Reishi extract, Shrubby Sophora,
|With the FDA restriction on herbal products containing ephedra (Ma Huang), natural
medicine doctors scrambled to find another effective herbal supplement that would
support people with asthma. PhytoCort™ does not contain Ma Huang (ephedra), which
can pose risks to cardiovascular and nervous functions in very large doses. This blend of
four Chinese herbs is poised to fill the void and may become an effective and safe
supplement to support people with chronic asthma and an alternative option for all-too-
In a 2005 landmark study  researchers from Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New
York, the Weifang Asthma Hospital and the Weifang School of Medicine in China,
demonstrated the efficacy of an oral combination of three Chinese herbs in alleviating
asthma symptoms, without the severe side effects normally associated with corticosteroid
and prednisone therapy.
The researchers conducted a double-blind placebo-controlled study, the researchers
investigated the effects of a combination of three Chinese herbal extracts, which are main
ingredients of PhytoCort: Ganoderma lucidum, Sophora flavensis and Glycyrrhiza
uralensis (these herbs are also known as Reishi, Shrubby Sophora and Chinese Licorice).
Ninety-two non-smoking patients with symptoms of moderate to severe asthma were
recruited to participate in the study. The herbal combination was compared against
prednisone in a four-week measure of asthmatic symptom relief. The results showed that
the combined herbal extracts significantly reduced the participants’ symptom scores,
increased lung function, and reduced the patients’ use of an emergency inhaler. There
was also a marked reduction in the number of the white blood cells that often accompany
allergic responses and serum antibody IgE levels (A high level of antibody IgE is believed
to cause hypersensitivity in asthma patients).
While both groups showed a significant improvement in lung function, the effects of
prednisone were slightly greater. In both groups, there was a significant reduction in
symptom scores and a reduced need for beta-2 bronchodilator therapy. But what’s even
more striking is that the herbal extracts actually had an immune-boosting effect on the
patients taking it. Subjects in the prednisone group showed a significant reduction in
serum cortisol. In contrast, patients in the herbal group showed increased cortisol. This
means that the adrenal function of the herbal treatment group appeared to be improved,
whereas the adrenal function of the prednisone group appeared to be further reduced.
 Wen MC, Wei CH, Hu ZQ, Srivastava K, Ko J, Xi ST, Mu DZ, Du JB, Li GH, Wallenstein S,
Sampson H, Kattan M, Li XM. Efficacy and tolerability of anti-asthma herbal medicine
intervention in adult patients with moderatesevere allergic asthma. J Allergy Clin Immunol.
 Hoang BX, Levine SA, Shaw DG, Pham P. Broncho-pulmonary hyper-excitability model
of asthma pathogenesis: new approach in asthma treatment using excitatory modulator.
Med Hypothesis. 2006 Jun 22; [Epub ahead of print].
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Serving Per Bottle:
Approx. 30 Servings
Suggested Adult Usage:
As a dietary supplement, take
1 to 3 capsules two times a day.
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