Here are the highlights of the discussion on traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) and probiotics during the recent American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology meeting, thanks to Medical News Today.

ASHMI (anti-asthma herbal medicine intervention) vs prednisone in 91 patients with asthma for 4 weeks.

  • Prednisone was more effective than ASHMI
  • ASHMI did have beneficial effects
  • ASAHMI was well tolerated, with no steroid-type side effects
  • An ongoing FDA approved clinical trial will see if ASHMI can reduce or replace corticosteroids in moderate-to-severe asthma
  • ASHMI contains Ling-Zhi (Ganoderma lucidum), Ku-Shen (Radix Sophora flavescentis) and Gan-Cao (Radix Glycyrrhiza uralensis)
  • It does not include Ma Huang (ephedrine)


  • Might have a role in modulating the natural history of atopic dermatitis in infants, particularly through the mother before the birth of the infant
  • Proposed as beneficial to treat acute diarrhea in adults and children, prevent diarrhea caused by antibiotics, and to support remission of pouchitis

11/15/06 19:21 JR

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John Russo, Jr., PharmD, is president of The MedCom Resource, Inc. Previously, he was senior vice president of medical communications at, a complementary and alternative medicine website.