Medicinal Herbs and ADHD


Scientific Name: Inula helenium


  • Volatile oil: Sesquiterpene lactones (alantolactone, isoalantolactone, isoheleproline, alantopicrin, alantic acid & azulene)
  • Carbohydrates: Mucilage & Inulin
  • Saponins
  • Chlorogenic & caffeic acids
  • Phytosterols
  • Resin

Medicinal actions:

  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Anti-catarrhal
  • Antimicrobial
  • Anti-tumor
  • Antispasmodic
  • Bitter
  • Diaphoretic
  • Diuretic
  • Expectorant (stimulant) & Lung Trophorestorative

Mechanism of Action & Pharmacology:

  • VO are spasmolytic on smooth muscle tissues & sesquiterpene lactones (alantolactone, isoalantolactone) are widely antiseptic (e.g. MRSA, Candida) and anti-inflammatory.
  • Isolated alantolactone has been used to treat parasites (e.g. roundworm, hookworm) and has chemopreventative and anti-tumor effects.
  • Mucilage has a relaxing & carminative effect which combines well with the stimulation and expectoration of the VO.
  • Inulin is a prebiotic that will aid in the balance of blood sugar levels and of the microbiome.


  • Decoction
  • Tincture
  • Powdered herb

Safety & Toxicity Concerns:

  • Use caution when lungs are irritated or dry, as it can increase dryness and give a feeling of constriction.
  • May cause contact dermatitis topically.
  • Avoid in known allergy to Asteracae family.


  • None known

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