Ayurvedic Liquid Remedies In The Management of Shwasa, Dyspnoea

Article by Dr Raghuram Y.S. MD (Ay)
Dyspnoea or Shwasa is characterized by shortness in breath or difficulty in breathing.

Introduction

According to Ayurveda, Shwasa is caused due to sluggish agni or pitta in the gut. The vata which has been vitiated due to different causative or triggering factors (on the back drop of agnimandhya or low metabolism or weak digestion), moves in abnormal courses, especially in the upward direction. On reaching the upper channels of the body, especially the head and neck, the vayu provokes the kapha. The provoked kapha blockes all the srotases (channels of the body, especially those related to transportation of air) and further obstructs the pathways of vata. The vata and kapha vitiate each other and worsen the blocks. The channels being blocked by kapha and the obstruction to the free movement of vata predispose to the manifestation of shwasa or dyspnoea.

Line of treatment

Treatment strategy of Shwasa –
The treatment strategy of Shwasa includes:

  • Removal of blocks caused by Kapha, expulsion of kapha through vamana
  • Expulsion of morbid pitta through virechana and normalizing pitta and agni (metabolic fire)
  • Gaining control over vayu and normalizing its movements in the body by administration of effective medication and diet
  • Lifestyle corrections
  • Dietetic corrections
  • Administration of disease modifying medicines
  • Administration of rasayanas (immune modulators)

Diet

Pathya ahara or diet, a key strategy in combating shwasa
Among all the above said strategies, following a systematic diet is an important key in handling Shwasa and preventing its recurrence. A good diet is handy at all stages of shwasa treatment (with special reference to Tamaka Shwasa or asthma).
Read related: 31 Easy And Effective Home Remedies For Dyspnoea

Certain dietetic preparations are explained in Ayurvedic treatises in the context of describing the treatment protocol of shwasa vis-à-vis tamaka shwasa or asthma. These diets are good in all kinds of shwasa, be it primary or secondary (dyspnoea developing on the backdrop of some other disease). These preparations are in the form of Yavagu (type of gruel) and Yusha (soup prepared from dal, i.e. grams like green gram etc).

dyspnoea

These dietetic preparations are not only food for the patients but also act as pathya or compatible foods for all the cells and channels of the body. They are light to digest, provide nutrition, help in clearing the blocks, provide energy and helps the medicines to modify the disease. Thus the pathyas in the form of Yavagu and Yusha act as food, nutrition and medicine for shwasa.

This shows the importance of dietetic planning in the management of any disease (dyspnoea in this case).
Below explained are some of the important liquid pathyas which help in curing and recovering from dyspnoea –

Yavagu examples

Beneficial Pathya ahara in Shwasa vis-à-vis dyspnoea
Beneficial yusha, yavagu and peya (soups, gruels) in shwasa
Hingwadi yavagu
Ref – Charaka Chikitsa 17/101
Ingredients: This gruel is made up of –

  • Hingu (asafoetida)
  • Sauvarchala lavana (sauchal salt)
  • Jeeraka (cumin seeds)
  • Vida lavana (black salt)
  • Pushkaramula (Inula racemosa) and
  • Chitrakamula (roots of Plumbago zeylanica)

Benefits – Effectively cures Shwasa (dyspnoea) and hikka (hiccough)
Read related: 28 Prevention, Yoga And Lifestyle Tips For Dyspnoea

Dashamuladi Yavagu –
Ref – Charaka Chikitsa 17/102, 103
Ingredients: This gruel is made up of –

Dashamula (roots of 10 herbs)
Shati – Hedychium spicatum
Rasna – Pluchea lanceolata
Pippalimula – Roots of Piper longum
Pushkaramula – Inula racemosa
Karkatasringi – Pistacia integerrima
Bhumyamalaki – Phyllanthus niruri / Phyllanthus amarus
Bharangi – Clerodendrum serratum
Guduchi – Tinospora cordifolia
Shunti – Ginger

Benefits – Effectively cures Kasa (cough), Hrudgraha (feeling of compression or tightness in the region of heart, cardiac discomfort), Parshwaruk (pain in flanks), Hikka (hiccough) and shwasa (dyspnoea)

Pushkaradi Yavagu –
Ref – Charaka Chikitsa 17/104
Ingredients: This gruel is prepared using –
Pushkaramula – Inula racemosa
Shati – Hedychium spicatum
Pippali – Long pepper
Maricha – Black pepper
Shunti – Ginger
Matulunga – citron
Amlavetasa – Garcinia pedunculata

This should be consumed along with rice mixed with ghee, vida salt and asafoetida
Benefits – This diet can be advised in patients suffering from hikka (hiccough) and shwasa (dyspnoea)
Read related: Dyspnoea – Difficulty in breathing: Causes, Pathophysiology, Diagnosis

Nidagdhikadi yusha
Ref – Charaka Chikitsa 17/94-95
Ingredients: This soup is made up of –

  • Nidagdhika (Solanum xanthocarpum)
  • Bilwa majja (pulp of fruit of Aegle marmelos)
  • Karkatasringi (Pistacia integerrima)
  • Duralabha (Fagonia cretica)
  • Gokshura (Tribulus terrestris)
  • Guduchi (Tinospora cordifolia)
  • Kulattha (horse gram) and
  • Chitraka (Plumbago zeylanica)

The soup of horsegram or greengram prepared in the decoction of the above said ingredients should be fried in ghee, added with powders of pippali (long pepper), shunti (ginger) and saindhava lavana (rock salt) and served hot.

Benefits – useful diet in hikka (hiccough) and shwasa (dyspnoea)

Rasnadi Yusha –
Ref – Charaka Chikitsa 17/96
Ingredients: This soup is prepared using –

  • Rasna – Pluchea lanceolata
  • Shalaparni – Desomodium gangeticum
  • Prishniparni – Uraria picta
  • Brihati – Solanum indicum
  • Kantakari – Solanum xanthocarpum
  • Gokshura – Tribulus terrestris
  • Chitrakamula – Roots of Plumbago zeylanica

Yusha should be prepared using mudga (green gram) processed in the decoction of the above said ingredients
Benefits – Useful diet in management of Shwasa

Matulungadi Yusha –
Ref – Charaka Chikitsa 17/97
Ingredients: This soup is made using –

  • Matulunga patra – Leaves of Citron, Citrus medica
  • Nimba patra – leaves of neem tree
  • Patola patra – leaves of pointed gourd
  • Shunti – Ginger
  • Pippali – Long pepper
  • Maricha – Black pepper
  • Yava Kshara – alkali of full plant of barley

Yusha should be prepared using mudga (green gram) processed in the decoction of the abocve said ingredients. The yusha should be added with powders of Shunti (ginger), Pippali (long pepper), maricha (black pepper)and yava kshara (alkali of the whole plant of barley).
Benefits – Useful diet in management of shwasa and hikka (shortness of breath and hiccough)

Mudga Yusha –
Ref – Charaka Chikitsa 17/98
Ingredients: This soup is prepared using –

  • Mudga – Green grams
  • Saindhava Lavana – Rock salt
  • Yava Kshara – Alkali prepared from whole plant of barley
  • Shigru beeja – seeds of drumstick
  • Maricha churna – powder of black pepper

Soup of Mudga or green grams is prepared and added with the powders of the other ingredients mentioned in the list.
Benefits – Useful diet in the treatment of Hikka (hiccough) and shwasa (dyspnoea)

Kantakaryadi Yusha –
Ref – Charaka Chikitsa 17/100
Ingredients: This soup is made using –

  • Kantakari swarasa / kwatha – Juice or decoction of Kantakari (Solanum xanthocarpum)
  • Dadhi – curds
  • Shunti churna – powder of ginger
  • Pippali churna – powder of long pepper
  • Maricha churna – powder of black pepper
  • Ghrita – ghee

The soup prepared in the base of Kantakari kwatha or swarasa is later added with curds, powders of shunti, maricha and pippali and ghee and served fresh
Benefits – useful diet in hikka (hiccough) and shwasa (dyspnoea)

Kasamarda patra yusha –
Ref – Charaka Chikitsa 17/99
Ingredients: This soup is made up of –
Kulattha – Horse gram

Kasamarda patra kwatha – decoction of kasamarda leaves (Cassia occidentalis)
Soup of kulattha (horse gram) is processed in the decoction of Kasamarda patra (Cassia occidentalis) and served fresh.
Benefits – useful diet in shwasa (dyspnoea, asthma)
Shwasa Roga – Dyspnoea: Types, Symptoms As Per Ayurveda

Shigru patra yusha –
Ref – Charaka Chikitsa 17/99
Ingredients: This soup is made up of –
Kulattha – Horse gram (or Mudga – green gram)
Shigru patra kwatha – decoction of shigru leaves (drumstick)

Soup of kulattha (horse gram) / mudga (green gram) is processed in the decoction of shigru patra (drumstick) and served fresh.
Benefits – useful diet in shwasa (dyspnoea, asthma)

Shushka Mulaka Yusha –
Ref – Charaka Chikitsa 17/99

Ingredients: This soup is made up of –
Kulattha – Horse gram (or Mudga – green gram)
Shushka mulaka kwatha – decoction of shushka mulaka (dry radish)
Soup of kulattha (horse gram) / mudga (green gram) is processed in the decoction of shushka mulaka (dry radish) and served fresh.
Benefits – useful diet in shwasa (dyspnoea, asthma)

Yavagu preparation

How to prepare Yavagu?
YavaagooH shad gunaihi toyaihi samsiddhaa virala dravaa
Yavaagoohu graahinee trushnaa jwaraghnee vasti shodhanee (Ref – Yoga Ratnakara Siddhaannaadi paaka guna kathanam 8)

Yavagu is a liquid diet. It is a liquid preparation in the form of thin gruel wherein rice (1part) is processed in 6 times water. It is seen that the final preparation has more of liquid than solid.

In the above said preparations, the rice is processed in 6 times decoction prepared from the herbs mentioned in that particular yavagu preparation.

Example, Hingwadi Yavagu is prepared by processing rice in 6 times the quantity of decoction of Hingu, Sauvarchala etc herbs. Similarly, Dashamuladi Yavagu is prepared by processing 1 part of rice in 6 times the quantity of decoction of Dashamula etc herbs.
Every time, the yavagu is prepared fresh and should not be carried over.

How to prepare Yusha?
Yooshaaha smrutaa vaidalaanaam ashtaadasha guna ambhasi
Yoosho balyo laghuhu paake ruchyaha kantha kaphaaha (Ref – Yoga Ratnakara Siddhaannaadi paaka guna kathanam 1)

Yusha is a liquid preparation in the form of thin gruel or soup wherein dal i.e. grams mainly green gram (1part) is processed in 18 times water and its extract is filtered out. Horse gram is also used for preparation of yusha.

In the above said preparations, the green gram or horse gram is processed in 6 times decoction prepared from the herbs mentioned in that particular yusha preparation.

Example, Nidagdhikadi Yusha is prepared by processing 1 part of green gram or horse gram in 18 times the quantity of decoction of Nidagdhika, Bilwa, Karkatasringi etc herbs. Similarly, Rasnadi Yusha is prepared by processing 1 part of green gram or horse gram in 18 times the quantity of decoction of Rasna, Laghu Panchamula etc herbs.
Every time, the yusha is prepared fresh and should not be carried over.

Benefits of yavagu, yusha

Benefits of Yavagu and Yusha in the management of Shwasa vis-à-vis dyspnoea and asthma –
Best and light diet – Yavagu and Yusha are light diets. Therefore they will be digested easily. They are in liquid base (have more of water), therefore they restore water balance in the body. They are hot and fresh; therefore they kindle digestion and cure tastelessness. Due to the dosha and agni disturbance in shwasa, the digestion will be sluggish. If heavy foods are given, they will not get digested. In fact heavy to digest foods can worsen the condition by provoking kapha, pitta and ama leading to more block in the channels of the body. Therefore the patients should be given light and digestible foods during the active stage of the disease. Yavagu and Yusha fulfil these criteria. The green gram and horse gram and rice used in the preparations are nothing short of nutritious diet.

Deepana effect (kindling digestive fire) – the combination of medicines (decoction) and food (rice, grams etc) will help in enabling the weak fire to gain strength and digest the food properly. These processed foods rectify the systemic and tissue metabolism.

Pachana effect (destruction of ama) – the combination of medicines (decoction) and food (rice, grams etc), the hot, digestant and light nature of yavagu and yusha will help in destroying and expelling the ama which has been accumulated in the cells and also in circulation (ama is the essence of improperly digested food, which by the nature of stickiness tends to block the channels and cells of the body, damaging them in the process and leading to wide array of diseases).

Disease modifying role – since Yavagu and yusha are prepared by processing the rice, green gram or horse gram with decoctions having herbs which modify the disease (shwasa or dyspnoea in this case), all the above mentioned yavagus and yushas help in disease modification while providing nutrition. Thus, yavagu and yusha act as medicines.

Cleansing action – The herbs used in the preparing the yavagu and yusha not only destroys ama and other toxins in the body, but also help in expelling them in the body. Many herbs have potent laxative role which draws the unwanted and undesired toxins away from the cells into the gut and expel them from therein. Yavagu and yusha are good sroto shodhana pathyas (channel cleansing diets).

Dosha balance – Since the medicines used in the preparation of yavagu and yusha are disease modifying, they have a role in balancing the morbid doshas also. They alleviate the vitiated doshas and help in expelling them. By removing the kaphavarana (blocks created by kapha), they help in regression of pathology. By balancing pitta and regulating the flow of vata, they help in restoring the body mechanics and reestablishment of health.

Restore strength and energy – By removing blocks, reversing the pathology, restoring health, providing nutrition and acting as disease modifying medicines Yavagu and yusha restore the lost strength and energy.

Best decoctions to relieve cough and breathing disorders from Sahasrayoga

1. Five effective formulations to treat both kasa (cough) and shwasa (breathing disorders, dyspnea, asthma, bronchitis)
Ref – Sahasrayogam, Kashaya Prakaranam, 25

a. Dashamuladi Kashayam

Ingredients Botanical name Method of use Indications
Dashamula Ten roots Decoction of these ingredients should be consumed early in the morning mixed with honey 1. Dyspnea 2. Cough of vata origin 3. Pain in flanks 4. Back pain 5. Pain in sacral region 6. Headache
Trikatu Powder of Long pepper, Pepper and Ginger
Vasa Adhatoda vasica

b. Balajirakadi Kashayam

Ingredients Botanical Name Method of using Indications
Bala Sida cordifolia The decoction prepared with these ingredients should be served fresh 1. Dyspnea / shortness of breath / asthma / bronchitis 2. Cough
Cumin Cuminum cyminum
Ginger Zingiber officinale
Musta Cyperus rotundus
Vasa Adhatoda vasica
Bilwa Aegle marmelos
Devadaru Cedrus deodara
Guha / Prisniparni Uraria picta
Ikshu Saccharum officinarum
Laja Parched grains

c. Kasamardadi Kashayam

Ingredients Botanical Name Method of using Indications
Kasamarda Cassia occidentalis The decoction prepared with these ingredients should be served fresh 1. Dyspnea / shortness of breath / asthma / bronchitis 2. Cough
Vartaka Solanum melongena
Vrisha / Vasa Adhatoda vasica
Bilwa Aegle marmelos

d. Bharngyadidi Kashayam

Ingredients Botanical Name Method of using Indications
Bharangi Clerodendron serratum The decoction prepared with these ingredients should be served fresh, mixed with Tishnottha paraga i.e. powder of black pepper 1. Severe Dyspnea / shortness of breath / asthma / bronchitis  
Kana / Pippali Piper longum
Kasahari / Kasamarda Cassia occidentalis
Turmeric Curcuma longa
Vasa Adhatoda vasica
Guduchi Tinospora cordifolia
Ginger (Shunti) Zingiber officinale
Coriander Coriandrum sativum

e. Vidaryadi Kashayam

Ingredients Botanical Name Method of using Indications & benefits
Vidari Pueraria tuberosa The decoction prepared with these ingredients should be served fresh 1. Cardiac tonic 2. Nourishing 3. Pacifies vata and pitta 4. Cures wasting disorders 5. Cures abdominal tumors 6. Cures body pains 7. Cures dyspnea, 8. Cures cough
Castor Ricinus communis
Vrischikali Tragia involucrata
Vrischira / Punarnava Boerhavia diffusa
Devahva / Devadaru Cedrus deodara
Surpaparnyahva Mashaparni – Teramnus labialis Mudgaparni – Vibna trilobata
Jeevaniya Panchamula 5 herbs belonging to Jeevaniya group of herbs
Hrisva panchamula Lesser five roots
Gopasuta / Sariva Hemidesmus indicus
Tripadi / Hamsapadi Adiantum lunulatum

2. Bala Kuvuladi Kashayam

Ref – Sahasrayogam, Parishishta Prakarana, 24

Ingredients Botanical Name Method of using Indications
Bala Sida cordifolia The decoction prepared with these ingredients should be served fresh at bedtime 1. Dyspnea / shortness of breath / asthma / bronchitis 2. Cough 3. Anorexia, tastelessness
Kuvalam Roots of Aegle marmelos
Green gram Vigna radiata
Ginger Zingiber officinale
Ajaji Cuminum cyminum
Vasa Adhatoda vasica
Laja Parched grains
Chutanmettum / Amra vrinta Stalk of mango
Karibu / Ikshu Saccharum officinarum

3. Cherupayaradi Kashayam

Ref – Sahasrayogam, Parishishta Prakarana, 26

Ingredients Botanical Name Method of using Indications
Green gram Vigna radiata The decoction prepared with these ingredients should be served fresh at bedtime 1. Dyspnea / shortness of breath / asthma / bronchitis 2. Cough 3. Wasting disorders 4. Rhinitis
Guduchi Tinospora cordifolia
Ginger Zingiber officinale
Brihati Solanum indicum
Ponnavara / Kasamarda Cassia occidentalis
Ikshu Saccharum officinarum
Laja Parched grains
Ghana / Musta Cyperus rotundus

4. Ramacchadi Kashayam
Ref – Sahasrayogam, Parishishta Prakarana, 28

Ingredients Botanical Name Method of using Indications
Ramaccha / Ushira Vetiveria zizanioides The decoction prepared with these ingredients should be served with honey 1. Dyspnea / shortness of breath / asthma / bronchitis 2. Cough 3. Hiccough 4. Pain in flanks
Ambu Cyperus rotundus
Bhadramula Roots of Acorus calamus
Balamula Roots of Sida cordifolia
Laja Parched grains
Ikshu Saccharum officinarum
Chuta / Amra srunga Pedicle of mango
Tumbi Leucas aspera / Lagenaria siceraria
Pravala Coral
Nagavalli dala Stalk of Piper betle
Inchi / ardraka Zingiber officinale
Green gram Vigna radiata
Guha / Prisniparni Uraria picta
Cumin Cuminum cyminum
Daru / Devadaru Cedrus deodara

5. Kulutthadi Kashayam
Ref – Sahasrayogam, Parishishta Prakarana, 31

Ingredients Botanical Name Method of using Indications
Horse gram Dolichos biflorus The decoction prepared with these ingredients should be served fresh 1. Dyspnea / shortness of breath / asthma / bronchitis 2. Cough 3. Hiccough  
Barley Hordeum vulgare
Kola Cola acuminate / Ziziphus mauritiana
Ambu / Musta Cyperus rotundus
Dashamula Ten roots
Bala Sida cordifolia

6. Agnimanthadi Kashayam
Ref – Sahasrayogam, Kashaya Prakarana, 26a

Ingredients Botanical Name Method of using Indications
Agnimantha Premna mucronata The decoction prepared with these ingredients should be served fresh 1. Dyspnea / shortness of breath / asthma / bronchitis 2. Cough 3. Hiccough  
Bala Sida cordifolia
Kola Cola acuminate / Ziziphus mauritiana
Castor Ricinus communis
Bharangi Clerodenron serratum
Kushta Saussurea lappa
Ginger Zingiber officinale

7. Punarnavadi Kashayam
Ref – Sahasrayogam, Kashaya Prakarana, 46a (Pandurogahara)

Ingredients Botanical Name Method of using Indications
Punarnava Boerhavia diffusa The decoction prepared with these ingredients should be served fresh 1. Dyspnea / shortness of breath / asthma / bronchitis 2. Cough 3. Swelling 4. Fever 5. Colic 6. Complicated anemia  
Neem Azadirachta indica
Snake gourd Trichosanthes dioica
Ginger Zingiber officinale
Katukarohini Picrorhiza kurrooa
Guduchi Tinospora cordifolia
Daruharidra Berberis aristata
Haritaki Terminalia chebula    

8. Sannipata Jwaradihara Kashayam
Ref – Sahasrayogam, Kashaya Prakarana, 16

Ingredients Botanical Name Method of using Indications
Bharangi Clerodendron serratum The decoction prepared with these ingredients should be served fresh 1. Dyspnea / shortness of breath / asthma / bronchitis 2. Cough 3. Intermittent fevers 4. Fever with cold 5. Loss of appetite and indigestion 6. Pain in flanks 7. Headache 8. Chronic fevers with swelling  
Pushkaramula Inula racemosa roots
Haritaki Terminalia chebula
Parpata Fumaria parviflora
Musta Cyperus rotundus
Ginger Zingiber officinale
Dashamula Ten roots
Long Pepper Piper longum  

Note – The same decoction is explained in the name of ‘Bharangyadi Kwatha’ in Chakradatta, Jwara Prakarana.

9. Nayaopaya Kashayam
Ref – Sahasrayogam, Parishishta Prakarana, 109

Ingredients Botanical Name Method of using Indications
Balamula Roots of Sida cordifolia – 10 parts The decoction prepared with these ingredients should be served fresh 1. Dyspnea / shortness of breath / asthma / bronchitis 2. Hiccough  
Cumin Cuminum cyminum – 1 part
Ginger Zingiber officinale – 1 part

10. Adalotadi Kashayam
Ref – Sahasrayogam, Parishishta Prakarana, 33

Ingredients Botanical Name Method of using Indications
Vasa Adhatoda vasica The decoction prepared with these ingredients should be served fresh, admixed with rock salt 1. Dyspnea / shortness of breath / asthma / bronchitis 2. Fever 3. Chest injuries 4. Pain in flanks  
Yavasa Alhagi camelorum
Kantakari Solanum xanthocarpum
Chitraka Plumbago zeylanica
Kodasari Polygala chinesis
Vacha Acorus calamus
Bhunimba Andrographis paniculata
Ginger Zingiber officinale
Cumin Cuminum cyminum
Pippali Piper longum
Yashti Glycyrrhiza glabra
Shat tandula 6 seeds of Holarrhena antidysenterica, Psoralea corylifolia, Coriandrum sativum, Embelia ribes, Celastrus paniculatus and Elettaria cardamomum
Haritaki Terminalia chebula

11. Oriladi Kashayam
Ref – Sahasrayogam, Parishishta Prakarana, 30

Ingredients Botanical Name Method of using Indications
Orila / Saliparni Desmodium gangeticum The decoction prepared with these ingredients should be served fresh, admixed with ghee & powder of Cuminum cyminum 1. Dyspnea / shortness of breath / asthma / bronchitis  
Prisniparni Uraria picta
Brihati Solanum indicum / Solanum anguivi
Vasa Adhatoda vasica
Kasamarda Cassia occidentalis
Shatavari Asparagus racemosus
Jivanti Leptadenia reticulata
Ginger (adraka) Zingiber officinale

12. Kanimkuringyadi Kashayam
Ref – Sahasrayogam, Parishishta Prakarana, 29

Ingredients Botanical Name Method of using Indications
Kanimkuringi / Sahachara Strobilanthus heiniyanus The decoction prepared with these ingredients should be served fresh 1. Dyspnea / shortness of breath / asthma / bronchitis
Varanam Crateva religiosa
Devadaru Cedrus doedara

13. Panal Veradi Kashayam
Ref – Sahasrayogam, Parishishta Prakarana, 27

Ingredients Botanical Name Method of using Indications
Patha Cissampelos pareira The decoction prepared with these ingredients should be served fresh, admixed with powder of Cuminum cyminum 1. Dyspnea / shortness of breath / asthma / bronchitis 2. Vomiting 3. Asthma
Ikshu mula Roots of Saccharum officinarum
Bilwa mula Roots of Aegle marmelos
laja Parched grain
Ginger
(Ardraka)
Zingiber officinale

14. Cherupayaradi Kashayam
Ref – Sahasrayogam, Parishishta Prakarana, 26

Ingredients Botanical Name Method of using Indications
Green gram Vigna radiata The decoction prepared with these ingredients should be served fresh 1. Cough 2. Dyspnea / shortness of breath / asthma / bronchitis 3. Emaciation, wasting diseases 4. Rhinitis
Guduchi Tinospora cordifolia
Ginger Zingiber officinale
Brihati Solanum indicum
Ponnavara / Kasamarda Cassia occidentalis
Ikshu Saccharum officinarum
Laja Parched grains
Ghana / Musta Cyperus rotundus

15. Bilwa Dhanyadi Kashayam
Ref – Sahasrayogam, Parishishta Prakarana, 25

Ingredients Botanical Name Method of using Indications
Bilwa Aegle marmelos The decoction prepared with these ingredients should be served fresh admixed with sugar and ghee 1. Hiccough 2. Dyspnea / shortness of breath / asthma / bronchitis  
Coriander Coriandrum sativum
Bala mula Roots of Sida cordifolia
Laja Parched grains
Cumin Cuminum cyminum
Ginger Zingiber officinale
Green gram Vigna radiata
Daru / Devadaru Cedrus deodara
Jivanti Leptadenia reticulata

16. Pathya Katpaladi (Sleshmajwarahara) Kashayam
Ref – Sahasrayogam, Kashaya Prakarana, 4

Ingredients Botanical Name Method of using Indications
Pathya / Haritaki Terminalia chebula The decoction prepared with these ingredients should be served fresh admixed with honey and powder of asafetida Fever of kapha origin associated with colic, dyspnea, indigestion, anorexia and dryness of mouth
Katphala Myrica esculenta
Ginger Zingiber officinale
Musta Cyperus rotundus
Vacha Acorus calamus
Bhunimba Andrographis paniculata
Coriander Coriandrum sativum
Bharangi Clerodendrum serratum
Parpataka Fumaria officinalis

Just before finishing –
Proper, planned, compatible and wholesome diet prevents many diseases in our lifetime. Many diseases are caused due to erratic food practices. Likewise, proper implementation of dietetic corrections is very essential in effectively curing a disease or when practised regularly, to avoid the recurrence of disease. Effective diet and effective medicine form a good combo in treating any disease, in shwasa too. Many times proper diet management and good exercise themselves take care of the disease, even without medication or with administration of small quantity of medicines. Diet, thus forms half of the treatment and holds importance as good as the medicines.

The yavagus and yushas explained above are highly effective in treating shwasa vis-à-vis dyspnoea. They also help in quick recovery and in prevention of recurrence of dyspnoea. The effect of these medicinal diets is due to the effective and skillful combination of food and medicine as one package.

Always try getting rid of your breathlessness through natural remedies. Breathe easy and breathe natural through Ayurvedic medicines and wholesome diet!!
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