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Camel milk could be helpful in asthma treatment

Asthma is one of the most problematic diseases that affect both adults and children with greatly diverse symptoms. Many things can trigger an attack in asthmatics.

Of particular note are inhalations of dust, especially when sweeping an enclosure, of smoke from frying or the burning of grass.

The symptoms of persons with asthma differ greatly in frequency and degree. Some have a mild cough and wheezing much of the time, punctuated by severely increased breathlessness following exposure to known allergens, viral infections, exercise, or non-specific irritants.

Children, in particular, may notice an itching sensation over the neck or upper chest as an early sign of an impending attack, and dry cough, particularly at night.

Traditionally, a number of herbs that is good for the respiratory organs are good for asthma. Now, scientists have also documented camel milk and leaves of Napoleon vogelii as helpful in asthma Napole on vogelii treatment.

Researchers tested the effectiveness in the treatment of asthma and cough in animals in the laboratory. At its different doses, it reduced the number of cough bouts and mucus production in the airway insignificantly in a dose-dependent fashion.

This study, which lends credence to the ethnomedicinal use of the leaves in asthma and cough, had evaluated its effect on coughing in guinea pigs and mice respectively. It also assessed for toxicity.

The doses of 200 mg/kg and 400 mg/kg significantly reduced the cough bouts by two-fold and three folds respectively when compared to the control (distilled water).

Its cough  calming effect at 400 mg/kg was higher than that achieved with the standard drug, dihydrocodeine.

The researchers said that Napoleona vogelii contain substances that have a bronchodilatory effect which helps to reduce the volume of mucus that may plug the airways in persons with asthma.

The 2019 study, published in the journal, Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy involved Adesola A. Adejayan, Raymond I. Ozolua, Dickson O. Uwaya and Gerald I. Eze at the University of Benin in collaboration with Adaobi C. Ezike at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka.

Cough is also, a respiratory disease that is caused by different factors, which sometimes co-exist with asthma. About 40 per cent of the persons with asthma reports cough. Oftentimes, drugs that help control cough re useful in asthma.

Napoleona vogelii is used in making wooden poles, wraps, chewing sticks and mats. The leaves are widely used in South-Eastern Nigeria for the treatment of stomach aches, diarrhoea and treatment of cough and asthma. Traditional healers often dry the leaves under the shade and prepare the extracts in alcohol.

Napoleona vogelii is called annum (Kanuri), ayin or orin-odan ainy (Yoruba), atara (Igbo) and kukunchi.

Previously, experts’ assessment of studies on the effectiveness of camel milk in lung inflammatory diseases said that camel milk could be helpful in the complementary treatment of asthma.

In the 2018 edition of Traditional Medicine Research, they had assessed all past studies on the effect of camel milk in lung inflammatory diseases.

According to them, “On the one hand, cow milk could lead to the occurrence of asthma. On the other hand, camel milk could be used to treat asthma via its effects of immunoregulation, antiinflammation and anti-oxygenation.”

Due to the natural nature of camel milk and its properties, and based on traditional properties of camel milk, it seems to be effective in asthma treatment, although this claim needs more extensive clinical studies in this field.

According to Persian medicine, the camel milk can remove the sticky phlegm in the respiratory airways prevent harmful substances from entering into the lungs and improve the airways stenosis.

Camel milk has some differences compared to other mammal’s milk. It contains low cholesterol and sugar and many minerals such as potassium, sodium, iron, copper, zinc and magnesium, as well as high levels of vitamin C, on the other hand, it has natural antioxidants.

Traditionally, this milk also could increase appetite and sexual desire. It was nutritious and had positive effects on skin beauty, teeth growth facilitating, maintaining the health of the elderly individuals, improving the liver and eye vision weakness and haemorrhoids.

Nonetheless, drinking camel milk may have complications like diarrhoea, and constipation.

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