9 Simple & Natural Ways To Detox Your Body

9 Simple & Natural Ways To Detox Your Body
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Here is our tutorial video on simple body detoxification tips! Below the video is the transcript, to make your note-taking easier 🙂

What is detoxification?

Detoxification (detox for short) is the physiological or medicinal removal of toxic substances from the body.

It is mainly carried out by the liver… but the skin also plays a key role in detoxification!

Health Benefits Of Detox:
– Boosts your energy
– Rids the body of any excess waste
– Improved skin
– Assists weight loss
– Better overall health
– Improved immune response
– Clearer Thinking
– Healthier Hair
– Lighter feeling
– Anti-aging benefits
– Improved sense of wellbeing

#1 – Make These Simple Dietary Swaps For Natural Detoxification

Instead of Coffee (Produces a “false” sense of energy)
Try Water (Assists the body to remove toxins)

Instead of Soft drinks / Alcohol (They disturb the balance of the body)
Try Fruit & Vegetable Juice (Great source of vitamins, minerals and micronutrients)

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Instead of Sugar (Linked to numerous diseases)
Try Brown Rice Syrup (Lowest GI (glycemic index) and healthiest sweetener)

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Instead of Refined Salt (Increases blood pressure and clogs arteries)
Try Sea Vegetables (Highest source of calcium and minerals)

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Instead of Meat (Difficult to digest and has many saturated fats)
Whole Grains (Perfect dietary compliment to produce nutritional balanced food)

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Instead of Dairy Products
(Excessive source of saturated fat)
Almond/Rice Milk
(Easier to digest)

#2 – Drink “Detox Water” – especially as soon as you wake up!

How To Make An Amazing Detox Water

Ingredients:
2 lemons
1/2 cucumber
10-12 mint leaves
3 quarts water

Method:
1. Wash all produce carefully. Slice cucumber and lemons. Place in the bottom of the pitcher with mint leaves. Add water.
2. Chill overnight or for at least 8 hours.

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Chill Time: Overnight or 8 hours
Yields: 10-12 glasses
Great first thing in the morning or during a spa session!

#3 – Try Skin Brushing

Skin brushing… supports the skin in performing its natural detox function.

It stimulates the lymph, exoliates the skin, opens pores and draws blood to the surface.

Skin brushes – such as the one shown – have natural bristles and are available for a few dollars.

Tips:

When kin brushing, brush “towards the heart” – up the arms and legs rather than down.

Use clockwise circular motions on the stomach (up the right and down the left – this is in the direction of digestion).

Avoid the face.

Pro Tip: Try skin brushing before a sauna.
– these two work very well in combination.

Don’t forget to stay hydrated!

#4 – Eat Cilantro (aka Coriander)

Did You Know?

Cilantro (aka. coriander, Coriandrum sativum) has been found by scientific research to increase elimination of highly toxic mercury from the body?

A groundbreaking study conducted at the Heart Disease Research Foundation, New York, USA in the mid to late 1990s discovered this remarkable effect of cilantro.

It’s often advised to do a gently kidney cleanse first to help heavy metals be eliminated, rather than just “mobilized”…

Seagreens, alpha lipoic acid and modified citrus pectin are often included in this protocol to assist with elimination.

Start gently and stay hydrated (lemon water is good!)

#5 – Include more of these foods in your diet to help your vital organs detox:

BLOOD DETOX:

Cayenne Pepper
Red Grapes
Wheatgrass
Moringa
Garlic
Leafy Greens
Kale
Beans
Oregano
Coconut Water

LYMPH DETOX:

Sea Vegetables
Carrots
Guava
Lettuce
Asparagus
Strawberries
Lemon Water
Fruits and Vegetables Juices

LIVER DETOX:

Milk Thistle
Bitter Gourd
Leafy Greens
Grapefruit
Barley Grass
Avocado
Lemon
Spinach
Walnuts
Arugula
Apples
Garlic

GALLBLADDER DETOX:

Cucumber
Lentils
Tomatoes
Watermelon
Beans
Avocado
Whole Grains
Beets
Legumes
Garlic & Onion
Okra
Sweet Potato

PANCREAS DETOX:

Spinach
Cabbage
Cherries
Broccoli
Red Reishi Mushroom
Sweet Potatoes
Blueberries

KIDNEY DETOX:

Cranberries
Dandelion Greens
Tomatoes
Turmeric
Cauliflower
Red Bell Pepper
Onion
Cabbage
Raspberries
Olive Oil

INTESTINES DETOX:

Flax seed
Pineapple
Cherimoya
Artichokes
Eggplant
Dragonfruit
Papaya
Chili Pepper
Lentils

#6 – Try this Ultimate Detox Bath

Ultimate DIY Detox Bath

Ingredients:

1 handful of Epsom Salts
1/2 cup of baking soda
10 drops of your fav essential oils

Directions:

• Add all the ingredients while the bath is running.

• Don’t forget to light candles to create an ultra-relaxing atmosphere!

• Bring your detox water and stay hydrated!

More Tips:

• Massaging yourself (or your tub partner!) can help with circulation and lymphatic drainage.

• Try cucumber slices on the eyelids to rejuvenate your eyes “spa style”.

• Have a detox bath once a week!

Safety Note – be extra careful when getting in and out of the bath as essential oils can make the bath and bathroom floor more slippery.

#7 – Sleep Well!

(stay with us – 2 more important tips to come after this…)

SLEEP WELL! Deep sleep is when your body goes into “full detox mode” and performs restorative processes…

So do everything you can to ensure your sleep is deep and restful…

… including turing off devices earlier – because blue light form device screen stimulates “daytime hormones” and keeps the brain awake!

#8 – Liposomal Glutathione

(- now we are getting serious! Ready?)

Liposomal Glutathione

Investigate this supplement!

Glutathione has been nicknamed “The Master Antioxidant”.
It plays a key role in detoxification processes in the liver.

Many people report a greatly increased sense of wellbeing
after taking glutathione.

However in its natural state it is not easily absorbed via digestion.

Glutathione IV (intravenous) is sometimes seen in health clinics.

However this is of course not ideally suited to home use!

Another simple option for supplementation is Liposomal Glutathione.

This is a form that is more readily absorbed.

Take with food – this will also assist with absorption!

Start slow: If you are highly toxic, you might get a “detox reaction” after taking a full capsule.

Begin with a small amount (1/4 or 1/2 capsule) and see how you get along.

You might notice a stronger / worse smell than normal from your urine or excretion the next day.

This would indicate that the glutathione is doing its job and getting the nasty stuff out!

Note that glutathione should not be taken on an ongoing / daily basis (unless medically advised). This is because continual supplementation may affect the body’s systems that make it, causing them to slow down.

Pls note – as with everything we publish – none of the above is medical advice or a recommendation for self-diagnosis or self-treatment.

#9 – and finally… Get lots of fresh air!

In our quest for energy efficiency,
modern homes are more “airtight” than ever before.

While this might be good for saving on energy bills,
there is a SERIOUS health consequence…

Our homes are full of manufactured products
that gradually but continually “off gas”
a cocktail of chemicals…

– some of which are super toxic!

For example formaldehyde, a known carcinogen, is emitted by plywood, memory foam and countless other consumer goods.

Add in artificial fragrances (many of which are toxic), paint fumes, PVC, chlorinated water, cleaning products…

And yes, you are breathing all of this continually!

Not good! In fact, the situation has gotten so serious that indoor air quality has been rated by the EPA as one of the top 5 health risks to the public!!!

So our final tip for detox is…

get some fresh air!

Open windows if possible…

Get some FOREST TIME if you can…

you could even take in a MOUNTAIN or two…

Let’s detoxify! <3

Live well, healthy and long… HH&H

Music by Alcyone Blackfeather

34 Anticancer Foods

Top 34 Anticancer Foods
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Introduction

(Note – this list originally appeared as part of the Anticancer Herbs page on this site – but due to the significant size of the page, we decided to divide them into two pages, one for “herbs” and one for “foods”. Please see the introduction to that page for an explanation of the goal of these pages and help with the technical terms used. Also, note that spices such as turmeric appear on the “herbs” page. )

Please note – the purpose of this page is not to attempt to persuade you that “these foods will cure you of cancer“. We are not making any medicinal claims here! It is important to understand this. The foods listed here have been indicated by various researches to have some preventative / protective or direct cytotoxic effect against cancer cells, often in in vitro lab tests – however some have in vivo study refs and even human studies.

However there is a lot more work to do by our good people of science before these can in general be considered “proven” to counteract cancer in humans – though these are most definitely some healthy foods and widely considered beneficial to health!

The purpose of this page is simply to present as much information as possible on the subject, in order that the person interested in the possibility of anti-cancer foods may be assisted in “doing their homework”. See this page as a “starting point” for research or investigation. I’ve cited all references that I have found. A disclaimer is written in the small print at the foot of this page in greater detail, but it is expedient to repeat it: This page is not medical advice, nor is it intended to substitute for professional medical consultation.

List of claimed Anticancer Foods / active components

Avocado

Studies have found antiproliferative and apoptosis effects of avocado on oral, prostate and other cancer cells. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed?term=avocado%20cancer

Food source Anthocyanin content
(mg per 100g)
Purple Corn 1,642
Chokeberry 1,480
Red Grape 888
Eggplant 750
Black Raspberry 589
Wild Blueberry 558
Raspberry 365
Cherry 350-400
Açaí Berry 320
Marion Blackberry 317
Blackcurrant 190-270
Redcurrant 80-420
Orange ~200
Red wine 24-35

Anthocyanins (Berries, currants, eggplant, orange, red grapes, red wine, purple corn & more)

Anthocyanins are molecules belonging to the flavonoid class, and are pigments appearing red, purple or blue. These substances are found in plant tissues, particularly in red, blue, purple or black fruits. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anthocyanin Berries such as blueberry, bilberry, cranberry, elderberry, raspberry and strawberry are anthocyanin rich and have been found by researchers to have anti-carcinogenic effects: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/14972022

Black raspberries have been shown to inhibit promotion and progression of tumor cells –
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anthocyanin#Research These studies have now reached the human trial stages – http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17574861http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16800781

Much research has bene done in this field – list of papers here – http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed?term=cancer%20anthocyanins

To the right is a list of some of the foods with the highest anthocyanin content: (sourced from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anthocyanin)

Beta-Carotene (sweet potatoes, carrots, cantaloupe, pumpkins, butternut / other winter squash, spinach, broccoli, pink grapefruit, mango, papaya and more).

Although named after carrots, beta-carotene also occurs in a number of other fruits and vegetables. It is a red-orange pigment and is the substance that colors the carrots orange. Beta-carotene is a precursor to vitamin A in the body. Source – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beta-Carotene

Beta-carotene is reported to have cancer preventative and tumor necrosis properties. Source – http://www.askdrsears.com/topics/family-nutrition/anticancer/12-dietary-changes-will-lower-your-cancer-risk Studies have shown that carotenoids possess the capacity for scavenging of DNA-damaging free radicals, suppression of angiogenesis, inhibition of cell proliferation and apoptosis induction. Source – http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21466428 Much more here – http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed?term=%22beta%20carotene%22%20cancer

Note – excessive consumption of Beta-carotene, particularly associated with supplementation / use as a food coloring, has possible adverse health effects and excess beta-carotene, once stored in the liver, cannot be converted by the body to vitamin A. In particular, excessive beta-carotene is linked to increased lung cancer risk in smokers. Source – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beta-Carotene

Coffee

Some good news for coffee drinkers – in a 2011 study, caffeic acid, found in not only coffee but also olive oil and some fruits and vegetables, has been discovered to have a “potent anticancer effect” on the HT-1080 human fibrosarcoma cell line. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21116690

Cruciferous vegetables (i.e. Broccoli, cabbage, brussels sprouts etc)

The cruciferous vegetables are vegetables of the Brassicaceae family. The family includes Broccoli, cabbage, brussels sprouts, bok choi, cauliflower, chinese cabbage, arugula, kale and others. Source – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cruciferous_vegetables

Lots of recent scientific research, some from prestigious labs, much very recent, supporting anticancer properties of various cruciferous vegetables. Sulforaphane, found in cruciferous vegetables, has been found to suppress proliferation of KPL-1 human breast cancer cells and induce apoptosis:
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21617865
Lists of studies here – http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed?term=broccoli%20cancer
and here – http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed?term=cruciferous%20cancer

In other research, consumption of cruciferous vegetables has been associated with reduced cardiovascular disease. Source – http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21593509

Fish

Fish containing eicosapentaenoic acid have correlated with reduced cancer risk. This effect has been found to be increased in combination with lycopene (see tomatoes). http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18708285

Flax

Numerous scientific studies showing encouraging results for lignans extracted from flaxseed oil, particularly with breast cancer cells. Studies here – http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed?term=flax%20cancer
Interestingly, flaxseed oil was found to enhance the tumor-reducing effects of Trastuzumab, an anticancer drug, in a 2010 study from te University of Toronto. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20580760

Garlic (Allium sativum)

Numerous scientific papers, many recent, report positively on investigation into anticancer effects of garlic and extracted compounds. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed?term=garlic%20cancer

Grapeseed

In a study of 35,239 male residents of Washington state aged 50-76, use of grapeseed supplements was associated with a 41% reduced risk of prostate cancer. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21598177

Lots of encouraging research around grapeseed in the cancer prevention arena – more here http://www.naturalnews.com/033754_grape_seed_extract_cancer_prevention.html

Mushrooms

Certain mushrooms contain polysaccharides which are reported to be beneficial in strengthening the immune system. Other compounds in mushrooms are also thought to have anticancer effects. Mushrooms reported as anticancer include:
Phellinus rimosus, Ganoderma oregonense (“Lacquer Fungus”), Coprinopsis cinerea, Tricholomopsis rutilans (“Plums and Custard”), Coprinellus disseminatus (“Crumble Cap”) source for the above – http://healing-mushrooms.net/archives/phellinus-rimosus-berk-pilat.html, Shiitake, maitake, reishi (Ganoderma lucidum), Agaricus blazei Murill, and Coriolus versicolor. Source – http://www.cancure.org/cancer_fighting_foods.htm

More research here – http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed?term=mushroom%20anticancer

Important note – mushrooms should only be wild harvested by true experts who can identify toxic species accurately!

Olives / Olive oil

Part of the “mediterranean diet”, olive oil has been associated with a lower incidence of colorectal cancer. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17999988 Several substances in olive oil may contribute to its anticancer effects – http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18069902

Several other studies – http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed?term=%22olive%20oil%22%20anticancer

Oranges and Lemons

Oranges an lemons contain limonene which is reported to stimulate cancer killing immune cells. Source – http://www.cancure.org/cancer_fighting_foods.htm

Papaya

Papaya extract found to have antiproliferative effect on breast cancer cell line MCF-7: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19468947

Seaweed

Substances such as polysaccharides / phlorotannins from some seaweeds have been found to have anticancer properties. Studies here –

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20803523 – Ecklonia cava Kjellman
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19735177 – Hizikia fusiforme
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18651721 – Champia feldmannii
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18004241 – Fucoidan (polysaccharide found in brown seaweed) – also see http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/2476696
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/4069551Undaria pinnantifida

Soy

Although some consider soy controversial, it has been claimed that Japanese women whose diets contain much soy are four times less likely to die of breast cancer than American women. Even among the Japanese, those who eat the most soy get the least cancer. Source – http://www.askdrsears.com/topics/family-nutrition/anticancer/12-dietary-changes-will-lower-your-cancer-risk The article referenced also suggests to eat more whole-soy products and not to rely on processed soy products such as soy burgers, soy sauce, and soy beverages.

Soy contains isoflavones and these have been found to induce apoptosis (cell death) in cancer cells in lab tests. Much research here – http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed?term=soy%20anticancer

The isoflavone in soy that is reported to have the greatest anticancer properties is genistein. Soy flakes, soy nuts, soy flour and roasted soybeans have the highest content of genistein, with soy milk, soy burgers and tofu having the least. Source – http://www.askdrsears.com/topics/family-nutrition/anticancer/12-dietary-changes-will-lower-your-cancer-risk

Tapioca (Cassava)

Not tapioca itself, but the plant from which it is made, was the subject of some interesting research which I thought worthy of mention.
Genetic material from the plant was used to create a treatment that killed a brain tumor in vivo: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/health/317467.stm

Tea (Camellia sinensis)

Tea contains Polyphenols, which have been the focus of much interest from anticancer research studies. Green, black, white and other teas are all made from the plant Camellia sinensis, but are created by different post-harvest processes and have widely differing polyphenol content. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21538852
Enzymatic oxidation causes the tea to darken. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tea

Catechins found in green teahave been found to ” possess remarkable therapeutic potential against various types of human cancer cells in vitro and in vivo models”. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21725973 Much research has been done in this field – 1,470 search results on Pubmed – http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed?term=%22green%20tea%22%20cancer

Much of the cancer research on tea has focused on green tea; however black tea has been much researched and shown promise – http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed?term=%22black%20tea%22%20cancer Also a few interesting papers have appeared on white tea – such as http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17571968 .

Tomatoes

Lycopene, a substance found in tomatoes, is considered an antioxidant. It has also been found to have some anticancer activity. A number of papers on this – http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed?term=lycopene%20anticancer Interestingly, it is reported that oils must be consumed with the tomato for proper absorption. This has been seen as a vindication of the “mediterranean diet” – itself a subject of anticancer research. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15482626

Wu Xing Soup

Something of an obscure one, this. As far as I can ascertain, Wu Xing Soup (difficult to find information on it) means “five flavors” soup. Wuxing / Wu Xing is the Chinese name for the Taoist system of five elements (wood, fire, earth, metal, water) – but is also the name for a region, so I am not sure of the connotation. According to http://www.dictall.com/indu/064/0633511167E.htm Wuxing soup is “made of burdock, white radish, carrot, dry mushroom and the leaves of white radish“, and has a legend of antitumor effect in folk medicine.

What I did manage to find, however, was that it has been the subject of research for anticancer properties. I found two papers reporting on anticancer properties of Wuxing soup – and these are listed below:

“The anti-tumour effect of Wuxing soup and its mechanism in inducing apoptosis of tumour cells mediated by calcium”
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19180961

“The anti-tumour effect of Wuxing soup and its effect on the immunity of melanoma mice”http://medicine-hygiene.idnwhois.org/download.php?aid=83211

(more soon). See also Anticancer Herbs

10 Herbs For Asthma

Top 10 Herbs for Asthma
Top 10 Herbs For Asthma
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Perhaps one of the most terrifying experiences to undergo is to gasp for oxygen. Struggling to breathe can be horrifying for someone who is having an asthma attack. Consequently, you attempt to do all things possible like continuously coughing or wheezing as a way to obtain more air.

Such is the reason why asthma can be a life threatening respiratory condition. When asthma suddenly attacks, your airway muscles constrict and mucus membranes produce excess mucus, blocking your breathing. [1] Allergens like dust, spores, mites and animal hairs could trigger asthma. But so can cold air, infection and even stress. [2]

Way before inhalers, tablets and other pharmaceutical medications were developed, people relied on herbs to alleviate the symptoms of asthma. Herbal medicines may be able to help prevent it, reduce the severity of the disease, as well as control its symptoms. Though herbal medicine is regarded as a form of alternative medicine, more and more medical practitioners are now recognizing the benefits that can be offered by using herbs.

There are a number of benefits that can be attained by using herbs for asthma. One of the main benefits that can be attained by using this form of medicine is that herbs can help strengthen your immune system. As opposed to most pharmaceutical asthma medicines, herbs are abundant in minerals and vitamins that not only prevent asthma attacks, but also boost your immune system. With herbal medicine, you are fortifying your body’s ability to fight off against pathogens that cause asthma and other medical ailments.

Herbal medicines, as the name implies, are free from synthetic components, and are composed of natural ingredients. If you are suffering from asthma, and you are looking for a safer and a more natural way to manage it, make sure to consider these herbs:

10 Herbs For Asthma

German Chamomile (Matricaria recuita)

One of the best and most effective ways to prevent asthma attacks is to use German chamomile. German chamomile has antihistamine properties that help fight off allergic reactions and asthma attacks.[3] To get the best results from German chamomile, make sure to consume it at least twice a day.

Turmeric (Curcuma longa)

For centuries, Chinese have used turmeric to alleviate the symptoms of asthma. [4] Aside from alleviating the symptoms of asthma, turmeric can also be used to treat a wide variety of diseases like fever, cold, flu and many more. Turmeric has carminative, antibacterial, stimulant, astringent and antiseptic properties.

Hyssop (Hyssopus officinalis)

Studies have indicated that hyssop has anti-inflammatory properties on lung tissue and thus has potential as an asthma treatment. It also has antiseptic, antibacterial and antispasmodic properties, which may assist in reducing the distressing symptoms of asthma. In addition to that, hyssop is considered beneficial with other respiratory infections like bronchitis, phlegm, pleurisy and lung disorders. When using hyssop, however, make sure to use it for a short span of time since excessive usage of such herb can possibly lead to toxicity.

Licorice

Traditionally, licorice has been used to restore breathing and calm the air passageways. [5] Allergic asthma in particular has been found to be linked to pulmonary inflammation. Studies extracting the compounds present in licorice have discovered that they not only reduced this inflammation but also promote the necessary lung cell cultures to respond to antigen stimulation. [6] Licorice is a potent herbal remedy that should be moderately used to avoid unexpected side effects like headaches and hypertension. [7]

Coltsfoot (Tussilago farfara)

Medicinally used as a cough suppressant, [5] coltsfoot is also considered helpful for those recovering from asthma attacks. A study on 66 cases of asthmatics was conducted where 35 of which were given 15g of coltsfoot for 10 weeks. Results showed that even minimal airway obstruction present among sufferers in the convalescent stage can be reversed. This is crucial to prevent more severe conditions like emphysema. [8]

Grindelia

An expectorant herb, grindelia is also known as an effective anti-asthmatic herb. It is probably why it is included in the 1983 British Herbal Pharmacopoeia for bronchial asthma as well as an official part of the 1882-1926 United States Pharmacopoeia and the National Formulary from 1926-1960. Its dried leaves and flowering tops are often found in natural formulations for asthma. [5]

Gingko Biloba

For the most part, gingko biloba is used as a memory enhancer. However Gingko biloba is also considered a good antihistamine and has anti-inflammatory properties as well. Doctors have found that extracts of this ancient medicinal plant help prevent asthma attacks triggered by allergens and exercise. [1] They have found that appropriate dosage of gingko works by inhibiting the platelet activating factor (PAF) to reduce airway hypersensitivity of asthma sufferers. [7]

Butterbur

The Mayo Clinic reports that this native European perennial plant has a chemical known as petasin which inhibits the molecules involved in the airway inflammatory response during asthma attacks– histamine and leukotriene. [1] This leukotriene inhibiting property of butterbur extracts is responsible behind promising researches that suggest this herb to be an inhibitor of allergic disorders.
[9] Likewise, a 2004 study in Germany has discovered that when butterbur extracts were given to sufferers for at least 2 months, both incidence and severity of asthma attacks decreased by half and 80-90 percent respectively. [1]

Slippery Elm

Growing abundantly in North America, the bark of slippery elm is thought to be effective in dealing with different sorts of skin ailments. Though more scientific studies are yet to be conducted to confirm the effectiveness of slippery elm in helping people with asthma, preliminary studies conclude that slippery elm bark can really be useful. When taken as tea or capsule, slippery elm helps in preventing bronchial spasms which are normally associated with asthma. In fact, it is highly recommended to people diagnosed with respiratory conditions like bronchitis and cough. [10]

Garlic

You will be surprised to know that garlic, which is readily available in your kitchen, is actually considered an excellent remedy for asthma. Though often used as flavor enhancer in culinary, garlic has proved itself to be worthy in managing asthma. Research shows that this herb contains active compounds that may help cure and eliminate symptoms that are associated with many respiratory and cardiovascular disorders. Garlic is known to contain twice as much Vitamin C than tomatoes.

The Vitamin C content of garlic helps in neutralizing free radicals that contribute to the contraction of airway smooth muscles which only aggravate the condition of asthma sufferers.

Second, its Vitamin C content helps in breaking down histamine and in preventing the release of histamines out of the body. Histamine is one of the major contributors to allergic reactions and inflammation experienced by those diagnosed with asthma. Third, garlic helps in stimulating an increased production of prostacyclin, a compound that keeps the lung air passages open. This results to easy breathing in asthmatic patients. [11]

References:

[1] http://www.livestrong.com/article/362577-botanical-herbs-for-asthma/

[2] http://www.healthy.net/scr/article.aspx?Id=1266

[3] http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15277119

[4] http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/?term=turmeric+asthma

[5] http://www.herbal-supplement-resource.com/herbs-for-asthma.html

[6] Glycyrrhiza uralensis Flavonoids Present in Anti-Asthma Formula, ASHMI (TM) Inhibit Memory Th2 Responses in Vitro and in Vivo. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23165939

[7] http://www.holistic-guide.com/asthma-herbs

[8] Measurement of MEFV in 66 cases of asthma in the convalescent stage and after treatment with Chinese herbs. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/2611953

[9] Petasites extract Ze 339 (PET) inhibits allergen-induced Th2 responses, airway inflammation and airway hyperreactivity in mice. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19827027

[10] http://voices.yahoo.com/12-slippery-elm-benefits-uses-6007698.html?cat=68

[11] http://www.healwithfood.org/asthma/garlic-good-treatment.php

Article researched and created by Cathy Ongking and Elfe Cabanas,
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