Lobelia Herb - Benefits And Side Effects
Botanical name: Lobelia inflata
Actions: Alkaloids, antispasmodic, antivenomous, astringent, cathartic, chlorophyll, counter-irritant, diaphoretic, diuretic, emetic, fixed oil, gum, isolobeline, etc., lignin, salts of lime and potassium
Parts used : Fresh and dried herb and seeds
Lobelia was introduced more than 200 years ago from the region around the Cape of Good Hope. The original wild forms of lobelia have been bred to bloom more profusely. There are both trailing varieties, with billowing masses of blossoms, and more compact bedding types, seldom exceeding 6 inches in height. The 1/2- to 3/4-inch-wide flowers, borne along each stem, are blue on the common varieties, but white and carmine types have also been developed.
Lobelia is sometimes called Indian tobacco because the American Indians smoked it for various benefits. It has been shown to contain a substance called lobeline, similar to nicotine.
Medical uses and benefits of Lobelia
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