Herbal Series - Lobelia
Lobelia (Lobelia inflata)
The main parts used of the Lobelia plant are the flowering parts and the seeds. The seeds are the most potent because they contain lobeline, a piperidine alkaloid. Named after Matthias de Lobel, a 17th century botanist, Lobelia is known as Indian Tobacco because it contains lobeline. Lobeline is believed to have a chemical make up similar to nicotine and was therefore used as an alternative to tobacco. In the 19th century, Lobelia was also used as a medicinal herb to induce vomiting, thus removing harmful poisons from the body.
An often misunderstood herb that has been maligned by pharmaceutical companies and allopathic medicine. Lobelia is a very potent herb that can produce profound results in a short period of time. It is an herb which should be used with caution. When used properly lobelia is an excellent expectorant to loosen phlegm, an anti-asthmatic. It is also used to treat hysteria, panic attacks as well as convulsions and spasm or spastic conditions.
It’s effect is somewhat narcotic, but it is a safe an effective treatment for any condition of spasm or pain. Also very helpful for nicotine withdrawal. It is important to begin with lower dosages and increase the dosage over a period of time.It is also imperative that you never surpass a dosage of 20 mg per day. If you consume a dosage higher than 500 mg, it could be fatal.
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