Inula helenium

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Chinese medicine
A perennial herb that contains inulin (a starch), mucilage, pectin, resin, sterols and volatile oil. It is analgesic, anthelmintic, antiemetic, antimicrobial, antitussive, carminative, diaphoretic, expectorant, laxative and sedative; it is used to treat gastrointestinal complaints and fluid retention.

Herbal medicine
In Western herbal medicine, the root and rhizome have been used to treat anaemia, asthma, dysmenorrhoea and lung infections, including bronchitis and tuberculosis.
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References in periodicals archive ?
Alantolactone isolated from Inula helenium (Compositae), a traditional Chinese medicinal herb, provides an effective inhibitory activity for cell growth against MK-1, HeLa, B16F10, and K562 cell lines [15, 48].
Isoalantolactone, isolated from Inula helenium, exhibits antiproliferative activities against various cancer cells such as MK-1, HeLa, and B16F10 cells [15].
Lim et al., "Induction of detoxifying enzyme by sesquiterpenes present in Inula helenium," Journal of Medicinal Food, vol.
Li, "HPLC determination and NMR structural elucidation of sesquiterpene lactones in Inula helenium," Journal of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Analysis, vol.
Kim et al., "Isoalantolactone from Inula helenium caused nrf2-mediated induction of detoxifying enzymes," Journal of Medicinal Food, vol.
Herbal medicines particularly indicated here are Thymus vulgaris, Hydrastis canadensis and Inula helenium however it may be necessary to avoid Hydrastis if there is evidence of hypertension (Mills 2000).