An Effective Herbal Remedy for Asthma -Khella

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Khella is an effective remedy to get relief from asthma. This amazing herb has an antispasmodic effect on the bronchi and is thus an effective asthma remedy, particularly as a preventive. It treats asthma by widening of blood vessels, and soothing muscle

Khella is an effective remedy to get relief from asthma. This amazing herb has an antispasmodic effect on the bronchi and is thus an effective asthma remedy, particularly as a preventive. It treats asthma by widening of blood vessels, and soothing muscle spasms of the bronchial airways. Asthma attack is a sudden worsening of asthma symptoms caused by the tightening of muscles around airways (bronchospasm). Khella offers both antispasmodic and vasodilator properties to get relief from asthma. 

Antispasmodic means 'smooth muscle contraction' and vasodilatation refers to widening of blood vessels resulting from relaxation of smooth muscle cells within the vessel walls.

Khella comes from the fruit of a common plant known as Bishop’s weed. It has been used for a variety of conditions for thousands of years. It was known in ancient Egypt as a treatment for kidney stones, a condition for which it is still in use today. During the 1950′s, research into khella’s usefulness as an asthma treatment led to the creation of a number of asthma medications. Two chemicals found in khella, khellin and visnagin, ease spasms in the bronchial passages. Khella can relieve symptoms and has no side effects for as long as six hours. Although some have had success preventing acute asthma attacks by taking khella in the form of an alcohol tincture.

Khella or Ammi visnaga is a species of flowering plant in the carrot family known by many common names, including bisnaga, toothpick weed, and khella. It is native to Europe, Asia, and North Africa, but it can be found throughout the world as an introduced species. This is an annual or biennial herb growing from a taproot erect to a maximum height near 80 centimeters. Leaves are up to 20 centimeters long and generally oval to triangular in shape but dissected into many small linear to lance-shaped segments.

How Khella helps treating asthma?

Khella works as a spasmolytic and vasodilator agent who makes it an effective remedy to get relief from asthma, bronchitis, cough, and whooping cough.

Khella works well with other natural asthma treatments, so the effects of others can be added on top.

Khella contains substances that seem to relax and widen blood vessels; decrease heart contraction; open up the lungs; increase “good cholesterol” (HDL, high-density lipoprotein); and fight bacteria, viruses, and fungi.

Khella improves blood supply to the myocardium and makes myocardial metabolism more efficient. The antispasmodic activity may be partially due to the calcium antagonist effect. Khella is used to treat mild forms of angina, mild obstructive pulmonary disease and as an antispasmodic for cases of acute urinary tract stones and for interstitial cystitis.


Health benefits of Khella:

  • Khella is also used for diseases of the heart and blood vessels (cardiovascular disorders) including high blood pressure, irregular heartbeat (arrhythmias), congestive heart failure (CHF), and chest pain (angina), “hardening of the arteries” (atherosclerosis), and high cholesterol.
  • Other uses include treatment of diabetes, colic and abdominal cramps, liver and gallbladder disorders, kidney stones, and fluid retention.
  • Women use Khella for menstrual pain and premenstrual syndrome (PMS).
  • Some people apply khellin taken from khella directly to the skin and then expose the area to light to treat skin problems such as vitiligopsoriasis, and patchy hair loss (alopecia areata).
  • Kidney stones: Khella’s ability to relax and dilate vessels can help the body pass kidney stones, the condition for which it was first used thousands of years ago.
  • Khella heightens the skin’s sensitivity to sunlight, which helps to darken areas bleached by vitiligo.
  • Khella’s antispasmodic and dilatory capabilities can ease and prevent the misery of gall bladder attacks.
  • External use reduces inflammation, heals wounds and relieves pain associated with poisonous bites
  • Khella herb can be taken in pill or capsule form, two to three times daily with water. 
  • It can be used as a tincture, tablet, or tea for ingestion, and can also be found as an essential oil. For use as an asthma preventative, either the tincture or tablet form is best. Tea is also good, but less is ingested.


  • If used according to directions, khella very rarely produces unwanted effects. It contains blood thinning agents, so should be considered contraindicated in anyone with bleeding risks.
  • Khella should be considered asthma preventive herb. Khella is not for use in asthma attacks. Though not recommended for use during asthma attack, using Khella daily as recommended can go far with preventing or minimizing acute attacks. This will at least minimize or diminish the use of asthma pharmaceuticals for acute attacks. You may use Lobelia for fast relief during acute attacks of asthma.
  • Long term use at high doses can lead to liver problems, so never take more than the recommended dose.
  • Exercise care with sun exposure. Khella increases the skin’s sensitivity to sunlight.
  • Khella’s safety during pregnancy has not been established.


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