A powerful antispasmodic, respiratory stimulant, and valuable for asthma. It relaxes the muscles of the smaller bronchial tubes, thus opening the airways, stimulates breathing, and promotes coughing up phlegm. It relaxes smooth muscle making it a very effective remedy when applied topically for sprains and strains, back pain, and general muscle pains. Traditionally it was mixed with Cayenne to relax the area then push blood flow to the area that Lobelia has relaxed. Due to its nicotine like effect of stimulating and relaxing at the same time, it has been smoked by the Native Americans for generations, earning it the nick name Indian tobacco. It also has the nickname pukeweed due to its strong emetic effect, so beware!