Lobelia can help ease a difficult or painful birthing process. It is also well known for treating acute heart conditions, croup, whooping cough and tonsillitis. Too much can be toxic, but in the right amounts it is a wonderful herb with centuries of use by the Chinese and Native Americans. It is said to be the best for treating snake bites and scorpion or wasp stings. The Native American Crow Tribe used it in religious ceremonies.