An herb of bright yellow, umbrella-shaped flowers, lomatium was widely used among native peoples of North America as a treatment for a variety of infections, especially those involving the lungs. Reportedly, use of this herb protected the Washoe Indian tribe of Nevada from suffering any deaths during the 1917/1918 worldwide pandemic of influenza. It was also said to be useful for pneumonia and tuberculosis.
What is Lomatium Used for Today?
Lomatium is currently regarded by some herbalists as an effective treatment for many types of viral infection, including HIV
At most, there is exceedingly weak evidence from a small number of
Lomatium is typically used in the form of a resin-free extract, taken at a dose of 1–3 ml daily.
Lomatium has not undergone any modern safety testing. Reportedly, lomatium resin frequently causes allergic reactions leading to a whole-body rash; this is why resin-free products are sold. In addition, lomatium may cause digestive distress. Safety in young children, pregnant or nursing women, or people with severe liver or kidney disease has not been evaluated.
2. Lee TT, Kashiwada Y, Huang L, et al. Suksdorfin: an anti-HIV principle from Lomatium suksdorfii , its structure-activity correlation with related coumarins, and synergistic effects with anti-AIDS nucleosides. Bioorg MedChem . 1995;2:1051–6.
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