Elecampane Root Cut
Elecampane Root Cut is native to southeastern Europe and western Asia, elecampane is now naturalized in many places across the globe and regarded by most as a common weed. The plant was once revered by the Ancient Greeks and Romans and used to treat a wide variety of illnesses, such as indigestion, “melancholy,” and bronchitis. In modern herbal medicine circles, it retains its use as a bronchial soother. It is just one of many herbs used to treat coughs and respiratory illnesses.
The roots and rhizome of elecampane possess the highest content of active compounds. They contain volatile oils, mainly alantolactone, which is thought to be responsible for the majority of elecampane’s health benefits, as it has anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, anthelmintic, and analgesic properties, however, its mechanism of action is yet to be fully understood.
Elecampane root contains active compounds that have proven anti-inflammatory properties. A lot of this antioxidant activity is related to a compound called alantolactone. This might make it a good natural remedy for illnesses that involve inflammation, but it isn’t a sure thing.
Some studies suggest elecampane root can help fight fungus and bacteria.
A 2011 test-tube study found that elecampane root cut can kill Staphylococcus bacteria by damaging the cell’s membrane. Other older studies suggest elecampane extracts can help treat tuberculosis and ward off Candida (the yeast that’s to blame for yeast infections).
A 2006 test-tube study found that elecampane extract was toxic to certain tumor cells. A more recent test-tube study from 2019 found an isolated elecampane compound called eudesmane sesquiterpenoid promoted cancer cell death.
Elecampane root can be brewed into a hot tisane, although this is not a popular form, as the elecampane flavor is quite bitter and unpleasant. Elecampane tea is drunk primarily to reduce coughing and stimulate digestion.
Poultice. The components of the plant can be crushed and applied topically, as a poultice or wash, to relieve inflamed skin and itches.
Tincture. This concentrated preparation can be made at home or bought from herbalist retailers. It should be diluted according to the recipe or instructions supplied. This is often the preferred form for getting rid of intestinal worms.
Capsules. These are often the preferred form of consumption, as they allow the user a fast intake of the herb’s medicinal properties. They also make it easy to ensure a consistent dosage is being administered.
Elecampane is considered largely safe to use; however, if administered in large doses it can cause some side effects. The plant contains up to 44% inulin which, as mentioned above, is not digestible and can ferment in the gastrointestinal tract, causing bloating and flatulence in sensitive people.
Overconsumption of the herb can also cause vomiting and diarrhea.
The herb is not known to interact with other medications. However, those who suffer from serious conditions, as well as pregnant and breastfeeding women, should always seek advice from a doctor before introducing an herbal supplement to their diet.