Lobelia swollen

Lobelia – Lobeliaceae.

Pharmacy name: Lobelia herb – Lobeliae herba (formerly: Herba Lobeliae).

Botanical description. Annual herbaceous plant within 50 cm in height, with alternate leaves and pale blue bilabiate flowers collected in a brush. Native to North America; cultivated in Russia.

Active ingredients: numerous alkaloids’ (including lobelia) and substances close to alkaloids.

Application. Used as a tincture for coughs and asthma, whooping cough and bronchitis; the herb is added to anti-asthma cigarettes and smoking tobacco.

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