Category Archives: Asthma

Magnesium work for asthma?

Q: Dear Dr. Mao, Does magnesium work for asthma? A: Magnesium is frequently mentioned as a treatment for asthma, but no good studies have shown that oral magnesium is helpful. Some evidence exists that intravenous and inhaled magnesium may offer some short-term benefit, but the relevance of these findings to taking magnesium supplements by mouth…

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Other supplements effectiveness with asthma?

Q: Dear Dr. Mao, What are the supplements and herbs out there purporting to be effective with asthma? Do any of these really work? A: The following natural treatments for asthma are widely recommended, but they have not been scientifically proven effective at this time: Supplementation with vitamin B12 and vitamin B6 is said to…

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Recommend Coleus forskohlii for asthma?

Q: Dear Dr. Mao, I have been hearing about Coleus forskohlii’s usefulness in treating asthma. Is it recommend for asthma? A: The herb Coleus forskohlii comes from India and is sometimes recommended to treat asthma. While there is some evidence that it might work, it cannot be given a wholehearted recommendation. As presently sold, the…

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Boswellia useful for asthma?

Q: Dear Dr. Mao, Is boswellia useful when taken for asthma? A: The herb boswellia has shown promise as a treatment for rheumatoid arthritis because it is thought to work by inhibiting inflammation. Since asthma involves inflammation as well and can be treated by some of the same drugs that treat rheumatoid arthritis, boswellia has…

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Asthma and tylophora?

Q: Dear Dr. Mao, What do you know about the tylophora’s effectiveness with asthma? A: The herb Tylophora indica (also called Tylophora asthmatica) appears to offer considerable promise as a treatment for asthma. It has a long history of use in the traditional Ayurvedic medicine of India. In a study of individuals with asthma, the…

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Natural treatments for asthma?

Q: Dear Dr. Mao, What are some natural treatments for asthma? A: Perhaps the most promising natural treatment for asthma is the herb tylophora. Another possibility is an herb more famous for rheumatoid arthritis, boswellia. The herb Coleus forskohlii may also be helpful, but it is really more like a drug than an herb. Vitamin…

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Asthma versus regular breathing problems?

Q: Dear Dr. Mao, What sets asthma apart from regular breathing problems? A: People who are having an asthma attack have real trouble taking a breath. Many people with stuffy noses from hay fever or colds say, “I can’t breathe,” but they retain the option of breathing through the mouth. Asthmatics, however, know what “I…

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Ma huang not safe?

Q: Dear Dr. Mao, Is ma huang really not safe to use? I have heard it can help asthma. A: The Chinese herb ma huang, also called ephedra, is effective for mild asthma, because it contains the drug ephedrine. However, it cannot be recommended for use because of safety concerns. Japanese chemists isolated ephedrine from…

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