Haemoptysis or Hemoptysis A Lung Cancer Or Tuberculosis

Haemoptysis is common among patients suffering from lung cancer and/or tuberculosis (TB). Haemoptysis refers to that typical syndrome when a person spits blood while coughing. Sometimes, mucus accompanies the blood.

Ayurvedic Interpretation

Haemoptysis is included in the group of ailments commonly termed as Urdhvaga Rakta pitta according to Ayurvedic principles.

Dietary Regimen

The patient should follow a strict dietary regimen. It should include meat, rice of the old variety (at least a year old) and soup of cereals like masur, moong, and patola.

He/she should drink lots of water.

Cow’s milk is also prescribed for such people.

Moreover, such a person needs to also regularly consume amalaki and pomegranate.

What not to eat

The patient stay away from all forms of spicy and hot food items.

Other important points

Complete rest is mandatory for such patients.

They should not get involved in any form of physical exertion. The patient should also avoid moving out under sunlight.

Ayurvedic Treatment

Ayurveda has the following two effective medications for patients suffering from Haemoptysis. They are Pravala pishti and Vasaka.

Pravala Pishti

Pravala pishti is prepared from coral.

The Dose : One gram of Pravala pishti should be mixed with honey. The patient should have it four times daily.


Vasaka is a commonly prescribed liquid medication. Since its taste is bitter, honey is used to tone down the taste and make it palatable.

The Dose : Two teaspoonfuls mixed with half a teaspoonful of honey four times daily.

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