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Alternative Names

Aunée, Alant, Aunée Officinale, Elfwort, Elfdock, Enule Campagne, Grande Aunée, Horse-Elder, Helenio, Horseheal, Inule Hélénie, Inula, Indian Elecampane and Inule Aulnée, Scabwort, Velvet Dock, Wild Sunflower, Yellow Starwort

Scientific Name

Inula Helenium

Why Do People Use Elecampane?

Orally - The oral preparations of Inula heleniumand (Elecampane), like elecampane powder, are used for a number of purposes that include as an antitussive, expectorant, for respiratory tract diseases, for diaphoretic disorders, as an anthelmintic, as a diuretic, for improving stomach function, bronchitis, asthma complaints, cough related to tuberculosis, whooping cough, for diarrhea and nausea issues. Food Items - In beverages and food items processing, elecampane powder is utilized as a flavoring agent. Manufacturing Purposes - Elecampane is also used as a productive ingredient in industrial manufacturing processes. It is used as fragrance in soaps and other cosmetic products.

Is It Safe To Use?

Likely Safe - Elecampane powder is likely safe for medicinal preparations when utilized appropriately and orally. Likely Unsafe - Inula heleniumand is likely unsafe when its large amounts are consumed over short period of time. Consuming too much elecampane powder can result in a number of complications ranging from minor complications like stomach upset to serious complications like paralysis. In Pregnancy and Lactation - Lactating and child bearing women should avoid the oral consumption of elecampane as there is insufficient data that could support the safety of use of elecampane preparations in such conditions.

How Effective Is Elecampane?

To rate effectiveness of elecampane powder, there is lack of authentic information available.

How Elecampane Works?

The most effective parts of Inula heleniumand are its rhizome and root. Some sesquiterpene alkaloids are present in elecampane like isoalantolactone and alantolactone, which appear to have antifungal and antibacterial activity in vitro and are also responsible for killing worms (anti-helminthic) in humans. The countries of Europe, especially UK, use alantolactone for anthelmintic purposes.

What Are The Side Effects /Adverse Reactions of Elecampane?

Oral - Consuming large quantities of elecampane powder may be responsible for an array of side effects. These side effects range from minor ailments like diarrhea and vomiting to major side effects like paralysis symptoms and spasms. Topical utilization of elecampane may elicit an allergic contact dermatitis. People who are sensitive to the plant members of Compositae / Asteraceae family may show exacerbated side effects with the oral or topical use of elecampane preparations. The members of this plant family include daisies, chrysanthemums, marigolds, ragweed and others.

How Elecampane Interacts With Other Herbs and Supplements?

Supplements / Herbs with Sedative Properties - Using a combination of Inula heleniumand with supplements and herbs having sedative characteristics may increase the adverse and therapeutic impacts in human beings. Few such herbs and supplements include calamus, 5-HTP, catnip, California poppy, hops, Jamaican dogwood, St. Johns wort, kava, valerian, skullcap, yerba mansa etc.

How Elecampane Interacts With Drugs?

CNS Depressants - Interaction rating between elecampane and CNS depressant drugs is moderate so be cautious of this combination. Concomitant use of Inula heleniumand and CNS depressant drugs may exacerbate both pharmacological and adverse effects of such drugs.

How Elecampane Interacts With Foods?

There is no known interaction between various food items and elecampane powder.

How Elecampane Interacts With Lab Tests?

There is no known interaction between Inula heleniumand and different lab tests.

How Elecampane Interacts With Diseases and Conditions?

Cross-Allergenicity - Side effect like allergic reactions are reported in some individuals who are sensitive to the plants of Compositae/ Asteraceae family. Some of the plant members of this family include daisies, chrysanthemums, marigolds, ragweed and some other plants as well. Diabetes - Use of elecampane powder may derange the control of blood glucose, especially in patients suffering from diabetes. Hypotension and Hypertension - Usage of Inula heleniumand may alter the control of blood pressure in some individuals. Surgery - There are some CNS depressant impacts reported in human body due to usage of elecampane powder. It may also be responsible for additive CNS depression when mixed with anesthesia and other drugs during and after surgical procedures. So, patients are advised to stop the use of elecampane powder at least two weeks before their elective surgical procedures.

What Should Be the Dose/Administration of Elecampane?

ORAL • Common dosage of elecampane is 1.5 to 4 grams of rhizome or root used thrice every day. • It is used as tea that is made by boiling 1.5 to 4 grams rhizome or root into 150 mL water for continuously 5-10 minutes. This tea should not be used more than thrice every day. • As a liquid extract (with ratio of 1:1 in 25% concentrated alcohol) 1.5 to 4 mL of the extract should be used thrice every day. • Dose of alantolactone as an anti-helminthic for adults should be 300 mg used on daily basis as 2 courses used for 5 days, with an interval of 10 days between these two courses. • Dose of alantolactone for children should be 50-200 mg daily.



General Certificate of Analysis (COA)

Specification sheet links below are a standard copy of the COA less the batch or lot number and manufactures dates. Specification sheet can be dated and should only be considered as a general information. Please contact and request an up to date COA if needed for specific updated information before placing order by filling out the contact form with product name and SKU number. If ordering quantities of twenty five kilos or more contact for availability.

Specification Sheets

Elecampane Powder


These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

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