Herbal Remedies for Asthma

The following herbs are traditionally recommended for Asthma relief:

Chamomile Tea “ The herb Chamomile contains antihistamine, anti-inflammatory, anti-spasmodic and anti-histamine properties. The flowers are used as tinctures externally and consumed internally in the form of tea. It is a beneficial treatment for Asthma, but should be avoided by individuals who are under medications like blood thinners such as Warfarin.

Ephedra Sinica “ This herb has been used since ages to ease breathing by opening bronchial passages, relieves congestion during colds and flu, and treats Asthma. However, it is a controversial herb, because though certain compounds present in the plant such as ephedrine give Asthma relief, the isolated forms when used leads to elevation in Blood Pressure. When used as a whole, it contains other compounds which lower blood pressure and heart rate.

Ginger “ Ginger is the widely used herbal remedy available that can be used both as food and medicine. Ginger is being used without any side effects in treating allergies and Asthma for ages. It can be used as encapsulations, herbal formulas, in cooking, as tincture or as tea. Ginger tea can be made by simmering three-fourth teaspoon of chopped ginger in a cup of hot water for five minutes in a closed vessel. However, an alcohol-based tincture is more effective for treating Asthma than the tea.

Mullein “ is an ancient remedy for bronchitis, and unproductive coughs. It is also a popular remedy for Asthma. It is an anti-spasmodic and an astringent herb. The flowers and leaves of the plant reduce mucous and expel phlegm, making it valuable for lung problems. The leaves are used in oils, teas and compresses. However, the seeds of the plant are toxic and should be avoided.