Lobelia (Lobelia inflata)
One of my favorite herbs is Lobelia. Pretty as a flower, even more wonderful in capsule or in extract. Lobelia has been used for centuries to help calm uptight nerves and muscles. I use the extract to rub right on a stiff neck or shoulder or a charley-horse to help relax the muscles. Lobelia is called a "nervine" and has been used internally to calm spasms, as well as hyperactivity. Some ailments my clients use the extract regularly for arc: asthma attacks, epileptic seizures, and menstrual cramps (rub on abdomen).
Among nineteenth century Thomsonian practitioners on both sides of the Atlantic, the preferred form of lobelia was the dried powdered herb, stirred into warm water or into the infusion of another herb. The only alcohol-based form they used was the juice of the fresh green pulverized plant, stabilized with alcohol. A vinegar-tincture of the green or dried plant was also used, especially that of the dried plant by the Coffinites in Britain. Only the Regular school of physicians used the tincture of the dried plant during the first half of the 19th century. Later, Physiomedicalist Wm.
Lobelia inflata was one of the most-often prescribed medicinal herbs both in North America and in Great Britain during the nineteenth century. It was used by all schools of medicine, but by none more so than the Thomsonian herbalists in North America, the Coffinites in Britain, and by their physician successors of the Physiomedicalist school. During the sociological warfare between the medical sects in that century, lobelia became a symbol.
Introduces the Lobelia Compound, a traditional herbal remedy for respiratory problems manufactured by Bio-Health Ltd in Great Britain. Components of the product; Therapeutic use of the product; A...
When I was a student in the herbal training clinic in London in 1985, I was presented with my first, and worst ever, case of bronchitis and emphysema. The man was short of breath without any exertion and I could hear him wheezing and gasping in the waiting room while I was in the consulting room! He was desperately trying to get all the air he could, using all the accessory muscles of respiration, and his shoulders were up around his ears. His wife accompanied him and did all the talking because he couldn't get enough air to talk.