Only the rhizome and roots of elecampane are used as a medicine. Darkened and spoiled areas are cut off. After washing the root, it is cut into slices.
Dried elecampane root has a spicy taste and delicate aroma with floral notes.
Elecampane root is used to treat diseases of the upper respiratory tract and is an effective expectorant. The plant has a diuretic and choleretic effect, is characterized by antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties. Medicinal products normalize secretory function of the gastrointestinal tract.
The rhizomes also normalize gastrointestinal tract functioning. It has the ability to stimulate the secretory functions of the body, which facilitates the bile flow in the body. With the help of aqueous extracts, it is possible to reduce the acidity of the stomach and restore its normal secretion. Elecampane root is used in the fight against parasites, in particular roundworms, and can be included in the treatment of fungi (it has antimicrobial effect).
Since elecampane root contains insulin, it can be used in diabetes mellitus. It reduces cravings for sweets and has a positive effect on the human immune system, as it has a tonic effect. The plant is used in the treatment of gynecological diseases, mainly in the absence of menstruation. The calming effect of elecampane root has on the body in the treatment of tachycardia and epilepsy.
The rhizome contains vitamin E, which helps to stop the degenerative aging process, as it is a natural and quite powerful antioxidant. Infusions and decoctions of the rhizomes of the plant can be used as a means to combat dandruff and strengthen hair. A decoction of the healing root is useful for skin diseases.