||Comments on the herbs for asthma
||Also known as forskolin, this herb can open the airways and reduce spasm of the airway muscles.
Dose: Take 50 to 100 mg two or three times daily.
||Ginkgo is a popular herb used to improve memory. It may be
effective in treating asthma because it blocks a chemical called PAF
(platelet-activating factor) that can induce an asthma attack.
Dose: Take 120 to 240 mg of the standardized extract three times daily.
||Traditionally, lobelia is used to treat bronchitis and coughs.
Dose: Take 0.6 to 2.0 mL of the tincture up to three times daily. 100 mg of the raw leaf may be used.
||This herb is used traditionally to help with coughs, bronchitis, and lung infections. It is a rich source of vitamin C and beta-carotene. It can be helpful in cutting down on asthma symptoms.
Dose: Take 0.1 to 0.6 mL of the fennel oil daily for 14 days. Tea: Prepare using 1 to 2 grams of the crushed seeds in 250 mL (1 cup) of boiling water.
|Locorice||This herb helps reduce inflammation in the airways and may improve lung function.|
Dose: Take 1 to 4 grams of the powdered root daily (divided into three or four times daily). Fluid extract: Take 2 to 4 mL daily or as directed by the manufacturer.
|Mullein||This is one of the oldest medicinal plants known. It has been used to treat coughs in asthmatics.|
Dose: Tea: Use 1.5 to 2 grams of the herb in 250 mL (1 cup) of boiling water. Tincture (1:1): Take 7.5 to 10 mL twice daily or as directed by the manufacturer.
||This supplement thins out the mucus and makes it easier to clean the airways of mucus. Pineapple is a good source of bromelain.
Dose: Take 250 to 500 mg up to three times daily.
||Boswellia is an herb that is traditionally used to cut down on
inflammation in the airways. This will help to reduce asthma symptoms
and attacks. Some studies done in humans show that it works.
Dose: The suggested dosage is 300 mg three times daily.
||Quercetin contains flavonoids that can prevent the body from making chemicals that can trigger an asthma attack.
Dose: Experts suggest taking 400 to 1,000 mg three times daily.
||In Chinese medicine, astragalus is used to enhance the functions of
the airways and lungs. It is also used to reduce the risk of lung
Experts suggest taking 1,000 mg twice daily.