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Encyclopedia of Vedic Astrology: Remedies: Gems, Chapter VIII, Part – 36

Dr. Shanker Adawal


Asthma is a kind of heart disease. It is the most serious allergic disease and is one of the most fatal disease which gives the sufferer too much troubles. The bronchial tubes are narrowed by spasmodic contractions and they secrete an excess of mucus which makes breathing almost difficult. The victim always wheezes and coughs. A patient cannot sleep at night peacefully- this is their main trouble. An asthmatic attack may last for minutes, hour or days. It is said that an asthmatic parent will give birth to an asthmatic child and therefore, this is practically a hereditary disease. It is a most chronic type of heart disease. The heart is a hollow muscle that pumps or circulate blood through the blood vessels in all parts of the body at the rate of about 4000 gallons a day. It is about the size and shape of a clenched fist located in the chest between the lungs, just above the diaphragm.

Astro-pathology is a distinct branch of astrology which deals with diseases. The fourth house in a birth-chart rules over the heart, chest and lungs. It is said that the Moon governs the heart. The fifth house of the Zodiac i.e. Leo plays a great part in causing this disease. It is also confirmed that Leo rules the heart, spinal cord and arota. The sign Leo is a fiery and hot sign and if any fiery or hot planets be posited at the birth-chart in Leo, the native will get asthmatic tendencies. Mars is a fiery planet and when afflicted in Leo, it causes overheating of the blood, produces animal heat in the body and gives heart-pain, suffocation, fainting. Mercury rules over our nerves and if he is in Leo, he gives heart-troubles due to nervous disorders, and causes asthmatic tendencies.

Jupiter governs our liver and lungs and when he is in Leo, he gives asthma and pleurisy. Saturn governs our breath and so he may be regarded as the main planet causing asthma, as in asthma, breathing difficulty causes much trouble. When Saturn afflicts the 5th house of the Zodiac i.e. Leo, the person becomes liable for bronchial or asthmatic attacks. Saturn is an obstructive planet by nature and when he afflicts any planet in Leo, he acts as a retarding influence impeding the circulation of blood to and from the heart. Saturn, being a retarding influence, prevents elimination of wastes from the body and clogs the system.

Medicines give only temporary relief. The patient gets disturbed and annoyed by constant use of medicines and inhalers, which is also a very costly affair.

The science of horoscopy can afford to provide adequate relief here. Now let me examine the nature of each planet causing asthma one by one. The main planets which cause asthma are the Moon, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn and Mercury. First the Moon governs the heart, and her gem is White Pearl.
It is said that Pearl fortifies the heart. Moonstone is also a gem for the planet Moon and it also fortifies the heart. So these gems can be used safely. Then comes Mars, a fiery and hot planet. He causes over-heating of the blood and gives animal heat in the body and his gems are Red Coral and Ruby. These are hot stones and these should be avoided and should not be used by the asthmatic patients, as these may cause insomnia. Jupiter confers sub-normal blood-pressure. It gives a tendency to apoplexy and fatty degeneration of the heart. He also causes palpitation of the heart. So his gems will be useful here and his gem is Yellow Sapphire. Mercury governs our entire nerve system and his asthmatic patients. Saturn is another planet which causes asthma and his gem is Blue Sapphire which is also helpful to the asthmatic patients.


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