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Many authorities consider Lobelia to be the most important of all the herbs! Medically, Lobelia is used in the treatment of bronchitis and asthma. Lobelia is a specific in anti-smoking preparations due to the cross-tolerance seen between its major alkaloid (lobeline) and nicotine. The action closely resembles that of nicotine, but is milder. It thus decreases the desire for tobacco. It’s the Lobeline salts used as a tobacco substitute in the body, that make nicotine taste terrible when its smoked.
The basic physiological action of Lobelia is stimulation of the autonomic ganglia followed by depression. Lobelia depresses the vasomotor center and peripheral vagus nerve resulting in dialation of the bronchioles by means of relaxation of the bronchial muscles.
In the digestive tract, Lobelia has a role as a gastrointestinal inhibitor/stimulant and appetite suppressant. Lobelia will generally induce vomiting when taken in very large doses over a very short period of time. Capsicum is generally added with this regime for flushing the poisons from the stomach and the bowels.
Samuel Thomson, an herbalist-physician of the early nineteenth century, recommended Lobelia as a muscle relaxant during childbirth and as a poultice for healing abscesses. Given in the right amount, it opens the bronchioles. Dr. Thomson said that there is no herb more powerful in removing disease and promoting health than Lobelia. It has healing powers with the ability to remove congestion within the body, especially the blood vessels.
Dr. Thomson said that, "If I can get to a person soon enough, I can always save them." He would first instruct that a fire be built in the fireplace. He would use hot water from the fireplace, giving them a high enema, cleansing the toxins from the bowel. On first arriving, he would give them large doses of Lobelia to produce an emetic/vomiting situation, continuing with Lobelia in large doses over a short period of time until he had achieved the cleansing of the body from this method. He then would wrap them in blankets taking hot bricks from the fireplace, packing the bricks around them creating a sweating situation just as they did in the Indian sweat lodges. This purifies the lymph system. It has a genuine effect on the whole system. Lobelia is a special herb for bronchial spasms.
NOTE: LOBELIA HELPS TO RELAX THE MOTHER DURING DELIVERY AND SPEEDS UP THE DELIVERY OF THE PLACENTA
Lobelia (100 capsules)