Diseases of the Respiratory System

Herbs For Diseases Of The Respiratory System

Prescription For Bronchitis

Prescription For Feline Bronchial Asthma

Strategy

Treatment depends on the severity and concurrent conventional treatment. For example, if the patient is on steroids, consider hepatoprotection and immune support. Inhalant drugs (bronchodilators and steroids) may be necessary for some patients. Consider inhalation therapy of inhaled steam from herbal teas. Avoid stressing cats if administering herbs is difficult. Consider herbs that stabilize mast cells and the herbs for allergic bronchitis.

The following simple formula for feline asthma support is easy to give and well tolerated (use glycetract).

Marshmallow: Demulcent, vulnery, diuretic, antitussive; 1 part.

Give one-half to 1 ml per 10 pounds 2 to 3 times daily in food or diluted and by mouth.

Prescription For Sinusitis / Rhinitis

Strategy

Determine whether inhaled allergens are involved (boarding the patient in a different environment for a few days might improve the condition) and reduce exposure to inhaled allergens (such as dust mites). Consider environmental irritants such as cigarette smoke, dust, and pollution, and consider elimination diets. Inhalation therapy may be useful. Consider immune-stimulating herbs such as Echinacea and Astragalus and antiallergy herbs such as Albizzia and Baical skullcap. Nervines and adaptogens may be important if stress is a factor. Use anticatarrhal herbs such as Euprasia and Golden seal. Pain-relieving herbs might be helpful. Consider antimicrobial herbs. In chronic conditions consider alteratives and depuratives such as Poke root and Cleavers. In chronic rhinitis consider a T cell modulator such as Astragalus. For acute conditions, give more frequently and at higher doses.

Herbal allergic rhinitis support formula

Echinacea: Immunostimulant, antiinflammatory, vulnery, antimicrobial; 1 part.

Baical skullcap: Anti-inflammatory, antiallergy, antibacterial, bitter, mild sedative; 1 part.

Albizzia: Anti-allergic, antimicrobial; 1 part.

Eyebright: Anticatarrhal, astringent, anti-inflammatory; 2 parts.

For tinctures, give 1 ml per 10 pounds twice daily in food. For teas, give one-fourth cup per 10 pounds twice daily in food.

Herbal acute rhinitis / sinusitis support formula

Eyebright: Anticatarrhal, astringent, antiinflammatory; 2 parts.

Golden seal: Mucous membrane trophorestorative, antimicrobial; 1 part.

Echinacea: Immunostimulant, antiinflammatory, vulnery, antimicrobial; 1 part.

Golden rod: Anticatarrhal, antiinflammatory, antiseptic, carminative; 1 part.

For tinctures, give 1 ml per 10 pounds twice daily in food. For teas, give one-fourth cup per 10 pounds twice daily in food.

Herbal chronic rhinitis / sinusitis support formula

Astragalus: Immune enhancing, tonic, cardiotonic; 1 part.

Albizzia: Anti-allergic, antimicrobial; 1 part.

Golden seal: Mucous membrane trophorestorative, antimicrobial; 1 part.

Eyebright: Anticatarrhal, astringent, anti-inflammatory; 2 parts.

Poke root: Anticatarrhal, immune-enhancing, lymphatic, alterative: 1 / 20th (5%) of formula. Note: Poke root is potentially toxic; use in small percentage of formula.

For tinctures, give 1 ml per 10 pounds twice daily in food.