Kasa – Causes, Pathogenesis, Types, Treatment



By Dr Raghuram Y.S. MD (Ay) & Dr Manasa, B.A.M.S

Kasa is a word used to describe ‘cough’ or act of cough in Ayurveda. Bouts of cough coming out either in dry or with phlegm is called kapha.

Kasa is both a symptom and disease

Kasaroga is a symptom and is found in many diseases. When it gets independently manifested having its own pathogenesis, it will be considered as a disease. When kasa is a disease it will have its own etiological factors, premonitory symptoms, subtypes, symptom complex, prognosis and treatment principles.

Causative Factors

While master Sushruta has enumerated common etiological factors for cough, master Charaka has mentioned etiological factors separately for individual subtypes of cough.

Common causes

  • Smoke entering the mouth, nose, throat etc
  • Exposure to dust
  • Excessive exercise
  • Excessive consumption of dry foods
  • Entry of food particles into the respiratory…

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