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Nature's Temple / Elecampene


(Inula helenium)

Elecampene was familiar to the ancient Celts, Romans, Anglo-Saxons and Greeks.

Recent analysis of Elecampene has found it to be a powerful expectorant for expelling fluid from the lungs maintaining the age-old reputation for Elecampene as one of the most effective herbal remedies for respiratory disorders, especially bronchitis and asthma.

It has also been used to expel worms and the plant has been used externally for scabies, herpes and skin diseases.

Parts Used: Rhizome and Root.  In Chinese Medicine the flowers are used.

Active Constituents:  Volatile oil including alantolactone, isalantalactone and azulene.  Inulin (up to 44%), sterols, resin pectin, mucilage and bitter principle.  Essential oil called helenin.

Main Actions:

  • Expectorant
  • Anti-tussive
  • Diaphoretic (increases perspiration)
  • Stimulates and strengthens the stomach
  • Antibacterial

Contraindications:  None known at present.