Best Herbs & Spices For Asthma

fresh herbsAllergy sufferers, especially those living with asthma, are always looking for natural ways to both reduce and manage symptoms.

For an edge up on general trouble breathing, here are 5 herbs for relief from the chronic upper respiratory disease.

Licorice

Licorice rootThis sweet root has been used as a medicine for thousands of years. According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, its active ingredient glycyrrhiza not only acts as a demulcent but it has a systemic anti-inflammatory effect on the lungs. In other words, it helps reduce inflammation of the bronchial tubes, calms the airways and restores normal breathing.

It’s important to note that licorice is not suitable for people with diabetes, high blood pressure, adrenal disease, and reduced kidney or liver functioning.

Turmeric

the turmeric powder in spoon and roots on wooden plate

This spice has been found to help patients with bronchial asthma such as aiding in relief of asthmatic inflammation that causes swelling in the lungs as well as trouble breathing. Research shows that benefits of using this herb include an excellent source of antioxidants like nitric oxide – especially in children – who make up more than 50 percent of the 20 million asthmatics around the world.

Ginkgo Biloba 
Ginkgo biloba leaf outsideContaining antihistamine and anti-inflammatory properties, a 2007 study published in the Journal of Huazhong University of Science and Technology (Medical Sciences) found that these very extracts helped decrease the infiltration of inflammatory cells in the asthmatic airway – in turn, reducing overall airway inflammation.

Other benefits include: treatment of altitude sickness, reduce behaviors and symptoms of autism, and reduce the vascular adverse effects associated with some chemotherapy (though there’s inconclusive evidence).