Asthma is a medical condition that results in excessive coughing, gasping and laboured breathing. This is an airborne disease. During an asthmatic attack, the windpipe which allows the free flow of oxygen to and fro from the lungs is inflated. This inflation causes in momentary narrowing of the air passage of oxygen in the lungs, which in turn results in breathlessness and coughing.

Asthma is a physiological complication that affects the ability to breathe and restricts the free flow of oxygen to the lungs. It has been termed as a chronic medical disease. The World Health Organization has released a statement announcing that more than 200 million people worldwide are infested by this disease. Extreme cases of Asthma can also result in the failure of the respiratory system. It is a disease that cannot and should not be ignored. A recent report released in the US confirmed that more than 5000 deaths every year are reported due to chronic asthma diseases.

Causes of Asthma:

The exact reasons that trigger asthma have not been well defined as yet. However the most common believe is that this disease is an airborne medical condition.

Asthma can also be a genetic disorder. Many cases of this disease being passed on to the next generation have come forward.

The fast pace and stressful life of today can also easily trigger asthma. Hyper tension and stress definitely increase the rate of asthma attacks.

Airborne reasons like pollution, pollen, dust and air impurities ignite asthma.

Symptoms of Asthma:

The indicators of asthma may vary from person to person and it may be difficult to list all the signs to recognize the disease.

One of the most common signs of an asthmatic attack is cough. Excessive coughing mostly during evening or night time is a clear indication to asthma.

Breathlessness, difficulty in breathing, laboured breaths all point clearly towards chronic asthma.

Wheezing or whooping cough also is the symptoms of asthma. This means that there is a sound generated while breathing.

Stiffness in the chest caused due to the narrowing of the airway passage also results in asthma.

Herbs used for treatment in Asthma:

Ashwagandha- Withania somnifera, which is more popularly known as Ashwagandha, is a plant. This is one of the most important ingredients in Ayurvedic medicines. This herb is used to improve the breathing capability and expands the airway passage.

Neem – Neem known as Azadriachta indica in medical terms is known for its antibacterial and antiviral properties. Use of Neem controls cough and helps in purifying airborne pollutants in the house.

Vasa- Vasa, Justicia adhatoda is an Ayurvedic medicine popularly known as Malabar nut tree, which is very useful in curing asthma. This herb is very effective in reducing the inflammation caused by excessive coughing.

Dalchini- Dalchini known in English as Cinnamon primarily a spice. This is a spice that is used to cure asthma very well. Use of this spice in the evening and morning can relive chest stiffness and help in a relaxing sleep.

Tulsi- Tulsi or basil leaf or Ocimum tenuiflorum has been used for years now to cure more than one ailment. The use of Tulsi as a home remedy for various diseases has been mentioned in our mythological scriptures as well. It is used to soothe the throat and reduce the tendency to cough.

Shirish- The bark of Shirish or Albizia saman is used for medicinal preparations. The use of this bark in concoctions is to cure respiratory issues and suymptoms of asthma and is a well-tested herb.

Haridra- Haridra or Curcuma longa is a natural Ayurvedic herb used to treat asthma caused due to allergic reasons. It is known to cure chronic cough and chest stiffness.

Madhuyashti- Madhuyashti or Glycyrrhiza glabra is used in Ayurvedic medicines used to cure the symptoms and complications of asthma.

Anantmool- Anantmool or Hemidesmus indicus is used in curing respiratory ailments leading to asthma. It is known to clear the respiratory tract and ensures no blockage of airway passage.

Bharangi- Bharangi or Clerodendrum serratum is exclusively used in making Ayurvedic medicines and is known to relieve respiratory stress caused during an asthmatic attack.

Kantakari– Solanum Xanthocarpum known as Febrifuge plant is well known for its medicinal values in curing asthma and other allergic conditions for many years now.

Though there is no definite way of contracting asthma and though many argue that there is no permanent cure to this disease, however with many herbal remedies which make wonderful natural treatment get easily available in the market today, it has become possible to reduce the effects and severity of this disease. All these above said herbs are antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, immunomodulator etc. in actions and therefore act on respiratory system, defence mechanism to fight the disturbing symptoms and to provide stamina to the body.