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Generic Name: licorice
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Saiboku-to is a Japanese herbal formula that is commonly used to treat asthma. Saiboku-to has been approved by the Japanese Health Ministry for the treatment of asthma. Saiboku-to has shown to decrease asthmatic inflammation in numerous trials as compared to placebo.
Saiboku-to contains bupleurum, hoelen, pinellia, magnolia, Asian ginseng, Asian skullcap, licorice, perilla, ginger and jujube. The combination of herbs is thought to have significant anti-inflammatory and anti-histamine effects.
Saiboku-to has been approved by the Japanese Health Ministry for the treatment of asthma. Saiboku-to has shown to decrease asthmatic inflammation in numerous trials as compared to placebo. One trial found that saiboku-to affected platelet-activating factor. The platelet-activating factor (PAF) is a chemical mediator responsible for allergic and inflammatory responses. This study showed that patients who took this herb had significant decreases in the asthmatic inflammation they had previously suffered from. This suggests a possible mechanism of action for the herb.
Taking saiboku-to and steroids together may increase the effects of steroids. This interaction was reported with the concurrent use of prednisolone and siaboku-to. Speak with a qualified healthcare provider before making any decision regarding herbal supplements.
This information has been edited and peer-reviewed by contributors to the Natural Standard Research Collaboration (www.naturalstandard.com).
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