Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Smoking for asthma

Stramonium and related anticholinergic alkaloids were early asthma remedies which were ground up into a powder and smoked. Their anticholinergic properties included bronchodilation, the basis for modern day development of the atropine derivatives Atrovent and Spiriva.

Here is a review of the history of smoked remedies for asthma.

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