Supporting Asthma and Healthy Lungs with Ayurveda

Supporting Asthma and Healthy Lungs with Ayurveda

Asthma Respiratory Vaidya Vishwanath


Asthma is a condition in which the airways narrow and swell, and there may be extra mucus production. This makes breathing difficult and triggers coughing, wheezing, and shortness of breath. The person may also feel anxious and may panic because they can’t breathe properly.

According to Ayurveda, bronchial asthma is compared to Tamaka Swasa, and is mainly an imbalance with vata and kapha dosha. Tamaka Swasa can largely be helped by following a specific Ayurvedic diet and lifestyle protocol. The main Ayurvedic therapy is purification known as Shodhan Chikitsa and also palliative therapy known as Shaman Chikitsa.

Healthy Lungs with Ayurveda

After the diet and lifestyle is modified and purification or palliation therapy is complete, Ayurveda recommends Rasayana Chikitsa, which is rejuvenation therapy. Ayurveda has a collection of classical preparations known as lehyams or electuaries. Lehams are jam-like herbal formulas that are sweetened using jaggery or sugar which makes them taste good.

Lehyams are formulated to build strength, stamina, and immunity, and among all the classical lehyams, there is one that is highly recommended for the respiratory system. This lehyam is called Agastya Rasayanam and it supports the respiratory system by nourishing the lung tissue.

Benefits of Agastya Rasayana

Agasthya Rasayana is a supplement for improving respiratory health, and mainly supports upper respiratory disorders. As mentioned in the Ayurvedic text, its primary action is for symptoms of asthma, cough, congestion from colds, and hiccups.

Agastya Rasayanam supports the common cold, allergies, sinus infection, all types of cough, breathing difficulty and inflammation. It’s herbal action helps reduce congestion in the chest by eliminating excess mucus from the airways. It also has other benefits which include improving appetite and digestive symptoms related to vata and supports cardiac health.

Haritaki is the main herb in Agastya Rasayanam, and mainly impacts vata and kapha dosha and helps all related conditions.

How to use Agastya Rasayanam

Take on an empty stomach with warm water twice per day.

  • Age 1 to 3 years – 1 to 2 gms
  • Age 3 to 5 yeas – 2 to 4 gms
  • Age 6 to 12 years – 5 gms
  • Age 12 to 19 years – 5 to 10 gms
  • Age above 19 years – 10 to 15 gms

To learn more about respiratory conditions, read our related article: Healthy Lungs and Shwasa Relief with Ayurveda.

Why it’s important to consult with an Ayurvedic doctor or practitioner?

It’s important to consult with Ayurvedic practitioner when any health problem becomes chronic and especially if lasting more than one season. It is important to understand the root cause of your symptoms and your specific body constitution or dosha. Once these two things are known it becomes easier to know the right foods, herbs and lifestyle activities that support your health.

If you have chronic respiratory problems, we recommend consulting with our Ayurvedic doctor Vishwanath Guddadar to support your overall health. Following the advice from a personalized Ayurvedic consultation will change your life and will give you the knowledge required to maintain your best health.

If you book a consultation with Dr. Vishwanath Guddadar, you will receive a personalized diet, lifestyle, and herbal protocol that will strengthen your vitality and improve your overall health.

Disclaimer: These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. Kottakkal Ayurveda products and this information is not intended for use in the diagnosis, treatment, cure, or prevention of any disease. If you have serious, acute, or chronic health problems, please consult a trained health professional. If you are seeking the medical advice of a trained Ayurvedic practitioner or doctor, call (800) 215-9934 or email us at and we will provide you with one of our affiliated Ayurvedic professionals. Check with your doctor before taking herbs when pregnant.
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