Inula Helenium. (Elecampane.)
Preparation.—Prepare a tincture from the fresh root, in the proportion of ℥viij. to Alcohol 50° Oj.
Elecampane is a feeble stimulant and tonic, but may sometimes be used for these properties with advantage. It not only exerts this influence upon the digestive tract, but also upon the skin, and is sometimes beneficial in chronic cutaneous diseases.
Its principal use, however, is in bronchial disease, with increased secretion. It may be used also in combination with Stillingia. Its action is slow, and it needs to be continued for some time to experience its benefits.