Few people have ever heard of elecampane, yet as this herb proves itself powerful in healing more and more conditions, it’s just a matter of time until elecampane takes its rightful place in the spotlight. As its Latin name suggests, it is a rich source of the compound known as inulin. Inulin is a prebiotic found in some plants that nourishes beneficial microbes in the intestines. Additionally, elecampane has many other uses, some of which include:
For those who Elecampane well, it is one of the favorite herbs to treat and strengthen the respiratory system.
Elecampane extract is an effective cure for many types of respiratory ailments, including bronchitis. Essential oil gives the roots expectorant, anti-inflammatory and warming properties that help break up congestion and calm coughs.
Its antibacterial property is so effective; it kills the organism that causes tuberculosis.
Frequent intake of elecampane root tea can relieve symptoms of chronic bronchitis, asthma and other chronic lung conditions, as well as help your lungs become strong and resilient, but you must be armed with patience and use it for a month or two. Like most herbal remedies, it cures the problem slowly and thoroughly.
People used elecampane root extract as a digestive stimulant and cure for upset stomach for hundreds of years. It contains a whopping 44% of the prebiotic compound inulin.
Prebiotics support and nourish healthy gut flora and are one of the favourite foods of probiotics, including Bifidobacteria and Lactobacillus. Colonies of these beneficial bacteria in the gut help to stave off infections, prevent inflammation and encourage healthy bowels.
In the case of loss of appetite and feelings of lethargy due to poor nutrient absorption, Elecampane enhances nutrient absorption and encourages proper function of the digestive system.
Additionally, a clinical trial conducted in 1977 showed that an extract from Elecampane root demonstrated ulcer healing properties, relieved painful symptoms and improved gastric mucosal circulation.
This remedy is particularly helpful for refreshing the appetite after a bout with the flu or other illness.
Breast cancer treatment
In a recent study published in the medical journal Phytotherapy Research, scientists assessed the ability of hundreds of herbal extracts to prevent breast cancer tumors from growing. Elecampane root extract proved to be one of the most potent. It effectively stopped cancer cells from dividing, thereby inhibiting tumor growth.
The phytochemicals alantolactone and isoalantolactone contained in the roots of Elecampane have anthelmintic and anti-parasitic properties. These compounds are effective in destroying and expellling parasites from the intestine such as: roundworms, pinworms, hookworms, whipworms and threadworms.
The high inulin content in Elecampane is also helpful for people with blood sugar issues, such as Type II Diabetes. The inulin slows down sugar metabolism, reducing the harmful blood glucose spikes that contribute to insulin resistance. Consuming inulin rich foods helps to restore normal levels of blood sugar and protect you from dangerous effects that diabetes has on the body.
Elecampane root extract has anti-inflammatory properties and when used topically it help relieve eczema and other types of skin inflammation. Alantolactone in the roots seems to be responsible for this healing property. You can effortlessly prepare a wash by diluting the root decoction.
Elecampane may possess mild sedative properties and like many herbal teas, it could be useful in calming your nerves and anxiety.
Warm cup of tea made from the herb before bed may be just what you need to get a good night’s sleep. Herb that works for one person will not essentially work for another but given that elecampane is usually considered as safe; it would not hurt to give it a go.
Scientific research has found that the herb possesses some mild antibacterial actions which can further help relieve colds and infections caused by bacteria.