Thursday, June 21, 2007

Asthma and Herbal Remedies

I was asked recently about herbal remedies for asthma. I thought of a few off the top of my head, which have been traditionally used treatments for asthma.

Chamomile tea has some anti-allergenic properties, and seems to inhibit the allergic response. Also chamomile's essential oil seems to block the release of histamine, and these two together can sometimes help with asthma.

Fennel seed and anise seed have traditionally been used for asthma and other respiratory ailments. They have a calming anti-spasmodic effect, and also help loosen bronchial mucus.

Dried ginger also has some effect on asthma and allergies.

Both green and black tea contain a chemical which relaxes the smooth muscles of the bronchial tubes and can reduce the severity of asthma. And drinking either green or black tea provides a sufficient dose of this chemical to help asthmatics.

These are a few of the herbs which have traditionally been used as treatments for asthma. I am preparing a longer article which will be published on my website by Monday, June 25.

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