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For Allergy and Asthma, Herbs Can Help and Harm

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  • In a study on rats, a formulation of herbal Chinese medicines called MTSD was just as effective as a more conventional steroid medication in the treatment of asthma.
  • Another Chinese medicine, ding-chan tang, showed some effect against asthma, but not as much as the other two treatments.
  • Researchers caution consumers about taking alternative medicines, including echinacea, because the substances may cause serious, even fatal, reactions.

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