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What did people do when they had an athsma attack during the ancient times?
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Dr. Steven Machtinger
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
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In brief: A very old disease
In 2735 bc, shen nong, the yellow emperor, wrote about ephedra (ma huang) for respiratory diseases.
Ephredrine, the drug purified from ephedra plants, was used to treat asthma until ~15 years ago. 100 years ago Atropine cigarettes were smoked to treat asthma. Atrovent (ipratropium) is a safer form of atropine. Theophylline, a caffeine relative, was in common use until 15 years ago. These drugs have side effects.

In brief: A very old disease
In 2735 bc, shen nong, the yellow emperor, wrote about ephedra (ma huang) for respiratory diseases.
Ephredrine, the drug purified from ephedra plants, was used to treat asthma until ~15 years ago. 100 years ago Atropine cigarettes were smoked to treat asthma. Atrovent (ipratropium) is a safer form of atropine. Theophylline, a caffeine relative, was in common use until 15 years ago. These drugs have side effects.
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