Lobelia is a delicate plant with vibrantly colored flowers. It is easy to take care of and can be grown by even the most inexperienced gardeners. Its delicate and colorful flowers can turn it into the main attraction of any garden. Lobelia grows in the form of compact shrubs that reach up to 30 cm in height. It mostly prefers sunny areas and moist, loamy and sandy soil. The lobelia plant usually blooms in the months of February and March.
Its flowers are brightly colored, with shades varying from purple to dark blue. They can also be white or pink, depending on the species. The most common type of lobelia is the blue lobelia. This plant is native to North and South America, and on top of being a ravishingly breathtaking addition to any garden, it has medicinal properties as well. Lobelia is generally used in the treatment of respiratory diseases such as asthma, bronchitis and the common cough. However, it has been speculated that this plant is also effective in the treatment of arthritis. But is this true? How can the lobelia plant help patients suffering from arthritis?
What is arthritis?
Arthritis is an inflammatory disease that affects one or more joints of the human body, and their adjacent tissue and cartilage. However, “arthritis” is just a common denomination for a wide variety of separate affections of the joint, which differ ever so slightly in nature and symptomatology. The most frequently encountered types of arthritis are osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, fibromyalgia, gout, reactive arthritis, septic arthritis and juvenile arthritis. The most common symptoms of this category of illnesses are pain, stiffness and swelling at the level of the diseased joint or joints. If more joints of the body are affected by arthritis, this generally occurs symmetrically.
The benefits of lobelia
In the case of arthritis treatment, lobelia can be effective when administered locally and externally. A tincture of lobelia flowers can be applied to the diseased joint or joints, thus providing the patient with relief from inflammation and pain. There is no known cure for arthritis just yet, but an appropriate treatment plan can make life easier for those suffering from arthritis, and keep its unpleasant symptoms under control. This locally applied medicine can also be effective in the case of injuries and insect bites. All in all, lobelia can be a valuable natural ingredient in the local treatment of many ailments.
However, as is the case with most natural arthritis (and not only) remedies, it is best that you consult your doctor before including it in your treatment plan. The field of homeopathic medicine is still quite vaguely defined and plenty of medical research still needs to be conducted in this area. The study of arthritis as a whole is still quite incomplete, including that of natural remedies that have been speculated for a while to be of great help to those suffering from this unpleasant disease. As always, it is better to be safe than sorry, so make sure that you always make informed decisions regarding your treatment plan.