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Lobelia Herb - Uses And Side Effects
Because lobelia has nicotine-like effects, some people have used it to help them stop smoking. Lobelia comes primarily from the dried leaves and tops of Lobelia inflata.
Common doses of lobelia
Lobelia comes as:
Some experts recommend the following dose:
Uses of lobelia
Lobeline, an active constituent in the lobelia plant, is very similar to nicotine in its effect on the central nervous system. Lobeline acts as a relaxant overall while also dilating the bronchioles (air passages), thereby increasing respiration and possibly helping the lungs. Specifically, lobelia may help to :-
Side effects of lobelia
Call your health care practitioner if you experience any of these possible side effects of lobelia:
Lobelia also may cause:
Combining herbs with certain drugs may alter their action or produce unwanted side effects. Don't use lobelia while taking drugs used for nicotine therapy.
Important points to remember
What the research shows
Because it's similar to nicotine, lobeline, an alkaloid in lobelia, has been used to help people stop smoking. However, no longterm data are available and no clinical trials have been done. Lobeline can cause more serious side effects than other smoking cessation treatments. Therefore, medical experts don't recommend it.
Other names for lobelia : -
Other names for lobelia include asthma weed, bladderpod, cardinal flower, eyebright, gagroot, great lobelia, Indian pink, Indian tobacco, pukeweed, rapuntium inflatum, and vomitwort.
Products containing lobelia are sold under such names as Bantron Tablets, Lobelia Capsules, Lobelia Extract, Lobeline Lozenges, and Lobidram Computabs.
Benefits, Therapeutic Uses and Claims of Lobelia Inflata
Recommended dosage of Lobelia are as follows:
Side Effects and Possible Interactions of Lobelia Inflata
Extreme care should be used when using any medication to control asthma and Lobelia inflata is no exception. It is essential to consult your health care professional when altering medications and to thoroughly investigate how medications may interact with each other.
Lobelia inflata is known to be toxic at relatively low doses and in some countries this herb is scheduled, meaning its sale is restricted. Some practitioners argue that if lobelia could be produced in standardised form, where Lobeline is at a guaranteed dose, then this herb would be safer to prescribe.
Toxic doses of lobelia will give rise to symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, convulsions and can be fatal. Lobelia should be used only under the guidance of a qualified herbalist experienced in the use of this herb.
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