Review on the disease Shwasa and its management in Ayurvedic literature

  • Dr. Rozy Sharma 2nd Year Post Graduate Scholar, Dept. of Kaya Chikitsa, Sri Kalabhaireshwara Swamy Ayurveda Medical College and Research Centre, Bangalore, Karnataka, INDIA.
  • Dr. Manjunatha Adiga Professor, Dept. of Kaya Chikitsa, Sri Kalabhaireshwara Swamy Ayurveda Medical College and Research Centre, Bangalore, Karnataka, INDIA.
Keywords: Shwasa, Tamaka Shwasa, Bronchial Asthma


Tamaka Shwasa is a very broad term which includes many more diseases where dyspnoea is predominant symptom. But still we can correlate Bronchial Asthma to Tamaka Shwasa, because out of the remaining four, three are incurable and the fourth one is Kshudra Shwasa developed due excessive labour or taking excessive Ruksh Ahara and which is easily curable. In its early onset it is easily curable but in chronic cases it is difficult to treat. Respiration is the evident feature of life which is carried out by Prana Vayu. This sole sign of life is affected in this disease, Tamaka Shwasa, causing an impediment to the respiratory function. Ayurveda is the best way to effectively and safely manage the condition without inducing any drug dependency where various Shodhana procedures and use of internal medication not only detoxifies the body but also provides nutrition and increases the elasticity of lung tissue and develops natural immunity of the body.


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