Lomatium dissectum Common name: Lomatium, Fern leaf, Biscuit root
Part used: Root
Constituents: Volatile oil, gums, oleo-resins (terpenes & sesquiterpenes), furanocoumarins (nodakenetin, columbianin and pyranocoumarin), carbohydrates, protein, fatty acids, ascorbic acid (22%), methylamines, valeric acid
Medicinal actions: Tonic, immuno-stimulant, antimicrobial (antiviral, antifungal, and antibacterial), stimulating expectorant
Medicinal use: Lomatium is useful in acute and chronic viral, bacterial, fungal infections and other inflammatory disorders of the respiratory system. It is most effective in treating infections when it is given as early as possible and in small frequent doses.
Pharmacy: Tincture (1:5, 70%), 1-2 ml TID. As food or steam inhalation.
Toxicity: Some individuals develop a pruritic, generalized maculopapular rash that mimics measles. The rash resolves several days after lomatium is discontinued. The lomatium isolate is prepared by separating out the resin. This form of the medicine can be used without the rash side effect.
Contraindictions: None known.
Interactions: None known.