Antiasthmatic Herbs of Ayurveda

Asthma Herbs (Natural Herbs for Asthma) are used to help relieve the symptoms associated with asthma like wheezing, shortness of breath, chest tightness and cough.

Asthma is caused by variety of factors. Asthma cannot be cured, but appropriate management can control the disorder and enable people to enjoy a good quality life.

Acacia Catechu

Botanical Name : Acacia Catechu
Family Name : Mimosacaae
Common Name : Cutch Tree, Catechu, Black Cutch
Part Used : Bark And Heartwood
Habitat : Found in indian forests, upto the elevation of 1,500 m.
Product offered : Roots, stem
Uses : Bark of cutch tree is strong antioxidant, astringent, anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial and anti-fungal in nature.

It is useful in passive diarrhea, high blood pressure, dysentery, colitis, gastric problems, bronchial asthma, cough, leucorrhoea and leprosy. It is used as a mouthwash for mouth, gum, sore throat, gingivitis, dental and oral infections.

Heartwood is used to yield concentrated aqueous extract i.e. cutch. Cutch (extract) is astringent, cooling, and digestive. It is useful in cough, diarrhea, ulcers, boils and eruptions of the skin. Decoction of bark is given internally in case of leprosy. Helps to cure pile when taken with lemon regularly.

Anethum Graveolens

Botanical Name : Anethum Graveolens
Family Name : Apiaceae
Common Name : Dill, Dill Weed, Garden Dill.
Part Used : Fruits And Leaves.
Habitat : It is found in tropical and sub-tropical parts of india and cultivated throughout india.
Product offered : Leaves, wholeplant, oil
Uses : The fruits are acrid, aromatic, bitter, digestive, carminative, stomachic, stimulant, antispasmodic, antihelmintic, anodyne, anti-inflammatory, diuretic, emmenagogue, galactagogue, expectorant, cardiotonic, febrifuge, antispasmodic and antidysenteric.

It is useful in flatulence, colic, dyspepsia, intestinal worms, digestive problems, insomnia, inflammation, hiccough, cough, asthma, bronchitis, fever, ulcers, skin diseases, haemorrhoids and cardiac debility. It acts as stimulant for lactation.

Fruits and leaves are used as spice for flavoring salads, soups, pickles and breads, mainly by food industry. It is also used as insecticide. Dill's essential oil relieves intestinal spasms and griping and helps to settle colic, hence it is often used in gripe water mixtures. Also used in making vinegar & as a flavouring in pickled gherkins.

Atropa Belladonna

Botanical Name : Atropa Belladonna
Family Name : Asteraceae
Common Name : Belladonna, Deadly Nightshade, Witch’s Berry, Death’s Herb.
Part Used : Leaves And Roots
Habitat : Found in shade forests lies between 2,500-3000 m.
Product offered : Leaves
Uses : It is narcotic, mydriatic, antidote, diuretic, analgesic, antispasmodic, laxative, hallucinogenic and sedative.

It is mainly used to dilate pupils in eye diseases, bladder and kidney diseases, bladder and ureteral spasms, intestinal and biliary colic, cold, flu, pain and asthma. It is also helpful in airway obstruction, ear infection, headache, nervous system disorders, premenstrual syndrome, radiation burn and menopausal symptoms. It is applied as a lotion in case of neuralgia, gout, rheumatism and sciatica. It is also used for the treatment of irritable bowel syndrome and acute enterocolitis and as an adjunctive therapy in the treatment of duodenal ulcers. Extract is having Pseudoephedrine-like qualities and thus is used for clearing up nasal and other passages where mucus forms.

Callicarpa Macrophylla

Botanical Name : Callicarpa Macrophylla
Family Name : Verbenaceae
Common Name : Beauty Berry
Part Used : Flowers, Fruits
Habitat : Western himalaya from kashmir to assam, arunachal pradesh and in northern andhra pradesh, also in maharashtra, uttar pradesh and uttaranchal.
Product offered : Leaves, Fruit
Uses : The flowers and fruits are bitter, sweet, astringent, acrid, anodyne, stomatitis, expectorant, depurative, anthelmintic, deodorant, digestive, styptic, febrifuge and good tonic.

Flowers and fruits are useful in rheumatoid arthritis, asthma, catarrh, anorexia, headache, foul ulcers, flatulence, colic diarrhea, dysentery, skin diseases, burning sensation, excessive sweating, diabetes, vomiting, fever and general debility. Leaves are useful in gout and arthralgia. Root is chewed to relieve rashes on the tongue.

Calotropis Procera

Botanical Name : Calotropis Procera
Family Name : Asclepiadaceae
Common Name : Giant Swallow Wort, Milkweed
Part Used : Mainly Bark, Roots And Whole Plant.
Habitat : Throughout india, in dry waste places.
Product offered : Leaves, Seeds, Fruits, Flowers
Uses : Calotropis procera plays an important role in improving soil fertility and improved soil water holding capacity. The root bark is febrifuge, anthelmintic, depurative, expectorant, and laxative. The powdered root promotes gastric secretions and useful in asthma, bronchitis, and dyspepsia. Dried whole plant is good tonic, expectorant, depurative and anthelminthic.
Madar root-bark is very largely used in India as a treatment for elephantiasis, leprosy, and in chronic eczema. It also used as antidote substance and for abortive purposes. Leaves are useful in the treatment of paralysis, arthralgia, swellings and intermittent fevers. Flowers are useful in asthma, catarrh, anorexia, inflammations and tumours.

Cinnamomum Camphora

Botanical Name : Cinnamomum Camphora
Family Name : Lauraceae
Common Name : Camphor Tree, Gum Camphor, Camphor Laurel, French Camphor, Howood
Part Used : Roots, Wood
Habitat : Cultivated in india as an ornamental tree.
Product offered : Wood
Uses : Bark is anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, analgesic, analeptic, anthelmintic, antispasmodic, aromatic, aphrodisiac, carminative, diaphoretic, sedative, stimulant, narcotic and tonic.

It is used as nervine depressant in case of hysteria, epilepsy, chorea and convulsions. It acts as stimulant for cardiac, circulation and respiration. It is useful in measles, typhoid, whooping cough, asthma, and hiccup. It is recommended in case of cough, cold, toothache and liver disorders.

Camphor oil is antihelmintic, antirheumatic, antispasmodic, cardiotonic and sedative. It is used for treating joints and muscle pains, cold sores and skin diseases. Camphor oil is best used for sedating nervy types particularly when associated with depression. Also used an aromatherapy diffuser or vaporizer.

Cissampelos Pareira

Botanical Name : Cissampelos Pareira
Family Name : Menispermaceae
Common Name : Velvet Leaf, Abuta, Pereira Root, Barbasco.
Part Used : Whole Vine, Seed, Bark, Leaf, Root.
Habitat : Found in tropical region of india.
Product offered : Bark
Uses : Velvet leaf or Abuta is antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, antihistamine, antioxidant, antispasmodic, diuretic, hypotensive, muscle relaxant, uterine relaxant, antiseptic, aphrodisiac, analgesic, antihemorrhagic, cardiotonic, diaphoretic, expectorant, febrifuge, hepatoprotective stimulant and tonic.

It is known as Midwife's herb as mainly used in women aliments. It is used for menstrual problems, hormonal imbalance, ease childbirth, postpartum pain, prevent threatened miscarriage, and control uterine hemorrhages, hormonal acne and premenstrual syndrome. It is used for heart problems, kidney stones, kidney infections and pains, asthma, arthritis, muscle cramps and stomach pains.

It is also used to kill bacteria, prevents convulsions, ulcers, indigestion, skin irritations, cough, fever, intestional worms, wounds and in snake bite. It is used against poisonous snake bites and is very effective in skin related aliments.

Crocus Sativus

Botanical Name : Crocus Sativus
Family Name : Iridaceae
Common Name : Saffron, Autumn Crocus, Sapnish Saffron And Dyer’s Saffron.
Part Used : Dried Stigma
Habitat : Cultivated in jammu and kashmir (india)
Product offered : Flower
Uses : Saffron is anti-depressant, anodyne, antispasmodic, abortifacient, aphrodisiac, carminative, diaphoretic, emmenagogue, expectorant, narcotic, nervine sedative stimulant, stomachic and rejuvenative.

It is useful in fever, cough, depression, enlargement of liver, flatulence, colic, insomnia and asthma. It is also useful in rheumatism, neuralgia, leucorrhoea, headache, sores, hemorrhoids and snakebite. It is used as a flavouring and yellow coloring for various foods such as bread, soups, sauces, rice and puddings. It is widely used in cosmetics, especially in fairness creams.

Embelia Ribes

Botanical Name : Embelia Ribes
Family Name : Myrsinaceae
Common Name : Embelia, False Black Pepper And Flase Pepper.
Part Used : Berries, Leaves And Root-bark.
Habitat : Present throughout india, in area upto 1,500 m in hilly regions.
Product offered : Fruit
Uses : Embelia root bark is acrid, astringent, anthelmintic, antifertility, antioestrogenic, carminative, digestive, laxative, soothing, stimulant, stomachic, and thermogenic. It is effective against intestinal parasites and intestinal worms. It is used in abdominal disorders, skin fungal infections, flatulence, constipation, indigestion, headache, hemorrhoids, lung diseases, obesity, piles, pneumonia, mouth ulcers, toothache and sore throat. Its decoction is useful in insanity and heart diseases.

Leaves are astringent, thermogenic, demulcent and depurative in nature. It is useful in skin diseases and leprosy.

Fruits are acrid, astringent, anthelmintic, bitter, brain tonic, carminative, contraceptive, diuretic, febrifuge, laxative, stimulant, and thermogenic. It is useful in skin diseases, leprosy, nervous debility, dyspepsia, flatulence, colic, tumors, asthma, fever, ascaris infestation and general debility. Paste is being used for mouth wash and avoiding cavities. It is being also used in skin related problems. Decoction of the roots is given in insanity and heart diseases.

Inula Racemosa

Botanical Name : Inula Racemosa
Family Name : Asteraceae (compositae)
Common Name : Inula
Part Used : Stem, Root
Habitat : It grows in the hilly regions in the northwestern himalayas.
Product offered : Roots
Uses : The rhizome is sweet, bitter and acrid in taste with a neutral potency and act as antiseptic, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory, analgesic and mild diuretic. It is used in the treatment of contagious fevers, anginapectoris, heart disease and ischemic heart disease. It is also used in cough, hiccup, bronchial asthma, indigestion, flatulence, inanorexia and in fever. Externally, the paste of its roots is used effectively, in dressing the wounds and ulcers as the herb possesses antiseptic property. Also used to boost the appetite.

Lepidium Sativum

Botanical Name : Lepidium Sativum
Family Name : Cruciferae
Common Name : Garden Cress, Pepper Grass, Garden Pepper Cress, Pepper Wort.
Part Used : Roots, Leaves And Seeds.
Habitat : Cultivated throughout india as a culinary vegetable.
Product offered : Seeds
Uses : Seeds are bitter, thermogenic, depurative, galactagogue, emmenagogue, tonic, aphrodisiac, ophthalmic and diuretic. It is useful in leprosy, skin diseases, dysentery, diarrhea, dyspepsia, eye diseases, leucorrhoea, scurvy, asthma, cough, cold and seminal weakness.

Roots are bitter and acrid. It is useful in secondary syphilis and tenesmus.

Leaves are stimulant, diuretic and antibacterial. It is useful in scurvy and hepatopathy. Seeds are abortifacient, they have been applied as a poultice to pains and hurts and have also been used as an aperient. The seed yields up to 58% of edible oil that can also be used for lighting.

Leptadenia Reticulata

Botanical Name : Leptadenia Reticulata
Family Name : Asclpiadaceae
Common Name : Jiwanti, Dodi.
Part Used : Whole Plant
Habitat : Distributed in sub himalayan tracts of india mainly in punjab, uttar pradesh and throughout deccan peninsula upto 900 m.
Product offered : Roots
Uses : The plant is galactogogue, cooling, nutritive, aphrodisiac, stimulant, diuretic, and eyetonic. Useful to cure eye-diseases, seminal debility, general weakness, cough, dyspnoea, fever, asthma, constipation, sore throat, and gonorrhea. Extracts of roots and leaves of the plant act as antibacterial and anti-fungal agent. It promotes health and vigour, improves voice, alleviates the three dosas vata, pitta and kapha. It also cures eye diseases, hematemesis, emaciation, cough, dyspnoea, fever and burning sensation

Nerium Indicum

Botanical Name : Nerium Indicum
Family Name : Apocynaceae
Common Name : Indian Oleander, Exile Tree.
Part Used : Roots, Leaves
Habitat : Cultivated throughout india.
Product offered : Leaves, Wholeplant, Stem
Uses : Roots are bitter, acrid, astringent, anthelmintic, aphrodisiac, stomachic, febrifuge, diuretic, emetic, expectorant, cardiotonic and anticancer. Useful in cardiac asthma, renal and vesical calculi, chronic stomache, joint pains, leprosy and ulcers.

Leaves are powerful repellent. A decoction of the leaves has been applied externally in the treatment of scabies and to reduce swellings.

The whole plant is said to have anticancer properties. The plant is used as a rat poison, a parasiticide and an insecticide. A green dye is obtained from the flowers. It is used in skin related problems and also helps in healing of wounds and also helps in reducing inflammation.
It also helps in maintaining the normal body temperature.

Pinus Roxburghii

Botanical Name : Pinus Roxburghii
Family Name : Pinaceae
Common Name : Chir Pine, Three Leaved Pine, Himalayan Long Leaved Pine.
Part Used : Wood, Oleoresin And Oil
Habitat : Found in himalayan region at 450-2,200 m elevation, from kashmir to bhutan.
Product offered : Leaves, Oil, Gum Resins
Uses : The wood is acrid, bitter, sweet, thermogenic, emollient, aromatic, antiseptic, deodorant, haemostatic, stimulant, anthelmintic, digestive, liver tonic, diaphoretic and diuretic. It is useful in eye, ear and pharynx diseases, foul ulcers, haemorrhages, haemoptysis, worm infection, flatulence, liver diseases, bronchitis, inflammations, skin diseases, pruritus and giddiness.

Oleoresin is acrid, bitter, thermogenic, expectorant, anodyne, anti-inflammatory, purgative, rubefacient, vermifuge and demulcent. It is useful in cough, cold, asthma, chronic bronchitis, inflammations, liver and spleen diseases, kidney and bladder infections, gonorrhea, scurvy, epilepsy, haemorrhoids and tuberculosis.

Oil obtained is utilized in rheumatic problems, arthritis and neuralgia. Oil is also an ingredient in many ointments, and lotions for treating aches and pains. Rosin obtained is used in paper soap, cosmetics, paint, varnish and polish industries. It is used in the manufacture of disinfectants, insecticides and denaturants. It is also used to arrest minor haemorrhages in tooth – sockets and nose.

Premna Obtusifolia

Botanical Name : Premna Obtusifolia
Family Name : Verbenaceae
Common Name : Headache Tree, Premna, False Elder.
Part Used : Roots And Leaves
Habitat : Mainly present in plains of india and in andaman coasts.
Product offered : Bark
Uses : The roots are sweet, bitter, astringent, acrid, cordial, thermogenic, anodyne, anti-inflammatory, cardiotonic, laxative, stomachic, expectorant, depurative, digestive, carminative, febrifuge, antibacterial and tonic.

Roots are useful in vitiated conditions of vata and kapha. Roots are useful in inflammations, cardiac disorders, cough, asthma, bronchitis, leprosy, skin diseases, flatulence, anorexia, constipation and fever. Roots are the ingredients in Dushmula, well-known Ayurvedic medicine.

Leaves are stomachic, carminative and galactagogue. They are useful in dyspepsia, flatulence, colic, cough, fever, rheumatalgia and tumors. The root contains a yellow coloring matter, tannin and an essential oil which is used for the treatment of colic.

Semecarpus Anacardium

Botanical Name : Semecarpus Anacardium
Family Name : Anacardiaceae
Common Name : Marking Nut, Oriental Cashew
Part Used : Fruits
Habitat : Throughout india, in semi-green and moist deciduous forests.
Product offered : Fruits
Uses : The fruits are acrid, bitter, astringent, digestive, carminative, purgative, liver tonic, expectorant, stomachic, laxative, tonic and oleaginous. The fruit is useful in leucoderma, scaly skin, allergic, dermatitis, poisonous bites, leprosy, cough, asthma, and dyspepsia.
Also act as insecticides, antiseptic, termite repellents and herbicide. It is extremely beneficial in the diseases like piles, colitis, diarrhea, dyspepsia, ascites, tumours and worms. The topical application of its oil on swollen joints and traumatic wounds effectively controls the pain.

Saussurea Lappa

Botanical Name : Saussurea Lappa
Family Name : Asteraceae (compositae)
Common Name : Costus, Kut Root
Part Used : Roots
Habitat : The plant is lies at an altitude of 2,600-3,600 m in the himalayan region and in kashmir and himachal pradesh.
Product offered : Roots
Uses : The roots are bitter, acrid, sweet, thermogenic, aromatic, deodorant, aphrodisiac, anodyne, carminative, digestive, stomachic, diaphoretic, stimulant, alternate, depurative, galatagogue, diuretic, disinfectant, antibacterial, antispasmodic, expectorant, febrifuge, skin stimulant and tonic.

Roots are useful in chronic and foul ulcers, cough, asthma, bronchitis, flatulence, cholera, leprosy, leucoderma, jaundice, liver problems, skin diseases, ringworm, diarrhea, dysentery, fever, hiccough, hysteria, cardiac disorder, gout, and general debility.

Aromatic roots are also used in obtaining essential oil, which is used in perfumeries, incenses, and in hair tonic. Oil from the root is very beneficial in the treatment of rheumatism. It is used in the treatment of swelling and fullness of the stomach.

Symplocos Racemosa

Botanical Name : Symplocos Racemosa
Family Name : Symplocaceae
Common Name : Symplocos Bark
Part Used : Bark
Habitat : It is found in the plains and lower hills of north and east india and in himalayas upto 1,400-m altitude.
Product offered : Bark
Uses : Bark is astringent, refrigerant, ophthalmic, expectorant, anti-inflammatory, hypothermic, astringent, depurative, febrifuge, haemostatic, stomachic and suppurative.

Bark is used to treat haemorrhage, acne and pimples, eye diseases, spongy and bleeding gums, leucorrhea, wounds, ulcers, tumors, leprosy, skin diseases, asthma, bronchitis, dropsy, arthritis, fever, menstrual disorders, liver diseases, menorrhagia, diarrhea, dysentery, and bowel complaints. A decoction of the bark or wood is used as a gargle for giving firmness to spongy and bleeding gums. It is one of the constituent of a plaster used to promote maturation of boils and other malignant growth.

Tylophora Indica ( T. Asthmatica)

Botanical Name : Tylophora Indica ( T. Asthmatica)
Family Name : Asclepiadaceae
Common Name : Emetic Swallow-wory, Indian Ipecac
Part Used : Leaves, Roots
Habitat : Throughout india, found in the plains, forests, hilly slopes and outskirts of the forest upto 900m.
Product offered : Roots
Uses : The leaves and roots have emetic, cathartic, laxative, expectorant, diaphoretic and purgative properties. It has also been used for the treatment of allergies, cold, dysentery, hay fever and arthritis. It has reputation as an alterative and as a blood purifier, often used in rheumatism and syphilitic rheumatism. Root or leaf powder is used in diarrhoea, dysentery and intermittent fever. Dried leaves are emetic diaphoretic and expectorant. It is regarded as one of the best indigenous substitute for ipecacuanha. The roots are suggested to be a good natural preservative of food.

It is traditionally used as a folk remedy in certain regions of India for the treatment of bronchial asthma , inflammation , bronchitis, allergies, rheumatism and dermatitis. It also seems to be a good remedy in traditional medicine as anti-psoriasis, seborrheic, anaphylactic, leucopenia and as an inhibitor of the Schultz-Dale reaction. The roots are suggested to be a good natural preservative of food.