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Elecampane (Inula helenium)

Synonyms/Common Names/Related Substances:

  • Alant, alant camphor, alantolactone, alantopicrin, Asteraceae (family), Aster helenium (L.) Scop., Aster officinalis All., Compositae (family), dammaradienol, dammaradienyl acetate, elecampane, elecampane camphor, elfwort, eudesmanes, eudesmanolides, friedelin, germacrane, helenin, helenin camphor, Helenium grandiflorum Gilib., horseheal, inula, Inula campana, inula camphor, Inula helenium, Inula racemosa, inulin, isoalantolactone, isocostunolide, mucilage, scabwort, sesquiterpenes, sitosterols, stigmasterol, thymol derivatives, yellow starwort.
  • Combination product example: Padma Lax® (ginger and elecampane).

Clinical Bottom Line/Effectiveness

Brief Background:

  • Elecampane is a tall wildflower with oversized pointed leaves and yellow to orange daisy-like flowers. The root has been used in traditional herbal medicine.
  • Elecampane is a natural source of food flavoring in Europe and is approved for use in alcoholic beverages in the United States.
  • Traditionally, elecampane is used as an antifungal, antiparasitic, and general antimicrobial agent, as well as an expectorant for coughs, colds, and bronchial ailments. At this time, there is a lack of evidence from randomized, controlled trials to support these uses.

Dosing/Toxicology

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Interactions

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References

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