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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

Armando González-Stuart, Ph.D.; José O. Rivera, Pharm. D., 2017

Scientific name Common name(s) Part (s) used Form of use Comments
Agastache mexicana Mexican giant hyssop, 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 bronchial-dilating effects.
Astragalus membranaceus Chinese astragalus, Membranous milkvetch, Huang Qi, Astrágalo chino Root Tea, capsules, extracts Safety for use during pregnancy not established.
Coffea arabiga Coffee, Café Berries (beans) Beverage Contains methylxanthine (principally caffeine) compounds that have bronchial-dilating effects.
Datura spp. Datura, Jimsonweed, Stramonium, Moonflower, Thorn Apple, Estramonio, Toloache Whole plant Tea, leaves (smoked) Various species of Datura are toxic and hallucinogenic. Avoid use.
Echinacea purpurea Echinacea, Purple Echinacea, Equinácea Flowers Tea, capsules, extracts Safety for use during pregnancy not established.
Emblica officinalis Amla, Emblica, Indian Gooseberry, Grosella espinosa de la India The leaves, bark, flowers, fruit, and seeds Tea, capsules, syrups Safety for use during pregnancy not established. Leaves possess antioxidant and anti-inflammatory action.
Ephedra sinica Ma Huang, Chinese ephedra, Efedra china Stems Tea, capsules, syrups Contains ephedrine and pseudo-ephedrine, compounds that have bronchial-dilating effects. Safety for use during pregnancy not established.
Ephedra trifurca, E. nevadensis Mormon tea, Té mormón, Popotillo, Canutillo Stems Tea The American species of Ephedra do not contain ephedrine. Safety for use during pregnancy not established.
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, Orégano, Tzonpelic- xihuitl Leaves and stems Tea, essential oil Safety for use during pregnancy not established.
Lobelia inflata Lobelia, Indian tobacco, Ojo de víbora 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, as it is toxic to the fetus and the liver.
Origanum spp. Oregano, Orégano 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 bronchial-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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