Herbal Coltsfoot Improves Asthmatic Symptoms

By Kyle J. Norton

Respiratory disease is medical conditions that affect the breathing organ and tissues including Inflammatory lung disease, obstructive lung diseases, restrictive lung diseases, respiratory tract infections, trachea, bronchi, bronchioles, alveoli, the nerves, and muscles breathing,…

Most common symptom of respiratory disease is shortness of breath.

The lungs formed part of the respiratory symptoms, sare a pair of spongy, air-filled organs located on either side of the chest (thorax). The organ plays a critical role in inhaling oxygens to the body and exhaling carbon dioxide from body.

Asthma is a medical and chronic condition characterized by the long-term inflammation of the airways of the lungs.

Most common symptoms of asthma are episodes of wheezing, coughing, chest tightness, and shortness of breath, and reversible airflow obstruction and bronchospasm.

Asthma attack in most cases is triggered by exposure to various irritants and substances that trigger allergies (allergens). However, genetic preposition and family history are also found in patients with asthma.

Asthma not only interferes with daily activities and also can lead to a life-threatening asthma attack. Treatment of asthma is to reduce the frequent episode and severity of the attacks.

According to the statistics provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in the US, 1 in 13 people have asthma. In other words, over 26 million Americans have asthma and half of that is children.

Believe it or not, African-Americans in the U.S. die from asthma at a higher rate than people of other races or ethnicities.

Dr. Laurent Guilleminault, in the examing environmental effect in the risk asthma, said, “The rates of asthma and allergy (Type 1 hypersensitivity disorders) have been increasing worldwide for the last few decades. Various theories have been proposed to account for this alarming trend. One of these is the impact of environmental toxicants”.

And, “repletion of glutathione levels (with oral supplementation of N-acetylcysteine), and enhancement of glutathione transferase function (using sulforaphane) might be therapeutic options for countering type 1 hypersensitivity disorders caused by environmental chemicals”.
In other words, environmental toxins cause reduced levels of antioxidant in the body are associated with the risk of asthma onset
Coltsfoot(Tussilago farfara) is a perennial herbaceous plant, genus Tussilago, belonging to the family Asteraceae, native to Europe and Asia. The herb has been used over thousands of year to treat asthma, various coughs, bronchial congestion, respiratory disorders, headaches and obstruction in the nasal passage, etc.

On finding a potential compound for the treatment of respiratory disease, researchers examined the effect of invigorating Kidney (Viscum coloratum 15g, Psoralea corylifolia 15g, Eucommia ulmoides 15g, Lycium chinense 9g, Tussilago farfara 15g, Artemisia capillaris 9g, and Pogostemon cablin 9g as daily dosage) on asthma by measuring maximal expiratory flow-volume curve (MEFV) in the convalescent stage.

In a total of 66 cases of asthmatics were examined, researchers found that before treatment by the invigorating Kidney decoction, the results of FEV, PEF, V75, V50, V25 in 35 cases or 53.03% of the total demonstrated a significantly negative effect compared with healthy persons.

In other words, in the convalescent stage, convalescent stage, over half of the asthmatics showed obstruction of airways and chiefly of small airways.

According to the tested analysis after treament of the decoction only exerted effects on different parameters associated with the improvement of MEFV in some extent, but also reversed the airway obstruction of asthmatics in the convalescent stage.

Based on the findings, researchers said, “the authors indicated that the prompt treatment for asthmatics in the convalescent stage was conductive early to prevent emphysema and confirmed that the treatment with Chinese herbs of chiefly invigorating Kidney deserved to be propagated.”.

Taken altogether, coltsfoot used alone and combination with other herbal medicine may be considered a remedy for the treatment of asthmatics in the convalescent stage, pending to the confirmation of the larger sample size and multicenter human study.

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Kyle J. Norton (Scholar, Master of Nutrition, All right reserved)

Health article writer and researcher; Over 10.000 articles and research papers have been written and published online, including worldwide health, ezine articles, article base, health blogs, self-growth, best before it’s news, the karate GB daily, etc.,.
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(1) [Measurement of MEFV in 66 cases of asthma in the convalescent stage and after treatment with Chinese herbs].[Article in Chinese] by Fu JX. (PubMed)
(2) Do environmental toxicants contribute to allergy and asthma? by Crinnion WJ. (PubMed)