ELECAMPANE


LUNG TONIC


Elecampane was consumed for centuries as an aromatic tonic and treatment for whooping cough, asthma, bronchial and gastric catarrh, pertussis, chronic coughs and bronchitis. 


DIGESTIVE TONIC


Elecampane is also valued as a digestive tonic, soothing abdominal discomfort and stimulating the appetite. The roots contain high amounts of inulin, a prebiotic that feeds healthy bacteria in the digestive tract and increases nutrient assimilation. 


EXPECTORANT


As a warming, tonic herb, elecampane is traditionally used for clearing dense, sticky mucus from the bronchial system. The  herb both soothes irritation and promotes expectoration (coughing up phlegm).



A SUPREME LUNG TONIC  


Elecampane has a long history of use and Sir John Hill, famous botanist, wrote that ' hardly any plant has more virtues'. The Greeks and Romans found elecampane very valuable as a herb and food source and Pliny regarded it as an antidote to poisons, suggesting that everyone should eat the root to support healthy digestion. 


In Traditional Chinese Medicine, elecampane is thought to strengthen the kidney and the spleen and Ayurvedic medicine uses the herb for respiratory and skin health. 


For many cold and stuck conditions creating excess of waste or moisture, elecampane can be a very useful herb. As a warming, tonic herb, it is traditionally used for clearing dense, sticky mucus from the bronchial system. It was cultivated and consumed for centuries throughout the Middle Ages as an aromatic tonic and treatment for whooping cough, asthma, bronchial and gastric catarrh, pertussis, chronic coughs and bronchitis and is specific for treating irritating bronchial coughs, especially in children. It is used whenever copious catarrh is present, such as in the case of bronchitis or emphysema.


The mucilage in elecampane has a soothing effect on the smooth tracheal muscles whilst the essential oils bring about stimulation, meaning the herb both soothes irritation and promotes expectoration (coughing up phlegm). Two of its most famous active compounds are inulin and alantolactone. 


Elecampane is also valued as a digestive tonic, soothing abdominal discomfort and stimulating the appetite. The roots contain high amounts of inulin, a prebiotic that feeds healthy bacteria in the digestive tract and increases nutrient assimilation. 


Research shows that it is effective against bacterial and fungal infections and contains a substance that expels intestinal parasites. 


REFERENCES 


Tungland, B., 2018. Nondigestible Fructans as Prebiotics. Human Microbiota in Health and Disease, pp.349-379.  


https://wishgardenherbs.com/blog/5057/elecampane-will-the-spirit-sustain/


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