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Presented by: UT El Paso / Austin Cooperative Pharmacy Program & Paso del Norte Health Foundation

Herbs And Essential Oils Used To Treat Asthma

José O. Rivera, Pharm. D., 2016

Scientific name Common name(s) Part (s) used Form of use Comments
Agastache mexicana Toronjil Stems, leaves Tea Safety for use during pregnancy not established
Ammi visnaga Ammi, Khella, Bihop´s weed, Biznaga Leaves, fruits, and stems Tea, capsules, extracts Safety for use during pregnancy not established. Plant constituents have  anti-inflammatory and broncho-dilating effects
Coffea arabiga Coffee, Café Berries (beans) Beverage Contains methylxanthine compounds that have broncho-dilating effects
Datura spp. Jimsonweed, stramonium, moonflower, estramonio, toloache Whole plant Tea, leaves smoked Various species of Datura are toxic and hallucinogenic. Avoid use
Emblica officinalis Amla, Emblica, Indian Gooseberry, Grosella espinosa de la India The leaves, bark, flowers, fruit, and seeds Tea, capusles, syrups Safety for use during pregnancy not established. Leaves possess antioxidant and anti-inflammatory action
Eucalyptus spp. Ecualyptus, eucalipto Leaves Tea, syrups, essential oil Avoid ingesting essential oil.
 Foeniculum vulgare Fennel, Hinojo Stem and leaves Tea, syrups, essential oil Safety for use during pregnancy not established. Plant possesses antiseptic, antioxidant, and anti-inflammatory action
Ginkgo biloba Ginkgo, Maidenhair tree Leaves Tea, liquid extract, capsules Safety for use during pregnancy not established. Leaves possess antioxidant and anti-inflammatory action
Gnaphalium spp. Cudweed, Gordolobo Stems, leaves and flowers Tea, syrups Safety for use during pregnancy not established. Should not be ingested for long periods of time due to the presence of pyrrolizidine alkaloids that can be liver toxic and carcinogenic
Lippia dulcis Mexican lippia, Honey herb, Oregano de monte, Tzonpelic xihuitl Leaves and stems Tea, essential oil Safety for use during pregnancy not established
Lobelia inflata Lobelia, Indian tobacco Leaves Tea, extracts Safety for use during pregnancy not established. Avoid ingesting the plant in large doses, as it causes vomiting
Mentha pulegium Pennyroyal, poleo Leaves, stems, and flowers Tea, essential oil Avoid use during pregnancy. Essential oil should not be used internally, it is feto-toxic and liver toxic
Origanum spp. Oregano Leaves and stems Tea, essential oil Plant possesses antiseptic, antioxidant, and anti-inflammatory action. Use essential oil topically with caution. Essential oil should not be used internally unless under professional supervision
Talauma mexicana Yoloxóchitl Leaves and stems Tea Safety for use during pregnancy not established. Use for limited periods of time
Thea sinensis Green tea, Te´ Verde Leaves Tea, capsules, extracts Contains theophylline, a compound that has broncho-dilating effects
Theobroma cacao Cacao, Cocoa Beans Unsweetened beverage, extracts Contains theobromine, a compound that has broncho-dilating effects
Tussilago farfara Colt´s foot, Fárfara Leaves and flowers Tea, syrups Safety for use during pregnancy not established. Should not be ingested for long periods of time due to the presence of pyrrolizidine alkaloids that can be liver toxic and carcinogenic
Verbascum thapsus Mullein, Gordolobo Flowers Tea, syrups, capsules Safety for use during pregnancy not established. Use for limited periods of time

 

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