Botanical name: Inula helenium
Parts Used: Root and Flower
Traditionally, herbalists have used elecampane to treat coughs,
particularly those associated with bronchitis, asthma, and whooping
cough. The herb has also been used historically to treat poor digestion
and general complaints of the intestinal tract. The herb also has an
anti-bacterial effect, as an added benefit. A tea of Elecampane is
useful in whooping cough.
Because of its high mineral content, elecampane promotes healthy blood
It is a stimulant, relaxant, strengthener and tonic to the mucus
membranes, both respiratory and digestive.
Elecampane can be applied externally for skin problems such as scabies
Take 1 capsule 3 times/day or 1/2 to 1 tsp. of liquid extract
Side effects or interactions?
The inulin in elecampane root is widely distributed in fruits,
vegetables and plants. It is classified as a food ingredient (not as an
additive) and is considered safe to eat.8 In fact, inulin is a
significant part of the daily diet of most of the world’s population.9
However, there is a report of a 39-year-old man having a
life-threatening allergic reaction after consuming high amounts of
inulin from multiple sources.10 Allergy to inulin in this individual was
confirmed by laboratory tests. Such sensitivities are extremely rare.
Moreover, this man did not take elecampane. Nevertheless, people with a
confirmed sensitivity to inulin should avoid elecampane.
Alantolactone can be an irritant to the intestinal tract and, along with
other sesquiterpene lactones in elecampane, may cause localized
irritation in the mouth. Amounts several times higher than those stated
above may cause vomiting, diarrhea, spasms, and signs of paralysis.11 If
these symptoms occur, people should contact their local poison control
center. Pregnant or nursing women should not use elecampane.