Asthma is a condition in which that inflames and narrows the airways that carry air in and out of your lungs.
The symptoms of asthma include wheezing, coughing, chest tightness and shortness of breath. The coughing usually occurs at night time or early in the morning.
Constant exposure to allergens into our daily life is the major cause of Asthma. Industrialisation and urbanization are the provoking factors for it. The disease is often aggravated by non-specific factors such as cold climate, dust, tobacco smoke, acrid fumes, respiratory viral infection and emotional stress.
Asthma affects people in all age groups, but it most often starts during childhood.
Asthma is known as tamaka svassa in Ayurveda. As per Ayurveda texts it is caused by any of three factors-vatta, pitta or Kapha. In most cases, the disease cause from kapha.
Main symptoms of Vaata type of asthma are dry cough and wheezing. Other symptoms are thirst, dry mouth, dry skin and constipation.
Pitta type is charactersied by cough and wheezing with yellow phlegm. Other symptoms are fever and sweating.
Kapha type of asthma is indicated by cough and wheezing with abundant clear or white phlegm. The lungs of the affected persons are often congested producing a whistling sound.
Asthma can be managed with a holistic approach with Ayurveda, strict diet and yoga.
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