Scientific Name: Althea officinalis
- Mucilage & Polysaccharides (pectin)
- Calcium oxalate
- Amino acids (Asparagine)
- Demulcent & Emollient
- Expectorant (soothing)
Mechanism of Action & Pharmacology:
- Mucilage & Polysaccharides are hypoglycemic, anti-tussive, anti-microbial, soothing & protective to mucous membranes (mouth, throat, GIT, and by reflex action the urinary and respiratory tract). Will also stimulate phagocytosis and have anti-inflammatory and immunomodulating effects. As a form of soluble fiber has gentle bulking laxative effects and draws out toxins from the bowels.
- Best taken as cold Infusion
- Dried herb
- Topically as poultice or compress
- As food (syrup, porridge or gruel)
Safety & Toxicity Concerns:
- A very safe herb and food. May cause some stomach upset in some individuals. No known contraindications.
- Theoretically may delay the absorption of oral drugs if taken simultaneously. Take at least 2 hours away from other medications.