Lobelia is a genus of perennial flowering plants that have been used in folk medicine for centuries. Although there are over 300 species of lobelia, the most commonly used herb is Lobelia Inflata, which is native to the Northeastern United States. It has pale colored flowers, compared to its cousin species, and it belongs to the Lobeliaceae plant family.
Native Americans understood the potential medicinal value of this powerful herb and tribes used the herb for a wide variety of purposes. This is why the herb is sometimes called “Indian tabacco.”
Studies indicate that lobeline, its main active compound, may protect against depression, help treat drug addiction, and improve memory and concentration. Lobelias contain several different alkaloids, or compounds that provide therapeutic or medicinal effects.
Lobelia is sometimes used alongside conventional medications to help treat symptoms of asthma attacks, such as wheezing, uncontrollable coughing, and chest tightness.
This is because lobeline may relax your airways, stimulate breathing, and clear mucus from your lungs.
Compounds found in lobelia may also help protect against mood disorders, including depression.
Specifically, lobeline may block certain receptors in the brain that play a role in the development of depression. Lobeline may relieve certain symptoms, including hyperactivity and difficulty focusing, by improving the release and uptake of dopamine in your brain.
Lobelia has been studied as a potential treatment for drug abuse. Lobeline has long been considered a possible tool to help people quit smoking.
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It is also imperative that you never surpass a dosage of 20 mg per day.
lobelia is known to induce vomiting and can be poisonous — even fatal — in very high doses. Children, individuals taking medications, and women who are pregnant or breastfeeding should avoid lobelia products.
If you are interested in taking lobelia, be sure to consult with your healthcare provider or an experienced herbalist before hand.
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