The following are from the Syrian "Book of Medicine", trans. by Wallis Budge, 1913:
DECOCTION FOR ASTHMA & DIFFICULTY BREATHING
Fenugreek equal parts
Decoct in Rain Water. Give a draught from several times daily. 'It gives relief immediately'.
DECOCTION FOR CHRONIC ASTHMA
Oregano equal parts
Decoct and add Honey.
PILLS FOR ASTHMA AND SHORTNESS OF BREATH (1)
Wild Rue seed
Gum Ammoniac equal parts
Beat with Vinegar and form pills the size of bean.
Take 3 morning and evening.
PILLS FOR ASTHMA AND SHORTNESS OF BREATH (2)
Sulphur 6 drams each
Nigella 4 drams each
Beat with water and form pills the size of bean.
Take 5 morning and evening, taking oxymel after.
ASHES OF MILLIPEDES
'Throw two measures of the insects that collect under the water jars and are called “millIpedes” into a potter's vessel, heat them over the fire, and when they are white rub them down and mix the powder with boiled honey, and ad minister in the form of a linctus one spoonful fasting'.
DECOCTION FOR ASTHMA OF ZACHARIA.
Raisins stoned 10 drams
Dates 7 drams
Fenugreek 5 drams
Decoct in sufficient water
Take 1 oz. with Honey
DECOCTION FOR ASTHMA FROM CRASS HUMORS OF HAMECH.
Anise root 6 aureos*
Licorice 4 aureos
Bitter Almond 4 drams
Mallow seed 5 drams
Jujubes 20 drams
*Aureos = 8.18 grams
Decoct in 7 lbs to the third part; give with honey or Sugar Penids.
ELECTUARY FOR ASTHMA.
Violet 10 drams
Fennel seed 3 drams
Mix with Mucilage of Psyllium, Linseed and Quince seed and syrup of Violet to form an Electuary.