Unani drug found effective in bronchial asthma

asthmaNew Delhi, Nov. 28 (ANI) - A concoction of herbal drugs used in Unani Medicine has shown encouraging results in the treatment of chronic lung diseases, such as asthma.

The coded combination Asthma-5 has shown good response in chronic patients of bronchial asthma. In mild and moderate asthma the drug has shown significant symptomatic relief.

The drug took about 15 days to reach the optimum level, the study said. It was also noted that the maximum effect was seen after 90 days of treatment.

Asthma-5 was formulated from leaves of Adhotoda vasica Nees (Arusa), fruits of Piper longum (Filfil Daraz), roots of Picrorhiz kurroa (Kutakai), flowers of Hyossopus officinalis Linn. (Zufa) and seeds of Linum usitatissimum Linn. (Katan).

The study, sponsored by the Department of AYUSH, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, concluded that the drug can be used as adjuvant along with conventional drugs for asthma.

Dr. K C Singhal of Aligarh Muslim University's J.N Medical College, conducted the study on a total of 576 patients, of whom 276 completed the study.

Symptomatic improvement in the lungs function was reflected in 75 per cent of the patients.

Mild gastric and other reactions of the drug were reported in 18 per cent of the cases and most of them subsided on their own.

The study revealed that majority of the patients were of 'Balghami' (cold or phlegmatic) temperament (41 per cent), followed by 'Damvi' (sanguine or plethoric) (26 per cent), 'Safravi' (choleric or bilious) (20 per cent), and Saudavi (melancholic) (13 per cent).

source - ANI