According to Ayurveda, a combination of herbs that reduce inflammation, expel excess mucus from the lungs and neutralize free radicals can help those suffering from asthma. While choosing the right herb for treating asthma is best left to an Ayurvedic doctor, we’ve compiled a list of some popular ayurvedic herbs for asthma.
Sweet Flag (Acorus Calamus)
An aromatic, aquatic herb, the roots or rhizomes of sweet flag have been used for curing several diseases such as fever, asthma and bronchitis.
Aloe Vera (Aloaceae)
Due to its anti-inflammatory properties, aloe vera has been used in Ayurveda to treat asthma. Aloe vera is also a natural cleanser, which helps in improving the body’s ability to remove build ups of mucous.
Amla (Indian Gooseberry)
This green fruit has been widely used in Ayurveda for treating a range of ailments, including asthma, tuberculosis and bronchitis. Amla juice, taken along with honey and raisin, is known to be an effective home remedy for asthma.
Licorice (Glycyrrhiza Glabra)
This herb has been used in medicine for over 4000 years. The anti-inflammatory properties of Licorice make it an effective treatment for asthma.
Shati (Hedychium Spicatium)
The rhizomes of this herb have been used for the treatment of cough, wound ulcer, fever, & respiratory problems such as asthma. Bitter in taste, the rhizomes of this herb have a strong aromatic odor.
Talispatra (Abies Webbiana)
The leaves of this plant have been used traditionally for treating a range of ailments. The decotations of these leaves when consumed orally are known to help patients of asthma.
Bellflower (Platycodon Grandifloras)
The roots of this herb are used as an antitussive agent, a substance that suppresses coughs. It is used to treat tonsillitis, asthma and pertussis, among other things.