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Tylophora

Plant Part Used

Leaf

Introduction

Tylophora has been used traditionally for thousands of years in the Indian tradition of Ayurvedic medicine for lung and breathing problems.

Interactions and Depletions

Interactions

Dosage Info

Dosage Range

250-500mg (standardized extract), 1-3 times a day.

Most Common Dosage

250mg (standardized extract), 2 times a day.

Standardization

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The most current available medical and scientific literature indicates that this dietary supplement should be standardized to 0.1% tylophorine per dose.

Reported Uses

Studies suggest that tylophora plays a supportive role in the treatment and management of bronchial asthma. (1) , (2) , (3) Scientists think these effects are brought about by tylophora’s ability to suppress the immune responses that can trigger asthma.

These benefits may carry over to additional support of such respiratory allergies as hay fever. While research indicates that tylophora suppresses the unnecessary immune responses that can lead to respiratory allergy, it may actually boost other types of immunity. (4)

Toxicities & Precautions

Introduction

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General

This dietary supplement is considered safe when used in accordance with proper dosing guidelines. (5)

Do not treat asthma or other serious breathing problems without the advice of a doctor.

Side Effects

Side effects are possible with any dietary supplement. This dietary supplement may cause nausea and vomiting if very large doses are taken. Tell your doctor if these side effects become severe or do not go away.

Pregnancy/ Breast Feeding

To date, the medical literature has not reported any adverse effects related to fetal development during pregnancy or to infants who are breast-fed. Yet little is known about the use of this dietary supplement while pregnant or breast-feeding. Therefore, it is recommended that you inform your healthcare practitioner of any dietary supplements you are using while pregnant or breast-feeding.

Age Limitations

To date, the medical literature has not reported any adverse effects specifically related to the use of this dietary supplement in children. Since young children may have undiagnosed allergies or medical conditions, this dietary supplement should not be used in children under 10 years of age unless recommended by a physician.

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References

  1. Gupta S, et al. Tylophora Indica in Bronchial Asthma--A Double Blind Study. Indian J Med Res. 1979;69:981-89.
  2. Gore KV, et al. Physiological Studies With Tylophora Asthmatica in Bronchial Asthma. Indian J Med Res. 1980;71:144-48.
  3. Shivpuri DN, et al. Treatment of Asthma With an Alcoholic Extract of Tylophora Indica: A Cross-Over, Double Blind Study. Ann Allergy. 1972;30(7):407-12.
  4. View Abstract: Atal CK, et al. Immunomodulating Agents of Plant Origin. I: Preliminary Screening. J Ethnopharmacol. 1986;18(2):133-41.
  5. Rao KV, et al. Alkaloids of Tylophora. 3. New Alkaloids of Tylophora Indica (Burm) Merrill and Tylophora Dalzellii Hook. F. J Pharm Sci. 1971;60(11):1725-26.