Marshmallow Root (Althaea officinalis)
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ALSO KNOWN AS: althea, althaea
PLANT FAMILY: Malvaceae
PART(S) USED: Dried root
OVERVIEW: Marshmallow is an herbaceous perennial that can be found growing alongside marshes, seas, riverbanks, and other equally damp areas. Known throughout ancient Egyptian, Arab, Greek, and Roman cultures, this herb has been used for at least 2000 years.
TRADITIONAL USES: Marshmallow Root has been traditionally used in herbal medicine as a demulcent to relieve pain and inflammation caused by mucous membranes in the mouth and throat. It has also been used to treat conditions associated with gastro-intestinal mucosa (such as gastritis and stomach ulcers).
PRECAUTIONS & CONTRAINDICATIONS: Avoid use of Marshmallow Root if you have a bleeding disorder, as it may act as an anticoagulant. Consult a healthcare practitioner before use, especially if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, on any medications (especially Lithium or diabetes medications), or have any allergies, especially to plants in the Malvaceae family. Be sure to take Marshmallow Root at least an hour after any medications, as it can decrease the body's absorption of medications and therefore its effectiveness. Discontinue use two weeks prior to any surgery.
WARNING: This information is for educational purposes only, has not been evaluated by Health Canada, and is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.
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