Asthma Attack Medicinal Plants

Herbs and medicianal plants have long been used in treating diseases and illnesses. Even medical doctors sometimes prescribe the use of medicinal plants. In the olden days only medicinal plants are used to cure any disease, including asthma, if they already have the illness back then.

Medicinal plants are now being widely used to curb asthma attacks. They are more affordable, easily available and there are no side effects. There is no cure for asthma, even medicinal plants are not approved to called a cure. They provide relief but it is still advisable to consult your doctor when you’re experiencing an asthma attack. And mention that you took an alternative medicine to provide temporary relief.

Medicinal Plants Used In Asthma

  • Garlic - Mixed with boiled milk provides relief from an asthma attack.
  • Turmeric – Also provides immediate relief when taken with milk.
  • Mustard Oil and Camphor – Will ease breathing and loosen the phlegm when mixed together and rubbed on the chest. It makes phlegm easy to expell.
  • Ginger – Acts as an anti-inflammatory agent. A fresh ginger juice mixed with honey is perfect for preventing symptoms.
  • Jimson Weed – Relaxes bronchial spasms during an attack. You should be very careful in taking jimson weed as it is extremely toxic. An overdose could lead to hallucinations and even death
  • Coltsfoot – Relieves coughing and chest pain. It has antispasmodic and sedative effects that is known to be soothing and calming. Coltsfoot roots can be chewed or made into teas to treat asthma.
  • Cow Parsnip – Also has antispasmodic effects that relieve bronchial spasms. The roots are boiled and drank to relieve asthma attacks
  • Evening Primrose – Reduces Inflammation. This is now widely available in herbal stores.
  • Hyssop – Acts as an expectorant and relaxes the airways. Only for short term use and large doses can cause convulsions
  • Wild Licorice – Has a very effective anti-inflammatory effects. Large amounts could be danger though as it raises blood pressure.

Using medicinal plants to treat asthma attacks is only advisable if used sparingly, some of them can be very dangerous and could cause serious damage. They may provide immediate relief and their benefits may be recognized by the public but as long as it’s not approved by the medical industry or the FDA, we should be careful in using them.