Phytotherapy in Inflammatory Lung Diseases: An Emerging Therapeutic Interventional Approach

  • Ridhima Wadhwa
  • Shakti Dhar Shukla
  • Dinesh Kumar Chellappan
  • Gaurav Gupta
  • Trudi Collet
  • Nicole Hansbro
  • Brian Oliver
  • Kylie Williams
  • Philip Michael Hansbro
  • Kamal Dua
  • Pawan K. MauryaEmail author


Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and asthma are the most common inflammatory respiratory diseases related to an increase in mortality and morbidity. Generally, bronchodilators, ß- agonists, anticholinergics and theophylline used for treatment in these conditions and administered by inhalation for delivery, have localized and systematic effects. The adverse effects are due to pharmacodynamic and pharmacokinetic changes and especially drug-drug and drug-disease interactions. However, phytotherapy is classical and widespread throughout the world for the treatment of ailments. This chapter highlights cellular and molecular mediators involved in COPD and asthma, the shortcomings of current therapies and the emerging need of phytomedicines. Phytomedicine supports respiratory physiology, bronchial action and possesses antioxidants to maintain homeostasis.


Phytomedicine Inflammatory diseases Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease Asthma 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ridhima Wadhwa
    • 1
  • Shakti Dhar Shukla
    • 2
  • Dinesh Kumar Chellappan
    • 3
  • Gaurav Gupta
    • 4
  • Trudi Collet
    • 5
  • Nicole Hansbro
    • 2
    • 6
  • Brian Oliver
    • 6
  • Kylie Williams
    • 7
  • Philip Michael Hansbro
    • 2
    • 6
    • 8
  • Kamal Dua
    • 2
    • 7
    • 8
  • Pawan K. Maurya
    • 9
    Email author
  1. 1.Faculty of Life Sciences and BiotechnologySouth Asian UniversityChanakyapuri, New DelhiIndia
  2. 2.Priority Research Centre for Healthy LungsUniversity of Newcastle & Hunter Medical Research InstituteCallaghanAustralia
  3. 3.Department of Life Sciences, School of PharmacyInternational Medical UniversityKuala LumpurMalaysia
  4. 4.School of Pharmaceutical SciencesJaipur National UniversityJaipurIndia
  5. 5.Innovative Medicines Group, Institute of Health & Biomedical Innovation, School of Clinical SciencesQueensland University of TechnologyBrisbaneAustralia
  6. 6.School of Life Sciences, Faculty of ScienceUniversity of Technology Sydney (UTS)UltimoAustralia
  7. 7.Discipline of Pharmacy, Graduate School of HealthUniversity of Technology SydneyUltimoAustralia
  8. 8.Centre for InflammationCentenary InstituteSydneyAustralia
  9. 9.Department of BiochemistryCentral University of HaryanaMahendergarhIndia

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