herbal Burdock may have potential and positive effects on the treatment of chronic coughing, according to studies.
The antitussive effect is a cough-suppressive activity with the use of substances, including herb, medication.
Coughing is a natural defense of the human body by expelling mucus, microbes, and foreign particles from the respiratory tract, therefore protecting the lungs from infection and inflammation.
A chronic cough that lasts longer than a few weeks can be a result of a wide range of diseases from hay fever, common cold to bronchitis to pneumonia.
Burdock is plant in the group of biennial thistles, genus Arctium,belonging to the family Asteraceae, native to the Euro.
The herbal plant has been used over thousands of years in China and other traditional herbal medicine as a diuretic, diaphoretic, and a blood purifying agent and to treat wounds and infections stomach ulcers and other digestive problems.
The herb contains carbonated water, sugar,, manloid colorings, phosphoric acid, citric acid and a good amount of dietary fiber, calcium, potassium, and amino acids and chemicals compounds of guaianolide, arctinone, arctinal, methyl arctate，11-tridecadien-3，5，7，9-tetraynde-hydrocostus lactone，dehydrodihydrocostus lactone, 3-octenoic acid, 3-hexenoic acid etc.
With an aim to find a natural remedy for the treatment of coughing researchers investigated polysaccharide isolated from herbal Burdock influence on the experimentally induced cough.
The purified and/or modified polysaccharides from the flowers and plants exhibited statistically significant cough-suppressing activity higher than that of the non-narcotic drug used in clinical practice to treat coughing.
Futhermore, in cat study to the examine the effect of a low-molecular-weight fructofuranan of the inulin-type isolated from the herb, researchers found that the fructan was found to be equally active as some non-narcotic, synthetic preparations used in clinical practice to treat coughing.
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(1) The antitussive activity of polysaccharides from Althaea officinalis l., var. Robusta, Arctium lappa L., var. Herkules, and Prunus persica L., Batsch by Sutovska M, Nosalova G, Franova S, Kardosova A.(PubMed)
(2) A biologically active fructan from the roots of Arctium lappa L., var. Herkules. by Kardosová A, Ebringerová A, Alföldi J, Nosál'ová G, Franová S, Hríbalová V.(PubMed)
(3) Chronic cough in young adults in relation to smoking habits, childhood environment and chest illness by Kiernan KE, Colley JR, Douglas JW, Reid DD. (PubMed)