Elecampane

Elecampane

(Inula Helenium)

Elecampane provides a good illustration of the complex and integrated ways in which herbs work. The mucilage has a relaxing effect, while  the essential oils bring about stimulation, so the herb both soothes irritation and promotes expectoration. These actions are combined with an overall antibacterial effect. Its bitter principle stimulates digestion and appetite.

Priest and Priest considered elecampane a …’gently stimulating tonic expectorant for chronic catarrhal conditions: arming, strengthening and cleansing to pulmonary mucous membranes. Indicated for chronic pectoral states with excessive catarrhal expectoration and/or a tubercular diathesis.’


Summary of Actions

Expectorant
Antitussive
Diaphoretic
Hepatic
Antimicrobial