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Elecampane – Herbal Therapy

Elecampane Herbal Therapy
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Elecampane (Inula helenium)

Elecampane is used in surgical dressings in Spain due to its antiseptic qualities. This herb is often combined with hyssop and coltsfoot. 

Other names: Elfwort, scabwort, elfdock, horseheal, yellow starwort, wild sunflower. 

Description and the places it grows in

Elecampane is cultivated in Britain, but grows wild in parts of North America. The flowers are large and yellow.

Parts used 

Rhizomes

Uses

Bactericidal, expectorant, tonic, weak cholagogue.

Digestive system: As a digestive tonic that stimulates the appetite and increases the flow of bile.

Respiratory: For coughs, catarrh, asthma, bronchitis, emphysema, tuberculosis.  

Other uses: Promotes menstruation, treats anaemia.

Constituents

Volatile oil up to 4% includes alantolactone, azulene, inulin, sterols, resin, pectin, mucilage.

Contraindications

Contains alantolactone, which can irritate the intestinal tract. Large doses can cause diarrhoea and vomiting. This herb should not be used by pregnant or lactating women. 

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