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Lobelia (Lobelia inflata)

Definition:
Western herbal practitioners have prescribed lobelia for a wide variety of ailments and prize it as a therapeutic herb. Because it has the ability to induce vomiting, it has been the subject of some controversy. It is an effective and powerful agent for treating bronchitis and asthma and can dilate the bronchiole tubes. It also acts as a potent relaxant for the central nervous system.

Applications:
Allergies, asthma, arthritis, bronchitis, colds, coughs, croup, emphysema, epilepsy, fever, insomnia, lung disease, migraine headaches, mumps, pleurisy, pneumonia, toothaches, whooping cough and worms.

Scientific Updates:
In the past, lobeline was approved for use by the FDA as a deterrent to smoking in cases of nicotine withdrawal. Lobelia is considered an effective expectorant based on its ability to stimulate the adrenal glands to release corticosteroids that promote the relaxation of bronchial muscles.

Complementary Agents:
Capsicum, garlic, licorice, comfrey, fenugreek and mullein.

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