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Ammi visnaga
Liquid extract of dried mature seed.

Actions: Smooth muscle relaxant and antispasmodic; non-stimulating bronchial dilator and vasodilator. Dilates urinary tract and sphincters, and the bile ducts. Dilates coronary artery, strengthens heartbeat, and thereby enhances blood supply and metabolism of heart muscle.

Uses: Asthma, bronchitis and spastic coughs. Spasms and constriction of the urinary tract and bladder, and the gallbladder and bile duct; relieves urinary colic and facilitates discharge of urinary stones and thick mucous-pus discharge; relieves gallbladder colic and facilitates passage of gallstones. Indicated in coronary insufficiency, angina, arteriosclerosis, spastic heart, cardiac asthma, and recovery after heart attack. Does not increase heart rate or blood pressure. For spastic menstruation, begin taking three to five days before expected period and continue until period ends.

Dose: Take 30 to 60 drops, 3 to 5 times per day. In heart disease and asthma, Khella may need to be taken for several weeks for positive effects. As effects persist for up to six hours, Khella is best used to prevent asthma attacks (especially at night). Take 3 doses throughout the day and a dose before bed to assure a quiet night. Best combined with other respiratory antispasmodics (e.g., Skunk Cabbage, Lobelia, Thyme).

Cautions: Unreliable in acute asthma attacks or heart attacks. Avoid long exposure to sunlight or ultraviolet radiation while taking Khella.

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