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How Does This Ayurvedic Herb Supplement Improve Wellness?
CLINICAL AYURVEDIC REVIEW
Lobelia & AsthmaLobelia is famous for its use in asthma, especially to relieve constriction, swelling, tightness, and heaviness. It is also an expectorant useful for Kapha conditions in the lungs. Lobelia achieves this through an antispasmodic action - calming & opening the bronchial tubes. For the same reason, it is also used to prevent miscarriages. As an emetic, Lobelia just may be the ideal herb for asthmatics: Ancient Ayurvedic texts suggest vomiting as the primary treatment for Kapha type asthmatic conditions. Lobelia is often used in smoke preparations.
Lobelia & the Nervous SystemLobelia is an important nervine that relaxes the body while stimulating the mind. Specifically, it relaxes the autonomic nervous system while stimulating the central nervous system. However, its use as a nervine is limited because it is a strong emetic. Lobelia may cause spaciness, giddiness, or a sensation of being high.
Lobelia & AddictionLobelia has been used to help curb addictions and obsessions, especially nicotine addiction. As it creates disgust and nausea, it curbs desire, obsession, and greed in general. It meets any indulgence with nausea, forcing a person to face unfulfilled needs directly rather than hiding behind addiction.
Lobelia & EmesisLobelia is among the most famous plants native to North American annals of medicine, popularized by Samuel Thompson, who formed an entire system of medicine based upon the use of Lobelia. The Kings American Dispensatory (1893) states that consumption of the fresh herb stimulates a release of saliva and mucus into the mouth and pharynx, accompanied by a burning, acrid taste and a feeling of nausea. Lobelia's ability to stimulate gastric juices and vomiting helps in the release of copious amounts of gastric mucus. The vomiting is accompanied by acute perspiration, lethargy, and muscle relaxation. The symptoms soon abate, leaving the person with a sense of bodily satisfaction. If consumption of Lobelia does not lead to emesis, it will cause purgation of the bowels.
Lobelia Decongests Obstructive MucusSamuel Thompson wrote that Lobelia removes obstruction to 'prana' - the vital life force. Its use is indicated when there is a thick coating on the tongue. Ayurveda shares Thompson's belief that the stomach is the home of all congestive, phlegmatic, obstructive disorders (Kapha). Ayurveda asserts that purging mucus and Kapha from the stomach relieves congestion from the blood, and obstructions to circulation in the blood, thus restoring vitality and warmth to the body. As an antispasmodic, Lobelia relaxes blood vessels, opening up circulation directly and bringing heat to the surface of the skin. By encouraging perspiration, Lobelia flushes the skin and toxins from the body.
Lobelia's use by Thompsonian physicians has been blamed for the deaths of several individuals. Although accounts are murky, and the number of fatalities miniscule when compared to the use of Western pharmaceuticals, these deaths earned Lobelia notoriety in the annals of American medicine. Please check with your primary care physician before using Lobelia.
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AYURVEDIC MEDICINAL BIOCHARACTERISTICS
Experiences are PersonalExperiences vary according to the person and constitution. Individual results may vary. The list of herbal-actions below has not be approved by the FDA and should not be used to treat a medical condition.
Here are the herbal actions of Lobelia:
STRONG EMETIC An herb that causes vomiting and nausea.
STRONG SIALOGOGUE A sialogogue increases saliva. Sour foods are often great sialogogues, and increase output of all exocrine glands. Salty taste is very moistening as well. Bitter, pungent and sweettastes also increase salivary output but to a lesser degree. Astringents.
ANALEPTICStimulates the central nervous system (CNS). Increases alertness. Counteracts the effects of sedatives or other CNS depressants. These are used in dizziness, drowsiness, stupor, coma, or paralysis especially following a concussion or contusion.
ANXIOLYTICHerbs that help people suffering from anxiety or panic. They promote a state of calm and often improve sleep. Most anxiolytic herbs are also nervines.
NERVINEBalances the nervous system. They can help with stress, memory, early alzheimer's, and even chronic pain. Often they are aromatic in nature.
DIAPHORETICAn herb that induces sweating, often by dilating blood vessels close to the skin.
STRONG BRONCHODILATOR An herb that encourages the widening or opening of the lung airways. They are helpful in wheezing and asthma.
STRONG EXPECTORANT Expectorants help you eliminate mucus from the lungs. These herbs often work by increasing the quantity of mucus, or thinning the mucus. Expectorants are indicated when phlegm congests the lower respiratory tract.
ANTITUSSIVECough suppressant, particularly for dry coughs or a tickle in your throat.
VASODILATORA vasodilator is an herb that widens the blood vessels by the relaxation of smooth muscle cells within the vessel walls, thereby increasing circulation systemically or to a local area.
MUSCLE-RELAXANTHerbs that relax muscles. Helpful for chronic pain or tension as well as healing from physical trauma.
STRONG ANTISPASMODIC Herbs that reduce or inhibit muscle spasms or cramping, such as in asthma, menstruation, hear palpitations, migraine, or IBS.
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Compare Lobelia with these Foods
Rosemary has these Actions in CommonBronchodilator, Nervine, Analeptic, Diaphoretic, Vasodilator, Antispasmodic, Muscle-relaxant
Chocolate (Cacao) has these Actions in CommonAnxiolytic, Nervine, Antispasmodic, Bronchodilator, Antitussive, Muscle-relaxant
Mustard Seed has these Actions in CommonVasodilator, Antispasmodic, Emetic, Bronchodilator, Muscle-relaxant, Diaphoretic
Dill has these Actions in CommonDiaphoretic, Vasodilator, Expectorant, Antispasmodic, Nervine
Cayenne Pepper has these Actions in CommonAntispasmodic, Sialogogue, Diaphoretic, Vasodilator, Expectorant
Thyme (fresh) has these Actions in CommonVasodilator, Diaphoretic, Antispasmodic, Expectorant, Bronchodilator
Mint has these Actions in CommonDiaphoretic, Antispasmodic, Nervine, Anxiolytic, Vasodilator
Cloves has these Actions in CommonDiaphoretic, Antispasmodic, Expectorant, Anxiolytic, Vasodilator
Basil has these Actions in CommonAntispasmodic, Diaphoretic, Anxiolytic, Nervine, Bronchodilator
Garlic has these Actions in CommonDiaphoretic, Antispasmodic, Expectorant, Anxiolytic, Vasodilator
Lavender has these Actions in CommonAnxiolytic, Muscle-relaxant, Antispasmodic, Nervine
Compare Lobelia with these Herb Supplements
Holy Basil Leaf (Tulsi)
Holy Basil Leaf (Tulsi) has these Actions in CommonMuscle-relaxant, Nervine, Vasodilator, Antispasmodic, Anxiolytic, Bronchodilator, Diaphoretic, Expectorant
Hot Bath has these Actions in CommonExpectorant, Muscle-relaxant, Vasodilator, Antispasmodic, Anxiolytic, Bronchodilator, Diaphoretic
Epsom Salt Bath
Epsom Salt Bath has these Actions in CommonAnxiolytic, Bronchodilator, Diaphoretic, Expectorant, Muscle-relaxant, Vasodilator, Antispasmodic
Vomit Therapy (Vamana)
Vomit Therapy (Vamana) has these Actions in CommonAntispasmodic, Antitussive, Bronchodilator, Diaphoretic, Emetic, Expectorant
Hot Shower has these Actions in CommonVasodilator, Antispasmodic, Bronchodilator, Diaphoretic, Expectorant, Muscle-relaxant
Lemon Balm has these Actions in CommonMuscle-relaxant, Nervine, Vasodilator, Antispasmodic, Anxiolytic, Diaphoretic
Dong Quai has these Actions in CommonBronchodilator, Expectorant, Muscle-relaxant, Nervine, Vasodilator, Antispasmodic
Mahanarayan Oil (16 oz)
Mahanarayan Oil (16 oz) has these Actions in CommonExpectorant, Muscle-relaxant, Nervine, Vasodilator, Antispasmodic
Kanakasava- Breathe Alive Tonic Drink
Kanakasava- Breathe Alive Tonic Drink has these Actions in CommonDiaphoretic, Expectorant, Vasodilator, Antispasmodic, Bronchodilator
Inhale Steam has these Actions in CommonBronchodilator, Diaphoretic, Expectorant, Vasodilator, Antitussive
TRADITIONALLY INDICATED FOR THESE SYMPTOMSLobelia may be beneficial for these symptoms. The suitability of any herb supplement for a condition is highly dependent on the individual. Please see your doctor before using this herb supplement to treat a medical condition.
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