Health Guide


What is it?

Lomatium is an herbal medicine used to treat upper respiratory infections.

Other names for Lomatium include: Big Turnip, Biscuit Root, Chocolate tips, Cough Root, and Indian Balsam.

Ask your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist if you need more information about this medicine or if any information in this leaflet concerns you.

Before Using:

Tell your doctor, pharmacist or nurse if you

  • are taking medicine or are allergic to any medicine (prescription or over-the-counter (OTC) or dietary supplement)
  • are pregnant or intend to become pregnant while using this medicine
  • are breastfeeding
  • have any other medical problems, especially heart or blood vessel disease


Talk with your caregiver about how much Lomatium you should take. The amount depends on the strength of the medicine and the reason you are taking Lomatium. If you are using this medicine without instructions from your caregiver, follow the directions on the medicine bottle. Do not take more medicine or take it more often than the directions tell you to.

To store this medicine:

Keep all medicine locked up and away from children. Store medicine away from heat and direct light. Do not store your medicine in the bathroom, near the kitchen sink, or in other damp places. Heat or moisture may cause the medicine to break down and not work the way it should work. Throw away medicine that is out of date or that you do not need. Never share your medicine with others.


  • Do not take Lomatium if you are pregnant (2)
  • Before taking Lomatium, tell your doctor if you are breastfeeding

Side Effects:

Stop taking your medicine right away and talk to your doctor if you have any of the following side effects. Your medicine may be causing these symptoms which may mean you are allergic to it.

  • Breathing problems or tightness in your throat or chest
  • Chest pain
  • Skin hives, rash, or itchy or swollen skin

Other Side Effects:

You may have the following side effects, but this medicine may also cause other side effects. Tell your doctor if you have side effects that you think are caused by this medicine.

  • When used alone, Lomatium may cause a rash or hives that is not improved with cortisone or antihistamine medicines (3,4)


1. Moore M: Herbal Materia Medica. Southwest School of Botanical Medicine, Bisbee, AZ 1995:19.

2. McGuffin M, Hobbs C, Upton R et al (eds): American Herbal Products Association's Botanical Safety Handbook. CRC Press, Boca Raton, FL 1997:32.

3. Bergener P: Adverse effects anecdotes. Medical Herbalism: A Clinical Newsletter for the Herbal Practitioner 1999; 10(4):15-16.

4. Alstat E: Lomatium dissectum and fresh corn silk. NHAA International Conference 1995:116-125.


Last Updated: 7/4/2018
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