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Lobelia  Lobelia inflata

Family: Campanulaceae

---Synonyms---Lobelia, Pukeweed,  bladderpod, wild tobacco, emetic herb, emetic weed, lobelia herb, asthma weed, rag root, eye-bright, vomit wort
---Parts Used---
Aerial parts

Active Compounds:

Piperidine alkaloids, mainly lobeline, with lobelanidine, lobelanine, and minor amounts of norlobelanine (=isolobelanine), lelobanidine, lovinine, isolobinine, lobinanidine and others

Chelidonic acid

Miscellaneous; resins, gums, fats etc.

 

---Medicinal Action and Uses---

Anti-asthmatic, anti-spasmodic, expectorant, emetic, nervine, diaphoretic, diuretic

Lobelia is one of the most useful systemic relaxants available. It has a general depressant action on the central and autonomic nervous system and on neuro-muscular action. It may be used in many conditions in combination with other herbs to further their effectiveness if relaxation is needed. Its primary specific use is in bronchitic asthma and bronchitis. 

Lobeline is a powerful respiratory stimulant, whilst isolobelanine is an emetic and respiratory relaxant, which will stimulate catarrhal secretion and expectoration whilst relaxing the muscles of the respiratory system. The overall action is a truly holistic combination of stimulation and relaxation.

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