Latin names: Lobelia chinensis, Lobelia radicans
Chinese name: ban bian lian
Other names: half-edged lily

What is Lobelia?
Lobelia is a member of a genus of flowering plants that is distributed throughout eastern parts of Asia, including China. It is a plant commonly used in Chinese herbalism.

What are the health benefits of Lobelia?
Lobelia is used for a variety of medicinal purposes, including as a diuretic for promoting urination, as well as being used to treat edema, appendicitis, and cirrhosis. It is also used to treat ulcers, lesions, shingles, and tonsillitis. When applied to the skin, lobelia can be used to treat sores, abscesses, snakebites, injuries, swellings, and eczema.

Are there any precautions for taking Lobelia?

Lobelia can be toxic when taken in excessive amounts. Overdosing of this herb may lead to nausea, headaches, diarrhea, hypertension, and muscle contraction.

Where can I find Lobelia?
Lobelia can be found online, in Asian markets, in herbal specialty shops, and in the offices of Chinese medical practitioners.

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