Ayurvedic for Asthma : Ayurveda Offers a Holistic Approach to Managing Asthma

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By Dr. Sandeep Benkal

Dr. Sandeep Benkal boasts a comprehensive fifteen-year background as an Ayurvedic doctor, with a particular specialization in skin conditions, arthritis, PCOS, and diabetes management.

BAMS, DND| 15+ Years of Experience

Ayurvedic for Asthma : Ayurveda Offers a Holistic Approach to Managing Asthma

Wheezing, coughing, chest tightness, and shortness of breath are all symptoms of asthma. It is a chronic respiratory condition characterized by inflammation and narrowing of the airways. Asthma is a major noncommunicable disease affecting both children and adults, and is the most common chronic disease among children.

In allopathy, the treatment, generally, focuses on giving patients steroid inhalers to suppress the outward symptoms.  But, Ayurveda offers a holistic approach that identifies the root cause of the condition and brings balance to the body's systems, naturally. 

Asthma and Ayurveda:

Ayurveda focuses on the imbalance of the Vata and Kapha doshas which is viewed as a disorder of the respiratory system. Aggravation of these doshas leads to the accumulation of toxins (ama) in the respiratory tract, causing inflammation and obstruction of the airways. Therefore, the key to managing asthma lies in pacifying Vata and Kapha while eliminating the toxins (ama) from the body.

Effective management of Asthma the Ayurveda way:  

The effective management of Asthma in Ayurveda involves multiple methods that are holistic. Here are the methods that offer lasting solutions to Asthma.

Herbal Remedies:

Ayurveda offers a wide range of herbs and herbal formulations. These herbs, when consumed, have the power to alleviate asthma symptoms by reducing inflammation, combatting oxidative stress, and boosting the immune system. Some commonly used herbs for asthma management include:

  • Turmeric: With its potent anti-inflammatory properties, turmeric helps in reducing airway inflammation and improve breathing.
  • Ginger: Ginger acts as a natural agent that relieves congestion and promotes easier breathing. The spicy character of ginger, especially raw ginger, aids in clearing mucus from the throat. Experts also recommend warm ginger tea to soothe an irritated and scratchy throat.
  • Licorice: Licorice root is known for its soothing effect on the respiratory tract and its ability to reduce inflammation and clearing the lungs of mucus accumulation.
  • Tulsi: Tulsi possesses anti-allergic and anti-inflammatory properties, making it effective in managing asthma symptoms and boosting respiratory health.

 Diet and Asthma:

According to Ayurvedic principles a strict diet regime must be followed in the effective treatment of Asthma. The recommended diet balances Vata and Kapha doshas, and help alleviate asthma symptoms. This diet includes: consuming warm, nourishing foods that are easy to digest, such as soups, cooked vegetables, whole grains, and herbal teas. Consuming cold, heavy, and processed foods are strictly prohibited, since these foods prevent the treatment and aggravate kapha.

 Lifestyle Changes:

Ayurvedic practitioners suggest lifestyle changes that lead to relaxation and stress reduction, which are highly beneficial for asthma management. Yoga, pranayama (breathing exercises), and meditation calm the mind, reduce anxiety, and enhance lung functions.

Nasya Therapy:

The term “Nasya” refers to the nose. Nasya therapy is an Ayurvedic process that can help clean the upper respiratory passage by draining out the excessive mucus. It involves the use of medicated oils, ghee, powders, juices of raw herbs, honey, milk, salts, water etc.


Panchakarma treatment is a time-tested and classic Ayurvedic treatment that removes all harmful toxins that are the root cause of the disease. This treatment improves overall lung health and the respiratory system by repairing damage and offers lasting solutions and makes you breathe easy.

This holistic approach and treatment must be followed only after consulting an Ayurvedic doctor. Because, an experienced Ayurvedic doctor would study and examine every individual and suggest dietary modifications, herbal remedies, lifestyle practices, and detoxification therapies, and last but not the least, the duration of the treatment, based on age, occupation, the severity of the condition, and the lifestyle of an individual.