Lobelia (Lobelia inflata)

Lobelia toxicity: A Literature Review

Lobelia inflata was introduced into medical usage in North America by the herbalist Samuel Thomson in the early nineteenth century. Subsequently, Thomson and millions of medical professionals, lay herbalists, and patients who later followed his medical theories, used lobelia freely as an emetic, antispasmodic, asthma treatment, and childbirth aid without regard for potential toxicity (Griggs, Thomson 1831; Colby; Cook).

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