

That's great and i thank you for sharing your experience.

Kay Lewis
Kay Lewis 5pts

my 5yrold daughter had asthma andwas on an inhaler. i took her off dairy and we were already vegatarians plus i taught her to braeth differently. within a few weeks she was no longer an asthmatic.

raina2014
raina2014 5pts

what didi you do for her breathing to change pattern?


raina2014
raina2014 5pts

i have severe breathig prob and mucus problem along with cough..