Japanese researchers have found that traditional Chinese herbal remedy known as Kenpo, could relieve the symptoms of asthma in more than 200 people.North American experts allergists believe these preliminary findings are promising.Further research is needed before they can recommend an herbal treatment.Dr. Ёshiteru Shimoide, head of the International Clinic of Medicine in Kagoshima, Japan, presented the findings at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Allergology and Immunology (AAAI).
number of people with asthma is increasing.According to the Center for Prevention and Disease Control in the United States, 2009, one of 12 people suffering from asthma, compared with 2001, when the asthma suffered 1 out of 14 people."There is no cure for asthma, but most people can deal with the symptoms, reduce the severity of their disease, prevent asthma attacks, and correctly use their prescribed medications, such as steroid inhalers," - say the experts of the Center for Prevention and Disease Control, USA.
«There is something to strive for," - said Shimoide - "The fact that Kempo can help combat the symptoms of asthma, scientists have learned by chance, during testing it as a product of the allergic skin lesions known as atopic dermatitis."His team studied 278 people suffering from asthma symptoms daily.Of these, 52 participants received standard treatment (usually inhaled steroids and bronchodilators) and 226 were treated with herbs Kempo."In 94% of patients taking herbs Kempo symptoms have completely disappeared in 16 days", - said Shimoide.
On the other hand, about three-quarters of those taking standard medications for asthma are still suffering symptoms such as wheezing.Side effects need further study.Side effects of herbs Kempo in the study have not been studied.The main problem of this method of treatment is the quality of herbs.There were cases when poisonous plants fall into the herbal mixture, resulting in kidney damage.The mixture Kempo grasses typically contains in the form of an established formulas.Every herb in the composition is aimed at correcting certain imbalances in the body of the patient.The herbal mixture includes, in particular, the roots of Scutellaria, goldthread fruit gardenia Hoelen, cinnamon and liquorice (licorice root).
Asked to comment on the results, Peter Kretikos, MD, of Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, said - "This is an interesting observation that needs further study.""One of the problems in carrying out preliminary work was the fact that people know that they are taking herbal medicines," - said Kretikos."The fact is that if people are taking drugs or herbal medicines, they think that these drugs help in the treatment of disease and 40% of patients say that they have really helped," - explained Kretikos.
also warns that you can not self-medicate."As long as the safety of the herbal mixture is proven in further studies, people should take them only within the framework of clinical trials," - says Kretikos."However, the AAAI appeal evidence that herbal therapy has anti-inflammatory action, which also struggles with the main cause of asthma, as they support research in this area", - says William Silver, MD, former head of the Committee on Complementary and Alternativemedicine.
The results are presented at a medical conference.They should only be regarded as preliminary, because it does not have passed a peer review process where prior to publication in a medical journal independent experts scrutinize the data.