Ruling out the Past
Lobelia is a plant which was discovered and widely used in the medicine of Native Americans. Moreover, during the 1800s and the 1900s, it has been implemented in the medicine branch of the white people as well. Namely, this plant is known for its ability to provide relief to asthma patients. Also, since its earliest use, it has been intended for inducing vomiting in people. This latter quality of lobelia is due to its power of cleaning the respiratory pathways and expelling any unwanted substances from theseareas.
Nevertheless, as medicine evolved, lobelia was thought to be an excellent, healthy and harmless substitute for tobacco which is known to cause numerous health problems in the long run. Unfortunately, after some tests being performed, this plant was labeled useless for these purposes and it has been more or less neglected and avoided ever since.
A Change of Opinions?
Nowadays, science revokes the power of lobelia, having high hopes about it. This is due to a presumption that this plant reduces the amount of dopamine, a pleasure hormone triggered by nicotine. Thus, by taking lobelia we would decrease the amount of pleasure cigars and cigarettes provide us, making it easier for us to quit this nasty habit. Regardless, little is known about the connection between dopamine and the substances from the lobelia plant, preventing any plausible claims until this relation is proven.
Also, even though lobelia might help, one needs to be extremely careful about its dosage, since any overindulgence may lead to numerous side-effects. Its negative, and possibly toxic effects may involve dry mouth as the best possible problem, all the way to seizures and coma being the worst case scenarios. For these reasons, you cannot get lobelia prescribed when paying your doctor or physician a visit. Rather, you may obtain it from a herbal store or similar shops, selling these kinds ofproducts.
Additional Things about Lobelia
Once you decide to purchase this plant, you may choose from capsules, dry leaves for tea or liquid extracts of this plant. In all cases you need to be careful about the dosage, as it was already mentioned above. Also, people who suffer from some kinds of kidney, respiratory, heart or cardiovascular diseases should not use lobelia at all. The same goes for people who experience seizures often and pregnant along with breastfeeding women.
Finally, due to its unknown way of affecting us, people are advised not to combine lobelia with any medications or anti-nicotine therapy including the nicotine patches and similar products.