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What Is Elecampane Used for Today?
Some modern herbalists regard elecampane as a long-term treatment for respiratory diseases such as asthma and bronchitis, especially when excessive mucus is a notable feature. However, there is no real evidence that it is effective for this purpose.
Elecampane is also sometimes recommended as a daily supplement to improve general digestion.
One of elecampane's constituents, alantolactone, has been used in concentrated form as a treatment for intestinal parasites, 1 but it isn't clear whether the whole herb is particularly effective for this purpose.
- Newall C, Anderson LA, Phillipson JD. Herbal Medicines: A Guide for Health-Care Professionals. London, England: Pharmaceutical Press; 1996:106.