Gnaphalium is a genus of flowering plants in the sunflower family, commonly called cudweeds. They are widespread and common in temperate regions, although some are found on tropical mountains or in the subtropical regions of the world.
Used for pain relief.
Species in this genus are said to have anti-inflammatory, astringent, and antiseptic properties and are often prescribed as an herbal supplement for colds, flu, pneumonia, tonsillitis, larygitis, and congestion. Taken as an herbal hot tea, Gnaphalium, is a popular treatment for respiratory problems and neuritis among the Lumbee Native American tribe. The herb is known to cause intense sweating when consumed as hot tea, however.
As people try to quit smoking, Gnaphalium obtusofolium may be used in place of tobacco cigarettes. Although this so-called Cherokee tobacco does not contain nicotine, some people report that it eliminates nicotine withdrawal symptoms. It may be purchased in bulk and rolled into cigarettes or smoked in a pipe.
In homeopathy, doctors select remedies by matching their patients’ symptoms with a standardized profile of each homeopathic compound. A remedy is considered correct when the patient’s symptoms match those outlined in its profile. According to anecdotal reports, patients who complain of chronic lower back pain that radiates down the leg, i.e.,sciatica, have shown improvement after taking homeopathic Gnaphalium. Patients with rheumatism, diarrhea, and an increase in urination, combined with sporadic upper jaw pain, may benefit from Gnaphalium as well.
Aside from the harmless profuse sweating that occurs after consuming Gnaphalium herbal hot tea, there are no known side effects for either the herbal or homeopathic remedies. Even so, it is important for pregnant or nursing women to check with their doctor prior to using either the herbal or homeopathic forms of this supplement. The elderly and those with chronic illness should also speak with their doctor before taking this remedy.
- None are recorded.
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