Traditional Research | Respiratory Calmpound

Reishi mushroom (G. lucidum, G. sinense)*

A powerful immune amphoteric and adaptogen. It reduces histamine production, decreasing allergic response especially to pollens. Reishi also calms the shen (mind), normalizes endocrine activity and strengthens liver function, all of which help to reduce many of the factors which contribute to asthma.

Ginkgo leaf (G. biloba)*

Known for its ability to increase cerebral and peripheral circulation. In addition to these activities, Ginkgo is a potent anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant and PAF antagonist.

Khella seed (Ammi visnaga)*

An ancient Egyptian medicinal plant. Rich in a chemical called Khellin, it acts as a powerful antispasmodic to the small bronchi. Its effects are long lasting and are useful in preventing asthma attacks, especially at night.

Lobelia herb in seed (Lobelia inflata)*

Used for thousands of years by Native Americans then later by Thomsonian and Eclectic physicians as a strong antispasmodic to the lungs, diaphragm, heart and musculo-skeletal system.

Licorice root (Glycerrhiza glabra)*

Has a long history of use as a food, flavor and medicine. It is an adaptogen, anti-viral, anti-inflammatory, immune amphoteric, expectorant, demulcent and anti-tussive. It reduces cough spasms and allergic response, especially to animal dander and dust mites, and harmonizes formulas such as this one, reducing possible irritation.


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Herbal Therapeutics Research Library, David Winston (RH) AHG

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*Disclaimer: The information on historical, ethnobotanical and phytotherapeutic uses of herbs and traditional formulas contained herein is based on the experience and research of the author. It is not intended as a substitute for consulting with your physician or other health care provider. Any attempt to diagnose and treat an illness should be done under the direction of a health care professional. The publisher and author are not responsible for any adverse effects or consequences resulting from the use of any of the information discussed. Should you have any questions concerning the appropriateness of any preparation mentioned, the author strongly suggests consulting a professional health care advisor.