Herbal therapy

Ephedra—12 to 25 mg capsules every 4 hours or 1 to 2 cups tea or tincture every 2 to 4 hours for an asthma attack;21 do not overdo amounts as ephedra has side effects including insomnia, anxiety, restlessness and possible high blood pressure.

Lobelia—mix three parts tincture to one part tincture of capsicum and take 20 drops in water at start of attack and repeat every 30 minutes three or four times.22 Stinging nettle—an antihistamine.

Anise, fennel—have compounds that loosen bronchial secretions.

Marshmallow, mullein, licorice—have soothing actions on the respiratory tract.

Ginkgo biloba—120 to 140 mg extract or 3 to 4 ml tincture three times daily, contains compounds that block the action of a platelet activating factor that can cause asthmatic symptoms.

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