Sunday, 13 January 2019

Herbal Burdock, the Anti-Chronic Cough Functional Remedy

By Kyle J. Norton

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.

Some chronic cough is associated with some underlying diseases, including asthma gastroesophageal reflux disease, chronic bronchitis, bronchiectasis.

 Some researchers suggested that long-term use of ACE inhibitors and smoking are 2 most common risk factors that have been found to associate with the onset of a chronic cough, epidemiologically.

Dr. Kiernan KE and colleagues in the examined the effect of smoking on the risk of a chronic cough, wrote, "The association of cough prevalence with current smoking habits and with lower respiratory tract illness in childhood found in the survey at age 20 was confirmed and in each instance appears to have increased in strength over the 5 years".

And, "The prevalence of a cough increased between the ages of 20 and 25 among those who smoked throughout or who started to smoke during this period".

These results strongly suggested if you expose your children with second-hand smoke and start to smoke at age of 20, you are at a higher risk to have a chronic cough.

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.

However, compared to the polysaccharide from marshmallow, the cough-suppressing activity of herbal Burdock was lower in the treatment of an acute cough.

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.

And, in mitogenic and comitogenic tests, the fructans biological response was comparable to that of the commercial Zymosan immunomodulator.

The finding clearly indicated herbal Burdock processes an antitussive effect similar to or better than that of commercial and over the counter medicine for the treatment of a cough.

Taken altogether, herbal Burdock may be considered a functional remedy for the prevention and treatment of cough with no side effects.

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Author Biography
Kyle J. Norton (Scholar, Master of Nutrition, All right reserved)

Health article writer and researcher; Over 10.000 articles and research papers have been written and published online, including worldwide health, ezine articles, article base, health blogs, self-growth, best before it's news, the karate GB daily, etc.,.
Named TOP 50 MEDICAL ESSAYS FOR ARTISTS & AUTHORS TO READ by Named 50 of the best health Tweeters Canada - Huffington Post
Nominated for shorty award over last 4 years
Some articles have been used as references in medical research, such as international journal Pharma and Bioscience, ISSN 0975-6299.

(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)

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