Asthma is known as the inflammation of bronchitis tracts that makes it difficult for the patient I breathing and causes never ending coughs. Moreover, it is supported by congestion in the chest resulting in more pain and even shortness of breath. A wheezing sound is common while breathing amongst Asthmatic patients.
Usual factors causing Asthma are the Tobacco smoke, environment, stress, obesity and pregnancy etc. Certain herbs that provide calming affect can be used for the treatment of Asthma. They include consuming them in different forms such as powder, capsules, beverages etc.
Best Herbs For Asthma
Butterbur, also known as Petasites hybridus, is a perennial herb native to Asia, Europe and North America. The herb has anti-inflammatory properties and also contains two active constituents named as petasin and isopetasin. It has the ability to alleviate smooth muscle spasm. Petasin helps to reduce the inflammation by halting the harmful effects of inflammatory chemicals, known as leukotriene and histamine. Both the molecules are responsible for causing inflammatory effects during asthma attacks. A butterbur capsule is easily available in medical stores.
Take 50-100mg of Butterbur, two times day for effective asthma treatment. Or consult your physician for confirming the required Butterbur dosage for the same.
Bromelain is a proteolytic enzyme, which helps to digest proteins. It is obtained from pineapple’s extract with anti-inflammatory effects, which reduces the level of cytokines and prostaglandins. Both of them are considered anti-inflammation markers, responsible for stimulating swelling of the respiratory tract in asthma. Bromelain is available in both capsule and tablet forms. For adults, 80-320 mg dosage of Bromelain 2-3 times a day is recommendable for desired result.
Boswellia is an Indian Ayurvedic herb that is better known as Salai guggal. It helps to prevent the development of a compound named as leukotrienes that produces in the lungs. It further contracts the airways and also causes various inflammatory diseases including asthma. Boswellia acid has the potential to block the discharge associated with immune system reactions that develops the risk of asthma attack. Boswellia pills are available over-the-counter. By taking 300 mg thrice a day can contribute in lowering the consistency of asthma attacks. It also elevates the breathing capacity.
Ginkgo biloba, also spelled as gingko, is a living fossil that is often used to treat asthma patients. The herb is tremendously popular to improve the blood circulation and oxygen flow throughout the body of the individual. It inhibits inflammation that is responsible for causing asthma attacks and also prevents PAF (platelet activating factor).
PAF is a strong activator of platelet aggregator and anaphylactic reactions. Ginkgo biloba consist of Ginkgolides, an antioxidant, that may prevent the inflammation during asthma attacks and allergy, thereby, killing the free radical cells that cause inflammation. Ginkgo can be taken in various forms such as tablet, capsule or tea. Daily dosage of 600 mg may help to get rid from asthma attack by reducing airway hypersensitivity in asthma patients.
Turmeric or ‘Curcuma longa’ comprises of curcumin, a compound that declines the inflammation by reducing the level of inflammatory enzymes called COX-2 and LOX. Curcumin is a powerful antioxidant, which sweeps free radicals that damage the cell membranes and also cause cell death by tampering with DNA. All these conditions uplift the risk of developing various diseases including asthma, cancer and diabetes. Drink a mixture that is made up of 1 ½ teaspoons of turmeric powder along with 2 cups of milk and 1 teaspoon of ginger power with empty stomach daily. Or you can also drink turmeric, simply mixed in whole milk with empty stomach in the morning on regular basis. It easily gets absorbed that helps to lower the inflammation in the body.
Chinese Skullcap (Scutellaria baicalensis)
Chinese Skullcap root is often used in traditional Chinese medicine for treating various health problems including asthma. This herb contains flavone derivatives including wogonin, baicalin and baicalein, which helps to prevent the histamine discharge from mast cells in vitro.
Baicalin also dispenses the anti-asthmatic activity in isolated tracheal muscle from asthmatic guinea pigs. To control asthma, it is essential to alleviate inflammation and hypersensitivity prevailing in the airways. The Chinese Skullcap can be taken in the form of powder or capsule. Daily intake of 3-9 grams of the herb would be beneficial to manage asthma problem.
Adhatoda vasica is an evergreen herb, native to India and South East Asia. This herb acts as an expectorant to support you lungs and help them to breathe better and more easily. Its root and leaves contains alkaloids vasicinone, vasicine, vsicol, and vasicinolone, which have a amazing effect on the bronchitis, improving the breathing problem. Vasicinol may protect your lungs from histamine that cause bronchoconstriction. Daily dosage of Adhatoda vasica 50mcg is helpful to treat patients suffering from asthma. In case of acute asthma treatment, take 0.5-2g dry powder of the herb would be helpful.
Coleus, also known as Plectranthus barbatus and Coleus forskohlii is a perennial herb. It is used to cure a wide range of health-related problems including asthma, chronic cough, respiratory disorders, and colic, epilepsy and heart problems. The chemical component known as forskolin helps to prevent the inflammation and relaxes the bronchial muscle. Daily consumption of the extract ranges from 100-300 mg that contains 10 percent to 20 percent forskolin can be taken for effective results.
Although excess consumption of this herb is itself a major cause of Asthma, but using it in a specific way can help to curb the troubling disorder. Lobelia is also known as the Indian tobacco due to its extensive origin in India. It was banned by the FDA but now it is available for medicinal purposes specially Asthma.
Being an antispasmodic herbal remedy, Grindelia helps in eradicating the blockage of air passages in the bronchial tracts. It encourages splurging breathing and easy flow of Oxygen throughout. Moreover, it works directly on the respiratory system forcing various irritating agents such as mucous to escape the respiratory system. This allows smoother breathing for Asthmatic patients and calms them down.
Asthma treatment has always found a trustworthy alternate in Ephedra. Ephedra has been identified as an effective herb in treating asthma and several allergies. Besides, it also helps in treating cold. However, Ephedra has been misused for drug consumption by the addicts that have defamed its usefulness amongst many people. If applied for the right purpose, nothing works on reducing Asthma as efficiently as Ephedra does. High blood pressure patients should not use it.