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TMG Elecampane

«Elecampane (Inula helenium) roots. Main activities: expectorant, antibacterial, antispasmodic, bronchial antispasmodic, diaphoretic, diuretic, stomachic.
Therapeutic use: symptomatic treatment of cough, respiratory diseases. The plant is able to calm cough, disinfect the respiratory tract, carry out an effective cholagogue choleretic action and increase diuresis.
It shows in vitro antibacterial, antifungal and anthelmintic properties (used in children against roundworms) …
I. helenium is characterised not only by the expectorant and antiseptic action but also for broncho-relaxing properties, which make it useful in chronic bronchitis, in emphysematous and asthmatic forms and in chronic cough of smokers.
Elecampane is reported to possess cholinergic properties that explain its hypotensive action. Useful in the treatment of gout and rheumatic forms. …
The bitter tonic action, while improving digestive processes, exerts an invigorating effect. A normalising action on the menstrual cycle is finally reported, which makes the plant useful in case of amenorrhoea and menstrual irregularities. Also interesting is its oral and topical use in the case of Herpes labiale (cold sores) » [1]. 

«Elecampane. Properties: soothing antiseptic, drying effect on the respiratory tract, expectorant, increases bile secretion, diuretic (it eliminates urea and chloride); sudorific; tonic, appetite and digestion stimulator; bactericidal; vermifuge; sedative; it favours regular periods.
Indications: bronchitis, asthma, whooping cough, pulmonary tuberculosis (helenin prevents the development of Koch bacillus), hepato-biliary diseases, jaundice; haemorrhoids; nephritis, pyelonephritis; anaemia, general fatigue, chlorosis, digestive atony; painful or insufficient periods, white discharges; hypertension, intestinal parasites, diarrhoea; gout » [2]. 

«Elecampane. Action: anthelmintic, antispasmodic for the respiratory tract, expectorant, antibactericidal, fungicidal, sedative, diaphoretic, diuretic, emmenagogue, astringent, general antispasmodic » [3].


[1] Enrica Campanini, Dizionario di fitoterapia e piante medicinali, Tecniche Nuove.
[2] Jean Valnet, Fitoterapia. Cura delle malattie con le piante. Aldo Martello – Giunti Editore.
[3] Francesco Perugini Billi, Fitoterapia, Edizioni Junior.
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