Also called scabwort, elf dock, or horseheal, elecampane root is sweet, acrid, and bitter, and effects the lungs, spleen, and stomach. With tonic, carminative, expectorant, diuretic, antiseptic, astringent and stimulant properties, this root can be useful for many disorders including respiratory complaints, chronic coughs, and digestive weakness. Biochemically, the herb is made up of an essential oil, bitter principles, resin, and inulin.
Elecampane root is specific for chronic mucus, coughs and digestion. Therefore it is given for asthma and coughs and is beneficial when given on a long-term basis. Its carminative properties aid the digestion and assimilation of food, and for this reason, there is less tendency to form mucus.
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