Indian Medicinal Plants

2007 Edition
| Editors: C.P. Khare

Althaea officinalis Linn.

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-0-387-70638-2_95
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Family

Malvaceae.

Habitat

Native to eastern Europe; found in Kashmir and Himachal Pradesh.

English

Marshmallow, Hollyhock.

Unani

Khatmi, Gul-Khairu (also equated with Althaea rosea Linn.).

Siddha/Tamil

Shemai-tutti.

Action

Demulcent, emollient, antitussive (used for cough, bronchitis, gastritis, enteritis and cystitis), antilithic, diuretic.

Key application

(leaf and root) In irritation of the oral and pharyngeal mucosa and associated dry cough; in mild inflammation of the gastric mucosa. (German Commission E, ESCOP.) As demulcent. (The British Herbal Pharmacopoeia.) In gastroenteritis, peptic and duodenal ulceration, common and ulcerative colitis. (The British Herbal Compendium.) Topically for varicose veins, skin ulcers, abscesses, cuts, burns.

Althaea rosea (L.) Cav., synonym Alcea roseaL., Hollyhock flower, is used as mucilage for prophylaxis and therapy of diseases and discomforts of the respiratory and gastrointestinal tract and for urinary complaints. (It is included among...

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© Springer-Verlag 2007

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.New Delhi-110 058India