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Lobelia Inflata


Updated April 13, 2013

Lobelia Inflata

Lobelia Inflata

Source: from Koehler's Medicinal-Plants 1887 {{PD-1923}}
Lobelia (lobelia inflata), also known as Indian tobacco, is a plant with medicinal properties that has been used historically to treat respiratory ailments such as:
  • asthma
  • bronchitis
  • cough


The alkaloid lobeline, an active ingredient in lobelia, though less potent, is similar to nicotine in its effect on the body. For this reason, lobelia has been considered a nicotine substitute and used in herbal smoking remedies, though its success in this area is dubious.

Lobelia can be toxic. In low doses, lobeline causes:
  • bronchial dilation
  • increased respiratory rate
In high doses, lobeline can cause:
  • respiratory depression
  • sweating
  • rapid heart rate
  • hypotension
  • coma
  • death
Avoid using lobelia if:
  • you are pregnant
  • you are a child
  • you have a heart condition
Lobelia can be dangerous, and its use should be administered by a qualified healthcare practitioner.

See also: Natural Remedies to Quit Smoking

Also Known As: Indian tobacco, puke weed
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