Name: Inula racemosa
Names: Pushkarmoola, Inula
Used: Root powder
At least four sesquiterpene lactones have been isolated from Inula. These along with other ingredients account for the healing
medicinal properties of this herb.
Pushkarmoola is beneficial
In an experiment, rats were
given Inula before and after experimental myocardial infarction. Animals given Inula had smaller increases in SGOT, LDH, CPK,
CAMP, cortisol, pyruvate, lactate, and glucose than those in an untreated control
Inula was studied in combination with
Guggul (Commiphora mukul) using a 1:1 mixture. 200 patients with ischemic heart
disease were used in the trial. Approximately 80 percent experienced dyspnea, and all 200 subjects had chest pain, with
positive indications of myocardial ischemia.
Guggul (Commiphora) is known for its lipid-lowering qualities. It may
partially explain the lowering of total cholesterol by 39-percent in these
patients. There was also a 51-percent decrease in triglycerides and 32-percent decrease in total blood lipids.
The other results were also
equally remarkable. At the end of the six-month study period, 26 percent of the subjects had a complete restoration of normal
ECG. Another 59 percent showed improvement in the ECG. Twenty-five percent of the subjects had no chest pain, and patients experiencing dyspnea fell
from 80 percent at the beginning of the study to 32 percent. 2
In another trial, the efficacy of Inula was compared to nitroglycerin for the prevention of anginal symptoms.
Nine subjects with ischemic heart disease was used in the study. All patients experienced chest pain and
showed positive for myocardial ischemia by their ECG ST-segment depression
on exertion. The Inula group received 3 grams root powder 90 minutes prior to
testing. The controls were given nitroglycerin. All nine subjects had improvement in ST-segment depression on
ECG. However, the improvement was greater for those who were given inula. 3
Inula is an Ayurvedic herb. It grows in the hilly regions in the northwestern Himalayas.
1. Patel V, Banu N, Ojha JK, et al. Effect of indigenous drug
(Pushkarmula) on experimentally induced myocardial infarction in rats. Act Nerv Super
1982; Suppl 3:387-394.
2. Singh RP, Singh R, Ram P, Batliwala PG. Use of Pushkar-Guggul, an indigenous antiischemic
combination, in the management of ischemic heart disease. Int J Pharmacog
3. Tripathi SN, Upadhyaya BN, Guptha VK. Beneficial effect of Inula racemosa
(Pushkarmoola) in angina pectoris: a preliminary report. Ind J Physiol Pharmac
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