What is Elecampane?
Elecampane (Inula helenium) is a herb from the widespread plant species in the sunflower family; Asteraceae. Also known as Elfdock or Horse-Heal, Elecampane is native to certain parts of Europe and Western China. It is often the root, and sometimes the rhizomes, from 2-3 year-old Elecampane plants that feature in Herbal Supplements, Herbal Tea, Honey, and sweets.
What is Elecampane root used for?
While Elecampane hasn't been approved for the prevention or treatment of any condition or illness, it has antimicrobial and astringent properties, which may be a clear indication on why it is highly touted within the natural market. However, while medical research is thin, the history of Elecampane use suggests that it may help prevent coughing associated with asthma, bronchitis, and a whooping cough.
Can I use Elecampane root for digestion?
Maybe. Elecampane does contain a rich source of the prebiotic soluble fibre inulin, which is thought to slow digestive metabolism.