Lobelia contains an alkaloid named lobeline. Lobeline, which has a molecular structure similar to nicotine, attaches to the same receptor sites as nicotine and helps to curb the craving and desire for tobacco products. Lobelia also alleviates lung congestion because it has expectorant properties (meaning it loosens mucus and facilitates removal from the lungs).
Licorice supports the adrenal glands in releasing hormones that open bronchial tubes, helps prevent constipation and cuts down on sugar cravings during the quitting period by supporting a stabilized blood sugar level that prevents low blood sugar. Licorice is known in traditional Chinese medicine as the great harmonizer as it facilitates and augments the actions of the other hers.
Oat Seed is a nervous system tonic that supports the overall nervous system during the quitting period. It induces relaxation, provides a sense of calmness and decreases anxiety. Its benefits accrue over time so that sleep is enhanced.
Osha liquefies hardened mucus, stimulates ciliary action to sweep out accumulating mucus and decreases inflammation of respiratory tissues. It also gently stimulates gastrointestinal motility and thus helps to prevent stomach upsets and constipation.
Passion Flower prevents excessive cerebral excitement. It helps ex-smokers who experience excessive “mind chatter” while quitting that prevents concentration or sleep. It helps address rapid thought processes and reactions to the intensity of the environmental stimuli.
Peurisy Root brings more moisture to the lungs and facilitates the removal of mucus.
Grindelia alleviates lung congestion by helping to produce a thin mucus that is easier to remove. It also helps to calm cells located in the lungs that secrete thick viscous mucus.
Mullein ensures that the right amount of moisture is present in the lungs to permit full oxygenation of the body. It increases the production of thin mucus by the surfactant-secreting cells.
Ginger increases the absorption by the body of the above herbs.