African Journal of Respiratory Medicine
Traditional Medicine for Respiratory Diseases: Time-Tested Remedies

Commentary - (2023) Volume 18, Issue 4

Rem Parry*
*Correspondence: Rem Parry, Department of Pulmonology, University of the Republic of San Marino, San Marino, Email:

Received: 01-Aug-2023, Manuscript No. ajrm-23-115617; Editor assigned: 03-Aug-2023, Pre QC No. ajrm-23-115617(PQ); Reviewed: 17-Aug-2023, QC No. ajrm-23-115617; Revised: 22-Aug-2023, Manuscript No. ajrm-23-115617(R); Published: 29-Aug-2023, DOI: 10.54931/1747-5597.23.18.94

Department of Pulmonology, University of the Republic of San Marino, San Marino


Respiratory diseases have been a significant health concern throughout human history. Traditional medicine, rooted in centuries-old practices, offers a rich repository of remedies for managing and treating various respiratory conditions. These time-tested approaches have provided relief and healing for generations. This article explores some of the traditional methods and herbs that have been employed effectively in treating respiratory ailments. Ayurveda, a system of medicine originating in ancient India, places great emphasis on maintaining a balance between the body, mind, and spirit. Ayurveda treatments have differed and developed over more than two millennia. Treatments incorporate natural prescriptions, extraordinary eating regimens, reflection, yoga, knead, diuretics, douches, and clinical oils. For respiratory diseases, Ayurvedic practitioners often recommend the use of herbs like Tulsi (holy basil), ginger, and turmeric. These herbs possess potent anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties, making them effective in managing conditions like bronchitis and asthma. TCM views the body as a dynamic system, where balance and harmony are key to good health. Acupuncture, a well-known component of TCM, has been used to address respiratory issues by stimulating specific points to improve lung function and clear congestion. Additionally, herbal remedies such as ephedra and astragalus have been used to fortify the respiratory system and boost immunity. Indigenous cultures in North America have a deep understanding of the medicinal properties of local plants. For instance, the use of pine needles, rich in vitamin C, was common for treating respiratory infections. Additionally, the steam from boiling yarrow, a plant with antimicrobial properties, was inhaled to alleviate congestion and ease breathing difficulties. Unani, a system of medicine that originated in ancient Greece and was further developed in the Islamic world, offers valuable insights into respiratory health. The use of herbs like liquorice root and black seed has been documented for their expectorant properties, helping to clear mucus and facilitate easier breathing. Aromatherapy, a practice rooted in using plant-derived essential oils, has gained recognition for its effectiveness in alleviating respiratory symptoms. Oils such as eucalyptus, peppermint, and tea tree are known for their decongestant properties. When inhaled or used in steam treatments, they can provide relief from nasal congestion and promote clearer airways.

Honey, a staple in traditional medicine, has been used for its antimicrobial properties. It is effective in soothing sore throats and coughs. Propolis, a resinous substance collected by bees, is rich in bioactive compounds that have been shown to boost immune function and provide relief from respiratory infections. Traditional medicine offers a wealth of knowledge and remedies for managing respiratory diseases. While modern medicine has made significant strides in treating these conditions, the wisdom of traditional practices remains invaluable. Integrating these time-tested approaches with modern medical treatments can provide holistic and comprehensive care for individuals suffering from respiratory ailments. It is important, however, to consult with qualified healthcare practitioners when considering any form of treatment, traditional or otherwise, to ensure safe and effective care. By honouring the legacy of traditional medicine, we can continue to benefit from the wisdom of our ancestors in the pursuit of optimal respiratory health.


The Authors are very thankful and honoured to publish this article in the respective Journal and are also very great full to the reviewers for their positive response to this article publication.

Conflict Of Interest

We have no conflict of interests to disclose and the manuscript has been read and approved by all named authors.

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