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Common, Effective Herbs For Asthma

Asthma is a growing problem in modern times. It is estimated that asthma cases rose 57% just in 1982-1992, according to the American Lung Association. Children’s asthma is on the rise. It is thought that pollution is bringing on these unprecedented cases of asthma. Although you should always see your doctor if you think you have asthma, you should know that you have a choice when it comes to treating your asthma.

Sometimes, people can have side effects from asthma medications. Some people prefer to use herbs for asthma rather than relying on synthetic medicines. Check with your doctor if it is safe for you to take herbs for asthma. He or she will also suggest changes in your diet, which you should try to follow. If it is okay with your doctor, here are some of the most common and effective herbs for asthma you can try. Your doctor may also recommend a local herbalist for you.

Garlic

The powerful odor of garlic cloves also contains chemicals that can improve your blood circulation and decrease inflammation. Garlic can be eaten (if you so prefer), can be taken in capsules or liquids. It is one of the most effective and inexpensive herbs for asthma. Sometimes the strong odor of garlic helps you to take deeper breaths.

Licorice Root

Not the candy, but the root that flavors the candy, has been for centuries considered one of the best herbs for asthma. Licorice is also an anti-inflammatory, and can help soothe swollen breathing pathways. Some asthma patients who take cortisone medicines for their asthma also take licorice root to get rid of their medicine’s side effects. Although you can try chewing licorice root, it’s not really recommended by this writer. You can drink teas with licorice root in it, suck on lozenges made with licorice root or take licorice root capsules.

Ephedra

The Chinese have prescribed what they call ma huang, ephedra, for asthma for thousands of years. And yes, ephedra is the main ingredient in Ephedrine (“speed”), so you want to carefully follow the directions on this one, unless you want to find yourself clawing the ceiling. Ephedra is a legal herb for asthma and other medical problems, found in Chinese specialty shops, health food stores or even specialty pharmacies. Ephedra is also an effective herb for hay fever. Some professional herbalists and practitioners of Chinese traditional medicine prefer to combine ephedra with licorice or ginseng rather than just give it straight to a patient.


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