Coltsfoot is used herbs for the treatment of coughs and other lung problems. Its helpful in the case of racking coughs such as from chest colds, asthma and emphysema.
Tussilago farfara, Horsehoof, Coughwort, Fieldhove, Bullsfoot, Cleats, Clayweed, Tusilago, and Ass’s Foot
Leaves, and sometimes the buds and flowers
All parts of the plant abound in mucilage, and contain a little tannin and a trace of a bitter amorphous glucoside.
Demulcent, expectorant and tonic.
Topical Uses / Applications:
Infusion, tea, syrup, capsules and extractsbr>
Not used in cooking.
mucilage, including numerous sugars; inulin; flavonoids, rutin, isoquercetin, tannin; pyrrolizidine alkaloids.
Coltsfoot should not be used by pregnant or nursing mothers. Should not be used longer than 4 – 6 weeks. Should not be used by individuals with a history of liver disease.
Coltsfoot has a long history of use starting with recommendation from Dioscorides, Galen, Pliny, Boyle, and other great authorities, both ancient and modern herbalist. The leaves were smoked to relieve a cough. The Swedes used it for this purpose.
American colonists brought it to the American colonies and used to wrap up a person with whooping cough in blankets that was soaked with coltsfoot. Traditional Asian folk medicine use it to treat asthma, dry cough and bronchitis and it is named natures best herb for the lungs.
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