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Scientific Name: Althea officinalis

Constituents:

  • Mucilage & Polysaccharides (pectin)
  • Tannins
  • Flavonoids
  • Coumarins
  • Calcium oxalate
  • Amino acids (Asparagine)

Medicinal actions:

  • Alterative
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Antimicrobial
  • Demulcent & Emollient
  • Diuretic
  • Expectorant (soothing)
  • Immunomodulator
  • Nutritive
  • Vulnerary

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.

Pharmacy:

  • Best taken as cold Infusion
  • Tincture
  • 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.

Interactions:

  • Theoretically may delay the absorption of oral drugs if taken simultaneously. Take at least 2 hours away from other medications.

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