A Review of Indigenous Herbal Anti Allergic Drugs
Kalpana Patni and Gaurav Sinha
Journal Title:International Journal of Ayurveda and Pharmaceutical Chemistry
Allergy is one of the most common conditions that affect human population with diverse manifestations. Allergic diseases such as asthma, allergic rhinitis, atopic dermatitis and food allergy afflict up to 20% of the human population in most countries. The prevalence of allergic diseases like Asthma has risen during past 30 years despite an improvement in the general health of the population. The drugs used for allergy in modern medicine are antihistaminics, decongestants, mast cell stabilizer, anticholinergics, leukotriene receptor antagonists and corticosteroids. However, these medicines give only symptomatic relief and most of the time these are associated with untoward effects like sedation, dry mouth and immunosuppression. Ayurvedic herbs can provide the better alternative as a safe and effective management to the conventional therapy in various aspects. The antiallergic, bronchodilator, anti tussive, mucolytic, adaptogenic, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, immunomudulatory, and anxiolytic activities of the individual drugs have been clinically and experimentally proved by various scholars from time to time. This article reviews the anti-allergic properties of the commonly used medicinal plants.