Asthma and Hay fever

Both asthma and hay fever are often associated in the West with allergies. Irritants cause an inflammatory reaction, which in asthma leads to narrowing of the airways and the characteristic wheeze. Hay fever is similarly associated with allergens attacking the mucous membranes of the nasal passages. Western treatment usually includes anti-inflammatories, antispasmodics and anti-allergens.
  • 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.

Asthma Links
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.

Herbs that may be helpful:

Safe and natural remedy containing herbal ingredients:
HayFever Fighter

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