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- This package contains:organic Arjuna bark and Makandi in 48 vegetarian capsules,
- a bag of datura and mullein leaves to smoke during an attack,
- a four-ounce jar of Chyvanprash--it is eaten like a jam, and
- instructions for a helpful breathing exercise.
Smoking Mix: Datura is known to be an intoxicant, containing emetic, relieving and digestive powers. The smoking of Datura is used as a management for Asthma. The celebrated French novelist, Marcel Proust, found relief from his asthma with it. Datura has an active anti asthmatic agent called atropine which causes the paralysis of the pulmonary parts of the lung. This eliminates the spasms that are responsible for causing asthma attack. The smoking of Datura has been practiced for thousands of years, as it is an Ayurvedic therapy along with the formulas and exercises included in this package.
Arjuna: The bark of the Arjuna tree contains nutrients such as calcium, magnesium, zinc, copper and aluminum. Arjunine, arjunetin and lactone are the important plant chemicals found in the bark of the Arjuna tree. This herb contains rich amounts of Co-enzyme Q-10, which is believed to enhance the health of the circulatory system. It has been used in Ayurveda for thousands of years to help people heal from asthma by stimulating circulation.
Makundi (coleus forskolii): Allergic inflammatory conditions such as asthma and eczema are often characterized by a decrease in cAMP levels in the bronchial smooth muscle and the skin, and by excessive levels of platelet-activating factor (PAF), which helps to regulate smooth muscle contraction and coronary blood flow. By stimulating the release and increasing intracellular levels of cAMP, forskolin aids in the relaxation of bronchial muscles and relief of respiratory symptoms associated with asthma attacks. In addition to stimulating the release of cAMP, forskolin also has been shown to inhibit PAF by interfering with PAF binding to receptor sites. Therefore, forskolin is thought to be useful in treating these allergic conditions. However, scientific evidence in this area has focused on the use of forskolin to treat asthma, while data is lacking in regard to eczema.
Some studies have even shown forskolin to be as effective as conventional medication in treating asthma and more effective than conventional medication in preventing asthma attacks. In a 1986 double-blind study, 12 healthy, non-smoking volunteers received either forskolin or the drug fenoterol through metered dose inhalers. Initially (after 3 to 5 minutes), the protective effect of forskolin against inhaled acetylcholine was as good as that produced by fenoterol; however, after 15 and 30 minutes of treatment, fenoterol provided stronger protection. (2) And in a 1993 randomized, double-blind, Placebo-controlled study also comparing forskolin to the drug fenoterol, 16 patients with asthma were observed for two hours after using three different preparations: single inhalation doses of fenoterol; 0.4 mg dry powder capsules of fenoterol; or 10 mg forskolin dry powder capsules. All three preparations caused significant improvement in respiratory function and bronchodilation. However, the fenoterol inhalation caused tremors and decreased blood potassium levels, while no such negative effects were seen with forskolin. (3) A 2006 randomized, single-blinded study indicated prophylactic use of forskolin may be beneficial in preventing asthma attacks, and may be more effective than prophylactic use of conventional medicine. In the study, 40 children and adult patients with mild or moderate persistent asthmas were assigned randomly to six months of treatment with 10 mg/day forskolin in oral capsules, or with two inhalations of sodium cromoglycate every eight hours three times a day. Only 8 out of 20 patients (40%) in the forskolin treatment group had asthma attacks during the treatment period, compared to 17 out of 20 patients (85%) in the conventional medication group. In this study, forskolin was more effective than sodium cromoglycate in preventing asthma attacks in patients with mild or moderate persistent asthma.
Chyawanprash: is particularly good for the lungs because it nourishes the mucous membranes and helps to keep the respiratory passages clean and clear. It was used in India for centuries to help people heal from severe lung problems such as tuberculosis.
Breathing exercises: will help to achieve healthy breathing through the nose. These exercises are very specific to those with asthma. Instructions are included in the package.
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