- In ayurveda:
Both disorders are further classified by kapha, vata, or pitta dominance. Asthma is normally kapha-type, with an abundance of phlegm and white sputum; pitta-type has yellow phlegm; and vata-type is likely to be dry, causing excessive thirst. Hay fever is usually vata; the pitta form is likely to be associated with more extensive allergies, and kapha with excess phlegm and watery catarrh. All three types are linked to debility and constitutional weakness.
- In Traditional Chinese Medicine:
The causes of asthma can be rather more complex: the complaint may be due to a failure of kidney energies to coordinate respiration (in which case it would be treated with kidney tonics) or it may be associated with an internal accumulation of "phlegm-heat" or weak lung Qi. All require careful diagnosis and appropriate treatment.
Western theory often associates asthma with an allergic response to dairy products, wheat, and beef, among common allergens; others include car fumes, tobacco smoke, dust mites, and animal fur. Asthma can be severe and life-threatening: it should always be taken seriously.
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