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Lobelia Leaf

1 oz

Lobelia (Lobelia inflata) is one of those little herbs that packs a giant punch! Potent to the point of purging or emesis (vomiting) in large doses, it has both highly stimulating and deeply relaxing action if taken in a large dose. It is not a friendly, tonic herb but it is extremely helpful for certain ailments, namely spasmodic coughing and asthma attacks.Several studies have shown that Lobelia triggered the release of norepinephrine and dopamine in the brain, giving it an antidepressant action.  Additionally, it has also been used as an aid to quit smoking. Lobeline, one of the main alkaloid constituents, mimics the peripheral and central effects of Nicotine, without the addictive properties.

Lobelia is anti-asthmatic, antispasmodic, expectorant, emetic, and nervine in action. Its energetics are pungent and sharp, the temperature neutral or changeable depending on the individual, and the taste is acrid and irritating, like that of tobacco, causing salivation. It should only be administered in very small, drop doses.

Precautions: Lobelia is contraindicated in cardiovascular disease, as it may raise heart rate and create hypotension. Avoid taking regular doses of it if you are using drugs that are CNS depressants, or have a liver disorder or disease. Not for use during pregnancy or lactation. 

This product has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration and is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. All aspects, properties, contraindications of every product are not listed; please do your own research. Always seek the counsel of a licensed healthcare professional if you are planning to use herbs or any other product from Manipura Apothecary.