Elecampane - Inula Helenium

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This Elecampane (Inula helenium) monograph is an excerpt from the 1999, first edition of Dr. Sharol's book "Herbal Medicine From The Heart of The Earth." You can purchase the 2020, third edition of this book with an expanded materia medica/monograph section, herbal formulas and directions on making herbal products in Dr. Sharol's Book Store. You receive free shipping in the USA.

Elecampane - Inula helenium in the Asteraceae or Aster family

Parts used: Root.

Taste/smell: Aromatic, pungent, sweet.

Tendencies: Slightly warming, drying, stimulating.

Dosage: Infusion: 1/2-1 teaspoon per cup of water; or 1:1 fresh liquid extract: 10-40 drops 1-4 times per day.

Use: (a) Antiseptic, (b) Expectorant, (c) Diaphoretic, (d) Bitter tonic, (e) Carminative, (f) Antiparasitic, (g) Anti-inflammatory, (h) Immunomodulating, (i) Diuretic, (j) Alterative, (k) Emmenagogue, (l) Tonifying to the lungs and digestive system, (m) Strengthening and cleansing to the respiratory tract mucous membranes.

Elecampane is strengthening and cleansing to the respiratory tract mucous membranes. It is used for persistent bronchial catarrhs where there is an irritable cough, especially in chronic coughs of the elderly or invalid. It is specifically used for chronic bronchitis, sinusitis, tuberculosis, silicosis, moist asthma and emphysematous conditions.

Inula also has anti-parasitic activity and can be helpful for treating organisms such as Giardia, Dientamoeba  fragilis, and Blastocystis hominis.

Elecampane assists with digestion and assimilation. It is used for gastroesophageal reflux and gastrointestinal ulcers.

Contraindications: Very large doses may cause vomiting, diarrhea, gastric spasms and symptoms of paralysis and allergic hypersensitivity. It is contraindicated in pregnancy.

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