elecampane inula root
Elecampane (), Inula helenium, also called horse-heal or elfdock, is a widespread plant species in the sunflower family Asteraceae. It is native to Eurasia from Spain to Xinjiang Province in western China, and naturalized in parts of North America.
== Description ==
Elecampane is a rather rigid herb, the stem of which attains a height of about 90–150 cm (35–59 in). The leaves are large and toothed, the lower ones stalked, the rest embracing the stem; blades egg-shaped, elliptical, or lance-shaped, as big as 30 cm (12 in) long and 12 cm (4.7 in) wide. Leaves are green on the upper side with light, scattered hairs, but whitish on the underside because of a thick layer of wool. The flower heads up to 5 cm (2 inches) broad, each head containing 50-100 yellow ray flowers and 100-250 yellow disc flowers. The root is thick, branching and mucilaginous, and has a bitter taste and a camphoraceous odour with sweet floral (similar to violet) undertones.
== Folklore and Traditional Uses ==
The plant’s specific name, helenium, derives from Helen of Troy; elecampane is said to have sprung up from where her tears fell. It was sacred to the ancient Celts, and once had the name “elfwort”.
The plant traditionally was held to be associated with the elves and fairy folk.Nicholas Culpeper considered elecampane to be ruled by Mercury and used it to warm a cold and windy stomach, to resist poison, to strengthen sight, and to clear internal blockages.
Let’s share with you a traditional Chinese medicine—Electrum incense.
[Chinese name of elecampane]: elecampane-racemose elecampane
[category of elecampane]: roots
[English name of elecampane]: RacemosetriulaRoot
[alias of elecampane]: 臧木香, Manu (Tibetan).
【Source of Inularacemosa】: It is the root of InularacemosaHook.f.
[Electrum Extraction]: Dig the roots in early spring and late autumn, remove the remaining stems, slice them, and dry them.
[Electrum’s taste]: The roots are conical, slightly curved, with many branched roots, dark brown on the surface, with longitudinal wrinkles, hard in nature, and not easy to break. The cambium ring of the section is obvious, and the xylem has a slightly radial texture. Slightly fragrant, bitter and pungent in taste. Warm in nature, pungent and bitter in taste.
【The plant form of Elecampane】: Perennial herb with hair on the whole plant. The stem is upright with longitudinal grooves. The basal leaves are clustered, with long stalks, serrated on the edge, rough on the top, and densely tomentose on the bottom; the stem leaves are small, nearly sessile, the leaves are oblong, and the base of the upper leaves is clinging to the stem. The flower heads are arranged in races, with 4 to 5 layers of involucre, with tongue-shaped flowers at the edges, yellow, and tubular flowers at the center. The crest is light yellow and radiating. Flowering from June to July, fruiting from July to September.
[Growth place of Elecampane]: Born in fields, river valleys, and wet places of swamps. Mainly produced in Tibet and Xinjiang.
【Chemical composition of Inulin】: Contains volatile oil, the main component in the oil is alantolactone (alantolactone).
【Functions and Indications of Elecampane】: invigorate the spleen and stomach, regulate qi and relieve depression, relieve pain and fetus. Used for pain in the chest and side, stomach and abdomen, traditional Chinese medicine physicians, vomiting and diarrhea, contusion in the chest and side, pain in the qi, and fetal movement.