Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Siddha Home Remedies for Asthma

Asthma is a condition where the patient experiences difficulty to breathe, and it is the primary symptom. It starts with cough, inability to breathe, and tightness in chest.

Persons afflicted with asthma suffer from difficult breathing and exhalation would be more difficult than inhalation. During a flare up they may even find it difficult to speak.

Children and grown up alike are prone to asthmatic attacks. It is not a contagious disease, you won’t contract asthma by talking to a asthmatic patient.

People with asthma urinate a lot and the urine might look salty. They may not be able to sleep at night. During flare-ups, the patient’s face would become pale, the body chill and the pulse racing.

Some may experience the attacks in the mornings, while the majority suffer at night.

Though it is not contagious, heredity and environmental pollution are the main causative factors. If it runs in your family, the probability of you getting it is very high.

Siddha Remedies for Asthma

Adathodai kudineer and adathodai manappagu are excellent remedies for asthma. Regular intake two times a day for a month can bring about a drastic reduction in the symptoms.

Thippili chooranam is yet another time tested remedy for asthma.


Arisi thippili
Siru nerunjil
Kandankathiri seeds

30 gm of each of these are taken and powdered to a coarse consistency and stored in a bottle.

Take a pinch of this powder with honey thrice a day after food.

Dietary restrictions: Avoid cold items like banana, ash gourd, radish, lemon, tomato, cabbage, cauliflower etc during the intake of medicine.

More siddha home remedies for asthma to follow.

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Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Siddha Home Remedies for Cough and Cold

Some Siddha home remedies for cough and cold are given below.

Chitharathai kudineer or infusion

The ingredients are chitharathai (alpinia officinarum) 10gm, perichan (phoenix dactylifera) 10 gm, chukku (zingiber officinale) 10 gm, and athimathuram (glychyrrhiza glabra) 10 gm.

These are powdered coarsely and bundled in a cloth. This mixture is boiled in 50 ml milk adding 50 ml water to it. Continue heating at a low heat for sometime and then decant it. Add 10 gm of palm candy to this.

This should be taken (25 ml) twice a day for five days.

Over the counter preparations

Thalisaathi vadagam – One three times a day.

Korojanai mathirai – Two tablets three times a day with honey or milk.

Siddha Herbal Remedies for Asthma

Some symptoms of asthma are difficulty breathing, tightness in chest, wheezing and unproductive cough.

Adathodai kudineer is an excellent siddha herbal remedy for asthma.

This is explained in one of my earlier posts ‘Siddha Herbal Remedies for Cough and Cold’.

Adathodai manapagu is also useful in treating this.

Pavala parpam is a Siddha remedy available at Siddha stores useful in treating this condition. 100mg three times a day with milk or ghee is the standard dosage.

These are some Siddha home remedies for Cough, cold and asthma.

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Monday, February 16, 2009

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Sunday, February 01, 2009

Siddha Herbal Remedies for Common Cough and Cold

There are excellent remedies that can be made using Siddha herbs to treat cough and cold. I will explain below some of the herbs and preparations.

Adathoda Zeylanica

Adathoda or adathodai is the herb for the lungs. It is used in treating almost all ailments that afflict the lungs like asthma, tuberculosis, wheezing, etc.


A decoction of adhimathuram bark soothes the throat and relieves dry cough.

Thippili or Piper Longum

This is an excellent expectorant and brings out the phlegm in chest.

Common symptoms of Cough

Cough with expectoration, phlegm in chest, pain in chest while coughing, sore throat due to irritating cough, slight rise in temperature at times.

Adathoda decoction or kudineer

Collect a couple of adathoda leaves and fry them with honey. Add powdered thippili, thalisapathiri (Taxus baccata) and athimathuram 4 gm each to the fried leaves and add 500 ml of water. Let the water boil and reduce to a fourth of its volume. Remove from heat and let it cool. 50 ml of this decoction three times a day is the standard dosage. Prepare the decoction fresh each day.

Adathoda syrup

Collect 200 gm of adathoda leaves and cut them to small pieces. Boil them in 2.5 litres of water and reduce to 75 ml. Filter out the leaves. Add 200 gm of sugar to this decoction and boil the water again to a syrupy consistency. Remove from heat and let it cool. Take 15 ml of this syrup with warm water three times a day.

Some of the preparations available at Siddha pharmacies are ‘thalisaathi choornam’, ‘kasthuri karuppu’, ‘ pavala parpam’ etc.

Common symptoms of Cold

Sneezing, postnasal discharge, stuffy nose, sore throat, cough are some of the common symptoms.

Pepper Decoction for Cold

4 gm of powdered pepper is added to 450 ml of water and heat. Reduce to one fourth volume. The dosage is 40-50 ml three times a day. This is also useful for pain in abdomen.


To prepare this lehyam, take dried ginger, pepper and thippili of equal quantity by weight say 50 gm each. Also take cumin seeds, cardamom seeds, cloves 25 gm each. Powder all of these separately. Prepare a syrup after adding 200 gm of palm candy to this combination. On this reaches a syrupy consistency add 200 ml of ghee and 40 ml honey. Standard dosage is 3 gm twice a day after food.

Neerkovai maathirai

This preparation is available in Siddha pharmacies. Take two of these tablets in a plate and add few drops of warm water. Grind the tablets to a fine paste with your fingers. Apply the paste on forehead and temples. This is said to clear retention of fluids in the sinuses and relieve heavy headedness.

These are some of the Siddha home remedies prepared with Siddha herbs for cough and cold.

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