Pittaja Kasa – Causes, Symptoms, Treatment

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

Pittaja Kasa means cough produced by vitiated pitta. Due to the impact of pitta the cough is associated with burning sensation.

Causative factors

Excessive consumption of foods

  • pungent in taste
  • hot, corrosive in nature
  • sour in taste
  • alkaline
  • Excessive display of anger
  • excessive exposure to heat of fire
  • excessive exposure to the heat of sun
    Read – Charaka Kasa Chikitsa – 18th Chapter

Signs and Symptoms

  • expectoration of yellow colored phlegm following cough
  • after coughing for long duration (when cough persists for long duration), the patient feels shining objects like stars, fire flies, small flames etc coming in front of his eyes
  • expectoration of phlegm mixed with pitta
  • hoarseness of voice, loss of voice
  • feeling as if smoke / fumes are being emitted from the chest
  • burning sensation in the chest (Sushruta)
  • yellowish discoloration of eyes
  • bitterness…

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