Also known as the asthma weed, Indian tobacco, gag root, eyebright and puke weed, the Lobelia inflata is a native Northern USA and Canada. It earned the nickname of “Indian tobacco” from the taste and also from the fact that American Indians used to smoke it.
Medicinally it is known for its stimulant, nervine, expectorant, emetic, diaphoretic, aromatic and anti-cancer properties. It is capable to relax muscles and relieve pain and at the same time it is a good stimulant of the respiratory system. It has been used in the treatment of bronchitis, asthma, and other upper respiratory infections.
It has been used for treating tonsillitis, tetanus, diphtheria and epilepsy. It is especially useful when quick relief is required from painful spasms. It can also be used as an enema. Lobelia inflata is also used effectively for minor bruises and sprains.
It is helpful in treating withdrawal symptoms of people who have quit smoking.
The use of this herb is counter indicated for pregnant women, those who have a history of heart problems and children. Taken in excess, it causes severe nausea and vomiting.
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