What causes asthma?
According to research, asthma is a kind of allergic reaction that occurs in the throat where the immune system overreacts and causes the throat to constrict. Asthma is common in individuals who have severe allergies, skin allergies, are overweight, are frequently stressed, and who live in environments with air pollution (such as tobacco users or those who live in an area with heavy air pollution from industry or traffic).
Herbs that can fight asthma
Japanese researchers conducted a study on over 200 people with asthma in 2012. The patients were given supplements of kampo or a traditional asthma treatment. After 16 days of taking kampo supplements, asthma symptoms disappeared in 94 percent of participants. In the traditional group, only one-fourth of the study participants had no asthma symptoms after 16 days. This suggests that kampo is highly effective at fighting the symptoms of asthma.
Chinese herbal blends
There is some evidence that suggests Chinese medicinal herbal blends are effective in reducing the symptoms of asthma. In a 2012 study, published in ISRN Asthma, of 119 patients with asthma, individuals who applied yang/qi herbal pastes to the chest reported fewer asthma symptoms. The theory of this treatment is that applying heat-enducing herbal pastes encourages the body to heal itself in that area.
According to a 2015 study published in Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine, these are common yang/qi herbs used to treat asthma:
- Fici Radix
- Psoraleae Fructus
- Cistanches Herba
- Eucommiae Cortex
- Codonopsis Radix
- Ziziphi Fructus
- Schisandrae Fructus
- Atractylodis Rhizoma
- Epimedii Herba
- Cuscutae SemeDipsaci Radix
- Ginseng Radix
As asthma is often made worse by a large amount of inflammation in the body, it makes sense that an inflammation-fighter like ginger would assist in reducing asthma symptoms. A 2013 study conducted by the American Thoracic Society and presented at the ATS 2013 International Conference indicated that ginger can have positive and verifiable effects on asthma.
The study authors exposed human airway tissue with a compound that ordinarily would constrict and irritate the airways of a person with asthma. Then, the authors mixed the irritating compound with ginger particles and asthma medication and found that when ginger was added to the mix, the asthma medication was more effective at preventing bronchial tube constriction.
Herbs can fight the symptoms of asthma
Although you may not want to throw away your inhaler just yet, the identification of these herbal remedies for asthma indicates that all hope may not be lost in treating asthma naturally. Consult with a health practitioner you trust to see if adding a few of these herbs to your diet through food and external application can help you breathe a little easier.
Source: The Alternative Daily
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