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Herbs for Asthma



What are some traditional herbs for asthma that have been used?

There are many natural remedies that have been used historically to treat asthma symptoms and prevent asthma attacks. Below is a detailed list of herbs that can be helpful in reducing inflammation, opening the airways and cutting down on asthma attacks.

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Herbs for Asthma

Herbs Comments on the herbs for asthma
Coleus 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 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.
 
Lobelia 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.
 
Fennel 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.
 
LocoriceThis 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.
 
MulleinThis 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.
 
Bromelain 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 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 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.
   
Astragalus 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 infections.

Dose: Experts suggest taking 1,000 mg twice daily.
 

What more DETAILED information on many other ways to treat asthma?

See Asthma Home Remedies, Asthma Foods and Homeopathic Remedies for Asthma to get more information on reducing asthma symptoms and attacks.



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Created: August 10, 2010

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