Kaasa (bronchitis)


Kasa (cough)-Bronchitis

Kasanat Kasaha- The vitiated vayu moves forcefully upwards thru the kanta (throat) producing a typical sound (sounds like bhinna kansya—broken, bronze vessel)

Kasa is a disease of pranavaha srotas

Mainly vitiation of vata (prana & udana) & kapha

Hetu or nidana’s

Dhooma (smoke, smokers cough)

Raja (dust)-dhooli, hindi

Ativyayama (excess exercise, beyond your capacity) Injury inside the chest gets caused, cough up a little blood, things like heavy weight lifting, running, jumping, ect…

Ati Ruksha Annasevan-Dry things, chips, French fries,

Excessive guru, sheeta (both food and environment), amla

Vegadharana- Supression of natural urges (causes vata to get disturbed, apanavayu)

Langha (anashan) – Kashayaja Kasa (tubercular cough) cough due to emaciation

Ati maithuna- Excessive sexual activity

Diwaswapna (daytime sleeping)


Nidana Sevana

Vata    ^                                                                                                                                                                                  Kapha ^

Vayu move in off direction (esp. apanavayu)


Pushes udana vayu

Disturbes the normal path of vayu

Conflict because of opposite directions

Parana vata

This is a slow process, only happens quickly when there is an allergy like to dust or smoke exposure.

Purvarupa (pre monitory symptoms)

  1. Shoka (sharp pointed, pulses that can’t be broken into 2 equal parts) purna (complete,full) gala (throat) asyata (mouth, oral pharynx-where mouth meets throat)-person feels that something sharp is poking in their throat…a foreign body sensation in the mouth or throat, thus prompting cough to throw it out. (feeling of shoka grains in throat and mouth)
  2. Kantha Kandu-Itching sensation in throat
  3. Bhojyanam Avarodha-difficulty in swallowing
  • Swarabheda-Voice changing is another (madhav)


  1. Cough (Is it dry or productive? If dry then think Vata, productive means Kapha? If Kapha then ask what color-yellow, white-reddish, and consistency-thick, hard to get out or more liquidy? For Kapha more quantity of phlem, whitish in color, wet and sticky, lots of effort to throw out, lots of spitting out phlem due to Kapha collecting faster, associated with Aruchi-loss of appetite, congestion, heaviness in the head-shiro gourava, agni mandya, uro gourava-heaviness in the chest. Also ask if any burning, itching or pain when coughing? For Vata, dry , pain in throat(kantha), chest (udha)and flanks(parshva), headache-temporal, less Kapha, abdominal pain due to muscle soreness of continuous movement of the diaphragm when coughing. In Pitta Kaas-sputum is medium quantity, color is yellow or green(indicates infection, yellow is milder form), foul smelling sputum, bad, foul smelling breath (halitosis), excessive burning sensation in chest and throat (daha), jwara (fever), vomiting induced by pitta, redness in the eyes(rakta netrata)
    1. Five types of Kasa
      1. Vataja Kasa
      2. Pittaja Kasa
  • Kapha Kasa
  1. Kshataja Kasa-due to injury, excess exercise, riding horses, camels, etc…too much.
  2. Kshayaja Kasa-depletion of dhatu’s, tubercular
  3. Kshatahja-blood in sputum, frothy, intense pain-like stabbing in chest, person may end up in pandu-due to blood loss.

v.Kshayaja-dry, weak, emaciated, pale, skinny, hungry of oxygen, increase respirations, fainting, in later conditions can be unconsciousness, giddiness, ojakashaya-can’t perform sexual activity, other symptoms of tuberculosis can be seen like jwara, seeing ribs in chest, pandu(anemia)



Upadrava (complications)




Pinasa-persistent, chronic cold

Parshvashool-persistent pain in the flanks


Swarabheda-permanent horseness of the voice. (diphtheria-ulcerations in the throat, sever dry cough, damage is caused to the vocal cords)

Sadhyasadhyatva (Prognosis)

Vata, Pitta & Kapha Kasa are Sukha Sadhya (easily curable)

Kshataja & Kshayaja are Kashta Sadhya (difficult to treat)=special note if excessive blood loss in Kshataja is uncurable and depletion of dhatus in Kshayaja is also uncurable.


  1. Nidana Parivarjana-avoiding (stop)the causative factors
  2. Remove the obstruction of Kapha
  3. Vata Anulomana-work to bring down Vayu
  4. Try to improve the immunity of that system-Pranavaha srotas by specific Rasayana

In Vata Predominance:

  1. Do abhyanga(on the chest) to bring to dosha’s to the koshta before giving herbs
    1. Sesame oil on chest, neck upper back
    2. Swedan…fermentation, hot, wet towel placed close to the chest., but not touching the skin. Only until sweat forms on forehead and tip of nose, or few drops of sweat form on the area.
    3. Anulomana-mild laxative is beneficial
    4. Haritaki with warm water, honey, warm milk, takra is best for anulomana
    5. Draksha
    6. Triphala

10 ways of anagni swedan, causing swedan without agni

  1. Sun
  2. Exercise
  3. Anger
  4. Fright
  5. Residing in underground room
  6. Wrapping in thick blanket
  7. Sex
  8. When u are hungry (langha)
  9. When u are thirsty
  10. Fighting with someone, like wrestling

3.Ghrutapan- medicated ghees like Kantakari Ghruta after meals*only useful in vataja

  1. Herbs helpful in Vata dominant
  2. Yashtimadhu (licorish)
  3. black raisin (kantakari with honey)
  4. bibitak decoction
  5. Rock candy, and rock candy with dry ginger (shunti) (or jiggery with shunti)

In Pitta dominance

  1. Herbs-
    1. Kantakari
    2. sitopaladi churna ½-1 tsp with honey
    3. Drakshasav (naturally fermented medication)
    4. Vasavaleha (Vasa Adathoda Vasica-Broncho dilator) Sweet and tikta
    5. Yastimdhu is also very good given as powder (1/2-1tsp) form in milk.

In Kapha dominance

  1. Herbs-katu, ruksha & ushna are beneficial
    1. Shunti
    2. Pippali (long pepper)Samasharkara churna
    3. Bharangi-best one for cough
    4. Kantakari
  2. Khadiradi Vati-tablets (resin)
    1. In powder form should be dissolved in mouth(not swallowed)
    2. Good for mouth ulcers too

Rasayana – Pippalyadi Rasayan & Chavan Prash

**Dutapapeshwara best pharmacy to get meds/herbs esp. metal bastma

Do’s & Don’ts

Do’s Pathya

Rice (cooked) & wheat

Kodarva-kodo millet/ditch millet/rice grass/paspalum scrobi culatum-deepan, pachan

Atmagopta (secret of the atman)-kapikachu(synonym)-velvet bean(cow witch,cow wedge), eat leaves and seeds (best for parkinsons)-climbing shrub, white lavender flowers-possibly used to feed cows?-beans can be soaked (1hr) then cooked and eaten, can also be had fresh. Very common in India it’s called konch beeja. (itch bean)

Mung, Kulata (horse gram)

Goat soup-chicken soup will work too esp. in Vataja

If we have to drink wine, should be old wine

*Vastuka (vegetable)-wild spinach, pig weed, white goose foot, lambs quarter & fat hen-chenopodium album linn-can use leaves

Eggplant-small young fresh

Kantakari –yellow berry nightshade(synonym-Vyaghri (tiger)-tikta ,katu, ushna, vipak katu, tridoshic but mainly v&K. most important medicine for respiratory aliments. It’s good for the kanta, removes hikka, it is remover of cold, ungamarda(body pain)prasharmna(remover), deepan, kanduhar, medahar, swarabhedahar, ashmariahar(stones, esp.in kidney), helps with fertility, the whole plant is used or fresh leaves smashed and taken with honey, can also make a grhita-helps the lungs. Kantakari vyaghri=means eating the berry, if you are growing it.

Jeevanti-holostemma ada-kodien


Pachak aahar overall

Mung yusha-add shunti, hing, sandhova,   anardhana-pomegrante seed (powder) can take this when coughing is back and continuous…give the decoction of the mung 1in 16 down to 4s (4 part mung to 16 part water)-saarva kaas

Take honey after eating when having cough and hot water between meals.

Dry Cough                                                                                                                                           Wet Cough

Dry roasted rice                                                                                                                                               Barley (NO WHEAT)

Old rice & old wheat

Pulses: Green Moong, red Masoor,                                                                                            Roasted Moong, masoor, kulat

& chuna daal                                                                                                                                   (avoid, urda daal, green peas)

Eggplant, radish, carrot, snake gourd                                                                                               methi, eggplant, red onion,

Parval(patol)                                                                 spinach                                                                        karela, yama root

Raisins                                                                                                                                                                papaya

Oil:ghee, sesame                                                                                                                                             mustard

Avoid yogurt in both

Goat milk, sheep milk w/spices                                                                                                                     no milk

Goat meat& some eggs, chicken                                                                                              try not to have meat but if then

Deer meat                                                                                                                                                   dry roast

No fish(abhishandi)

Sugar, honey, jaggery                                                                                                                  old jaggery & old honey

All spices like, shunti, garlic, onion, blk pepper, pippali……………………………………………………..same but can use even hotter

Luke warm water                                                                                                                                          Hot water

Madhur-amla-lavana-pachak                                                                                                                     Katu-tikta-kashaya

Apathya (absolutely no!!!)

No exercise-vyayama



Yogurt, fish, potato, mustard leaves,

Excessive eating

Old water or old rice

Rakta moksha

Breakfast for Dry Cough-cup of hot milk w/spices or cream of wheat dry roasted cereal, egg whipped with fresh ginger, pepper, shredded radish

Lunch: chicken soup, eggplant (even from Chinese restaurant), stir fry(of carrots, garlic, eggplant, lemon) with wheat tortilla, chipati (no-naan) roasted chicken

Dinner: light dinner, moong soup, eggplant, spiced milk, kanji(rice soup, gruel)

Wet Cough-better to put them on decoction, mung soup prescribed diet to start

Then they can progress up to vegetables

barley cereal or quinoa

Lunch: barley soup, stir fry’s methi leaf

Saturday 4-16-11



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