Asthma, which condition causes difficulty in breathing, is one of the many health problems suffered by old and young during the changing season. While there are medical treatment to ease the case, there is no cure for asthma yet. However, a recent science news reveals hope for people suffering from asthma.
According to reports, researchers have extracted an active pharmaceutical substance with the cryptic name FR900359 from the leaves of coralberry – a common ornamental plant which could treat asthma effectively.
A recent study carried out by researchers at the University of Bonn in Germany and asthma specialists from the UK, found that the extracts when used in mice almost inhibited the characteristic contraction of the airways. And that FR900359 is effective at preventing bronchial muscles from contracting.
Pronounced contractions prevent adequate inhalation of air. The finding showed that the substance in the coralberry leaves relieves these life-threatening spasms and has a more prolonged action than the most common asthma drug – salbutamol.
Researchers, however, said that further tests would be required before its application in humans, and the tests could take several years.
The study was published in Science Translational Medicine.
Signs and Symptoms of Asthma
Coughing which worsens in the night or early morning
Sleeplessness due to constant coughing
Chest pain or congestion: A tight, heavy feeling in the chest
Difficult breathing: Shortness of breath or inability to breath properly. You may feel out of breath
Wheezing: Wheezing happens when you breathe. When you are unable to breath, you may gasp for air, causing a squeaky sound when you breathe
Visit a doctor if you suffer any of these signs and symptoms. Do not delay. Early detection can prevent you from fatal condition of this life-threatening health problem.