Lobelia (Lobelia inflata) is also called Indian tobacco or “puke weed” (in the 19th century, American physicians used lobelia to provoke vomiting as a means of removing toxins from the body). It is an herbal remedy that, in appropriate dosages, can be helpful for addressing acute asthma symptoms.
Lobelia is sometimes referred to as a toxic herb, because high doses cause serious effects: nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, profuse sweating, tremors, rapid heartbeat, mental confusion, convulsions, hypothermia, coma and possibly even death.
However, as a home remedy for a mild asthma attack, lobelia can be safe and effective when used appropriately - do the following:
- Mix three parts tincture of lobelia with one part tincture of capsicum (red pepper, cayenne pepper).
- Take 20 drops of the mixture in water at the start of an asthmatic attack.
- Repeat every 30 minutes for a total of three or four doses.
Remember that asthma can be a serious health condition and that herbal remedies like lobelia are not substitutes for standard medical treatments. I strongly recommend that people with asthma work closely with an integrative medicine practitioner for optimal care and advice about effective alternative and conventional medical therapies.
Tomorrow's post will feature another potentially dangerous supplement: kava.