Tea for Asthma Relief
While studies have established the presence of alkaloids, Theobromine and Theophylline in tea, it is important to note that Theophylline relaxes the muscle around airways in the lung and makes breathing easier. In brewed tea, trace amounts of theophylline is present, which are significantly less than a therapeutic dose. Tea has classically been used to treat mild asthma and bronchitis.Although other potent anti-asthma medications are available with more therapeutic benefit, tea may be beneficial for mild respiratory problems and is safe, even for children. Both black and green tea contain similar amounts of theophylline. However, tea should not be substituted as medication for asthma.