Alant, Aster helenium, Aster officinalis, Aunée, Aunée Officinale, Elfdock, Elfwort, Enule Campagne, Grande Aunée, Helenio, Helenium grandiflorum, Horse-Elder, Horseheal, Indian Elecampane, Inula, Inula helenium, Inule Aulnée, Inule Aunée, Inule Hélénie, Œil-de-cheval, Scabwort, Velvet Dock, Wild Sunflower, Yellow Starwort.


Overview Information

Elecampane is an herb. The root is used to make medicine.

Elecampane is used for conditions such as asthma, bronchitis, intestinal worms, and many others, but there is no good scientific evidence to support these uses.

In foods and beverages, elecampane is used to provide flavor.

In other manufacturing processes, elecampane is used as a fragrance in cosmetics and soaps.

How does it work?

Elecampane contains chemicals that can kill worms that infest the gut. Elecampane also contains chemicals that seem to reduce inflammation.


Uses & Effectiveness?

Insufficient Evidence for

More evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of elecampane for these uses.

Side Effects

Side Effects & Safety

When taken by mouth Elecampane is POSSIBLY SAFE for most adults when taken by mouth in amounts used in medicines. In larger amounts, elecampane is POSSIBLY UNSAFE. Large amounts of elecampane can cause vomiting, diarrhea, spasms, and paralysis.

Special Precautions & Warnings:

Pregnancy and breast-feeding: It's LIKELY UNSAFE to take elecampane if you are pregnant or breast-feeding. Avoid use.

Allergy to ragweed and related plants: Elecampane may cause an allergic reaction in people who are sensitive to the Asteraceae/Compositae plant family. Members of this family include ragweed, chrysanthemums, marigolds, daisies, and many others. If you have allergies, be sure to check with your healthcare provider before taking elecampane.

Diabetes: There is some concern that elecampane may interfere with blood sugar control. If you have diabetes and use elecampane, monitor your blood sugar carefully.

High blood pressure or low blood pressure: There is some concern that elecampane might interfere with blood pressure control. If you have blood pressure problems and use elecampane, monitor your blood pressure carefully.

Surgery: Elecampane affects the central nervous system and can cause sleepiness. There is a concern that it might cause too much sleepiness if combined with anesthesia and other medications used during and after surgery. Stop using elecampane at least 2 weeks before a scheduled surgery.



Moderate Interaction

Be cautious with this combination

  • Sedative medications (CNS depressants) interacts with ELECAMPANE

    Elecampane might cause sleepiness and drowsiness. Medications that cause sleepiness are called sedatives. Taking elecampane along with sedative medications might cause too much sleepiness.
    Some sedative medications include clonazepam (Klonopin), lorazepam (Ativan), phenobarbital (Donnatal), zolpidem (Ambien), and others.



The appropriate dose of elecampane depends on several factors such as the user's age, health, and several other conditions. At this time there is not enough scientific information to determine an appropriate range of doses for elecampane. Keep in mind that natural products are not always necessarily safe and dosages can be important. Be sure to follow relevant directions on product labels and consult your pharmacist or physician or other healthcare professional before using.

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