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Emergency home remedy for asthma attack: What to do

Asthma is a chronic respiratory condition. It can cause the airways in the lungs become inflamed, which can make it difficult to move air in and out.

An asthma attack occurs when these symptoms escalate, making it very difficult to breathe.

Share on PinterestDuring an attack, it is recommended to take one puff of a reliever every 30 to 60 seconds.

The following actions can help to manage an attack:

  1. Sit up straight and try to remain calm. Do not lie down.
  2. Take one puff of a reliever or rescue inhaler every 30 to 60 seconds, with a maximum of 10 puffs.
  3. If symptoms get worse or do not improve after 10 puffs, seek emergency medical care.
  4. If it takes longer than 15 minutes for help to arrive, repeat step 2.

Asthma attacks are potentially life-threatening. Seek help if symptoms do not get better.

Sitting up straight will help to open the airways, making it easier for air to move through the lungs.

Remaining calm is essential. The body’s natural stress response, sometimes called “fight or flight” mode, can make symptoms worse.

Breathing exercises can help. The purpose of these exercises is to reduce the number of breaths, keeping the airways open longer and making it easier to breathe.

Pursed lip breathing

  1. Breathe in through the nose.
  2. Breathe out through pursed lips. The exhale should be at least twice as long as the inhale.

Belly breathing

  1. Breathe in through the nose with hands placed on the belly.
  2. With relaxed neck and shoulders, breathe out. The exhale should last two or three times longer than the inhale.

Many emergency home remedies are suggested on the internet. However, these are usually not supported by scientific evidence.

Examples include:

  • Caffeine: Some suggest that caffeine can help to treat asthma, because it is closely related to an older drug. A review of the available evidence in 2001 found that caffeine appeared to modestly improve lung function for up to 4 hours. The authors concluded that a person may need to avoid caffeine before a lung function test. There is no evidence that it helps with an acute asthma attack.
  • Eucalyptus oil: Some researchers have suggested that that inhaling eucalyptus oil may help to ease symptoms of asthma. However, no studies have considered the effectiveness during an attack. Keep in mind that eucalyptus may instead trigger asthma symptoms in some people.

Share on PinterestCoughing, wheezing, and a tight feeling in the chest are symptoms of an asthma attack.

After a trigger causes symptoms to worsen, an attack happens. Symptoms may get worse gradually over a few days, sometimes without the person noticing.

Someone is experiencing an asthma attack if:

  • their reliever inhaler is not helping, or it is effective for less than 4 hours
  • coughing, wheezing, a tight feeling in the chest, or breathlessness gets worse
  • breathlessness makes it difficult to speak, eat, or sleep
  • their breathing is getting faster or they feel like they cannot catch their breath

Symptoms of poorly managed asthma typically include:

  • coughing
  • wheezing
  • shortness of breath
  • tightness in the chest

The severity and number of symptoms vary. For example, a child with asthma may have all of the above symptoms or only a chronic cough.

Many factors and activities can cause asthma symptoms. These factors are called triggers, and they vary from person to person.

Common triggers include:

  • tobacco smoke
  • pet hair or dander
  • dust
  • pollen
  • mold
  • pollution
  • cockroaches
  • smoke from burning wood or grass
  • sinus infections and allergies
  • acid reflux
  • bad weather, including that which features thunderstorms or high humidity
  • fragrances

Some people find that asthma symptoms are worse during exercise, when they have a cold, or when they are feeling stressed.

The best way for a person with frequent or persistent asthma to prevent an attack is to take preventive asthma medication as prescribed by a doctor, even if they have very few or mild symptoms.

Anyone who has to use their rescue inhaler more three times a week should meet with an asthma specialist to review their treatment plan.

People with the condition are advised to identify their triggers and avoid them when possible.

It is also helpful to monitor symptoms, as asthma attacks often start slowly. Recognizing unusual symptoms can lead to earlier awareness of an impending attack.

Maintaining a healthy weight and not smoking will also help to prevent attacks, as will getting a flu vaccine every year.

Many find that exercising in cold weather can trigger asthma symptoms because frigid air irritates the airways in the lungs. Tying a scarf over the mouth can help to warm up the air before it hits the lungs.

There is no cure for asthma, but a person can keep symptoms under control. Taking medications and learning to identify and avoid triggers are the most effective ways to prevent asthma attacks.

Attacks are potentially life-threatening. A rescue inhaler is often enough to treat an attack but seek emergency medical attention if symptoms do not go away.

Even if no emergency care was necessary, anyone who has experienced an asthma attack is advised to see a doctor.

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Asthma: And The Amazing Herbs That Help : Morgan Botanicals

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Growing up as a child with extreme asthma, I spent my initial herbal learning years trying to understand the whats and whys of this condition.  Was it stress, weak immune system, our animals, what? I grew up in a non smoking home with a health freak mother and an environment that was cleaner than any hospital. So why was I having such a hard time. Ultimately, I believe it was stress induced asthma, and I had to find a way to control it.

So, being dependent on an inhaler for what seemed most of my childhood, and despising that I felt  ‘addicted’ to this silly breathing apparatus, I searched for alternatives. I first turned to eucalyptus essential oil to ease my breathing troubles. I found that by simply inhaling straight from the bottle, my whole body relaxed. This was simply amazing to me. I mean really…it really was amazing. I had control for the first time, not my inhaler. So now that I could relax enough to catch my breath, I thought, maybe I needed to strengthen my lungs and immune system. I was on the hunt for herbs and oils that were going to help me breath. I so wanted to just breath. Sounds silly to those who have never suffered an asthma attack, but for those who have, not being able to breath is hell.

I spent my time learning about asthma and what triggers it. Asthma can caused by all sorts of things such as allergens from foods, food additives, pollen, mold, dust, mites, and pet dander,
smoke, air pollution and toxins, colds, flu, or pneumonia,
strenuous exercise, weather; such as
extreme changes in temperature, drugs, and even emotional stress and
anxiety. There is also often a strong link between seasonal allergies and bronchial asthma. Those with other respiratory disorders such as
chronic sinusitis, middle ear infections, and nasal polyps were also likely to have nighttime awakening due to asthma.

That was me, I had numerous ear infections and tubes put in my ears three times. I grew up in the city with all kinds of little pets and I’m sure there was pollen in the air and what not, but I really believe it was emotional stress, as stress is the one things I have manage to eradicate from my life. I strive to live simple, silly, happy and stress free… period. But the good news is, that I have over come my daily asthma and when I do have trouble breathing (usually after weed eating/heavy yard work, or sometimes during outdoor activities in the cold or snow) I am now better equipped to control it.

Below are some herbs and essential oils I have found over the years to be very useful between and during an asthma attack. Learn about them, they may be helpful for you.

Herbal Remedies

There are herbs that will reduce attacks by strengthening the
lungs and the immune systems as well as calming and relaxing.

Angelica –  possess anti-inflammatory properties and increases immune
system function; which is why the root is often used in treating
allergies as well.

Anise – often an ingredient in cough syrups and lozenges as an expectorant, which means it helps in the coughing up of mucus in conditions like asthma, bronchitis, the common cold and whooping cough. 

Coltsfoot –   since the principal active ingredient in
the plant is a throat-soothing mucilage, it has been used medicinally as a cough suppressant and remedy for asthma and
bronchial congestion.

Elecampane – long valued as a tonic herb for the respiratory system. It is often used as a specific remedy for chronic bronchitis and bronchial asthma. Elecampane soothes the bronchial tube linings and acts as an
expectorant.

Horehound – anti-inflammatory and is often used to treat respiratory aliments such as asthma, bronchitis and whooping cough. 

Licorice – has been used traditionally to restore breathing and calm the breathing passageways.

Lobelia –  is a bronchodilator and antispasmodic which explains its popularity as a medicinal herb for asthma, spasmodic croup, pneumonia and whooping cough.
It is thought to stimulate the respiratory center of the brain resulting in deeper and stronger breathing.  

Marshmallow –  a powerful anti-inflammatory
and anti-irritant. The
soothing and healing properties that are found in the mucilage in
marshmallow make it a valuable herb for many lung ailments such as asthma.

Motherwort – decreases the severity of lung spasms but also reduce
anxiety, thus lessening the chance of an attack. 

Mullein – contains antiseptic agents and is mostly used today for chest ailments including asthma, bronchitis, pneumonia, pleurisy and whooping cough. 

Passionflower – decreases the severity of lung spasms but also reduce
anxiety, thus lessening the chance of an attack.

Skullcap – due to its anti-spasmodic and sedative effects, it is
also great for treating throat
infections and
incessant coughing.

Slipper Elm – has anti-inflammation and anti-irritant properties and is often recommended
for lung conditions such as asthma, bronchitis, sore throats,
coughs, pleurisy, or lung bleeding.

Turmeric – powerful anti-inflammatory and it
is believed to reduce
inflammation. Shows a similar
efficacy to cortisone.

Wild Cherry –  is
an expectorant, antispasmodic, and antitussive. These properties indicate
its usefulness as a preparation for bronchitis
or whooping cough and can be helpful in coughs that accompany
pneumonia. It is also helpful in coughs with influenza, where there is
associated shortness of breath and or wheezing.

Aromatherapy Remedies

Aromatherapy can also be very beneficial in controlling asthma as a number of
essential oils have healing properties that reduce inflammation,
encourage emotional balance, ease pain, discomfort and the struggle to breathe, and cause
bronchodilation.

**Always check with a trained aromatherapist when choosing the appropriate
essential oils for treatment of asthma. 

Bergamot – anti-inflammatory and is reputed to strengthen the immune system and combat tension and anxiety.

Chamomile- anti-inflammatory and some studies have shown chamomile to slow allergic reactions, such as those that trigger
asthma attacks.

Clary Sage – sedative and anti-inflammatory properties  contains several estrogen-like oils that, when blended together, work
for this condition. Blend these oils together for a massage oil or add
them to bath water.

Eucalyptus – reduces swelling in the mucus membranes. A valuable oil for
fighting respiratory inflammation.

Lavender –   is relaxing, calming, anti-inflammatory and a gentle antispasmodic that soothes and comfort distress. Facial steams help open airways and the lavender can quickly relax lung spasms.

Pine Needle – in the bath or in steam inhalation or in a diffuser, will help reduce the incidence of attacks.


Rose Absolute – is an antispasmodic oil and can be used in steam inhalation to calm attacks due to stress.

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Copyright 2010. All rights reserved. Jessica Morgan, M. H., Morgan Botanicals.

Disclaimer
– The information provided in this article is for informational
purposes only and is not intended as a substitute for advice from your
physician or other health care professional. You should not use the
information in this article for self-diagnosis or to replace any
prescriptive medication. You should consult with a health care
professional before starting any diet, exercise or supplementation
program, before taking any medication, or if you have or suspect you
might have a health problem, suffer from allergies, are pregnant or
nursing.

Jessica Morgan, M.H.

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Natural Remedies to Calm Asthma Symptoms: Southwest Family Medicine Associates: Family Medicine Physicians

If you or your child suffer from asthma (which is a growing problem!), you’ll be happy to know that there are lots of natural remedies for asthma that are surprisingly easy to use.

What Is Asthma?

Asthma is a condition where airways narrow, swell, and become inflamed. This can cause shortness of breath, wheezing, coughing, and excess mucus production. The severity of asthma varies from person to person. For some, it’s a nuisance and for others, it can be much more serious.

Unfortunately, asthma typically begins in childhood (but can happen at any age).

Symptoms of Asthma

There are some obvious symptoms of asthma:

  • Coughing – often is worse at night or early in the morning which makes it difficult to sleep.
  • Wheezing – a whistling rattling, or squeaky sound with each breath.
  • Chest tightness – may feel like something is sitting on your chest or squeezing you.
  • Shortness of breath – either you can’t get enough air in, or can’t let it out.

Important note: Not all people who have asthma have any symptoms. Also, you can have these symptoms without having asthma. To diagnose asthma, your doctor may want to give you a lung function test along with using other diagnostic tools. As always, checking with a doctor is the best approach.

Severity of an Asthma Attack

Mild asthma is fairly common and usually can be addressed with natural remedies. It’s good to know the symptoms of each stage though, so you know when to seek a doctor’s care. (It’s always good to check in with your doctor even if you think you have only mild to moderate symptoms.)

  • Mild – slight wheezing and difficulty breathing but adequate air intake. This can be intermittent (fewer than twice a week) or persistent (more than twice a week).
  • Moderate – conspicuous wheezing, respiratory distress at rest, use of abdominal muscles to breathe. These flare-ups can make regular activities and sleeping difficulty.
  • Severe – obvious respiratory distress, blue skin (especially the nail beds and lips), absent breath sounds.
  • Respiratory Failure – severe respiratory distress, lethargy, confusion, sweating, low blood pressure.

If you or someone you know is having an asthma attack that resembles severe or respiratory failure, call 911 right away.

What Causes Asthma?

Experts still don’t know for sure what causes asthma. However, they believe it is a combination of environmental irritants and genetic predisposition. Some possible causes are:

  • physical activity ( especially running)
  • certain medications like beta blockers, aspirin, ibuprofen, and naproxen (Aleve)
  • cold air, wind, or other weather extremes
  • strong emotions or stress
  • sulfites and preservatives added to food
  • gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)
  • impaired antioxidant defenses (and subsequent oxidative stress)

Additionally, there are some risk factors that make certain people more likely to get asthma. Risk factors for asthma include:

  • family history – if a close relative has asthma, you’re more likely to have it too
  • respiratory infections
  • allergies – people with allergies (Like eczema or hay fever) are more likely to develop asthma.
  • exposure to environmental irritants –  pet dander, pollution, cigarette smoke, chemicals,  and workplace toxins can make it more likely that a person develops asthma.
  • obesity – both children and adults who are overweight or obese are more likely to develop asthma. it’s unclear why this is true. Some experts believe it has to do with inflammation associated with obesity.

One interesting theory that researchers have for what causes asthma is the “hygiene hypothesis.” Basically, this hypothesis says that in the Western world we worry a lot about cleanliness and sanitation. Because of this, children aren’t exposed to germs and have fewer illnesses. Because of the reduction in exposure to these illnesses and germs, kids’ immune systems don’t grow as robust as they could. This is why I stopped using antibacterial cleaners at home.)

Natural Asthma Remedies

Typically, doctors treat asthma symptoms with steroid inhalers and bronchodilators. Steroid inhalers help quickly reduce inflammation to open the airway. But they have some side effects (just listen to a commercial for asthma medicine!).

Asthma medication certainly may be life-saving and important (always check with your doctor), but how can you support your health in other ways? Natural remedies for asthma can help with mild to moderate asthma symptoms.

Most of all, treating symptoms when they first appear is important for avoiding more serious or severe symptoms.

Moderate Exercise

Intense exercise may make asthma symptoms worse but moderate or mild exercise can help strengthen the lungs and reduce inflammation. A 2005 review found that lack of physical activity may be one cause of asthma and that physical activity should be a prescription for all asthmatics.

Reduce Environmental Irritants

Since environmental irritants can cause or exacerbate asthma, reducing them makes sense as a preventative measure.

  • Don’t smoke
  • Use an air filter in your house or the workplace
  • Use natural cleaners and body products (instead of chemicals)
  • Consider getting rid of rugs or carpets (they could harbor dust mites)
  • Clean (and dust) living space often
  • Remediate mold

Everything you can do to reduce dust or other allergens in your home is a great first step!

Deal With Stress

Stress is more of a health risk than many of us realize. In fact, high levels of stress can completely undo all of the other healthy things you may be doing (like eating well, getting enough sleep, and exercising regularly). Research published in 2014 shows that asthma has a psychological trigger. It also explains that breathing exercises can reduce asthma symptoms for many patients.

Additionally, a review in the Journal of Asthma found that meditation may be beneficial to asthma sufferers (but higher quality studies are needed).

Try Himalayan Salt Therapy

Some asthma sufferers swear by salt therapy for their symptoms. Salt caves or Himalayan salt inhalers are two ways of experiencing salt therapy. There’s not much information about salt therapy for asthma. However, one study published in Pneumologia does say it could be beneficial (though researchers couldn’t rule out placebo effect). Salt therapy seems to be safe, so it may be worth a try.

Use Essential Oils

When used safely, essential oils can be a great addition to a natural remedy kit. These essential oils are great for easing asthma symptoms:

  • Peppermint – can help stop the release of histamine. Can also soothe inflamed airways (peppermint contains menthol).
  • Lavender, eucalyptus, tea tree, and roman chamomile – known anti-inflammatory oils that may reduce one of the root causes of asthma, inflammation

My favorite ways to use essential oils is to diffuse them or use them topically. If used topically, dilute in a carrier oil and use to massage on the skin (the chest is a good place to start). Always be sure to use a quality brand.

Consider Herbs

Herbal medicine is another way to treat asthma symptoms without the side effects of steroids. A Chinese medicine herbal formula called ASHMI has been found in clinical trials to be only slightly less effective than prednisone for treating asthma. This herbal blend includes reishi, Chinese liquorice, and shrubby sophora. (Check with a doctor before to avoid interactions any medications.)

Change Your Diet

Diet is one of the most important things we can focus on to optimizing health. A high nutrient diet rich in antioxidants and other anti-inflammatory compounds can help avoid the inflammatory response that asthma can create. Other nutrients to include in the diet are the following:

  • Vitamin C – Children who ate vitamin C-rich fruit were less likely to have wheezing. A clinical review also found that vitamin C plays a part in the metabolism of histamine and prostaglandins. These compounds are involved in the constriction of the airway during an asthma attack. Here is how I supplement vitamin C.
  • Carotenoids – Carotenoids are the compounds that give vegetables their yellow, orange, or red pigment (think carrots, peppers, and tomatoes). A 2005 study found that those with asthma had lower circulating levels of carotenoids. Carotenoids also fight oxidative stress which is one potential cause of asthma. So as always, eat those colorful veggies!
  • Folate – Folate is an important vitamin for many processes in the body. It’s especially important during pregnancy to reduce the risk of birth defects. A 2010 study found that folate may even help prevent asthma. Higher folate levels in the blood were associated with a lower risk for allergic tendencies and wheezing in participants. (Just be sure to take the right form.)
  • Magnesium – Magnesium sulfate IVs are a standard treatment for asthma attacks that land patients in the hospital. But it seems that increasing dietary magnesium could be beneficial in improving symptoms too. One study published in the European Respiratory Journal found that higher levels of magnesium in the diet were associated with improved symptoms (though not better airflow). Magnesium is an important mineral that many of us are deficient in, so it’s worth upping your intake. Magnesium is in dark chocolate, avocados, nuts, and fish like salmon, mackerel, and halibut. Dietary magnesium is good but is hard for some people to absorb. Magnesium is best absorbed through the skin with a magnesium oil spray.
  • Omega-3 fatty acids –  Omega-3s found in fatty fish like anchovies and salmon are excellent for reducing inflammation. A 2015 study also found that a lower level of omega-3s may be related to asthma. It also found that a greater intake of omega-3 resolved inflammation in asthma sufferers. This is my preferred source.
  • Sulforaphane – Cruciferous vegetable like broccoli and cabbage contain this compound that can be beneficial for asthma sufferers. It increased antioxidant enzymes that can protect against free radicals and oxidative stress in a UCLA study. Here’s how to get it at home from sprouts!
  • Raw dairy products (or none altogether) – Dairy intake can cause mucus production which can exacerbate asthma symptoms. But raw milk can be beneficial. A study published in Frontiers of Immunology discovered that raw milk actually prevents airway inflammation in asthma sufferers.

Using a Natural Remedy Arsenal for Asthma

Asthma symptoms are a nuisance at best and dangerous at worse. Luckily there are some natural remedies for asthma that can help you prevent the onset of asthma symptoms for you or your child, and make daily life more enjoyable.

Do you or a family member suffer from asthma? What remedies work best for you?

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Natural Remedies and Techniques for Asthma Symptoms

A variety of practices, treatments, and dietary supplements are used for asthma support, yet none are a replacement for standard treatment. Asthma is a chronic lung condition that causes difficulty breathing. The airways of the lungs, called bronchial tubes, become inflamed. The surrounding muscles tighten and mucus is produced, which further narrow the airways. It is a serious condition that should not be self-treated. If you have asthma or are experiencing asthma symptoms, you should consult a physician before trying any natural therapies and should work with a physician to form an individualized asthma action plan. 

Self-treating and avoiding or delaying standard care for asthma flare-ups may have serious consequences that can lead to hospitalization or even become fatal.

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Mind-Body Techniques

A variety of mind-body practices, treatments, and forms of self-care are used by those with asthma to cope with symptoms and to reduce stress that can trigger asthma symptoms.

Breathing Exercises

A variety of breathing techniques are used for asthma, and preliminary research suggests some potential benefits, yet more research is needed. The breath exercises usually encourages relaxation and focus on modifying the breathing pattern, nasal breathing, and lower rib cage and abdominal breathing.

A 2020 review of 22 studies that included 2880 participants with mild to moderate asthma concluded that breath exercises for asthma may have some positive effects on quality of life, hyperventilation symptoms, and lung function. The results for overall asthma symptoms were inconclusive and the authors noted that many of the studies used poor methodology. More high-quality studies are needed to explore these potential benefits, to identify any adverse effects, and to parse out which techniques may be most helpful.

The review included the following types of breath practices:

  • Pranayama (breath work in yoga): A variety of breath manipulation practices may be used, such as deep, rhythmic nasal breathing, long exhalations, and alternate-nostril breathing. In the review, more than half of the studies focused on pranayama.
  • Buteyko Breathing Technique: Developed by Russian-born researcher Konstantin Pavlovich Buteyko, this method consists of shallow breathing exercises that are similar to certain types of pranayama. It is based on the premise that raising blood levels of carbon dioxide through shallow breathing may dilate the smooth muscles of the airways, yet this has not been proven. Critics say that the technique is expensive, that it makes no difference in the amount of carbon dioxide in the blood, that higher levels of carbon dioxide is not an effective strategy, and that any effects of the technique may be due to general relaxation.
  • Deep diaphragmatic breathing: This type of breathing focuses on the movement of the diaphragm, a dome-shaped muscle below your lungs.
  • Papworth Method: Used by respiratory physiotherapists, this technique integrates relaxation techniques with gentle diaphragmatic breathing and nasal breathing and focuses on adapting patterns of breathing to suit your current activity.

Mindfulness Meditation

Mindfulness meditation may help reduce stress and improve asthma control. A study of an eight-week mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) intervention for people with asthma found that while the MBSR didn’t lead to improvements in actual lung function, it boosted asthma-related quality of life and reduced stress in patients with persistent asthma compared to a control group. The benefits appeared to be lasting and were still evident a year after the training.

In addition, the percentage of study participants with well controlled asthma in the MBSR group went from 7.3% at baseline to 19.4% at a 12-month follow-up compared with 7.5% to 7.9% in a control group that didn’t practice MBSR. 

The mindfulness training in the research included three main techniques:

  • Body scan: Attention is slowly moved to different parts of body to bring awareness to sensations and promote relaxation.
  • Sitting meditation: Focus is on breathing in and out and awareness of thoughts and feelings without trying to analyze or judge them.
  • Gentle stretching: The aim is to develop mindful awareness during slow movement.

In the study, participants were also given recordings of guided mindfulness exercises that they were told to practice for 30 minutes six days a week.

Another study with an eight-week MBSR intervention found that those who practiced MBSR experienced less inflammation after stress compared to a control group. This suggests that interventions targeting emotional reaction may be effective in reducing inflammation and, potentially, outcomes in chronic inflammatory conditions. Although, the other MBSR study looking at asthma did not find a direct benefit for lung inflammation specifically.

You could start with a few minutes of mindfulness meditation each day and slowly work your way up to 30 minutes most days of the week. For a body scan, start at your feet and think about how they feel and try to relax them and work your way up by region and body part until you get to your head. In a seated meditation or during a gentle stretch, focus on your inhales and exhales. Observe wandering thoughts but try not to get involved too much with them. Just acknowledge them and get return to focusing on your breath.

Tai Chi

Research suggests that the centuries-old practice of tai chi, a slow-moving form of martial arts, may improve quality of life for people with chronic diseases.

While the research on tai chi and asthma is minimal, a small study of 38 elementary school kids (20 students with asthma and 18 without asthma) found that after practicing an hour of tai chi weekly for a period of 12 weeks, lung function and airway inflammation improved in both the children with mild asthma and those without asthma. The children with asthma also scored better on a quality of life questionnaire after the intervention.

The results are preliminary and larger sample sizes are needed to confirm the findings. The researchers also suggest that tai chi may allows kids with asthma to be active without such a heightened risk of triggering asthma symptoms that happens with more vigorous exercise.

While serious injuries are unlikely while practicing tai chi, there is some risk of aches or pains.

Yoga

A 2016 review of 15 studies of yoga for asthma with more than 1,000 participants concluded that yoga probably leads to small improvements in quality of life and asthma symptoms, yet any potential for improving lung function remains unclear since results varied. Researchers warned that larger sample sizes are needed to confirm the results and to further explore potential benefits or any adverse effects.

A study included in the review that looked at adults with mild to moderate persistent asthma found that those who practiced yoga three times a week for 10 weeks had improvements in quality of life and heart rate variability compared to controls who didn’t practice yoga. Heart rate variability is a measure of the timing between heart beats and can be a general marker of health and wellbeing.

While serious injuries in yoga are rare, the practice carries risks of sprains or strains, especially in adults over the age of 65.

Biofeedback

Biofeedback is sometimes used as a complementary therapy for asthma. It involves uses electronic monitoring devices, such as those for heart rate variability or brain waves, to help identify when certain techniques, such as visualization or slow breathing, have a direct impact on the monitor. The idea is that this loop of feedback can help you learn techniques to better relax and control asthma symptoms and potentially improve lung function.

Acupuncture

A few small clinical trials suggest that acupuncture, a traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) practice, may help improve asthma symptoms or reduce the need for medications in children. But overall the research is inconsistent, and high-quality randomized control trials are needed.

Acupuncture involves stimulating specific points on the body that is typically done by inserting thin needles through the skin.

It is generally well tolerated but there may be some pain or sensitivity in places where needles were inserted. Other potential side effects include skin rashes, allergic reactions, bruising, and dizziness.

Acupuncture Warning

Problems with acupuncture are rare, yet if it’s not delivered properly there can be serious or even life-threatening complications, such as infections or organ or tissue injuries. Licensing and requirements for acupuncturists vary by state, but it’s still a good idea to ask acupuncturists about their credentials and experience using acupuncture for asthma. You may also be able to get a referral for an acupuncturist from your physician.

Steam Baths

Breathing in warm steam can be soothing for some people with asthma as it may help clear out mucus that can make breathing more difficult and encourage relaxation, yet research on this is lacking. Treatments can include filling the bathroom with steam from a hot bath or shower, spending time in sauna, or using at at-home portable steam machine. If warm air is a trigger for you, avoid this type of treatment.

Foods and Dietary Supplements

Eating an overall healthful diet may be helpful for asthma and there are certain foods and supplements with potential to offer additional support. Whenever possible, opt for food sources of nutrients since supplements are largely unregulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). They haven’t been tested for safety and it’s hard to know if the dosage and contents are consistent with the product label. Always discuss supplements with your physician since some are known to interact with medications.

Also, keep in mind that the safety of supplements in pregnant women, nursing mothers, children, and those with medical conditions has not been established.

When buying supplements, look for those certified by ConsumerLabs, The U.S. Pharmacopeial Convention, or NSF International. It won’t guarantee that a product is safe or effective, but it ensures that there is some testing for quality.

Fruits and Vegetables

In addition to all the general health benefits of eating a balanced diet full of fruits and vegetables, increasing your produce intake may also help your asthma. A systematic review and meta-analyses of 58 studies that examined fruit and vegetable intake and asthma found an association between high fruit intakes and lower risks of prevalent wheeze or asthma severity. It also linked high vegetable intakes with a lower risk of prevalent asthma.

How exactly fruits and vegetables might help with asthma is still unclear, but it’s suggested that the antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties are behind the support. Studies in the same review that looked at immune responses found that diets rich in fruits and vegetables had a protective effect on inflammation in the airways or throughout the body.

Some studies also link certain types of produce with a benefit, but more research is needed to determine which nutrients and types of fruits and vegetables may be most helpful for asthma. For example, one of the studies included in the review examined food diaries of 68,535 women and found that those who had a greater intake of tomatoes, carrots, and leafy vegetables had a lower prevalence of asthma. Other research suggested that asthma symptoms in adults may be associated with a low dietary intake of fruit, vitamin C, and manganese. Kiwi, strawberries, and bell peppers are rich in vitamin C, while sweet potatoes and leafy greens are sources of manganese.

Daily intake of fruits and vegetables in childhood is also associated with a lower risk of asthma.

Research suggests that a diet full of fruits and vegetables may help weight management. This can be helpful since obesity is a risk factor for asthma and is linked with worsening of asthma severity. 

Turmeric and Curcumin

Curcumin is the main active ingredient in turmeric, a root and spice commonly used in South Asian cuisine, such as curries, that has anti-inflammatory effects. Preliminary research suggests that curcumin supplements may be an effective add-on therapy for asthma, but more research is needed.

A small study of patients with mild to moderate bronchial asthma found that those given 500 mg curcumin capsules daily for 30 days showed improvements in lung functioning, including forced exploratory volume (FEV1).

In smaller amounts, ground turmeric or fresh turmeric root can be added to foods to add flavor and its active compounds are better absorbed when combined with black pepper.

Omega-3 Fatty Acids

One of the primary inflammation-causing fats in our diets is believed to be arachidonic acid. Arachidonic acid is found in certain foods, such as egg yolks, shellfish, and meat. Eating less of these foods is thought to decrease inflammation and asthma symptoms.

A German study examined data from 524 children and found that asthma was more prevalent in children with high levels of arachidonic acid.

Arachidonic acid can also be produced in our bodies. Another strategy to reduce levels of arachidonic acid is to increase intake of beneficial fats such as EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) from fatty fish (salmon, mackerel, tuna, herring, sardines) or fish oil, and GLA (gamma-linolenic acid) from borage seed oil or evening primrose oil.

Omega-3 fatty acid capsules are sold in drug stores, health food stores and online. Look for fish oil with the active ingredients EPA and DHA on the label. To reduce a fishy aftertaste after taking fish oil capsules, they should be taken just before meals.

Omega-3 fatty acid capsules may interact with blood-thinning drugs such as Coumadin (warfarin) and aspirin. Side effects may include indigestion or diarrhea. At high doses, omega-3 fatty acids can slow blood clotting and increase your risk of bleeding.

Nigella Sativa

Nigella sativa seeds come from a flowering plant that’s native to South Asia and the Mediterranean. The small black seeds and black seed oil have a main active ingredient thymoquinone that may have anti-inflammatory properties.

Common Names for Nigella Sativa

  • Black cumin
  • Black caraway
  • Black seed
  • Kalonji

Some preliminary research suggests that nigella sativa extract may offer some bronchodilatory support to help open the airways in those with asthma. A small study with 15 participants found that boiled extract of nigella sativa improved pulmonary function tests, including forced expiratory volume (FEV1), peak expiratory flow (PEF), and maximal mid expiratory flow (MMEF). Although, the bronchodilatory effect was not as effective as the drug theophylline that was used as a comparison. More research is needed to explore nigella sativa’s potential use for asthma, an effective dosage, or any adverse effects.

Honey

A 2019 review in the Journal of Medicinal Food concluded that there was no strong evidence that honey can be effective in controlling asthma. It did, however, find improvements in lung function tests, including forced exploratory volume (FEV1), in studies that used a combination of honey and either nigella sativa seeds or celery seeds for asthma. The studies were small and most lacked controls, so more research is needed to explore these potential combinations of honey and seeds.

Honey has also been used for ages as a natural remedy for coughs and studies have shown that a spoonful of honey may help reduce cough symptoms in adults and kids over 1 year old. Honey may act as a demulcent, a substance that coats the throat and relieves irritation of mucus membranes. It also contains antioxidants and antimicrobial properties that may help support healing.

One study that compared the effects of honey, cough medicine (dextromethorphan), and antihistamine (diphenhydramine) on nightly coughing due to upper respiratory infection in 139 children found that honey offered the greatest symptom relief. It’s possible that those with asthma who experience nighttime coughing may see some benefits in symptoms with a 1 to 2 teaspoons of honey.

Honey Warning

Honey should never be given to babies younger than 12 months because of the risk of botulism, a rare but potentially fatal type of poisoning caused by toxins that attack the nerves. Their digestive systems are too immature, which can result in the growth of bacteria that produces the toxins. Botulism can lead to muscle weakness and breathing problems, and it requires immediate medical attention.

Ginger

Research suggests that ginger can have bronchial relaxation properties yet few clinical studies have looked at ginger use in actual asthma patients. One case control study of 25 people with asthma found that ginger extracts could help control asthma by affecting the primary cells involving the symptoms in the airways. 

Additional clinical trials will examine if taking 2 g of ginger extract daily offers any improvements in airway inflammation or blood levels of inflammatory markers in people with asthma.

Ginger can be consumed fresh or the dried root can be used to add flavor to meals. It can also be taken in tablets, capsules, liquid extracts, and teas. Side effects are mild and can include abdominal discomfort, heartburn, diarrhea, and gas.

It is still unknown if ginger interacts with any medications, but some suspect that it may interact anticoagulants (blood thinners).

Garlic

While the use of garlic for asthma hasn’t been studied in asthma directly, research suggests that raw garlic and garlic extracts have anti-inflammatory properties.

It’s unknown if this would offer any benefit for conditions related to inflammation, such as asthma. Also, the anti-inflammatory properties of garlic are reduced when heated.

The amounts of garlic usually eaten in foods is generally safe. Although, some people may have allergic reactions to garlic. Side effects, particularly for raw garlic, include breath and body odor, heartburn, and upset stomach.

Garlic supplements can interact with some drugs, including Invirase (saquinavir) that’s used to treat HIV. It may also increase the risk of bleeding, which may be an issue for those on blood thinners, such as Coumadin (warfarin). 

Butterbur

Butterbur is a perennial shrub that grows in Europe, Asia, and North America. The active constituents are petasin and isopetasin, which are believed to reduce smooth muscle spasm and have an anti-inflammatory effect.

Researchers at the University of Dundee, Scotland, evaluated the effects of butterbur in people with allergic asthma who were also using inhalers. They found that butterbur added to the anti-inflammatory effect of the inhalers.

Another study examined the use of butterbur root extract in 80 people with asthma for four months. The number, duration, and severity of asthma attacks decreased and symptoms improved after using butterbur. More than 40 percent of people using asthma medication at the start of the study reduced their intake of medication by the end of the study.

Side effects of butterbur may include indigestion, headache, fatigue, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, or constipation. Pregnant or nursing women, children, or people with kidney or liver disease should not take butterbur.

Butterbur Warnings

  • The raw herb as well as teas, extracts, and capsules made from the raw herb should not be used because they contain substances called pyrrolizidine alkaloids (PAs) that can be toxic to the liver and kidneys and have been linked to cancer. Look for products that are certified as PA-free. (Although, labeling is not a guarantee due to lack of regulation.)
  • Butterbur is in the ragweed plant family, so people who are allergic to ragweed, marigold, daisy, or chrysanthemum should not use butterbur.

Bromelain

Bromelain is an extract from pineapples that may have anti-inflammatory properties. While it hasn’t been studied in humans with asthma, an animal study from researchers at the University of Connecticut found that bromelain reduced airway inflammation in animals with allergic airway disease.  This is all suggestive, and doesn’t mean it would be helpful in people.

Side effects can include digestive upset.

Those with allergies to pineapples should not use bromelain. Bromelain may interact with some medicines, including the antibiotic amoxicillin.

Boswellia

The herb boswellia, known in Indian Ayurvedic medicine as Salai guggul, has been found in preliminary studies to inhibit the formation of compounds called leukotrienes. Leukotrienes released in the lungs cause narrowing of airways.

A double-blind, placebo-controlled study of forty patients, 40 people with asthma were treated with a boswellia extract three times a day for six weeks. At the end of this time, 70 percent of people had improved. Symptoms of difficulty breathing, number of attacks, and laboratory measures had improved.

Boswellia is available in pill form. It should say on the label that it is standardized to contain 60 percent boswellic acids. It should not be taken for more than eight to 12 weeks unless otherwise recommended by a qualified health practitioner.

It is not clear what dose is safe or effective or how boswellia may interact with other asthma treatments. Side effects may include digestive upset, nausea, acid reflux, or diarrhea.

A Word from Verywell

Due to a lack of thorough supporting evidence, it’s too soon to recommend any form of alternative medicine for asthma. If you’re considering using any of these complementary therapies, make sure to consult your physician first.

12 Natural Asthma Remedies To Help You Through Peak Week

An estimated twenty-five million Americans suffer from asthma (1 in 12 people). Asthma is a disease where bronchial tubes are sensitive to irritants, causing them to inflame, making breathing difficult. The third week of September has been coined “peak week” because it’s the week when asthma episodes, attacks, and hospitalizations tend to be the highest. Both adults and children with asthma are exposed to more asthma and allergy triggers such as ragweed pollen, respiratory infections, and dust and mold from inside school buildings during this time of year.

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While asthma medications are often life-saving and necessary, you may want to supplement them with more natural methods of asthma treatment to improve your symptoms. Give these natural remedies a try—they may help you find relief. As always, consult your doctor when amending your treatment plan.

12 Natural Asthma Remedies To Help You Through Peak Week

  1. Drink Plenty of Water: Water keeps the lining of your lungs hydrated. Be sure to get ample amounts for overall optimum health.
  2. Avoid Home Irritants: Try these tips to keep the air clean in your home: open your bedroom window at night to bring in fresh air; use natural cleaning products such as vinegar and baking soda; avoid antibacterial soaps and disinfectants; avoid aerosol products; use a dehumidifier to reduce mold growth; opt for natural and scent-free laundry detergents and dryer sheets as well; and use a water filter to remove chlorine from your tap water.
  3. Manage Stress: Stress and extreme emotions can trigger an attack. It has been shown that stress increases the severity and frequency of asthmatic attacks, as it hinders your immune function and increases inflammation. Your lungs are closely related to emotions (think crying and laughing). Learn ways to manage your emotions and handle stress to prevent asthma flair ups. Stress relievers such as massage, deep breathing, guided imagery, and art therapy can help to reduce stress and help reduce reliance on conventional drugs.
  4. Garlic: Garlic can help to clear congestion in your lungs and help you breathe easier. Boil two or three cloves of garlic in one-quarter cup of milk. Cool to room temperature and drink. It may sound unappetizing, but one glass of garlic milk each night is said to help combat asthma instantly.
  5. Ginger: Research has shown that ginger can help to reduce airway inflammation and inhibit bronchial tube contraction. Consuming raw ginger juice, or ginger tea may help alleviate your asthma symptoms. Cut a one-inch piece of ginger into smaller pieces, add it to a pot with 3 cups boiling water, let it steep for five minutes, cool down and enjoy! Sweeten with honey for an added bonus.
  6. Turmeric: The anti-inflammatory properties in turmeric are thought to effectively offer relief for those who suffer from asthma. Curcumin and other active compounds in turmeric can help to relieve the inflammation and reduce the mucus secretions in the airways. Mix one teaspoon of turmeric powder and two teaspoons of honey until they are combined. Consume this mixture daily.
  7. Dried Figs: The nutritional properties of figs help to promote a healthy respiratory system, helping to reduce phlegm and alleviate breathing issues. Soak dried figs overnight in water. Eat them first thing in the morning and drink the residual water. Do this every morning for natural asthma relief.
  8. Drink Coffee: Some people have found relief in a cup of Joe. The caffeine in coffee helps to open up your airways and allows you to breathe easier. The hot coffee will also help you relax and clear airways. If you can’t stomach coffee, opt for a cup of tea or even a piece of chocolate. Try to limit your coffee intake to no more than three cups a day.
  9. Don’t Smoke: Smoke is a lung irritant. Abstaining from smoking is a given, but avoid secondhand smoke if at all possible and cover and mouth and nose if you can not avoid it.
  10. Control Temps: Extremes such as cold or hot temperatures and humidity, can exacerbate asthma.
  11. Herbs: If your asthma often wakes you up, using relaxing herbs such as valerian, kava, or lemon balm, particularly at night can help you get a better night’s sleep. While herbs will not provide immediate relief during an attack, prolonged use can help to strengthen your lungs, improve lung function and keep inflammation down. The best herbs for asthma include astragalus, cordyceps, slippery elm, and lobelia.
  12. Supplements: Like herbs, supplements may not offer immediate breathing relief, but their use can offer support and strengthen the respiratory system. Choline, magnesium, vitamin C, and lycopene have all been shown to reduce asthma symptoms. Evening primrose oil is used in some cultures as a traditional treatment for asthma. It contains a fatty acid (GLA) which can have a powerful anti-inflammatory effect. Be sure to consult with your physician before taking any new supplements.

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Herbal medicines for asthma: a systematic review

A survey by the National Asthma Campaign found that 60% of people with moderate asthma and 70% with severe asthma have used complementary and alternative medicine to treat their condition.1 Herbal medicine is the third most popular choice of both adults (11%) and children (6%) suffering from asthma.1

The historical importance of herbal medicine in the treatment of asthma is indisputable. Four of the five classes of drugs currently used to treat asthma—namely, β2 agonists, anticholinergics, methylxanthines and cromones—have origins in herbal treatments going back at least 5000 years.2

There is a large archive of information on herbal medicine from many cultures for the treatment of asthma. However, a significant proportion of these reports is not based on adequately designed trials. This review provides a critical analysis of herbal medicinal products used in the treatment of asthma symptoms that have been the subject of randomised clinical trials.

Methods

Computerised literature searches were performed to identify all published articles on the subject. The following databases were used: Medline, Pubmed, Cochrane Library, and Embase, all from their inception to December 1999. Search terms used were “asthma”, “herb*”, “Ayurvedic”, and “traditional Chinese medicine”, as well as any individual herb name cited in the asthma literature. In addition, other researchers in this field were asked for further papers and our own files were searched. The bibliographies of all papers thus located were searched for further relevant articles. Only randomised clinical trials (parallel and crossover) were included. There were no restrictions regarding publication language. All articles were read in full and data extracted in a predefined fashion by the first author. All trials were rated according to methodological rigour using the Jadad score (table1).3

Table 1

Scoring system to measure the likelihood of bias (Jadad3)

Asthmatic subjects were preferably defined by ATS criteria. If this was not possible they were defined as those who had reversible airway constriction. Any studies involving experimentally induced asthma or patients suffering from other medical conditions in addition to their asthma were excluded. The outcome measures considered were lung function parameters, symptom diaries, medication usage, and asthma events (unscheduled visits to doctors, antibiotics, prednisolone, or days missed from school/work). Immunological studies were not included. This paper concentrated on the lung function tests, forced expiratory volume in one second (FEV1), and airway resistance (Raw). Only a change in lung function of 15% or more was considered clinically relevant.

Results

Seventeen randomised clinical trials of herbal preparations for the treatment of asthma were found. Six of the trials involved the use of traditional Chinese herbal medicine and eight investigated traditional Indian preparations, five of which described the use ofTylophora indica. One trial related to a traditional Japanese (Kampo) herbal preparation, TJ-96. Two further trials involved the use of marihuana and dried ivy extract.

The overall methodological quality of the trials was poor. Five of the trials included both children and adults (three papers did not state the age or age range of the participants). In none of the studies did the investigators perform a sample size calculation. Only one paper explained the method of randomisation. Dropouts and withdrawals were described in just two papers. Only nine of the trials were double blind. Thus, 14 of the 17 trials scored 3 or less of a maximum of 5 on the Jadad score.3

TRADITIONAL CHINESE HERBAL MEDICINE

These studies are listed in table 2. Interpretation of the validity of trials with Chinese herbal medicines is quite difficult because of various confounding factors. The theories behind the causes of asthma and the classification of asthma into heat and cold type make representation of their results problematic. Although adverse effects were described in two of the studies, no dropouts or withdrawals were mentioned in any of the six trials. Moreover, none of the trials was blinded and no explicit description of the randomisation methods was provided. Thus, all six trials with Chinese herbal medicine had a score of 1 on the Jadad scale.

Table 2

Chinese traditional medicine and asthma

Ginkgo biloba

Concentrated ginkgo leaf liquor (15 g thrice daily) was used by Li and co-workers to treat 61 asthmatic patients aged 13–48 years.4 FEV1 was significantly increased (10%) in the treatment group at four weeks and reached a clinically relevant improvement (15%) at eight weeks (p<0.05). This increase was significantly greater than placebo (p<0.05). The authors suggest that the ginkgolides in the extract act as anti-inflammatory agents and reduce airway hyperresponsiveness and bronchospasm.

Ligusticum wallichii (L wallichii)

Shao et al
5 performed a randomised controlled trial of L wallichii(10 ml thrice daily) in 150 adult patients with moderate or severe asthma. FEV1 was significantly increased in theL wallichii group compared with baseline after one month, although only by 13% (p<0.01). Subjective symptoms were reported to improve with treatment but no details were given. No significant changes were seen in the control group. Parallel studies on guinea pigs in the same paper showed L wallichiito relax tracheal smooth muscle and decrease levels of thromboxane B2.

Strengthening body resistance method (SBR)

The effect of the SBR method (20 ml thrice daily) on 117 adult asthmatics was evaluated by Xu and co-workers.6FEV1 showed a 11% increase in the test group (p<0.05) compared with baseline over a two week period. There were no significant changes in the control group. The SBR herbal decoctions in this study contained mahuang (Ephedra sinica) so the effects of this treatment were at least partially due to a bronchodilator mechanism.

Reinforcing kidney and invigorating spleen principle (RKISP)

In a second study by Xu et al the effect of RKISP in conjunction with conventional steroid treatment was investigated in 41 severe asthmatic adults in a 4–6 month study.7 FEV1 was significantly increased compared with baseline in both the treatment (15%) and control (steroid treatment alone) (11%) groups (p<0.05). The authors suggest that the RKISP treatment increased the activity of suppressor T cells, decreasing the production of IgE. They conclude that RKISP produces additional benefit to steroid treatment.

Invigorating kidney for preventing asthma (IKPA) tablets

Xu and co-workers also investigated the prevention and treatment of seasonal asthma in 57 patients aged 15-45 years with IKPA tablets (five thrice daily) and beclomethasone dipropionate (800 μg daily).8 The FEV1 of both groups improved significantly over the three month trial period (p<0.001). The test group improved by 30% which was significantly higher than the 17% improvement seen in the control group (p<0.05). The authors suggest an anti-inflammatory, anti-hyperresponsive mode of action.

Wenyang Tonglulo mixture (WTM)

In a study by Zou et al WTM (30 ml twice daily) containing roasted mahuang was compared with oral salbutamol and inhaled beclomethasone in 68 adult asthmatic patients.9 Both groups improved throughout the eight week study. In the WTM group FEV1 improved by 30% (p<0.01) and in the control group by 16% (p<0.05) over the baseline values. The improvement in the WTM group was significantly greater than in the control group (p<0.05).

TRADITIONAL INDIAN HERBAL (AYURVEDIC) MEDICINE

These are listed in table 3.

Table 3

Traditional Indian medicine and asthma

Picrorrhiza kurroa (P kurroa)

P kurroa is a small herb with tuberous roots that is used in Ayurvedic medicine for the treatment of various conditions including lung diseases such as asthma and bronchitis.2

In a randomised, crossover, double blind trial Doshiet al
10 usedP kurroa to treat 72 patients aged 14–60 years suffering from bronchial asthma over a 14 week period. Patients were given either P kurroa root powder (300 mg thrice daily) or an identical placebo in a three arm study (table 3). The main outcome parameters were lung function tests including FEV1 and daily diary symptom scores. There was no significant change in any of the parameters measured.

Solanum xanthocarpum/trilobatum

S xanthocarpum andS trilobatum as a powder of the whole dried plant or decoction are widely used to treat respiratory disorders by practitioners of the Sidda system of medicine in Southern India.

Sixty adult patients with bronchial asthma were randomised in a four-arm study (table 3).11 Lung function tests were performed before and two hours after drug administration. FEV1 was significantly increased above baseline levels in all groups (p<0.01). S xanthocarpum andS trilobatum increased FEV1 by 65% and 67%, respectively, at two hours but this effect was less than with conventional drugs. Subjective relief was reported after one hour and this effect lasted 6–8 hours. The authors suggest that the mechanism may involve bronchodilation, reduction of bronchial mucosal oedema, and/or reduction of airway secretions.

Boswellia serrata (B serrata)

The gum resin of B serrata is known in the Indian Ayurvedic system of medicine as Salai guggal and contains boswellic acids which have been shown to inhibit leukotriene biosynthesis.12

In a six week, double blind, randomised clinical trial of 80 adult patients with bronchial asthma Gupta and co-workers compared the effect of B serrata gum resin with placebo (lactose).13 The authors reported a significant increase in FEV1 in the B serrata group compared with placebo (p<0.0001). However, the data were presented in such a way that a percentage increase could not be calculated.

Tylophora indica (T indica)

T indica is a plant indigenous to India and reputed to be able to provide relief to patients with bronchial asthma. Five randomised clinical trials have been published on the use of T indica in the treatment of asthmatic symptoms.14-18 A substantial amount of work was carried out on T indica in asthma by Shivpuri and co-workers in the late 1960s and early 1970s including three randomised clinical trials.14-16

The first was a double blind, crossover study in 110 patients ageed 10–44+ years with bronchial asthma who ate one T indica leaf daily.14 At the end of one week 62% of the T indica group had complete to moderate relief of symptoms compared with 28% in the placebo (spinach) group. After crossover, at the end of week 1, 50% of theT indica group had improved compared with 11% of the placebo group. At 12 weeks the improvements in the two groups were 16% and 0%, respectively. No statistical analysis was performed.

The second trial reported by this group involved the use of an alcoholic tincture of T indica.15 In this study 195 patients (no ages given) with bronchial asthma were recruited into a double blind, crossover trial. After one week 56.3% of patients in theT indica group had complete to moderate improvement in symptoms compared with 31.6% in the placebo group. After the crossover 34.2% had improved with T indica and 13.5% with placebo (both statistically significant, p<0.01). After 12 weeks the results were 14.8% and 7.2%, respectively (p<0.2).

In the third double blind trial by the same research group 123 patients (no ages given) with bronchial asthma were treated with alkaloids extracted from T indica.16 The percentage of patients in whom FEV1 improved by more than 15% was significantly higher in the treated group than in the placebo group at one, two, four, eight and 12 weeks, peaking at four weeks (p<0.01). In addition, symptom scores and medication usage were also significantly improved in the test group compared with the placebo group at all time points, both being greatest at one week (p<0.05 and p<0.01, respectively).

In the study by Thiruvengadam et al 30 patients (no ages given) with bronchial asthma were enrolled into a four-arm, double blind, randomised clinical trial for 16 days. DriedT indica in capsules was compared with standard drugs and a placebo (table 3).17 The main outcome measures were lung function testing and symptom scores. Nocturnal dyspnoea was the only parameter that significantly improved withT indica compared with placebo (p<0.01).

Gupta and co-workers performed a double blind study of 135 bronchial asthma patients aged 14-60 years in whom powdered T indica was compared with placebo over six days with a follow up of two weeks.18 The authors found no statistically significant change in symptom score or lung function parameters with either T indica or the placebo and no differences were seen between the groups.

From these five trials the efficacy of T indica in the treatment of asthma symptoms is thus inconclusive.

TRADITIONAL JAPANESE (KAMPO) HERBAL MEDICINE

These are listed in table 4.

Table 4

Other herbal treatments and asthma

Tsumura saiboku-to (TJ-96)

TJ-96 is the one of the most popular and best studied anti-asthmatic Kampo herbal medicines and is used both in Japan and China.2 It is a combination of two herbal preparations containing 10 herbs19 and has been used in China for steroid dependent asthma resulting in a steroid sparing effect. Despite its intensive use, there is only one randomised clinical trial in the literature from Japan.20 This 12 week study involved 112 adults with steroid dependent bronchial asthma. The main outcome measures were pulmonary function tests and asthma attacks and symptom scores calculated from symptom diaries. Unfortunately no results of the pulmonary function tests were reported and there was no description of dropout or withdrawal rates. Symptomatic improvement and patient perceptions were reported to be significantly better in the treatment group than in the control group (both p<0.01).

MARIHUANA

Marihuana was used for the treatment of asthma in the last century.21 The effects of its principal psychoactive ingredient (Δ9-tetrahydrocannabinol, THC) on pulmonary function have been investigated in normal healthy subjects.22
,23 Only one randomised clinical trial with marihuana appears in the literature concerning its use (THC % predetermined by gas liquid chromatography) in 10 adult patients with bronchial asthma.24 Airway resistance (Raw) decreased compared with placebo and baseline after smoking the 2% THC preparation for approximately two hours, but the difference was not significant. Raw was significantly reduced by 10–13% (p<0.05) compared with placebo 1–4 hours after ingesting the 2% THC capsule. The authors suggest that the significant decrease in airway resistance (and increase in conductance) indicate that THC has a systematically active bronchodilator effect in asthmatic subjects.

DRIED IVY LEAF EXTRACT

In a double blind, crossover, randomised clinical trial dried ivy extract (∼35 mg) was investigated in the treatment of bronchial asthma in 24 children over three days.25 Although there was no significant improvement in FEV1, there was a significant decrease in Raw (23.6%) compared with placebo (p=0.0361). The authors suggest that ivy extract may work in a secretolytic and bronchospasmolytic manner.

Discussion

Seventeen randomised clinical trials on the use of herbal medicinal products in the treatment of asthma were found in the literature. Most had significant methodological flaws and the majority were not conducted with products of standardised quality.

Trials with Ginkgo liquor,4 IKPA tablets,8WTM,9 and dried ivy extract25 produced clinically relevant improvements in lung function, significantly better than placebo or control treatment. Four of the trials withT indica
14-17 and the TJ-96 study20 resulted in a significant improvement in asthma symptoms. L wallichii,5 SBR and RKISP decoctions,6-7 P kurroa,10 Solanumsp,11 one trial with T indica,18 and marihuana24 did not produce any clinically relevant or statistically significant improvement in lung function or asthma symptoms compared with the control. Two trials, one with T indica
16 and the other with B serrata,13 reported a clinically significant improvement in FEV1 but the data were presented in such a way that the percentage change could not be calculated.

There is no fully convincing evidence for any of the herbal preparations described in this paper. Lack of blinding, description of adverse effects, and dropout/withdrawal rates were frequent limitations. Outcome measures were variable and, in several cases, of doubtful relevance. Although some trials yielded positive results, their flaws mean that further meticulous investigations are required before positive recommendations can be made.

None of the herbal medicinal products discussed here are likely to be free from adverse effects or interactions with prescribed drugs. For example, it is known that Ginkgo biloba, which is generally considered as one of the safest herbal medicinal products on the market, has a list of adverse reactions ranging from headaches and nausea to bleeding and seizure.26 Ginkgo also has potential interactions with anticoagulant and antiplatelet medicines because of its effect on platelet activating factor.26 Uncertainty therefore pertains as to the efficacy and safety of these products and it is not possible to conduct adequate risk-benefit assessments.

It is concluded that herbal medicinal products, even though in prevalent use, are of uncertain value in the treatment of asthma. For some there are promising data which warrant further investigation.

Acknowledgments

Alyson Huntley is supported by Boots the Chemists.

Natural Ways to Manage Asthma Symptoms

Asthma is a chronic condition in which a person’s airways to inflame and narrow and produce extra mucus. This makes breathing difficult and trigger coughing, whizzing, and shortness of breath.

The most common signs of asthma include:

  • Shortness of breath
  • Chest tightness
  • Coughing, especially at night
  • Wheezing
  • Difficulty breathing

If you or a loved one is experiencing one or more of these symptoms, make sure to consults with your pediatrics in Greenbelt, Maryland.

Common asthma triggers

Finding out what causes asthma attacks is an important part of the treatment process. The most common asthma triggers include allergens, such as pollen, dust mites, and mold. Irritants in the air, like smoke, perfume, and chemicals can also cause asthma flares. Even experiencing high levels of stress or intense emotions may lead to hyperventilation.

Alternative treatment options

Unfortunately, there is no cure for asthma but its symptoms can be managed. It is important to work closely with your pediatrician in Greenbelt to develop the right asthma action plan. However, there are natural remedies that may help to manage asthma symptoms:

  • Dietary changes
    Obesity can often worsen severe asthma. It is essential to maintain a balanced diet, which includes plenty of vegetables and fruits. Avoiding food that trigger food allergies also help manage some asthma symptoms.
  • Herbs
    Although there is no enough evidence to recommend using herbs to treat asthma, many people still look at using herbs and plants for asthma symptoms. People commonly use echinacea and licorice root, garlic, ginger, and turmeric.
  • Buteyko breathing technique
    This type of breathing exercise involves slow, gentle breathing to take control of asthma symptoms. It focuses on breathing out of the nose, instead of the mouth. Ask your pediatrician in Maryland on the right way to perform this breathing technique.
  • Yoga
    Practicing yoga helps control breathing and relieves stress, which is a common cause of asthma flare-ups. Yoga also boosts flexibility and increases your overall fitness which may help reduce the frequency of asthma attacks.
  • Steam baths
    Warm steam baths help relieve nasal stuffiness and airway irritation associated with asthma. This is because steam baths provide moisture to the person’s airways. However, some asthmatics may find steam baths too hot and may exacerbate their symptoms.

If you need assistance in managing your condition, there are healthcare professionals who can help you out.

Come and visit Edge Pediatrics to get the right treatment for your asthma. We have a qualified pediatric group to help you live a quality life by providing comprehensive, individualized, and advanced healthcare services. Get in touch with us for more details about our services.

90,000 About bronchial asthma in simple terms. Says the pulmonologist

Conversation with a pulmonologist on the radio “Echo of Moscow in Kirov”.

Guests of the Listen to the Doctor program: pulmonologist of the LadaMed family medicine center Zonova Yulia Alexandrovna, director of LadaMed Dmitry Leonidovich Batogov. The host of the program is Vera Vlasova.

(Vera Vlasova) – Good afternoon! This is the Listen to the Doctor program.Vera Vlasova is at the microphone. Immediately I would like to introduce the first to Yulia Aleksandrovna Zonova, a pulmonologist at the LadaMed Family Medicine Center. I present it first, because according to numerous reviews, Yulia Aleksandrovna is a brilliant specialist in her field, and we will learn about this in today’s program. And also today in the studio is Dmitry Leonidovich Batogov, our constant beloved guest, director of the Lada-Med Family Medicine Center. Hello dear guests!

(Julia Zonova) – Hello!

(Dmitry Batogov) – Hello!

(Vera Vlasova) – Good afternoon! So, since we have two excellent specialists in our studio today, one of whom is a pulmonologist, of course, we will talk today, first of all, about such a complex concept as asthma.Let’s get to know today what kind of disease it is, who has it, how it appears and manifests itself, and how to deal with it, how to win. So, Yulia Alexandrovna, tell us, please, first of all, what is asthma, how long has it been with us, has been present in our life of mankind.

(Julia Zonova) – Asthma has long been present in the life of mankind, the first mention of asthma was in Homer’s poem. It is the word “asthma” that is taken from this poem as from the original source. As for the nature of the disease, there are many completely different variations and theories.But one thing has been proven – that there are certain predisposing factors, in particular, the main one is a genetic predisposition. It is now believed that almost all people have it. Another thing is that a person may not be aware of it, but under certain conditions, like a key to a combination lock, that provoking factor appears that realizes this disease.

(Vera Vlasova) – That is, it can be in each of us, but dozing?

(Julia Zonova) – Absolutely.What are the predisposing factors? There are two large blocks – internal and external. Internal factors are those with which, in particular, it is difficult to fight or we cannot influence them. In part, we have already said about genetics, including, it can be overweight, obesity, it can be gender. It is known that before puberty – the age of puberty – boys are more likely to suffer from asthma, after puberty this privilege, mainly in the female population. In addition to all this, these are certain factors at birth, this is, let’s say, a lack of maternal health during pregnancy, the mother’s smoking during pregnancy, poor nutrition, poor intake of certain antioxidants, anti-inflammatory substances in the diet, etc.e violation of diet, poor environmental conditions and so on. As for external factors, these are various allergens, various infections, infectious diseases, some parasitic diseases, these may be errors in the diet with a deficiency of anti-inflammatory agents, this may be the effect of some provoking environmental factors, contact with various media, gases, particles, suspensions and so on. In fact, this is the most important thing that I would like to say about the nature of the disease. As for the disease itself, asthma is an initially chronic disease, a primary chronic disease.Acute asthma is an exacerbation of a chronic illness.

(Vera Vlasova) – Let’s figure it out. Primarily chronic – what does it mean?

(Yulia Zonova) – If a person is sick with asthma, this disease will always be. Another thing is that it is in our power to treat him so that the person, in fact, forgets that he is asthmatic, i.e. he will have neither clinic nor symptoms, he will be in complete control of his disease. But the risk of its renewal will always remain.

(Vera Vlasova) – Is it possible to finally recover from asthma?

(Yulia Zonova) – It is possible to achieve control over the disease, but to cure asthma is not.

(Vera Vlasova) – That is, to put treatment into a system, which we will talk about later, so that it becomes a habit, a person’s lifestyle.

(Yulia Zonova) – Moreover, lifestyle is the main thing in asthma treatment, and with good correction of vital factors and good cooperation with the doctor, the patient can quit treatment, i.e. he may be asthmatic, but not receive treatment and still be in complete control of his illness.

(Vera Vlasova) – Yulia Aleksandrovna, let’s figure out how to achieve this.But before that, I still want to get more information from you about the disease itself. Let us explain to the audience, first of all, what happens to a person when he suffers from asthma, what processes in the body occur, how it manifests itself.

(Julia Zonova) – Asthma is a chronic inflammation with the main localization in the bronchi, therefore it is called completely “bronchial asthma”. As a result of this inflammation, edema of the bronchus occurs, respectively, its lumen becomes narrower, as a result of some other factors, the so-called “bronchospasm” occurs, i.e.e. a sharp narrowing of the bronchi, lack of air. And in many patients, sputum production begins as a result of inflammation. These three points lead to the following symptoms. Our listeners first of all think that asthma is a disease that manifests itself as suffocation, a sharp lack of air, literally, like a fish in its mouth.

(Vera Vlasova) – We see such manifestations from popular sources – films, press …

(Yulia Zonova) – And very often patients who apply for the first time and come on time, even before asthma acquired the classical clinic, do not agree with the diagnosis.In its debut, asthma is often manifested by coughing, prolonged coughs, dry or with sputum production, it can be wheezing or wheezing, whistling, wheezing or whistling sensations in the chest, it can be during physical exertion, it can be some kind of respiratory discomfort, which can be described by the patient himself as suffocation, as difficulty in breathing. Not breathing, no feeling of full inhalation, feeling of incomplete exhalation, i.e. some kind of breathing discomfort.

(Vera Vlasova) – How do you know that this is asthma, and not something else?

(Dmitry Batogov) – Come to a pulmonologist.

(Vera Vlasova) – How do you reveal this?

(Yulia Zonova) – Oddly enough, at the beginning, at the beginning, asthma is a completely reversible disease. If the patient arrives on time, then there may be no symptoms outside the provoking factor. That is, if at home, for example, upon contact with any provocative factor, well, let’s take at least the most frequent one – pets, the patient is allergic, asthma attacks occur. He left home, went to the doctor, sat in front of the office, comes in – everything is clean in the lungs, there is no clinic, everything is fine.Of course, there are those functional tests, for example, determining the function of external respiration (when they breathe into the tube), which allow us to see if there is a narrowing of the bronchi – there is no narrowing of the bronchi (whether the air outlet is disturbed, if we speak in ordinary philistine language). If the person is asymptomatic now and these tests will be good. Therefore, in general, the diagnosis “asthma” is still anamnestic, i.e. this is a detailed conversation with the patient, the establishment of all the nuances. There are so-called asthma risk factors and asthma denial factors.We are looking for a balance between them. This is a clinic – i.e. the symptoms that we clearly ask the patient are factors – provocateurs, are they there. There are similar conditions for asthma. This is, of course, heredity. We ask patients clearly, about many generations, whether he had asthmatics in his family or coughing, choking patients, if they were not diagnosed as such. This, of course, is the use of any drugs that either provoke seizures (there are such drugs), or, conversely, help our patient.For asthma, some groups of drugs are prohibited. And in many patients, in particular, patients with cardiovascular diseases, who are prescribed some drugs to treat hypertension or heart failure, they can provoke the onset of asthma for the first time. We can ask what kind of drugs our patient is taking, which pills were prescribed, i.e. there is a relationship. It’s just that the body reacted this way, a person first encountered this substance.

(Vera Vlasova) – But, again, if at the initial stage – how is it all reversible?

(Julia Zonova) – Let’s turn the attack itself, the clinic itself.

(Dmitry Batogov) – There is a chance that it will be reversible.

(Yulia Zonova) – There is a chance, yes, but I will return to the beginning of the conversation, asthma is an initially chronic disease, i.e. This is a chronic disease, if we have treated and there is no clinic, there are no symptoms, but the exposure of this provocative factor happened again, everything will return again, that is, the disease has not gone anywhere. It is simply within our power to make it recede.

(Vera Vlasova) – You talked about the genetic predisposition, how high is actually the probability that if the parents of the patients were ill, and from whom more can you get from the father, from the mother, or through generations how does this happen?

(Yulia Zonova) – Well, there is currently no clear connection from mom or dad at this point, but one thing is known that if one of the parents is sick, then the probability of asthma in a child doubles, if both – then in four, this is a proven fact.

(Vera Vlasova) – As well as allergens that can provoke the manifestation of asthma, are there any allergens to which asthma is especially willing, let’s say it reacts and manifests itself after which?

(Julia Zonova) – Asthma can be quite active and expressed for any completely allergen to manifest itself, this is one of the clinical variants of allergy, let’s say so, but the season has just passed and of course the largest percentage of patients who apply is pollen allergy and very often they come to asthma those people who have had colds associated with pollen allergy for a long time, i.e.That is, symptoms of allergic rhinitis that are poorly treated or never felt, by the way, the conjugation in young people with allergic rhinitis is 80%, here we mean asthma about the conjugation.

(Vera Vlasova) – That is, in 80% of people who have treated rhinitis due to allergic pollen

(Julia Zonova) – Those who have not treated their allergic rhinitis may subsequently develop asthma.

(Vera Vlasova) – An important point you said is that the initial stage, when it is still possible to suspend the course of the disease, the active development of the disease, how long does it last, how much time does a person have since he pays attention and what is the next stage?

(Yulia Zonova) – You know, no, again, we are talking about evidence-based medicine, there are clear criteria for the duration, let’s say, there is no period when we can prevent asthma, this is individual, this is a condition for the response of each organism, but there is an evidence base for another moment, if asthma lasts more than 2 years from its debut, let it be a debut in the form of wheezing, coughing, etc.and the patient did not treat her, i.e. 2 years, just 2 years, the risk of asthma not coming under control increases by 30 percent.

(Vera Vlasova) – Terrible numbers that you really want to avoid, of course.

(Dmitry Batogov) – That’s why they came to attract, to warn.

(Vera Vlasova) – Yes, we have public health propaganda, on Echo of Moscow in Kirov. You also mentioned the diet, in order to take there must be a diet, it turns out there are those foods that provoke the development of asthma, and those that, let’s say, allows you to stabilize the disease, right?

(Yulia Zonova) – In patients with food allergies, of course, this is an exception, all those products that are allergens or potential allergens are known to everyone that when allergic to pollen, there is cross-food allergy and many patients are unaware of this, but proven the fact that with an allergy to birch pollen, a very large percentage of patients are allergic to apples and carrots when eaten, not always even heat treatment can neutralize the effect, therefore, in this case, it is advisable to exclude these products from the diet or process them as thermally as possible, t.That is, some chance at least to be. Naturally, in small children, the development of asthma, and many inflammatory diseases, is significantly interfered with by the protein of cow’s milk. As for the diet in principle, the diet should contain those foods that contain antioxidants, in particular Omega-3, these are deep-sea fish varieties, various plant antioxidants.

(Vera Vlasova) – In any case, is this a useful thing for the development of the brain?

(Yulia Zonova) – Yes, of course, in principle, antioxidants interfere with all our processes and have a good effect on any … and of course, this is the use of fresh vegetables and fruits, preferably without preservatives, i.e.That is, not processed, so that we have a balance of antioxidant substances in the body.

(Vera Vlasova) – What you just said is Omega-3, antioxidants, these are the main factors of denial of asthma or factors of denial of asthma, this is something else. You, because you mentioned it, and I got the feeling that this is exactly what can somehow neutralize, as you said, the development of the disease.

(Julia Zonova) – Considering that asthma is still a chronic inflammation, in predisposed persons there is a certain interference of the diet in the prognosis, in a good prognosis, of course, asthma does not occur, i.e.That is, in a patient predisposed, but with proper nutrition, with the elimination of provoking factors and external, including not only food, we are talking with you about allergens, about avoiding infection, etc. Of course, this can exclude the occurrence of asthma in a predisposed person.

(Dmitry Batogov) – The absence of smoking is also a factor of denial.

(Yulia Zonova) – Smoking is a risk leveling factor not only for asthma, it is a risk factor for cardiovascular diseases, and everyone knows that the respiratory system, the cardiovascular system is essentially a brother and sister, therefore breathing absolutely interferes with bad breath, respiratory diseases interfere with the imbalance of work through the vascular systems and vice versa, i.e.That is, there is a clear relationship, of course, if the patient does not smoke, the risk of respiratory system disease, in particular asthma, is significantly lower.

(Vera Vlasova) – Well, let us also mention our favorite topic alcohol, when a person does not drink alcohol – this also has a positive effect on health.

(Julia Zonova) – For general health – yes.

(Dmitry Batogov) – But, probably, not so unambiguously in asthma.

(Julia Zonova) – There are some points of observation for the simple reason that, depending on what we are talking about.If we are talking with you about drinking beer, then, in particular, this product can cause an increase in edema of the bronchial wall, naturally it is predisposed in a person with asthma, it can aggravate the course of the disease, especially if it is consumed with salt.

(Vera Vlasova) – With something salty, as they usually do.

(Yulia Zonova) – The second point is the use of bottled wines that contain sulfur dioxide. Sulfur dioxide is, again, for susceptible individuals, one of the provoking factors that provoke allergic reactions and a factor that provokes inflammation, since asthma is a chronic inflammatory process, there is also a certain risk of decompensation of occurrence.

(Vera Vlasova) – Great, i.e. alcohol is also excluded?

(Dmitry Batogov) – What’s great?

(Yulia Zonova) – Although there is also a small introduction, if we are telling the whole truth and describing everything honestly, then a small dose of pure alcohol, without preservatives, impurities, etc., forty degrees, in certain cases, can help an asthmatic attack to relieve … There are also such observations.

(Dmitry Batogov) – It is clear that everything is not so unambiguous with alcohol.

(Yulia Zonova) – Yes, this is a very difficult situation, after all, small dosages of alcohol are an anti-stress factor.

(Vera Vlasova) – But let’s not forget that a specialist consultation is necessary.

(Yulia Zonova) – Undoubtedly, I do not call at all.

(Dmitry Batogov) – With other diseases, alcohol is harmful, there is even nothing to discuss.

(Yulia Zonova) – Well, with asthma, it is also harmful if we talk about exceeding …

(Vera Vlasova) – Let’s go further, it’s clear to us about the denial factor, let’s now figure out – at what age can such a disease be provoked?

(Yulia Zonova) – Asthma affects absolutely all age categories of mankind, if earlier it was said that asthma is a disease of young people, then recently we are increasingly seeing the debut of asthma in the elderly population.

(Vera Vlasova) – Why is that?

(Yulia Zonova) – I think that this, I think, in principle there is a certain … that most likely, it is, firstly, ecology, and secondly, eating foods containing a large amount of either preservatives, or a monotonous diet without the inclusion of fresh vegetables and fruits, well, and the use of various medicines, you know that we still have an elderly population. Many different drugs are used from those that are necessary to treat these diseases, which are also those that are, shall we say, concomitant.

(Vera Vlasova) – Which, in case, can provoke the appearance of asthma. That is, you need to take care of yourself at any age, and especially if there is a different manifestation of these first symptoms?

(Yulia Zonova) – Undoubtedly, in families, probably where asthma is already present in parents at the birth of a child, be especially careful if there are even minimal manifestations.

(Dmitry Batogov) – At least not to have pets.

(Yulia Zonova) – There is also a twofold point here, if there is no allergy, after all, asthma, if not allergic, i.e.e not an obligatory allergic component, there are other options for asthma, not necessarily an allergy, another thing is that in children most often asthma is still of an allergic genesis, then of course an allergy provokes.

(Vera Vlasova) – i.e. can you understand already in childhood?

(Yulia Zonova) – I think yes, it is quite understandable, and from a very young age, when you come into contact with certain animals or foods, there are signs of either asthma or allergies.

(Vera Vlasova) – If a person is lucky – and asthma was diagnosed at the initial stage, it is this disease, how will the treatment be carried out? And immediately the second question: “If at the initial stage the person did not worry about his health, what happens to him next? Where will his illness, further manifestations lead him further, now he suffocates? ”

(Dmitry Batogov) – That is, an optimistic scenario and a pessimistic scenario.

(Vera Vlasova) – Yes.

(Yulia Zonova) – Well, let’s dwell on the first part of the question, it will be more pleasant, I think yes. Initially, our patients should receive two blocks of drugs: the first drug is a lifesaver, an emergency drug that our asthmatic patient always carries with him. This is the same spray can – an inhaler that contains a bronchodilating substance that relieves all symptoms and it acts quickly, after 2-3 minutes there is already a rather serious effect, after 20 minutes the action is sufficient and this action lasts from 6 to 8 hours.The patient uses this drug as needed, i.e., in fact, to relieve asthma symptoms and another option, when the patient knows that he cannot exclude contact with a provoking factor, for any reason, he prophylactically to prevent a reaction to this factor also uses this can. These cans are good for everyone, our patients understand that they work and often refuse the second block of treatment, but the fact is that they do not cure emergency cans, they only relieve symptoms.And, if we talk about the prognosis, about the treatment of our patient, then the second therapeutic block is the most important thing, these are anti-inflammatory drugs that not only treat asthma, i.e. they remove inflammation, the cause of the symptoms that our patients have, they improve the prognosis, i.e. just against the background of treatment with these drugs, our patients can achieve complete control, it is against the background of treatment with these drugs that our patient can forget that he is an asthmatic, subject to regular, daily, many months, maybe many years of treatment.These drugs include, of course, inhalation hormones, many different drugs that relieve inflammation, but the evidence base, the best evidence base, in particular, in terms of influence on the prognosis, is, of course, the inhalation hormonal cycle.

(Vera Vlasova) – How can hormones affect the patient’s condition?

(Yulia Zonova) – To improve it if we are talking about those hormones that are used in pulmonology in planned therapy, regular therapy.These are also cans, or spray cans, or drugs in special devices that are inhaled like inhalers and these drugs, subject to dosages, do not have any systemic phenomena, these are not tablets, these are not injections, this is not drip administration of drugs, this is purely local action on the bronchial mucosa.

(Dmitry Batogov) – Yulia Aleksandrovna, but patients sometimes ask that the doctor prescribed inhalation hormones to me, but is it possible somehow without them?

(Julia Zonova) – There are alternative remedies, other anti-inflammatory drugs.Do all the groups need to be named?

(Vera Vlasova) – Not necessarily, let’s go over the main ones.

(Yulia Zonova) – First of all, these are antagonists of leukotriene drugs, influencing in another way.

(Dmitry Batogov) – In general, is there an alternative?

(Julia Zonova) – Yes, there is no doubt about it.

(Dmitry Batogov) – And you need to see a doctor, and the doctor will pick it up then.

(Yulia Zonova) – The fact is, Dmitry Leonidovich, that, nevertheless, if we are talking about an anti-inflammatory effect, all drugs that are present in modern recommendations have a sufficient effect, but in modern recommendations there is a line of treatment choice and there is alternative line.What happens here, on what principle is the distinction? The distinction is made clearly according to the forecast, according to the influence on the forecast. If we set a goal with the program to maximize the treatment of the patient – to achieve such control, then we can come to naught in the treatment.

(Dmitry Batogov) – That without inhalation hormones?

(Yulia Zonova) – Just carry a can with you just in case, our patient will not have a clinic and there will be no need for daily therapy, because everything is fine, but, in fact, they suppressed inflammation as much as possible, then these are inhalation hormones.And the rest work well, but the forecast is influenced.

(Dmitry Batogov) – So inhalation hormones are the most optimistic scenario?

(Yulia Zonova) – Yes, it is.

(Vera Vlasova) – What problems can arise with inhaled hormones, why does a person want to refuse them?

(Dmitry Batogov) – People open the instructions for the drug, there pharmaceutical companies traditionally write everything, all possible side effects what they are, there are a lot of scary words for a common person, people turn it all down and throw this instruction into the trash can and understand, that they will never take these inhalation hormones ever again.

(Vera Vlasova) – Is it really a real threat?

(Dmitry Batogov) – Which is a gross mistake.

(Yulia Zonova) – I think that this is not even the point, not the instructions, the mentality of our people is still rare, I really respect these people who read the instructions in detail and completely. But basically, for some reason, our patients do not read the instructions, by the way, this is bad. But what scares our patients is the word hormones, as such.

(Vera Vlasova) – Yes, some very radical, irrevocable word.

(Julia Zonova) – Yes, i.e. there is the concept of steroidophobia, i.e. expressed fear of hormones in any form, in any of their delivery methods, in any disease, etc. We just need to, probably, once again explain to our patients that if we use the doses that are allowed for use in inhalation hormonal preparations, then there will be no systemic actions. There may be side effects of a local nature, it may be a slight hoarseness of the voice, it may be a sore throat, it may be a thrush in the oral cavity, but all these side effects are easily prevented.After inhalation, you need to abundantly and thoroughly, rinse the mouth and throat with water repeatedly and spit it all out. And that’s all.

(Vera Vlasova) – Very good. And we also wanted to talk in this program about alternative methods of treatment, what we call traditional medicine, something that is not at all necessary for use, but if possible, if a person has the desire and opportunity, after consulting a specialist. There are some more ways, some steps, right?

(Yulia Zonova) – Yes, of course.

(Vera Vlasova) – Let’s list what it is.

(Dmitry Batogov) – Sometimes patients ask about herbal medicine, herbs, sometimes they ask about various breathing exercises, we will not name the authors, but there is slow breathing, on the contrary, forced breathing and such a method as acupuncture, acupuncture.

(Yulia Zonova) – Let’s make a reservation right away if we are considering an optimistic scenario, i.e. we are based in today’s conversation on evidence-based medicine.There is no evidence base for alternative therapies. There is no sufficient base. Our medicines, they are verified by numerous studies, multicenter, large-scale, the benefits and risks have been evaluated. Since the benefit outweighs the risk, then there is no risk – therefore, they are introduced dominantly, as therapeutic moments for asthma. As for alternative methods, two points must be clearly understood here. The first moment – after consulting a doctor. The second point is that the alternative method should not interfere with the treatment with the main drugs, and it does not replace the treatment with medicines, it is concomitant therapy.One more point – this additional alternative method should not interfere with the treatment of concomitant diseases, because the poor state of the concomitant background also interferes with the decompensation of asthma.

(Dmitry Batogov) – First of all, the cardiovascular system.

(Yulia Zonova) – Yes, of course. Of course, in this situation there are several methods, acupuncture is really effective, there are points of influence. And Eastern cultures often use them, including for relieving asthma attacks.There are certain types of breathing practices. For asthma, the most effective breathing practices are with slow shallow breathing through the nose or with a maximum breathing pause. Correct breathing of an asthmatic.

(Vera Vlasova) – Well, is the training going well?

(Julia Zonova) – Yes, yes. Yes, the correct breathing of an asthmatic is not to irritate the bronchus, so that it does not even react to the flow of air. Many asthmatics, who are now out of control, even have a bronchial reaction to a fast flow of air.A correctly breathing asthmatic is a patient who breathes very slowly, shallowly and through the nose. Breathing practices are on this triad. There are such breathing techniques, again we will not name the authors, they are ideal for our patients. As far as herbal medicine is concerned, no large-scale studies are present here. Still, herbal extracts, now and many pharmaceutical companies use ready-made preparations, they can be purchased in pharmacies. What actively interferes with the inflammatory process in asthma, leveling or suppressing it? This, of course, can be an extract of thyme, this is chamomile, this is calendula, this is marshmallow, i.e.That is, in principle, any drugs that have a significant anti-inflammatory effect. Probably, these are the main techniques.

(Dmitry Batogov) – Yulia Alexandrovna, can I have one more, perhaps, stupid question? Is singing and going to the choir a plus or a minus if a person has asthma? Is it contraindicated for him to go to the choir or vice versa?

(Yulia Zonova) – In support of asthmatics, and, probably, to the surprise of asthmatics, I would like to say that an asthmatic is an ordinary patient, an ordinary person, just like a person without asthma, who can do everything that is not causes no respiratory symptoms in him.And if singing in a choir does not cause any unpleasant sensations in an asthmatic, it does not provoke a cough, wheezing, moreover, it becomes easier for him to breathe – please, at least 24 hours a day.

(Vera Vlasova) – On this, unfortunately, everything that we managed to tell today, tell about asthma, we told, unfortunately, there is no more time for the program, but I want to end today’s broadcast with a slightly different topic. Turning to the primary, probably, knowledge of Dmitry Leonidovich Batogov.

(Dmitry Batogov) – For the first specialty

(Vera Vlasova) – For the first specialty, yes, thank you for correcting it.Dmitry Leonidovich is an infectious disease doctor with his first specialty. There is the Klyuch zdorovya company, which supports today’s broadcast and many Listen to the Doctor broadcasts, thanks to which we conduct such enlightenment and health promotion at the Echo of Moscow radio station. Dmitry Leonidovich, here’s a question for you regarding, of course, the benefits of water: “Today it is a very popular statement that the use of high-quality water is necessary for the normal functioning of the body. What do you think about this, as an infectious disease doctor, and how, after all, does water quality affect health? ”

(Dmitry Batogov) – I fully support the use of high-quality water, because it has a very positive effect on health and in the light of our today’s transfer, because the fewer chemical agents present in the water of any various unnecessary impurities, respectively, the less likely allergies, and, accordingly, there will be less likelihood of provoking attacks of bronchial asthma.And if, returning to my first specialty, as an infectious disease doctor, then it’s even a little naive to ask whether clean water is useful, because clean water does not contain pathogenic microorganisms, which, unfortunately, are found in unclean water, and from unclean, from poor-quality water there is a risk of contracting intestinal infections, very different intestinal infections that can lead to very bad consequences, unfortunately, it is there, so I urge you to use high-quality water, and I myself use high-quality water.

(Vera Vlasova) – Thank you very much, for today we managed to cover a very large amount of information about asthma, of course, we did not have enough time, as always happens in this company. I hope that our distinguished guests will visit this studio more than once to tell about more information on asthma and warn the audience about many more things. So, our guest today was Yulia Aleksandrovna Zonova, a pulmonologist at the LadaMed family medicine center, and Dmitry Leonidovich Batogov, director of the LadaMed family medicine center.Thank you very much dear guests, we are waiting for you again. All the best!

(Dmitry Batogov) – Thank you.

(Julia Zonova) – Thank you.

Make an appointment for a consultation with a pulmonologist by phone:

(8332) 52-53-53; 22-03-03

Herbs against asthma – Women’s health

Herbs against asthma

Our reader from Chernogolovka Elena Skvortsova tells how we managed to cope with bronchial asthma with the help of herbal medicine.

I was first diagnosed with bronchial asthma when I was 10 years old. From that moment, not a day passed without treatment. But, despite the desperate attempts of my parents to cure me, recovery, unfortunately, did not happen. Asthma “moved” with me into adulthood.

I continued to heal myself. Bronchodilators, expectorants, antiallergic drugs, antibiotics, hormones – I experienced all these drugs on myself. Unfortunately, they did not help much, they only gave a temporary effect.And I decided to try herbs – it always seemed to me that they were more harmless. But how effective are they?

The first reception at the phytocenter was very surprising. The phytotherapist asked in detail about all my problems, carefully looked through all the doctors’ notes. Then he asked what kind of food I prefer, if I have any allergies to certain foods. After that, a rather complicated collection was appointed –

as many as sixteen components! They were introduced gradually to avoid allergies.

Fortunately, there was no need to purchase and mix it all at the pharmacy. The mixture was given to me ready-made in the phytocenter.

In addition to the herbal collection, the doctor prescribed me a tincture from the roots.

Among other things, I was given herbal ointments for the nose and chest, as well as suppositories with the same composition. By the way, these ointments were also excellent for allergic skin rashes. It was enough just to anoint the reddened area of ​​the skin.

Also, the doctor prescribed special pills – phytochitodes.They all consisted of the same herbs and chitosan. These pills, as they explained to me, enhanced the effect of the herbal decoction, prolonged it.

Of course, all this treatment at first seemed very tedious to me. Brew the grass every time, make lotions. But the desire to recover was stronger. Soon the preparation and reception of the broth turned into a kind of ritual for me, and treatment – into a way of life. I got used to preparing the infusion in the evening, and in the morning I slightly diluted it with boiling water. I took a small plastic bottle with herbal medicine with me to work.By the way, the decoctions turned out to be quite pleasant to the taste, no worse than ordinary tea.

In addition, the doctor advised me to try to cope with nighttime suffocation without an inhaler, using breathing exercises. To do this, while sitting in bed, you need to hug your shoulders and take short breaths. Severe allergic attacks, coughing, swelling, shortness of breath can be stopped by inhaling hot steam in the bathroom.

So, step by step, I got rid of the “chemistry” that I had taken before, and of my problems.Within three months my condition improved. The cough has decreased, from dry it has become free, moist, breathing has become easier, the attacks have become rare and short-term. The pains in the chest stopped, and even the fibroids slightly diminished. In addition, I felt great, regained confidence in my abilities, and began to get sick less often.

Later my collection was supplemented with some more herbs.

A year has passed since then – no seizures. Concomitant diseases – fibroids and mastopathy – have significantly decreased.The doctor highly recommends not to quit treatment altogether, but to take herbs at least during the off-season – in autumn and spring. I try to follow his advice. One can speak of complete recovery from asthma only if there are no attacks for another 10-15 years.

Specialist comment

The letter is commented on by a phytotherapist from the Moscow phytocenter “Health and Longevity” Natalya Viktorovna Komarova.

– Phytotherapy is a physiological method of treating bronchial asthma.It is effective in various forms of asthma. The main advantage of this technique is that we are not treating asthma, but we are trying to put the whole body in order. This takes into account all concomitant diseases, patient complaints. Ideally, each is assigned an individual fee.

There are many herbs that can help heal asthma. But at the same time, one will also reduce the pressure, the other will reduce the heartbeat, and the third will ease the course of mastopathy. It all depends on what you need. At the same time, all herbs, unlike tablets, combine well with each other, do not cause addiction.

However, one should be very careful when starting treatment with plants. First you need to find out what kind of food the patient prefers, what he is allergic to. After all, what we eat and plants are very closely related. For example, if you have an allergy to apples, then most likely you also have one to birch.

Then you should find out if there are any problems with the gastrointestinal tract, liver and kidneys. Because of these violations, the body is constantly poisoned by the products of its own vital activity, immunity decreases, allergies intensify.The simplest collection, which helps to quickly establish the work of the gastrointestinal tract, is agrimony and mallow, sometimes mallow can be replaced with plantain.

Only then can you start directly with asthma treatment. In this case, you need to act gradually. Collect for asthma can include up to 56 herbs! How to understand in this case what the allergy is? Therefore, add components to the collection should be one herb. For example, the smallest typical collection includes two parts each of chamomile, mint, plantain and one part each – St. John’s wort and agrimony.Agrimony can be replaced with yarrow. This collection improves digestion, acts on the lungs, relieves inflammation.

If you still have an allergy, you just need to introduce the herb in very small doses, gradually. If everything is fine, then you can add other components. At the same time, fees are constantly alternating.

Simultaneously with decoctions, microclysters, douching and lotions from the same herbs, only brewed a second time, are usually prescribed. These procedures help locally, if required, for various infectious diseases, intestinal problems.In addition, in this way the herbs are better absorbed and immediately enter the bloodstream.

Treatment should be supplemented with herbal ointments and candles made from these ointments. Ointments are rubbed into the chest. They are also suitable for a runny nose and sinusitis. Such local treatment protects against germs, viruses. And an ointment, for example, with mallow, is very effective for skin rashes, especially in children.

At the same time, it is good to take tinctures from the roots: calamus, angelica, burdock, cyanosis. Calamus and angelica reduce bronchial edema.Cyanosis soothes, has expectorant properties. These tinctures increase immunity, help to cough up.

All these procedures must be supplemented with the so-called phytochitodes. These are special herbal tablets based on the water-soluble part of chitosan, crab and shrimp shell extract. In addition to the fact that chitosan itself is very beneficial, one small tablet contains a huge amount of herbs. Again, here everyone is selected their own phytochitodesis. The tablets enhance the effect of the herbs.They are prescribed if you have, in addition to asthma, depression, hypertension, palpitations.

By the way, often with a long intake of drugs, asthmatics suffer from fungal diseases, thrush in the mouth. When resorbed, herbal tablets successfully combat these problems.

Many patients often ask – is it possible to stop taking regular pills? Yes, we are committed to phasing out asthma medications, especially hormones and antibiotics. But this should be done very slowly.Otherwise, “withdrawal syndrome” may occur. That is, the body’s reaction to the withdrawal of the drug will be so violent that it will have to be administered again in even larger doses. Therefore, it is not worth the risk. And psychologically it is not always easy.

Svetlana KIRINA

Sneezing at everything – Ogonyok No. 19 (5372) dated 05/18/2015

In Russia, the season of allergies has come: this year, due to the peculiarities of the weather, it attacks especially actively

Vladimir Yashin, doctor

By the current flowering season, researchers from King’s College London have guessed great news for all allergy sufferers: 34 genes have been identified that ” are responsible “for allergies.The discovery was preceded by 10 years of study of people suffering from severe allergic reactions. Scientists sought to find out how their genotype differs from that of healthy people. The results of the work, recently published in the prestigious journal Science, are promising: they give hope that the cause of the allergy will finally be found. According to one of the authors of the work, Professor William Cookson, the discovered genes are associated with the production of special substances (immunoglobulins of class E (IgE)) that trigger allergies.Now scientists will try to “turn off” them and thereby cure allergies at the genetic level. Does this mean a final victory? It is unlikely – this disease is too multifaceted.

Indeed, doctors have been fighting allergies for over two and a half thousand years, but it has never caused them such anxiety as in recent decades. This is primarily due to the rapid increase in the incidence – a third of the world’s population suffers from this disease today, and the number of substances that can become allergens is growing every year.The World Health Organization (WHO) has already called the 21st century the century of allergies.

Find and neutralize

Translated from Greek, allergy means “another action” – it means an unusual reaction of the body to the penetration of allergens into it, for example, pollen from flowering plants. But why does it cause a negative reaction in some people, but not in others? The point, it turns out, is in the peculiarities of the immune system, designed to protect us from foreign proteins, microbes and viruses. For some people, it mistakes substances for “enemies” that in fact are not.

However, the body reacts immediately by sending antibodies to attack. The latter attach to mast cells, which are found in the respiratory tract, gastrointestinal tract and skin, and cause them to secrete physiologically active substances, in particular histamine. It is its excess that leads to changes in the tissues, which are accompanied by all the well-known symptoms: with hay fever (allergic rhinitis), this is sneezing and lacrimation, and with bronchial asthma – shortness of breath and shortness of breath.

At the same time, anything can provoke an allergy – it depends on the specific organism. But most often the classic “triggers” are pollen of flowering plants, mold spores, household dust (especially the microscopic mites contained in it), hair and saliva of pets, some products and medicines, currently widespread cosmetics and detergents. A very strong allergic reaction (it can even lead to death) can be caused by insect bites, say, bees or wasps.

Breathe Deeper!

Experiment

Bronchial asthma is the most frequent and severe complication of “usual” allergies. What to do if an attack begins? “Ogonyok” consulted with the doctors

Open the window. The supply of fresh air relieves the patient’s condition. In this case, it is better to sit on a chair facing the back and, placing a pillow under your chest, rest against it when you exhale. You need to relax. By the way, a child’s seizure can sometimes be relieved by stroking him on the back and calming him down.

Hot foot and hand baths will help reduce the time of an attack. A good effect is given by inhaling the following solution, which can be prepared at home: pour a glass of boiling water over two teaspoons of soda and add two drops of iodine. If after that it was not possible to normalize breathing, you need to call an ambulance.

Use of corticosteroids. Synthetic analogs of hormones produced by the adrenal glands in the body prevent exacerbation and reduce the effects of allergic inflammation of the bronchi.They actively act on the basis of the disease – inflammation. At the same time, attacks of suffocation become less frequent or disappear altogether.

Gymnastics for training the respiratory muscles and diaphragm. Much more effective than patients think. This also includes various types of massage, acupuncture, herbal medicine and other non-medicinal methods.

Dangerous invisibility

One of the most common allergens is the pollen of harmless birch. It is very small – only 20-60 microns.The allergy of a particular plant largely depends on the size of the pollen – the smaller it is, the easier it is for the substance to penetrate the body. Plants are most active in the morning, and allergy sufferers are well aware of this. The problem of spring hay fever over the past 20 years has become so acute in most European countries that services have gradually emerged that every day publish the so-called pollen index – the amount of pollen in a cubic meter of air. On Moscow sites last week, its red color (very high risk) was provided by birch – the concentration of pollen in the air was 3078 units.

In Russia, the first station that determines the pollen index has been operating since 1992 at the Biological Faculty of Moscow State University. Similar laboratories (there are about six hundred of them in the world) are networked to exchange information about which direction the clouds of allergenic pollen are moving. In dry windy weather, they can travel great distances – scientists recorded a kind of record in 2006, when our Russian pollen made a “march” for a thousand kilometers and settled in Scandinavia, causing a surge of allergic reactions there.This is explained by the fact that Russian pollen turned out to be more allergenic than local pollen, in addition, in Scandinavia, the birch flowering season has already ended and people with allergies have stopped taking the necessary drugs.

As already mentioned, pollen can cause one of the most common allergic diseases – hay fever (from the English word pollen – pollen), or seasonal allergic rhinitis, which is also popularly called hay fever. By the way, the last term was invented in 1819 by the English physician John Bostock, who showed signs of the disease during the period of hay making.But this, as it turned out later, is far from the only reason for the appearance of symptoms such as itching in the nose, sneezing, watery eyes. Yes, and fever, usually accompanied by an increase in temperature, with this disease, as a rule, does not happen.

In addition to birch, hay fever in Russia is caused by alder, maple, ash, chestnut, willow, poplar, which bloom in April – May. However, in some people, symptoms of the disease may appear in June – July, during the flowering period of cereal grasses – timothy, fescue, hedgehog, bluegrass.And even in August, when the so-called weeds – wormwood, quinoa, ragweed – are “dusting”. By the way, out of several thousand common plant species on the planet, only 60 produce “bad” pollen, which can cause hypersensitivity. At the same time, the pollen of ragweed, wormwood, cereal (meadow) grasses and birch has the highest activity, but different allergens are most active in different regions: in central Russia it is birch, in Ukraine – chestnut and oak, in Southern Europe – a wall (weed growing in mountainous areas), but in Japan – cedars.Interestingly, a powerful PR campaign was held here in the 70s of the last century to plant the country with cedars, which were considered the most noble trees, and now the country suffocates in cedar pollen every spring.

Of course, reactions like hay fever cause a lot of trouble, but much more dangerous when they lead to more severe forms of allergy, in particular to bronchial asthma. The ailment is based on allergic inflammation of the airways and bronchial hyperreactivity – an unusually strong reaction, expressed in their narrowing.This is the most common allergic disease. According to WHO statistics, more than 300 million people are currently suffering from asthma in the world, of which about 1.5 million are Russians. The disease occurs in both adults and children, with 70 percent having it before the age of 14. Moreover, the number of asthmatics among toddlers and adolescents is growing every year. The onset of bronchial asthma in most children is caused by exposure to allergens: about 30 percent of them are sensitive to pollen from flowering plants, about 70 percent to house dust, which contains, in particular, microscopic mites.They live in bedding, upholstered furniture, toys and are considered the worst allergens. Pets, such as dogs, guinea pigs, hamsters and, of course, cats (their saliva, dandruff and hair contain the most powerful allergens) can also cause an exacerbation of the disease. An unfavorable environment, as well as air pollution in closed rooms – apartments, classrooms, also seriously contribute to the aggravation. In this case, pathogenic microbes, viruses, harmful chemicals emitted by building and finishing materials, as well as furniture, act as allergens.

It should be added that bronchial asthma attacks often occur against the background of acute respiratory viral diseases. The mechanism is as follows: viruses damage the bronchial mucosa, after which allergens easily penetrate the body with inhaled air and cause an exacerbation. How does everything manifest? Usually, an attack of bronchial asthma begins suddenly, often at night and is characterized by difficulty breathing, shortness of breath, wheezing in the chest, and in severe cases, suffocation.

Protect yourself

Details

There are only three proven methods of protection against allergies that lie in wait for us in everyday life.

Reduce contact with the allergen. This is the most effective way to fight. First of all, you should actively fight with house dust, carry out wet cleaning every day, use only synthetic blankets and pillows, which should be washed in hot water every six months. In addition, when allergic plants are blooming, keep windows and doors closed during the day, if possible: it is better to ventilate the rooms at night, when the concentration of pollen in the air is minimal.

Taking antihistamines. These drugs, from the proven suprastin to the latest generation of drugs that do not cause drowsiness, suppress the action of the most active allergen in our body – the substance histamine.They can be purchased as tablets and injections, as well as in aerosols or ointments.

“Allergy vaccination”. This is sometimes called allergen-specific immunotherapy, in which the doctor prescribes a course of injections with allergens hostile to the patient’s body. This kind of vaccination increases the body’s resistance to allergies. Another option for such treatment is autolymphocytotherapy – the introduction into the body of its own cells of the immune system – lymphocytes.

Who is to blame?

It has been established that the main factor contributing to the occurrence of allergic diseases is genetic: the presence of the disease in parents increases the risk in children by 15-20 percent.And if, say, one of the parents suffers from hay fever, then the probability that his child will get sick is 25, and when both – then all 50 percent. Scientists from Royal London College have once again proved that it is not a specific disease that is inherited, but a feature of the immune system, that is, the body’s ability, in principle, to respond to contact with an allergen. Moreover, for offspring, a foreign element may not be the substance that causes allergies in parents. For example, mom has hay fever, dad has a hypersensitivity to milk, and my son develops a skin rash every time he puts on a woolen sweater, and his daughter is completely healthy.True, a legitimate question arises: why have these genes not made themselves felt for hundreds of years and have just now declared themselves in full force? According to one theory, they were “activated” due to various environmental changes that have occurred over the past hundred years. We are also talking about those changes that are considered “useful”, those that have brought comfort to our lives.

Many scientists believe that qualitative changes in nutrition also played a role in the development of allergies, and it is difficult to disagree with this.Traditional natural food is increasingly being replaced by semi-finished and instant food products containing artificial fillers, colors, flavors: on average, a person eats 4.5 kg of various chemical additives per year. Many of them are not directly allergens, but they can react with proteins in our body and cause an allergic reaction. In addition, genetically modified foods are actively introduced into the diet. All this ultimately negatively affects the state of the immune system, which opens the gates of allergy.

There is also a so-called hygienic theory. Its supporters associate the rapid growth of allergic diseases with the fact that, thanks to the achievements of modern medicine, children have become less sick with infectious diseases. Indeed, there is an inverse relationship between the latter and allergies. The fact is that after birth, the baby enters the world around him with an “untrained” immune system. And the first contacts with infectious agents serve as a kind of training for her. The immunity of the ill child is gaining experience and subsequently more actively resists not only bacteria and viruses, but also various allergens.By the way, in Africa, where the level of infectious diseases is very high, allergies are much less common than in America and Europe.

Among other factors contributing to an increase in the number of allergy sufferers, it should be noted that there is an increase in the consumption of drugs, and the widespread use of disinfectants in everyday life and in the production of disinfectants.

The world against a person

How to live in a world that is becoming more and more dangerous for people with hypersensitivity to certain allergens? First, don’t panic.If there is no disease, then you should not undergo any examinations for allergies in advance. But if the disease has somehow manifested itself, you do not need to self-medicate. How can you tell if you are hypersensitive to pollen or other allergens? One of the most informative diagnostic tests is still a sample when droplets of a solution containing allergens are applied to the skin of the forearm or back: the same pollen, house dust, mold, etc. Then the skin in these places is pierced, and the solution penetrates inside.If the patient is allergic to any substance, then redness and swelling form in the place of its presence within 15 minutes.

Another diagnostic method is based on the examination of a patient’s blood sample. It is called in vitro (in vitro) because the analysis is done in a laboratory. This test measures the amount of specific antibodies present in the blood that correspond to a specific allergen. The result obtained allows the doctor to make an accurate diagnosis.

Is it possible to get rid of allergies permanently? Unfortunately, it is still impossible to answer this question positively.It so happens that after treatment for several years, a person feels well, but suddenly he breaks the diet, and the disease manifests itself again. Therefore, one should not succumb to temptations, the patient must strictly follow the doctor’s recommendations for nutrition or, say, the choice of a place of rest in order to prevent relapses. As for treatment, modern medicine has a wide selection of drugs and methods for successfully combating allergic diseases. In many countries, an active search is underway in the field of creating new antiallergic drugs, which, possibly, will finally overcome the disease of the 21st century.These include, in particular, the so-called allergotropins, which were developed by scientists from the Institute of Immunology of the Federal Medical and Biological Agency of the Ministry of Health of Russia and will soon get a start in life. They combine a causative allergen (for example, the same pollen) and drugs that cause a protective reaction from the immune system. Such a mixture, according to scientists, contributes to the constant formation of the necessary antibodies in our body. Another area of ​​research is the study of “allergy genetics”.While it is still a long way off to create methods that can safely correct the human genome, tests that help determine at birth which substances are capable of triggering an allergic reaction in a particular person are likely to soon become available.

90,000 “Anaphylactic shock and death.” The specialist on how to avoid the severe consequences of allergy

Allergy season is in full swing for most people with this condition. “Omsk Here” found out from a specialist what cross-allergy is, how dangerous this disease is, how it is treated and when remission occurs.Valentina Alekseenko, an allergist-immunologist, head of the department of allergology and immunology of the city polyclinic № 12 , told us about all this.

– Valentina Andreevna, now is the time to talk about allergies: this is a rather broad topic, but first it is worth determining what it is and what is more common in Omsk?

If we take nosological forms, then most often allergic rhinitis acts as a disease, allergic rhinoconjunctivitis and bronchial asthma also occur.Asthma and rhinitis are caused by house dust and house dust mites and pollen. Allergy to pollen, by the way, can manifest itself as rhinoconjunctivitis and asthma attacks. As for the skin manifestations of allergies, for example, to food, they are more common in children, in adults, in this case, the allergy is not true. In adults, skin rashes can be associated with atopic dermatitis, diseases of the gastrointestinal tract, thyroid diseases, and cancer.

Valentina Alekseenko

– How can a person understand that right now he is worried about allergies, especially if a person has never suffered from this disease?

For symptoms related to the nasopharynx, an otorhinolaryngologist may be consulted. If the symptoms recur, while occurring every time in certain conditions, or it happens all the time, then you need to go for a consultation with an allergist.If it is a dry, paroxysmal cough, wheezing or shortness of breath, it is necessary to do a certain examination (fluorography, blood and urine tests) and come to an appointment with an allergist to determine the range of allergens that will need to be diagnosed. Many adults consider the skin manifestations of urticaria or dermatitis to be symptoms of food allergies and try to find the allergen. They do medical research that has no diagnostic value for this pathology.The reason in this case should be looked for in other areas, to conduct examinations of the gastrointestinal tract, thyroid gland. The specialist must decide what research needs to be done. Often people come and demand: “Get an allergy test!” – and that’s it, they do not listen to the explanation that such an analysis will not show a positive result.

– What is the danger of allergies and how to explain this to parents who notice its manifestations in their children and think that the disease will somehow go away on its own?

– Allergy is a hereditary disease.If one of the parents suffers from allergies, then the probability of an allergy in the child is 50%, if it is present in both, then the probability rises to 80%. It is not a fact that if one of the parents has bronchial asthma, then it will be passed on to the child, the allergy can be expressed by skin manifestations. Whether an allergy occurs or not depends on external conditions. If one of the parents suffers from allergies, then there is a need for long breastfeeding. This is necessary in order to avoid illness in the baby.The first thing a child with a predisposition faces is skin manifestations of food allergy. Subsequently, they can both subside and continue to appear. This is followed by the symptoms of the nose, and a little later – asthma. There is such a concept – “atopic march”: in early childhood atopic dermatitis, a little later rhinitis, and by school age – asthma. Now this is shifting to a younger age, including pollen allergy. The disease can also occur with mild manifestations: slight congestion and dryness in the nose.But at the beginning of the dusting process, everything changes dramatically: a person develops lacrimation, itching in the eyes, begins to run from the nose, nasal congestion, sneezing. With a high concentration or combination with vehicle emissions, with some kind of harmfulness, pollen becomes more aggressive. It penetrates through the mucous membranes of the eyes, nose, mouth, bronchi. If this happens, then there can be a severe asthma attack, and, accordingly, this can lead to a rather sad outcome. If you do not follow preventive measures (less contact with the allergen, less going outside, after the street wash off pollen from your hair, face, hands, change clothes), then the manifestation is stronger.These are the consequences of allergies.

Does humidification help?

Here, too, you have to be careful, if you over-humidify the air, then mold can appear, and this is also not good. Everything should be in moderation – 50-60% of air humidity.

It seems that the allergy is especially invisible, it does not lead to disability, mortality (this rarely happens), but only when it is under control. And if without control, then it can sharply manifest itself. For example, in the country, if you are allergic to pollen, you smell a flower, receive a portion of the allergen, and that’s it – anaphylactic shock.And no one will have time to save. Or an insect bite. At first, this is a local reaction in the form of edema, redness, and then with each subsequent bite, the situation worsens. Anaphylactic shock and death can develop instantly within a few seconds.

– Is it pointless for a child to make samples a year?

No, it’s a little different. These are skin tests, but the child is still developing everything, so the results may be unreliable. Those cells should form in which skin diagnostics reacts.You can determine the specific immunoglobulins in the blood. Skin testing is performed from the age of 5.

– What are the treatments for remission?

After identifying allergens, you can start treatment – allergen-specific immunotherapy. This is a treatment for causative allergens, starting with a small dosage. They cause a certain restructuring in the immune system when it does not respond and remission occurs.

– Does the introduction of allergens have a positive effect on everyone or is there, as in any treatment, side effects?

There are indications and contraindications.But the result is better in those patients who have a short history of the disease, the youngest age – the efficiency is higher. And at the same time, a small range of allergens. The fact is that this disease has a property – the spectrum of allergens begins to expand. Let’s say, first to house dust, then to pollen, then cross-food allergy. Typically, those who are allergic to pollen may have a reaction to fruits, vegetables, condiments, herbs, and herbal medicines. For example, with an allergy to birch pollen, patients often cannot tolerate apples, nuts, all stone fruits: cherries, peaches, apricots, etc.e. When there is an allergy to birch pollen, then there may be no manifestations from the side of the nose and eyes. But as soon as you start eating food, the allergy becomes apparent. With an allergy to wormwood pollen, patients may react to honey, seeds. Moreover, when patients hear a large list of foods that the body can react to, they are afraid that nothing can be eaten at all. But when they come for a consultation, we explain to them what and how, and everything falls into place.

– Why does an allergy manifest itself in someone with a slight runny nose, while someone suffocates and cannot leave the house?

This is inexplicable.This means that a person has high sensitivity. Everything is individual. Each person is a certain work of the immune system and the whole organism as a whole.

– There is an opinion that a person can outgrow an allergy.

Some have spontaneous remission, but it is also unclear for what reason. It can last a lifetime. This occurs more often in boys during puberty, but after 20 years it can reappear. Someone appears, someone does not, everything is individual.

– That is, there are no rules or patterns?

No! And this is impossible to predict. It is impossible to predict what kind of development the disease will have, because purely external factors, a way of life, largely influence.

– Is it possible to get rid of allergies for good?

It is believed that no, you cannot get rid of it for good. But it is quite possible to achieve remission. Allergy is a disorder in genes, and therefore, in order to cure, it is necessary to act on the part in the genes that is not working properly.But this site has not yet been found.

– Does it make sense to take the drug before the allergy season?

There are prophylactic drugs, there are not so many of them. But this is also individual, they help someone, someone does not. But there is no such thing to say: “Here I am prescribing a medicine for you, and you will not have allergies this season,” there is no such thing. Everything is individual. The most effective is allergen-specific immunotherapy.

– Does it make sense to take old generation antihistamines?

We use the first generation drugs in an injection form during an exacerbation.And we treat with drugs of the second generation. Because the first wave of antihistamines causes drowsiness, and now almost everyone drives a car. We try to prescribe modern antihistamines that do not cause drowsiness and other side effects.

– Now there is a pandemic COVID -19, some symptoms are similar to those in bronchial asthma and allergies. How to understand what you have manifested right now?

The most important difference between an allergy and a virus is that it has a very high temperature.With allergies, there is usually no temperature, even with pollen, and if there is, then no higher than 37-37.2 degrees, and there is no sharp appearance of weakness. There may be a slight fatigue, but not a sharp breakdown. These are two distinguishing features.

– Give advice to readers with allergies how to make life easier during an exacerbation?

In order to do this, you need to come to an appointment with an allergist to get a qualified consultation. The doctor individually at the reception will tell you about what kind of life a person should have: diet, which medications to avoid and which ones, on the contrary, to take.And if we talk about pollen allergies, then you need to be less outside. Dusting of pollen occurs in the first half of the day – the highest concentration in dry, hot, windy weather. It is better to walk in the evening, in cool weather, after rain. And those people who are allergic to insect bites and stings should avoid places where these insects can be. If you have left somewhere or live in a country house, then do not drink from cans, do not leave them open so that insects do not fly in there. Well, you should always carry medicines with you to relieve an acute reaction.And so everything is individual, there is no universal remedy. As for the house in which you live, it is worth getting rid of the things in which the dust mite can live. Have synthetic pillows, washable blankets. Less upholstered furniture. Wet mop more often. Carpets and stuffed animals should be removed.

90,000 Asthma. The clinical picture of asthma and status asthma.

Bronchial asthma

Bronchial asthma is a chronic recurrent disease with a predominant lesion of the respiratory tract, which is based on chronic allergic inflammation of the bronchi, accompanied by their hyperreactivity and recurrent attacks of shortness of breath or suffocation as a result of widespread bronchial obstruction, which is caused by bronchospasm, mucus wall hypersecretion bronchi.

There are two forms of bronchial asthma – immunological and non-immunological – and a number of clinical and pathogenetic variants: atopic, infectious-allergic, autoimmune, dyshormonal, neuropsychic, adrenergic imbalance, primary altered bronchial reactivity (including “and aspirin physical” asthma efforts), cholinergic.

Etiology and risk factors for bronchial asthma in children: atopy, bronchial hyperreactivity, heredity.Causes (sensitizing): household allergens (house dust, house dust mites), epidermal allergens of animals, birds, and insects, fungal allergens, pollen allergens, food allergens, drugs, viruses and vaccines, chemicals.

Pathogenesis. The general pathogenetic mechanism is a change in the sensitivity and reactivity of the bronchi, determined by the reaction of bronchial patency in response to physical and pharmacological factors.

It is believed that in 1/3 of patients (mainly in persons suffering from the atonic variant of the disease) asthma is of hereditary origin.The most studied are the allergic mechanisms of asthma, which are based on IgE– or IgG-mediated reactions. The central place in the pathogenesis of “aspirin” asthma is attributed to leukotrienes. With asthma of physical effort, the process of heat transfer from the surface of the respiratory tract is disrupted.

Clinic. The disease often begins with a paroxysmal cough, accompanied by shortness of breath with the discharge of a small amount of vitreous sputum (asthmatic bronchitis). A detailed picture of bronchial asthma is characterized by the appearance of light, moderate or severe attacks of suffocation.An attack can begin with a harbinger (profuse discharge of a watery secretion from the nose, sneezing, paroxysmal cough, etc.).

An attack of bronchial asthma is characterized by a short inhalation and a prolonged exhalation, accompanied by rales heard at a distance. The chest is in the position of maximum inspiration, the patient takes a forced position, sitting on the bed, dangling his legs down, tilting the body slightly forward. The muscles of the shoulder girdle, back, and abdominal wall take part in breathing.When percussion over the lungs, a boxed sound is determined, with auscultation, a lot of dry wheezing is heard. The attack often ends with the separation of viscous sputum.

Severe protracted attacks can turn into an asthmatic state – one of the most formidable variants of the course of the disease.

Asthmatic condition

The asthmatic condition is manifested by increasing resistance to bronchodilator therapy and unproductive cough. There are two forms of asthmatic condition – anaphylactic and metabolic.In anaphylactic form, caused by immunological or pseudo-allergic reactions with the release of a large number of mediators of an allergic reaction (most often in persons with hypersensitivity to drugs), an acute severe attack of suffocation occurs.

The metabolic form, due to the functional blockade of adrenergic receptors, occurs as a result of an overdose of sympathomimetics in respiratory tract infections, is formed within several days.

In the initial, stage I, phlegm ceases to flow, pain appears in the muscles of the shoulder girdle, chest and in the abdominal area. Hyperventilation, loss of moisture with exhaled air lead to an increase in the viscosity of sputum and obstruction of the bronchial lumen with a viscous secretion.

The formation of a silent lung in the posterior lower parts of the lungs indicates a transition of status to stage II with a clear discrepancy between the severity of distant wheezing and their absence during auscultation.The condition of the patients is extremely grave. The chest is emphysematous, swollen. The pulse exceeds 120 beats per minute. Blood pressure tends to rise. The ECG shows signs of overload in the right heart. Respiratory or mixed acidosis is formed.

In stage III (with hypoxic-hypercapnic coma), dyspnea and cyanosis increase, sharp excitement is replaced by loss of consciousness, convulsions are possible. The pulse is paradoxical, blood pressure is decreasing. The course of the disease is cyclical: the phase of exacerbation with characteristic symptoms and data from laboratory and instrumental studies is replaced by a phase of remission.Complications of bronchial asthma: emphysema of the lungs, often the addition of infectious bronchitis, with a long and severe course of the disease, the appearance of pulmonary heart.

Diagnosis is carried out on the basis of a carefully collected history, typical attacks of expiratory suffocation, eosinophilia in the blood, especially in sputum, allergological examination with skin and, in some cases, provocative inhalation tests, studies of immunoglobulins E and G. Good analysis of anamnestic, clinical, radiological and laboratory data allows you to exclude bronchial obstruction syndrome in nonspecific and specific inflammatory diseases of the respiratory system, connective tissue diseases, helminthic invasions, bronchial obstruction (foreign body, tumor), endocrine-humoral pathology (hypoparathyroidism, etc.)), hemodynamic disorders in the pulmonary circulation, affective pathology, etc.

Treatment for bronchial asthma should be strictly individualized, taking into account the course, phase of the disease, the presence of complications, concomitant diseases, patient tolerance of drugs and their most rational use during the day. A polyclinic – an allergy office – a specialized department of a hospital and, subsequently, constant monitoring in an allergy office – are approximate stages of continuity in the treatment of such patients.

In case of atonic bronchial asthma, first of all, alimination therapy is prescribed – the most complete and permanent cessation of contact with the allergen. If the allergen is identified, but the patient cannot be isolated from it, specific hyposensitization is indicated in specialized allergological institutions in the remission phase. Patients with atonic asthma (especially in uncomplicated forms of the disease) are prescribed cromolyn sodium (intal), spraying it with a special inhaler.

If asthma is combined with other allergic manifestations, it is preferable to ingest ketotifen 1 mg 2 times a day. The effects of both drugs are gradual.

In the absence of effect, glucocorticoids are prescribed; in moderate cases, it is advisable to prescribe in the form of inhalation (becotide, 50 mcg every 6 hours). In severe exacerbations, the intake of glucocorticoids inside is indicated, starting with prednisolone at 15 – 20 mg per day, after the clinical effect is achieved, the dose is gradually reduced.For food allergies, the use of unloading and dietary therapy carried out in a hospital is indicated. Patients with an infectious-allergic form of asthma are recommended to be treated with an autovaccine, sputum autolysate, heterovaccines, which are currently being prepared using a new technology. Vaccine treatment is carried out in a specialized hospital.

In case of disorders in the immune system, appropriate immunocorrective therapy is prescribed. During the period of remission, the foci of chronic infection are sanitized.With an infectious-dependent form of asthma, recreational activities are shown: physical activity, regular exercises in therapeutic exercises, hardening procedures.

In connection with a violation of mucociliary clearance, sputum-thinning therapy is necessary: ​​abundant warm drink, alkaline warm inhalations, a decoction of herbs – wild rosemary, coltsfoot and other mucolytic agents. Physical training is advisable: swimming or quiet jogging in a warm room. With good tolerance, the load is increased by 1 minute every week (up to 60 minutes).

With “aspirin” asthma, foods containing acetylsalicylic acid (berries, tomatoes, potatoes, citrus fruits) are excluded from the diet. The use of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs is strictly prohibited.

Intal, zaditen, or corticosteroids are prescribed as needed.

In severe emotional disorders, a qualified examination and treatment by a psychotherapist with an individual selection of psychotropic drugs is necessary. Prescribe psychotherapy, reflexology.

To relieve asthma attacks, an individually selected bronchodilator therapy is prescribed. The optimal dose of bronchodilators is selected empirically (from a small dose to the most effective). Selective stimulants of β2-adrenergic receptors (salbutamol, berotec, etc.), which are produced in the form of metered-dose manual (pocket) inhalers, have a positive effect in most patients.

Two inhalation of aerosol helps during an attack. In mild cases, these drugs can be taken as tablets.

For more severe attacks, aminophylline injections are used intravenously (5-10 ml of a 2.4% solution, the drug is also used in the form of tablets (0.15 g each) and suppositories (0.3 g)). An overdose of these drugs (especially with hypoxia) can have a cardiotoxic effect; in addition, the frequent use of sympathomimetics causes the blockade of β-receptors.

Anticholinergics (atropine, belladonna, platifillin) are preferable for the infectious-allergic form of the disease, especially for obstruction of large bronchi.Often, these drugs are combined with other bronchodilators. An effective drug in this group is atrovent, produced in metered-dose inhalers; it can be used to prevent attacks of two breaths 3-4 times a day.

The drug has little effect on mucociliary clearance. Different mechanisms of bronchial obstruction in each patient determine the appropriateness of a combination of drugs. An effective drug is berodual – a combination of berotek and atrovent in the form of a metered-dose inhaler.

Treatment of status asthmaticus is carried out differentially depending on its stage, form, cause. In the case of anaphylactic form, a subcutaneous adrenaline solution is administered and glucocorticoids are immediately used, appointing with 100 mg of hydrocortisone intravenously drip. If in the next 15 – 30 minutes there is no obvious improvement, the infusion of hydrocortisone is repeated and the intravenous drip of aminophylline (10 – 15 ml of a 2.4% solution) is started. At the same time, oxygen therapy is carried out through a nasal catheter or mask (2 – 6 l / min).Treatment should be carried out in an intensive care unit. Treatment of the metabolic form of status asthmaticus is carried out depending on its stage. First, it is necessary to eliminate the unproductive cough, improve the discharge of sputum through warm alkaline inhalations, abundant warm drinks. If the asthmatic condition is due to the cancellation or overdose of sympathomimetics, a drip of prednisolone 30 mg every 3 hours intravenously is indicated until the status is relieved. With the development of acidosis, it is necessary to carry out an intravenous infusion of a 2% solution of sodium bicarbonate.Rehydration is mandatory by introducing a large amount of fluid. At stage II of an asthmatic state, the dose of glucocorticoids is increased (prednisone to 60 – 90 – 120 mg every 60 – 90 minutes). If the picture of a silent lung does not disappear in the next 1.5 hours, controlled ventilation with active dilution and suction of sputum is indicated. In stage III, intensive therapy is carried out in conjunction with a resuscitator. After removing from an asthmatic state, the dose of glucocorticoids is immediately halved, and then gradually reduced to a maintenance

During the period of remission, hyposensitizing therapy, rehabilitation of foci of infection, physiotherapy exercises, physical training (walking, swimming), physiotherapy, and spa treatment are carried out.Treatment at local resorts is of the greatest importance, since it became obvious that the processes of adaptation to new climatic conditions and after a short time readaptation do not have a training effect. Qualified psychotherapy significantly improves the effect of complex therapy.

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Main directions in the treatment of bronchitis with herbs
Herbal preparations for the treatment of bronchitis

Bronchitis – inflammation of the mucous membrane bronchial membranes – it can be an acute or chronic disease, but in any case, it requires timely treatment. To eliminate the causes of the disease and alleviate its symptoms, it is necessary to use complex therapy, an important part of which are phytopreparations.After all, inflammation of the bronchi is accompanied by many medical problems, in the solution of which medicinal herbs can be of significant help. This applies to both the treatment of bronchitis symptoms and the improvement of the general condition of the patient.

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The main directions in the treatment of bronchitis with herbs

The following are the measures that the traditional and already proven therapy provides. It includes herbs that can contribute to the healing process.But it should be remembered that no phytopreparations or folk remedies for the treatment of bronchitis can be taken without prior consultation with a specialist and a medical appointment.

Sputum dilution. In some cases, bronchial inflammation is characterized by the accumulation of difficult sputum in their lumen. In such situations, a decrease in its viscosity is required in order to facilitate and restore normal mucus excretion functions. For this, mucolytics are used. Herbal treatment of bronchitis is carried out using such plants with mucolytic action as licorice root, wasica adatoda and marshmallow root.

Stimulation of sputum excretion. It is very important to make it easier to pass phlegm when you cough up, as it removes pathogenic viruses and bacteria from the body. In addition, efficient removal of mucus from the bronchi helps prevent a number of complications and generally shortens the course of treatment. Herbs traditionally used for bronchitis with expectorant action are licorice root, terminalia belerica, nightshade, wasica adatoda, elecampane, basil, marshmallow root, coltsfoot and plantain.These plants are widely used in both folk and traditional medicine in the treatment of diseases of the upper respiratory tract, which are characterized by insufficient excretion of bronchial sputum.

Removal of inflammation. In bronchitis, an inflammatory process develops in the bronchial mucosa, in which the normal functions of these respiratory organs are disrupted. Without eliminating the root cause – inflammation – complete recovery is impossible. In this regard, bronchitis is treated with herbs that have anti-inflammatory properties, such as ginger, aloe, licorice root, turmeric, nightshade, elecampane and emblica officinalis.

Relaxation or expansion of the bronchi. Spasms and narrowing of the lumen of the bronchi are typical symptoms of bronchitis. With this disease, the excretion of sputum becomes difficult and the general condition of the patient worsens. Bronchodilators are drugs that have a relaxing effect on the smooth muscles of the bronchi. They allow the airways to expand, thereby making it easier for air to enter the lungs. Ginger, licorice root, oregano and thyme have bronchodilator effects and are traditionally used in bronchitis remedies in adults and children.

Elimination of intoxication. For bronchitis, as for any inflammatory and infectious disease, intoxication is characteristic, that is, poisoning of the body with substances harmful to it. The reason for this is the release of toxic waste products by viruses and bacteria present in the bronchial mucosa. The most common symptoms of this condition are weakness, fatigue, muscle pain, and headache. In case of intoxication, an abundant warm drink is shown: decoctions of wild rose, raspberry and linden blossom.Berry fruit drinks help to eliminate toxins and reduce the viscosity of phlegm, which makes them one of the most popular folk remedies in the treatment of bronchitis in adults. In addition, the need to drink freshly prepared homemade fruit drinks is due to the following properties of these drinks: they contain substances valuable for the body – vitamins, trace elements, organic acids, sugars, etc., which allows not only to accelerate the elimination of toxins, but also to strengthen the body’s defenses.

Headache relief. Headache with bronchitis is most often just a sign of intoxication. Essential oils may be helpful in this situation. So, Doctor MOM ® Phyto ointment, which contains four essential oils – camphor, turpentine, eucalyptus and nutmeg, when applied to the temples, helps to reduce headaches, dilate skin vessels, relieve spasm and improve blood flow. The ointment is suitable for adults and children from 3 years of age.

Immunity enhancement. One way or another, but with bronchitis, there are always problems with the immune system.Inflammation of the bronchi can develop due to a decrease in the body’s defenses, or in the process of the disease, immunity is impaired due to the presence of viruses and bacteria. Therefore, with bronchitis, special attention must be paid to supporting and strengthening a weakened immune system with the help of herbal remedies. Treatment of bronchitis with herbs that have immunostimulating properties involves the use of plants such as rose hips, echinacea, ginger, and medicinal emblica.

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Herbal preparations for the treatment of bronchitis

Taking herbs for bronchitis in adults can provide significant assistance both in eliminating the disease itself and in preventing possible and extremely unpleasant consequences.But with all the advantages of herbal medicine, it belongs to the rather labor-intensive folk methods of treatment. This also applies to the correct choice of plant materials, and the creation of the desired ratio of all components of the product, and its subsequent preparation. Only the fulfillment of all these conditions provides a therapeutic effect to phytopreparations. Therefore, it is often much more correct and more convenient to treat the disease with medication, giving preference to ready-made herbal preparations.

For example, syrup Doctor MOM ® is a product with a complex effect thanks to its 10 medicinal plants.Treatment of bronchitis with herbs using this syrup simultaneously provides a wide range of therapeutic effects. These include bronchodilator, mucolytic, expectorant and anti-inflammatory. This remedy is intended for the treatment of bronchitis as part of complex therapy and to alleviate the symptoms of the disease in adults and children from 3 years old.

Adults can also use the herbal lozenges Dr. IOM ® , which contain extracts of licorice, ginger and empla officinalis.This agent has anti-inflammatory and expectorant effects, which allows it to simultaneously influence several aspects of the disease. So, helping to expand the lumen of the bronchi and relieve spasms of the bronchial muscles, herbs with an expectorant effect stimulate the secretion of sputum and facilitate coughing. Relief of the inflammatory process helps to eliminate the very cause of these symptoms (disorders of mucus discharge and spasms) and, in general, helps to improve the patient’s condition.The pleasant taste of the lozenges and the convenience of the release form are another advantage of this product. It can be applied anytime, anywhere, whenever the need arises.

It is important to know that both acute and chronic bronchitis in children and adults is a direct indication for consultation with a doctor. This requirement is due to the fact that it is impossible to cure the disease and prevent its complications without eliminating its cause. It can be in a wide variety of circumstances – from allergies to substances present in everyday human life (house dust, animal hair), to disorders of the immune system caused by any systemic disease.Only a specialist can determine the true culprit of the problem on the basis of a thorough diagnosis.

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Oregano, oregano contains two powerful compounds: carvacrol and thymol, which have powerful antibacterial and antifungal properties, essential oil, tannins, pigments, ascorbic acid. Oregano oil is better than some antibiotics, without harmful side effects. Carvacrol treats viral infections as well as allergies, tumors, parasites and other diseases. Oregano herb increases appetite, improves bowel function, increases the secretion of gastric juice and bile.Oregano is used for acute and chronic bronchitis. Oregano is a part of many spicy mixtures, but it goes especially well with rosemary, marjoram, basil, black pepper. Oregano is added as a seasoning when cooking meat, legumes, potatoes. The fresh plant is put in salads, sauces and gravies, in baked goods, using it to add a pleasant taste and aroma, flavoring pizza. Salads, mushroom dishes, mushroom dishes, various drinks, vitamin tea are prepared with oregano, as well as Oregano is combined with fish dishes, tomatoes, dairy dishes.It is very pleasant to insist on Oregano vegetable oil or vinegar.

Melilotum herb contains aromatic substance – coumarin, coumaric acid, dicumarol, melilotin, melilotic acid, organic acids, trace elements, glycosides, purine derivatives, fat-like substances, protein, essential oil, tannins, resins, flavonoids. Extract Sweet clover contains substances from the group of biogenic stimulants. Donnik is an assistant for everyone who complains of poor memory.This herb has a very valuable property: it thins blood , which begins to thicken after 40 years of age. As a result, the blood circulation process is hampered, and the brain suffers from a lack of oxygen. The result is memory impairment, blurred vision, and poor sleep. Fragrant dried leaves of Donnik are an excellent seasoning for soups and salads, for pickles and pickles, for flavoring tea, compotes and other drinks . Young plant roots of the first year are harvested in the fall, boiled, fried in oil and eaten as a side dish.

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Spice up hot vegetable dishes, side dishes, snacks and sandwiches, Kalindzhi is used in pickles and marinades, for baking sweet bread, as well as in sweet puddings and mousses. Kalindzhi does not irritate the stomach lining. According to Arab doctors, in combination with honey it improves memory and vision.

Greenish cardamom pods have a delicate aroma and are used in sweet, including dairy, desserts, baked goods and various drinks. Cardamom is one of the best stimulants of the digestive system, it helps with poor digestion of food, constipation, it works better in a mixture of spices taken in equal proportions: fennel, fenugreek (shambhala), cumin (zira) and cardamom. One of the best spices to stimulate the functions of the stomach and spleen. According to Ayurveda, the ancient science of health, this exquisite spice greatly contributes to the activity and clarity of the mind, giving a feeling of lightness, calmness and well-being. Cardamom has a detrimental effect on many types of parasites – from fungi and viruses to tapeworms. Cardamom is an excellent cleanser for the stomach, small intestine and lungs, it acts very mildly, has long been used in food, is a mild antiparasitic agent for children. Green boxes Cardamom are chewed to have fresh breath , the box is then spit out. Cardamom speeds up the digestion process and improves the functioning of the entire digestive tract. Promotes spicy seeds and detoxification of the body.

Fresh leaves Chervil are an excellent seasoning for salads, soups, meat dishes, egg dishes, curd spreads, lamb, fried fish, and are widely used to flavor vinegar.It goes well with tarragon, parsley, basil, especially in omelets. Sauce from chervil leaves with eggs, vegetable oil, vinegar, mustard and sour cream is perfect with meat, omelettes, cheese and potatoes. On hot summer days, chervil will add a spicy touch to curd spreads and bread and butter, and green salads can be poured with white wine vinegar infused with chervil. Chervil root is added fresh to salads and dishes just before serving. Rich in vitamin C, chervil stimulates the functions of the liver, kidneys and respiratory system, it is recommended for people suffering from liver disease and gout.Tincture of fresh chervil leaves is prescribed for those who want to lose weight. Young chervil leaves, collected before flowering, contain essential oil, glycosides, carotene, vitamin C, and minerals.
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Coconut flakes

Coconut flakes remain porous even after being saturated with water, which results in its excellent “cleaning” properties. Coconut fiber well cleanses the intestines from toxic foods and food debris, helps to treat heart disease, thanks to the presence of laurenic acid. Coconut flakes are widely used in cooking, they are added to all kinds of baked goods, and special hot pastes and sauces for main courses and soups are even made from coconut flakes.

Coriander seeds with a pleasant sweetish-spicy taste have long been known to chefs, are a rich source of magnesium and vitamin C, saturate salads, soups, dairy products with a fresh spring aroma, effectively combine with vegetables, root crops, while facilitating their assimilation. Infusion of coriander seeds is useful for poor digestion, cystitis, high blood cholesterol, kidney inflammation. Aromatic seed oils stimulate the activity of the gastrointestinal tract, promote the elimination of toxins. Cilantro has a wide range of antiparasitic properties. Greens and seeds of Cilantro (coriander) are used to improve digestion, strengthen the stomach, stimulate appetite, for respiratory diseases, a decoction of seeds is used for colds, as an effective remedy for scurvy, as a remedy for insomnia and to relieve anxiety, stress, for lowering blood cholesterol levels, with rheumatism and arthritis.

Aromatic bark of an evergreen tropical tree. The warm bittersweet taste of cinnamon is unusual and piquant. Cinnamon is widely used in almost all culinary traditions in the world. It is a rich source of calcium, iron, magnesium, zinc, manganese, copper, vitamin A; cinnamon also contains vitamins K, E and group B. Most of these nutrients have antioxidant, antiseptic, antibacterial, antifungal properties, which gives a healthy effect and strengthening of the immune system . Cinnamon improves blood circulation, stimulates digestion, warms, treats colds, prevents weight gain. Increases the efficiency of blood supply to various organs and tissues. Cheers, eliminates depressive conditions. Cinnamon – good for the skin, also blocks the accumulation of fat in cells , has antiparasitic properties.
For hundreds of years, the daily use of sbitne, which included peppers, honey, wormwood, many herbs, cinnamon and cloves, allowed the peoples of Russia to raise a healthy generation.Dosage 150-500 mg per serving. Great mix: honey, walnuts and chopped cinnamon and ginger. It is necessary to chop 10 walnuts, mix with 2 tablespoons of natural honey, add chopped cinnamon and ginger, mix everything, store the mixture in the refrigerator. The healing mixture should be taken 3 times a day, one tablespoon 40 minutes before meals. Cinnamon a powerful aphrodisiac and antiseptic, stimulates digestion, metabolism, blood circulation, treats colds, rheumatism, cellulite, toothache, diabetes, depression, neuroses, skin diseases, relieves spasms, improves complexion, tones, stimulates hair growth, it is used to eliminate bad breath, etc.because cinnamon kills pathogenic bacteria in the oral cavity, in case of injuries it dissolves bruises, in case of intestinal infections and parasites, as an anthelmintic agent

The range of culinary uses is very wide – from fried potatoes and stuffed peppers to mashed berries and fruit preserves. Cumin is rich in essential oils, protein, calcium, resinous substances and sugar. Cleans the respiratory organs, removes toxins from the body, stimulates the nervous system, gives a feeling of lightness and relaxedness. Cumin seeds have a pronounced antiseptic property, promote wound healing. The essential oil of cumin is used in dentistry (thymian oil – thymol). In India, the fruit is used as a stimulant and diuretic. Cumin strengthens the stomach and intestines, induces appetite. Lotions made from cumin mixed with olive oil or bean flour help dissolve tumors.

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Bay leaf contains phytoncides, a large set of trace elements, tannins, and is an effective means of strengthening the immune system. Aromatic substances bay leaves inhibit the development of tubercle bacillus. Infusion of bay leaves removes toxins from the body, relieves fatigue. A decoction of bay leaves helps with diabetes and joint pain. Laurel oil is an effective remedy for sinusitis. Laurel leaves and seeds contain aromatic oils with strong antiparasitic properties.As a spice, laurel is used absolutely in all first and second courses. The oils have antifungal and antihelminthic properties and give the dish a laurel flavor.
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What does bay leaf heal: Improves digestive processes, heart function, increases appetite, is used for exacerbation of arthritis, skin diseases. It has a diuretic and disinfectant effect. Inhalation with laurel essential oil is recommended for respiratory tract infections. Bay oil is a recognized remedy for sinusitis.

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For the preparation of medicines, fruit stands are used, which accumulate alkaloids that are of great medical importance: morphine (up to 1%) – one of the best pain relievers; codeine (up to 0.1%), used as an effective antitussive agent; papaverine (0.05%), used for spasms of blood vessels and internal organs, etc. Poppy is used not only for food, but also in medicine; them Alkaloids.Decoctions of poppy seeds improve digestion, poppy juice was used as a pain reliever. Poppy seeds were used to prepare hypnotic water, which relieved fatigue, and as an antihelminthic agent. Modern medicine uses: morphine, codeine, narcotine, narcein and papaverine. (Laptev Yu. P. “Plants from A to Z”.). From the milk juice, potent drugs are produced that are used as painkillers, hypnotics, antitussives, antispasmodics. Poppy boxes are also processed to obtain medicines.Wild poppy leaves are used as a tonic anti-fever remedy, as a sedative for bronchitis. Reduce sweating, are used for dysentery, diarrhea, inflammation of the bladder. Warts are rubbed with poppy leaves. Fruits and preparations from poppy seeds are used for oncological diseases. The petals of the plant contain the alkaloids readin, berberine, mecambrine and others. They also contain glycosides, organic acids, flavonoids, fatty oil, anthocyanins, vitamin C. Seeds contain more fat, proteins, and sugar.Poppy flower petals are used to make jam and syrup, and dry poppy seeds are added to the dough for baking cookies, muffins, bread and other pastries, and for decoration.

Melissa is used as an antispasmodic, analgesic, calming nervous system, sedative, appetite stimulant, antiemetic. Melissa is recommended for nervous weakness, migraine, insomnia, hyperexcitability, painful periods, anemia, as a laxative and diaphoretic, skin rashes.Cheerful and invigorating lemon balm is not only a pleasant addition to morning tea, but also a useful tool for memory. It contains vitamins C and B necessary for the brain, as well as zinc, iron, potassium, calcium, magnesium, copper, selenium and manganese. Outwardly, the herb lemon balm is used in the form of poultices and compresses for boils and for rinsing with inflammation of the gums. Melissa contains essential oils, bitterness, chlorogenic and caffeic acids, flavonoids, mucus and resins, carotene, vitamin C. Melissa is added to tea and salads.

Juniper berries , with a spicy resinous scent.
Juniper berries affect the urinary, respiratory, nervous and digestive systems of the body. They have a diuretic, diaphoretic, carminative, bactericidal, and stimulating effect. In the form of a paste, they can be used externally for arthritic pain and joint swelling. Ayurvedic doctors say that the cleansing effect of juniper berries extends to the aura and subtle body of a person, since they help to destroy not only resistant bacteria, but also negative astral influences. Juniper berries are used for dropsy and edema, arthritis, rheumatism, diabetes, weakness of the immune system in the form of infusion or powder and paste. Contraindicated in acute nephritis, cystitis and during pregnancy.
Juniper needles and fruits contain aromatic oil that exhibits antiparasitic properties. A few drops of juniper oil, added to edible vegetable oil (sunflower, olive), will give it not only a wonderful aroma, but also their antiparasitic properties.Crushed fruits and leaves juniper can be added to salads, first and second courses. The main shock properties of juniper are manifested when exposed to larvae, viruses and fungi that live in the respiratory organs and are activated when the body is hypothermic.

The fruit of an evergreen with a warm, intoxicatingly spicy, slightly peppery aroma is popular with chefs all over the world. Nutmeg – an excellent seasoning for cold appetizers, first and second courses, compotes and jelly.It goes well with pumpkin, potatoes, milk, tomato juice, fruit desserts and cocktails, rice dishes, spinach, cauliflower. Improves digestion, has a bactericidal effect against intestinal infections, mobilizes the protective functions of the body. The substances contained in nutmeg nourish the cells of the brain, reproductive organs and blood, have a calming effect on the mind, and increase the brightness of the perception of the world. Nutmeg prevents the development of tumors and even treats mastitis, mastopathy, improves blood circulation.Nutmeg contains several essential oils. All of them have the strongest antiparasitic properties.

Use and beneficial properties of peppermint.

Nasturtium is used as a spice plant similar to watercress, as a seasoning for soups, vegetables, fish soup.

Leaves, stem tops and seeds Nasturtium is used as a spice. Chopped fresh basal leaves are used to make spicy salads, vinaigrettes and sauces, giving them a peppery flavor.In Armenia, the leaves are used as an additive to flour dishes, and young shoots and leaves are pickled and salted. Fresh young leaves and stems of nasturtium add a pleasant accent to salads, sandwiches, meat and vegetable dishes. Flower extracts are added to butter, cheeses and vinegar. Whole flowers are very beautiful in salads, soups and drinks, are widely used as a decoration for meat dishes, and the British insist on them vinegar, which gives it a pleasant peculiar taste. Buds, dense flower buds and unripe green fruits are marinated in vinegar with tarragon.This seasoning tastes like capers and can be added to hot sauces, pickled herring, meat and vegetable dishes (cucumbers, tomatoes, squash, Brussels sprouts and savoy cabbage). Nasturtium seeds as a spice can replace mustard, they are used to obtain edible oil, close in quality to mustard. The dried seeds have a pleasant spicy peppery flavor and are used as a seasoning for salads, meat and vegetable dishes, rice, marinades and pasta sauces.Nasturtium, a medicinal plant used for scurvy, anemia, bronchitis, kidney stones, metabolic disorders, as a diuretic and anti-inflammatory agent. Infusion of flowers is used for heart disease, atherosclerosis, causing appetite. Outwardly, nasturtium is used for various skin diseases, as an anti-febrile and sedative for nervous diseases. The plant sap was used externally for burns, lipomas, warts, polyps; decoction inside for diseases of the thyroid gland, liver, cholelithiasis and urolithiasis, anemia, skin diseases, rheumatism, gout, diabetes mellitus.The aboveground part contains the glycoside gluconasturcin, saponins, alkaloids, 3-4% carbohydrates. The plant is distinguished by a high content of vitamins (ascorbic acid, tocopherol, phylloquinone, carotene), minerals – iron, iodine, etc. The seeds contain 22-24% fatty oil, it contains oleic, linoleic, erucic, palmitic, stearic, linolenic acid. Nasturtium can be harvested for future use: the leaves are dried and salted, and flower buds and green fruits are pickled with dill.

Oregano has a tonic, improving digestion, as a disinfectant, anti-inflammatory, diuretic, as well as an antiseptic, expectorant effect, is used to treat cough, sore throat, indigestion.chewing on fresh leaves is believed to soothe a toothache.

Essential oils of oregano are used for toothache, headache, cough, stomach and intestinal cramps, asthma, rheumatism. Also, this plant acts on the liver, helps with poisoning. Wine with oregano leaves and flowers is a good medicine for animal bites. This medicine is used for hemorrhoids, it heals the lungs, strengthens the nervous system, and normalizes the menstrual cycle.
Leaves Oregano , as well as leaves of mint, lemon balm, thanks to the essential oils in their composition, are used for therapeutic baths, which have a sedative and analgesic effect.During menopause with menopause, Oregono helps to cope with high sweating, hot flashes and other signs of hormonal changes in the body. The essential oils of oregano contain the enzyme carvacrol, which burns fat accumulated in the body and prevents new ones from being deposited.

Oil of oregano destroys fungal infections, lowers blood pressure, kills parasites in the human body. Oregano recipes.

Gives a mouth-watering flavor to thick soups and broths, fried appetizers and other spicy dishes.As a valuable source of iron and protein, Shambhala is indispensable in vegetarian cuisine, in addition, the seeds are rich in potassium, phosphorus, magnesium, iron, calcium, vitamins (C, B1, B2, PP, folic acid). Egyptian doctors used shambhala in ointments to treat wounds and abscesses, since shambhala seeds contain a lot of plant mucus and adhesives. Applying this mucus to the wound is good for soothing irritated and inflamed tissue. It works in a similar way when taken orally.Chinese doctors used it to treat hernia, fever, bladder diseases, muscle pain and impotence, and recommended it for fevers, intestinal and pulmonary diseases. In Ayurveda, spice is used to treat peptic ulcer disease, strengthen women’s health. Shambhala seeds are very effective for inflammation of the paranasal sinuses. The range of medical uses for shambhala is very wide, because it has strong anti-inflammatory properties, has a soothing effect and heals wounds. Shambhala is an excellent remedy for people weakened after illness and recovering, especially for diseases of the nervous, respiratory and reproductive systems.Diseases of the gastrointestinal tract, Tea from Shambhala cleanses the stomach, kidneys, intestines, significantly reduces cholesterol. Drink an infusion of shambhala, add it to food and you will do your heart a good service, preventing the deposition of cholesterol on the walls of blood vessels, and therefore, you will be able to avoid serious ailments. Skin diseases Ground seed paste – for warts, ulcers and difficult-to-heal wounds – cleanses the skin. Hair Treatment A gruel made from ground seeds applied to the scalp promotes hair growth.The aerial parts are useful for inducing labor. Ease labor pains. Shambhala seeds after childbirth, which helps them to regain strength and stimulate lactation.
Nourishes blood cells, bone marrow, nerves and reproductive organs. Contains vitamins B and D. It is very creeping during the recovery period and for general strengthening of the body. It frees the body from mucus and fat, has a cleansing effect on the body and mind.

Paprika is an excellent source of vitamin A.The aromatic substances contained in paprika contribute to the release of the hormones of happiness – endorphins. In terms of vitamin C content, bell peppers (paprika) surpass lemon and even black currant. Systematic consumption of paprika in food normalizes cerebral circulation, prevents the development of atherosclerosis, relieves bronchial asthma, cough, sore throat and flu.

Shepherd’s purse contains carotene, vitamin B2, malic and citric acid, mineral salts and phytoncides, and there is more vitamin C than parsley leaves! In Japan and India, shepherd’s purse herb is fried with meat and added to soups.It is specially grown in China. In Georgia and Azerbaijan, young leaves are used for salads, and this is where there is no shortage of vegetables. Not only leaves are good for food: shepherd’s purse seeds replace mustard and pepper. You just need to grind them into powder – and you will have a seasoning with pleasant bitterness and spicy taste, well suited to meat and fish dishes.

Dried parsnip roots are used in powder spices, mixtures. Parsnip greens , although slightly spicy, are also used in cooking, both fresh and dried.It is often used when preparing soup mixtures for future use, and is added to any vegetable dishes for flavoring. Parsnip root contains carotene, ascorbic acid, carbohydrates, essential oils and a significant amount of potassium, which determines its ability to remove water from the body, improve blood circulation and digestion, and have a beneficial effect on the nervous system. And in terms of the content of easily digestible carbohydrates, parsnip takes one of the first places among root crops. It has been found that it improves digestion, strengthens the walls of capillary vessels, has an analgesic and expectorant effect, and has tonic properties.Parsnip was used in ancient medicine as a diuretic for edema, as a means of stimulating sexual activity, increasing appetite, for hallucinations, as an analgesic for renal, hepatic and gastric colic, as an anti-cough and for softening and separating phlegm. In modern medicine, parsnips are used for the treatment and prevention of cardiovascular diseases. Experimental studies have shown that parsnip furocoumarins increase the sensitivity of the skin to ultraviolet rays, which contributes to the repigmentation of discolored skin areas in people suffering from vitiligo.The plant is rich in mineral salts, especially potassium, carbohydrates; its roots also contain a significant amount of vitamins – thiamine, niacin, riboflavin, and essential oil; protein substances, fatty oil, fiber, starch, pectin substances. The essential oil contains octyl butyl alcohol butyric acid. The seeds contain furocoumarins, flavonoid glycosides and coumarins.

Allspice (pimenta) is a powerful aphrodisiac and good medicine. Cooked and then crushed peppercorns are used in the treatment of rheumatism.It is also a component of ointments designed to treat pinched nerves in the spine.
The essential oil, which is part of the grains of this plant, has energetic, antiseptic, regulating digestion, preventing constipation, bloating and abdominal pain, medicinal properties. Tea from grains of allspice improves digestion, is a remedy for diarrhea.
Allspice contains 3-5% essential oil, spicy fatty oil, tannins, resins, etc.The essential oil contains eugenol, cineole, caryophyllene and fellandron. The fruits are used as spices. Essential oils of pepper fruits exhibit an antiparasitic effect in the digestive, respiratory and circulatory systems. Antihelminthic action.

Uses and benefits of cayenne and chili peppers.

Black pepper contains the active ingredient piperine, an alkaloid that imparts a spicy flavor to the spice, which is not only responsible for the pungency of the taste, but also prevents the formation of new fatty deposits.In addition, it increases the bioavailability of macro- and microelements available in other dishes, black pepper normalizes metabolism, it is classified as a thermogenic plant product, it accelerates the breakdown of fats during the digestion of food in the body. Black pepper is used for neurasthenia, exhaustion, acute and chronic anemia, for improving digestion, treating the urinary tract, enhancing the secretion of the digestive glands of the stomach and intestines. Amnesia, impotence, chronic bronchitis, pain during menstruation, with dental problems – daily use prevents tooth decay.Black pepper is one of the most powerful foods that destroy intestinal worms and fungi. Oil infusion of black pepper can be instilled into the nose to heal the nasal mucosa and fight worms in the brain (epilepsy), it helps to destroy parasites.

Pepper purifies blood , simultaneously dilutes it, neutralizes blood clots circulating in blood vessels. By increasing blood circulation, pepper reduces the risk of heart disease. It helps to digest heavy food and even cleans the intestinal walls of all old deposits, removes toxins from the body, destroys fat cells in the body.Black pepper lovers are distinguished by their longevity and excellent health. Daily consumption of black pepper can slow down the aging process at the DNA level. Whole peas of black pepper can be stored for a very, very long time, but in ground form, pepper is stored for no more than three months, after which it begins to gradually lose its beneficial properties. Therefore, it is best to grind the pepper as needed.

The seed, root, leaves of the plant are used.
The leaves of parsley have a spicy taste, and the twigs serve as an excellent decoration for summer salads, it is also extremely useful, its leaves contain a rich complex of vitamins B1, B2, K, PP, salts of iron, potassium, magnesium, calcium, phosphorus, fluorine and selenium, and vitamin C is 5 times more than lemon and orange.

50 grams of this green herb easily provide a person’s daily need for vitamin C and carotene. Parsley root is used in the treatment of eye diseases, as it contains carotene, which is necessary to restore the vitality of the retina. To do this, the root, after thoroughly washing, chop finely, pour boiling water and put on fire for 10-15 minutes, then cool and drink this infusion half a glass before meals 2-3 times a day. The same broth can be used for compresses and eye rinsing.For gastritis, the juice of fresh parsley is used, which is taken orally about 10 ml 5 times a day before meals. The juice improves secretion, normalizes acidity.

For lovers of onions and garlic, this is an indispensable assistant, it is enough to chew a sprig of parsley and the smell of these specific products is gone. In addition, it has a bactericidal effect and heals the gums. Parsley is also widely used in cosmetology. It has whitening properties, tones the skin, and is especially gentle on the skin around the eyes.It is because of these properties that parsley is used to make gels and creams around the eyes. Make masks from Parsley. The antiparasitic, antifungal and antibacterial action of parsley is manifested in the blood, muscles, and the digestive system. It can be used to prepare infusions (from herbs and seeds), decoctions (from the root), constantly add to food fresh and in powders from dried herbs and roots (250-500 mg per serving dish). Parsley products are especially effective against parasites that are activated when the body is overworked and weakened.

Tansy – essential oil plant , young tansy leaves are used as substitute for cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, hops, for flavoring liqueurs . The flowers of the tansy are yellow, small, collected in a corymbose inflorescence – baskets. Tansy is used as a preservative aromatic agent.

Tansy is put for flavoring and fortification in salads, puddings, creams, muffins, used for canning meat, fish, vegetable dishes.Together with oregano and oak bark, tansy is part of an aromatic mixture for game dishes. Powder from tansy : chop dry flower baskets of tansy, sift and use to flavor the first and second courses of game. A mixture of tansy powder (1 cup) with red pepper (1 teaspoon) can be used to flavor meat dishes, add to sauces and gravies.

Kvass with tansy : put dry tansy flower baskets (5 g) in a gauze bag in kvass (1 l) for 12 hours, then remove the tansy, add granulated sugar (10 g), stir and leave for another 2 hours. Tansy strongly fragrant herbaceous has anti-inflammatory, bactericidal, astringent, choleretic, diuretic, improving digestion, wound healing, antihelminthic effect. An infusion of inflorescences of common tansy tones up the muscles of the gastrointestinal tract, improves appetite and digestion, the plant is recommended for gastrointestinal diseases, gastritis, especially with low acidity, with stomach and duodenal ulcers, intestinal inflammation, flatulence and weak peristalsis, with diarrhea, like choleretic and anti-inflammatory agent for liver diseases, hepatitis, giardiasis.

Application and useful properties of wormwood.

Seeds and herbs are used as an anthelmintic. Purslane enhances cardiac activity and increases blood pressure. Fresh juice and water infusion of purslane are used for eye diseases, as a diuretic, for liver and kidney diseases, as a wound healing agent, for Trichomonas colpitis, for the treatment of tumors, for mild diabetes mellitus. They have a beneficial effect on flatulence, kidney dysfunction and restless sleep.The leaves of purslane contain vitamin C, carotene, organic acids, sugar, glycosides, alkaloids, proteins, and mineral salts. The seeds contain a fatty oil consisting of glycerides of linoleic, palmitic, stearic and other fatty acids.

Primrose (Spring primrose) Used as a high-vitamin salad plant. Anise-scented roots are used to flavor dishes, wines, and make tea. In terms of vitamin C content, primrose surpasses onions, radishes, celery, parsley, dill and other garden vegetables several times.All parts of the plant are eaten – roots, leaves and, of course, flowers. The roots of primroses have a pleasant spicy, aniseed smell, they are used as a seasoning for meat and fish dishes, egg dishes, for flavoring drinks and teas. Young leaves and flower arrows are added to salads, soups, mashed potatoes, casseroles, mousses, jelly, drinks and teas. The leaves of primroses have a bitterish taste, and the flowers have a weak sweetish taste. Powders made from dried leaves and roots are of particular value.With rapid drying (at 100 degrees), a significant part of vitamin C is retained, therefore the powder is used in winter for seasoning soups, as an integral part of vitamin tea. Dishes from primrose improve appetite, have a beneficial effect on the nervous system, regulate intestinal activity, have a beneficial effect on headaches, migraines and hypovitaminosis. In these cases, weakness quickly disappears, appetite appears, and the looseness of the gums disappears. All this allows nutritionists to recommend the use of primrose in the diet.Primrose is the most valuable plant used for pulmonary diseases. An infusion of herbs is an antiscorbutic remedy for vitamin C deficiency. In folk medicine, infusion of flowers and leaves is practiced against colds, chronic constipation, migraines, inflammation of the bladder, flowers – for headaches, neurasthenia and insomnia. In terms of vitamin C content, spring primrose is one of the richest plants. Just two primrose leaves provide a person with a daily dose of vitamin C. The main valuable quality of primrose is to maintain immunity .

The main medicinal component of rose petals is essential oil. It has a stimulating effect on the immune and nervous systems of the body, improves the functioning of the endocrine glands, eliminates sclerotic changes in organs, restores and rejuvenates cells, normalizes the functioning of the digestive tract, healing mucous membranes, eliminates the phenomena of dysbiosis and enzymatic insufficiency of the stomach and intestines, relieves vasospasm brain, strengthens the heart muscle.The rose petals contain vitamin C, carotene, B vitamins, and vitamin K, which is involved in hematopoiesis. When investigating the composition of mineral substances, it turned out that in the petals of rose contains the entire Periodic Table of Mendeleev. Rose petals contain potassium and calcium, copper and iodine, a lot of iron, magnesium and even selenium. Rose petals are highly bactericidal. Microorganisms in contact with them die very quickly. Therefore, petals are used to treat many skin conditions.Water extracts from rose petals and creams with the addition of rose oil eliminate minor skin inflammation, irritation, flaking. Dried flower powder mixed with honey is an effective remedy for any inflammation in the oral cavity, especially for stomatitis and periodontitis. The honey-pink mixture should be rubbed into the inflamed gums or applied to the gums with cotton flagella lubricated with it. Inhalation of the scent of fresh flowers or rose oil relieves migraine attacks, dizziness, nausea, weakness.Intracranial pressure is normalized. An excellent remedy for the treatment of nervous diseases is a rose petal bath. It tones, relieves fatigue, anxiety, supports the heart, cleanses the skin. Half a glass of petals is brewed with boiling water and insisted in a sealed container so that the valuable essential oil does not evaporate. The infusion along with the petals is poured into the bath. With conjunctivitis, the eyelids are washed with an infusion of petals. Rose petals are said to promote sound sleep, and dried petals are used to make sleep pillows.Ground rose petals are added to the dough when baking confectionery. A decoction of rose petals is used to gargle with acute respiratory diseases of the upper respiratory tract and with tonsillitis. The infusion of petals in vinegar also helps with these diseases: 50 g of petals are poured with half a liter of vinegar, insisted for 8 days. For rinsing, 1 teaspoon of the infusion is diluted in a glass of water.

Rosemary leaves are widely used in cooking as an excellent addition to herbal teas, as well as a seasoning for meat and fish dishes. Rosemary gives new aroma and taste to dishes, while protecting against obesity, neuralgia, and the brain from aging. Rosemary helps to increase blood flow to the head and brain, increase concentration and improve memory, it stimulates mental activity. In the Middle Ages, rosemary was used against the plague. Dried leaves and annual shoots containing an essential oil rich in pinene, camphene, linalool, borneol and other terpenoids are used as a remedy.In addition to essential oil, rosemary leaves contain low-toxic alkaloids, ursolic and rosmarinic acids. Flavonoids, terpenoids, diterpene glycosides, quinones, terpenic acids, carnazole, carnazidic acid and phenolcarboxylic acids were isolated from the raw materials.
In folk medicine, one-year-old stems with leaves of medicinal rosemary are used for medicinal purposes. Rosemary has a healing effect on vegetative-vascular dystonia, headaches, supports cardiac activity and blood circulation, has an anti-sclerotic effect in people with impaired cerebral circulation, lowers blood cholesterol levels, and is a powerful stimulant of the body’s defenses.
Aqueous infusion rosemary has astringent, anti-inflammatory, choleretic, analgesic properties. In folk medicine, water infusion is used in the treatment of female diseases, for cholecystitis, gastrointestinal disorders, for the treatment of tonsillitis and stomatitis, as well as externally for poorly healing wounds, boils.

Celery leaf has a beneficial effect on the heart muscle, strengthening it, kidney diseases, against the formation of stones, as an effective remedy against gout and rheumatism. Celery is extremely beneficial for health, it has a beneficial effect on digestion, on the nervous system and metabolism. Recommended for the elimination of uric acid from the body, in states of internal anxiety and exhaustion. 100 g of pure, ready-to-use celery tuber contains 320 mg of potassium, 9 mg of magnesium, 68 mg of calcium, 0.15 mg of manganese, 0.53 mg of iron, 0.31 mg of zinc, 80 mg of phosphorus and sodium, B vitamins (thiamin, riboflavin), vitamin K, E, provitamin A and ascorbic acid.In addition to minerals, celery contains essential oil, glycoside apiin, choline, protein, carotene, etc. The typical taste of celery is due to the presence of apiol.

Use and useful properties of Thyme, thyme.

Cumin ordinary (azhgon, ayovan) has a beneficial effect on the stomach, improving digestion, enhancing its peristalsis, relieving spasms and discomfort, has choleretic abilities, with intestinal atony, constipation, as an antimicrobial. Eating cumin promotes the formation of milk in nursing mothers, improves well-being during menopause and hot flashes, and helps to reduce excess weight.The essential oil has an anti-tuberculosis effect, is used for neuroses, tumors, eye diseases, and metabolic disorders. Caraway fruits contain essential oil, which includes carvone, limonene, trans-dihydrocarvone, dihydrocar-veol and many other biologically active substances, as well as steroids, coumarins, flavonoids, fatty oil, wax, resins, tannins, protein, trace elements ( iron, zinc, copper, strontium, vanadium, molybdenum, nickel, manganese). Flavonoids, quercitin, kaempferol, rutin, isoquercitin, etc. have been found in the grass and fruits.

The smell of yarrow is slightly aromatic, the taste is weak and pleasantly spicy and tart. In the pharmaceutical industry Yarrow is used for the preparation of medicinal preparations in the form of extracts, medicinal teas, decoctions, etc. It is also used for fragrances.

Leaves and flowers are used as a spice, but without the stem. Using yarrow as a spice , you should be careful not to add to food in large quantities.It is used in vegetable and potato soups, fatty and vegetable dishes, goulash and in the preparation of dark sauces. Together with chives and onions, yarrow is used to cream cheese. Dried leaves and flowers are used for the preparation of liqueurs and tinctures, table wines and kvass, aromatization of drinks, jellies, and mousses. Powder from dried leaves of yarrow is added to stew or meat stew for 5-10 minutes until cooked. You can also season cereal, fish and meat dishes with yarrow, thereby improving their nutritional value and taste.It is used as a relaxing spasm, stimulates the secretion of gastric juice, improves digestion and has a beneficial effect on the heart and blood circulation. It has a choleretic effect. Acts as a hemostatic agent, it is used to treat wounds, skin diseases and as a gargle for inflammation of the gums. In large doses, yarrow can cause poisoning, which is manifested by dizziness and skin rash. Contains small amounts of essential oil, betonycin, choline, coumarins, bitterness, flavones, achillein, astringents and organic acids.The essential oil contains terpenes: borneol, cineole, pinene, thujone, etc. Some plants contain a variable amount of chamazulene. The antiparasitic effect is manifested in the circulatory system, respiratory and digestive systems. The spectrum of the harmful action of yarrow for parasites is quite wide – from herpes viruses, protozoa (chlamydia and Trichomonas), bacteria of pyogenic species to flat and round worms.

Leaves and stems dill are used for insomnia, hypertension, as a diuretic.Fruits – for diseases of the digestive organs and liver, as a means of increasing appetite, as a sedative and expectorant for diseases of the respiratory tract. Outwardly, a decoction of the leaves is used for lotions for eye strain, as well as for the treatment of various skin diseases. Dill essential oil with a spicy smell is used in food, confectionery, perfumery and cosmetic, soap making and other industries. Young green leaves of dill contain up to 200 mg% vitamin C, carotene, vitamins of group B, P and others, as well as salts of potassium, iron, phosphorus.Fruits contain up to 6% essential oil, proteins, mucous substances, a lot of ascorbic acid (100 mg), folic acid, etc. rich in minerals. Dill oil has a strong antiparasitic and bactericidal effect, effectively and destructively acts on parasites in the digestive system, liver and pancreas, in the skin, in the circulatory system. Dill oil kills fungi, pyogenic infection, viruses and helminths of various types – from protozoa, flat to round and tapered.Dill oil can be added to ordinary vegetable oil (sunflower, olive) and give it antiparasitic properties. Fresh dill slightly dilates blood vessels and reduces high blood pressure.

Greenish fennel seeds with a delicate honey aroma and sweet-spicy, with a slight bitterness, taste give pleasant freshness to light vegetable soups, salads and side dishes, cookies, pies, jams and tea. Contains ascorbic acid, carotene, vitamins B, E and K. An ideal spice for a weak stomach for both adults and children.Neutralizes toxins and carcinogens in the blood. Fennel tea is beneficial for abdominal pain (especially in children), radiation exposure, and cancer. It is also drunk as a remedy for insomnia. Fennel removes fears and nervousness.
Fennel has antiparasitic properties in the digestive, urinary and nervous systems. Infusions and powders are prepared from fennel.

Horseradish is rich in potassium, calcium, sodium, sulfur, phosphorus, iron and other minerals.Horseradish contains vitamin C, ascorbic acid, and in terms of vitamin C content horseradish is even ahead of lemon, phytoncides, essential mustard oils, sugar, starch, resinous substances, carbohydrates, fiber, vitamins of group B, PP. Fresh horseradish leaves contain a lot of carotene. Horseradish prevents scurvy, flu and other colds and infections of the upper respiratory tract. Horseradish is used in traditional medicine as a powerful stimulant for the digestive system. Horseradish is also used to treat inflammation of the urinary tract.Horseradish has a powerful diuretic property, therefore it is used for kidney stones, cystitis, as well as gout and rheumatism. Fresh horseradish poultices are useful for frostbite, facial neuralgia, and rheumatism of the joints. Horseradish with vinegar and glycerin is used to treat whooping cough and sore throat. Horseradish can be canned with various additives. horseradish contains active components, which are herbal antibiotics , harmful to some microbes, essential oil with antiseptic properties and vitamins.Raw horseradish contains about 16% carbohydrates, up to 3% nitrogenous substances and fats.

The properties of chicory are especially appreciated in the dietary nutrition of patients with diabetes mellitus. The roots and the aerial part are used in folk medicine to stimulate appetite, as a diuretic, to improve the activity of the stomach, in kidney disease. Chicory is taken for insomnia, liver disease, spleen. Treats eye inflammation. It is successfully used in case of increased perspiration. Plant chicory contains minerals – potassium, sodium, manganese, calcium, iron, phosphorus.The roots contain up to 40-60% inulin polysaccharide, protein and tannins, glucose, levulose, ascorbic acid, vitamin B, choline, glycosides.

Savory is used for baking. Included in seasonings. Herring is flavored with it. Savory is a flavoring agent for spicy pickled herring, it is added to minced products. The plant is part of most Yugoslavian spices. The ability of savory to kill bacteria is used in national cuisines for salting, pickling and pickling.In medicine, it is used as part of herbal preparations for flatulence, diarrhea, for stomach and intestinal cramps. Savory juice soothes the pain of bee stings and reduces swelling. The herb infusion reduces pain and relieves stomach and intestinal cramps. Recommended for diseases of the kidneys, liver, gallbladder, as well as diabetes. Savory – a good fixing, antihelminthic and diaphoretic agent, stimulates appetite, promotes better assimilation of food. The herb is brewed as tea and is used for gastrointestinal disorders.
Savory herb contains up to 2% essential oil, the main components of which are carvacrol, cymene, borneol, cineole, pinenne and other terpenes. In addition, it contains tannins and resins. The leaves contain up to 1% essential oil, consisting of thymol, phenol, carvacrol, pinene.

Thyme, use and beneficial properties of Thyme

Garlic helps with arthritis, rhinitis, atherosclerosis, heart disease, Antimicrobial properties of garlic for the prevention of colds.To freshen your breath after garlic, chew parsley sprigs, cardamom seeds, or cinnamon. Garlic thins the blood, it is natural antibiotic , strengthens the immune system. In cooking garlic is used as a spicy vegetable for salads, first and second courses, pickles and pickles. Garlic contains selenium, sulfurous substances and other substances from the group of antioxidants. Increases appetite, enhances the secretion of the stomach, liver, intestines, diuretic, antihelminthic, antimicrobial, antispasmodic, antiatherogenic, analgesic, anticoagulant (prevents platelet aggregation, fibrinolytic), antioxidant.The antiparasitic effect of garlic is manifested in all organs and systems of the human body. The spectrum of action of garlic is very wide – there are no such parasites that it could not destroy. It is used in food raw and after heat treatment. Garlic products act as detoxifiers.

The orange-red spicy stigmas of the Alpine crocus are called “the king of spices”. The aroma of saffron is subtle and pleasant, and its specific spicy bittersweet taste cannot be confused with anything else.Extremely persistent colorant and strong spice. Saffron is widely used in various national cuisines, very popular with gourmets of the East. Useful for everyone, without exception. It feeds all body tissues, mainly blood. In combination with milk, it strengthens the heart and nervous system, improves complexion, creates a cheerful, joyful mood. According to experts in Ayurveda, the ancient science of healing, it imparts spiritual qualities, the energy of love, devotion and compassion to the human heart. You need to eat saffron in very small quantities (a few veins are enough for a dish of 4-5 people).
Saffron is known as a powerful antiparasitic agent that renews the blood as well as the liver and spleen. It is a mild aphrodite. With a slight addition to spices and spices , it enhances their antiparasitic properties. Since ancient times, saffron has been considered a deworming agent.

Tarragon, spices up a variety of dishes: it complements well omelets, soups, sauces. Tarragon is admired by lovers of dietetic cuisine, seasoning all dishes in a row with it, parsley and dill.Dried tarragon is seasoned with chicken stew. This seasoning is very popular among Spanish, Italian, Greek chefs. Essential oil from tarragon is used to obtain vinegar, which is added to canned vegetables and is used in perfumery. Tarragon is a good preservative, therefore it is indispensable in homemade preparations. The substances contained in its leaves inhibit the growth of lactic acid bacteria. The spice helps to preserve the color of the product, increases the strength, improves the taste and smell of vegetables.It is used for pickling and pickling cucumbers, tomatoes, mushrooms, for pickling cabbage. When stored in a tightly sealed container, the powder from dried leaves retains its aroma and taste for a long time and is a good seasoning for various culinary products. In medicine, from time immemorial, tarragon was considered a plant that purifies the blood, treats scurvy, as a vitamin medicinal plant, antiscorbutic, diuretic and general tonic. It is recommended for stimulating appetite and for indigestion, it is considered an antiseptic and anti-inflammatory agent.Tarragon also helps with stomach cramps. The leaves of the plant were used for menstrual irregularities, for diseases of the walls of blood vessels, and the roots were considered an excellent remedy for toothache. Wines containing tarragon extract (tarragon) stimulate the digestive tract, enhance the formation of gastric juice and increase appetite. Tarragon is appreciated not only for its spice and taste, but also for the content of vitamin C and carotene. Fragrant tarragon, like other leafy spices, gives a person vigor.Has a calming effect, improving sleep. In Tibetan medicine, it is used in the treatment of various lung diseases, tuberculosis, pneumonia, bronchitis. Antihelminthic, anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic, carminative, diuretic, healing, sedative, tonic, improves stomach function and menstrual cycle. Etragon greens contain essential oil, consisting mainly of tarragon, terpenes, aldehyde, linal acetate, fellandrene, as well as tannins, bitterness, resin, etc. The leaves of the plant are rich in vitamins A, C, etc.The leaves contain carotene, ascorbic acid, rutin. Flavonoids, proteins, fats, and essential oil are also found in tarragon.

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