Asthma is a chronic disease that affects the reparatory system. This condition manifests itself through the very difficult breathing. The breathing is hard because the narrowed, swollen and inflamed airways produce a lot of mucus, while the lungs and throat are constricted. Asthma most frequently appears in childhood or early adulthood, although it may also appear at any age. Coughing, shortness of breath and wheezing are the most ordinary sings of asthma, but in some people with asthma, the pain in the chest may appear as well. The potential causes of asthma are exposure to dust and some chemicals, as well as stress, lung infection, cold air, and exhaustion.
Herbs for asthma
Asthma is a condition that is not curable. However, it must be treated in order to control it and avoid certain further complications that can occur, such as serious asthma attack. There are several herbs that are proven to be very beneficial in treating asthma, and they can reduce the symptoms of this condition very successfully.
Mullein and elecampane are the two herbs that most herbalists recommend first. They are very effective in opening the constricted bronchial passages, thus reducing certain symptoms of asthma, such as the shortness of breath and wheezing.
Other useful herbs are those that have the same properties as histamines (the substances that constrict bronchial passages) are anise, ginger, peppermint and chamomile, which are very tasty.
Chamomile is very potent in increasing the adrenal glands' production of cortisone, which decreases the inflammation of the lungs, thus making the breathing easier.
Motherwort and passionflower are two other herbs that are recommended by herbalists. They are very helpful in reducing the lung spasms, as well as in reducing anxiety that may cause asthma attack.
Lemon verbena tea is also very potent in treating asthma in children. The good side of this tea is that it has a good taste. Lemon verbena tea is used for the reduction of wheezing, which is one of the most frequent symptoms of asthma.
Gingko is an herb that many people suffering from asthma use. The tea of this herb is very beneficial in treating the asthma, because it prevents the bronchial passages in the lungs from constricting. Gingko can be found in pill and tincture form. In China, Ginkgo throat spray is used instead of the modern asthmatic inhaler.
Several other herbs that are also recommended for asthma are Echinacea, magnolia, rehmannia and don quai, as well as ma huang, a Chinese herb.