Elecampane is a biennial plant (meaning it lives roughly two years) that is native to Europe and West Asia. The plant is about 3 meters tall, with yellow flowers that resemble that of the Aster plant. When preparing medicine, only the roots of this plant are used.
Elecampane is beneficial when treating: Chronic bronchitis, sinusitis, tuberculosis, asthma, gastrointestinal ulcers and expelling parasites.
Elecampane is an antiseptic, expectorant (coughing up mucus), Diaphoretic (making one sweat), bitter tonic, carminative (relieves flatulence), anti-parasitic, anti-inflammatory, immunomodulating, diuretic (increased passing of urine), Emmenagogue (stimulates uterus)
This plant can cause vomiting, diarrhea, gastric spasms, symptoms of paralysis, and allergic hypersensitivity and should not be used during pregnancy because it could induce labor (on account of being an emmenagogue)
Recommended doses: Tea: 1/2 to 1 teaspoon root per one cup water. Tincture: 10-40 drops, 1 to 4 times per day.
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