Veterinarian Reviewed on June 15, 2012 by Paulina Nelega, RH
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Grindelia (Grindelia camporum) is also known as the gum plant and it is native to North America. Grindelia is a perennial herb that can grow up to 3 feet and it has unique triangular leaves and bright yellow flowers that may look like a daisy.
The Grindelia flower is the most commonly used part of the Grindelia plant for herbal remedies. The Grindelia flower is beneficial in the treatment of bronchial asthma, as well as in the treatment of many other respiratory illnesses. The Grindelia flower typically blooms in late summer and this is the perfect time to harvest these wonderful blooms.
History and Origin
The Grindelia flower is the most widely used part of the Grindelia plant for therapeutic herbal remedies. In 1875, Mr. Jas G. Steele of San Francisco made relevant research available and published a report on the effectiveness of the Grindelia flower in the treatment of bronchial asthma. The research was presented to the American Pharmaceutical Association in 1875 and since then, the Grindelia flower has been seen as a possible treatment in the management of asthma and many other respiratory illnesses.
The Grindelia flower was used in ancient times to relieve respiratory illnesses by expectorating phlegm and loosening thick mucus. The leaves of the Grindelia plant are also used as a poultice for wounds, boils and other skin disorders.
The use of the Grindelia flower in modern times is also for the relief of respiratory illnesses. Aside from bronchial asthma, it is also effective in relieving thick mucus secretions thereby restoring airways.
The Grindelia flower also provides a relaxing effect on the muscles that line the bronchial passages. This herbal remedy also known to desensitize the nerve endings of the bronchial tree that can dramatically help slow down a person’s heart rate and eases the breathing process as well.
Whooping cough, hay fever and pulmonary cystitis are also some of the pulmonary disorders that Grindelia flower treats successfully. A poultice of the Grindelia plant is still being used today for burns, skin irritations, poison ivy, boils and many order skin disorders.
Grindelia flower also has a sedative effect that can calm and induce relaxation and sleep.
There are some significant side effects in the use of the Grindelia flower. It is contraindicated for a patient with kidney and heart ailments to use Grindelia supplements since it may cause life threatening side effects and adverse reactions on the medications that such a patient would normally use.
It can cause renal irritation if used in excessive amounts. This is why if you want to use Grindelia flower supplements for your particular illness, it is best to consult your doctor for the ideal dosage and to learn about the possible side effects of this herbal remedy.
Grindelia flower supplements are contraindicated in pregnant and lactating women. It is also not intended to be used in very young children since there is lack of clinical data and research in the use of this herbal remedy in the young.
Always follow your recommended dose and never self medicate to prevent adverse drug reactions.
Paulina Nelega, RH, has been in private practice as a Clinical Herbalist for over 15 years. She has developed and taught courses in herbal medicine, and her articles on health have appeared in numerous publications. She is very passionate about the healing power of nature. Ask Dr. Jan