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Lungwort Pulmonaria officinalis

Family: Boraginaceae

---Synonyms---Lungwort, spotted lungwort, maple lungwort, Jerusalem cowslip, Jerusalem sage, spotted comfrey, oak lungs, lungmoss

--Parts Used---Leaves

Active Compounds:

Allantoin

Flavonoids: quercitin and kaempferol

Miscellaneous: tannins, mucilage, vitamin C, saponins, (unspecified). Pyrrolizidine alkaloids, common in other plants of the Boraginaceae, have been shown to be absent from all samples of Pulmonaria officinalis tested.

---Medicinal Actions and Uses---Demulcent, expectorant, astringent, anti-inflammatory, vulnerary.

Lungwort has two broad areas of use. The one that provides its name is its use in the treatment of coughs and bronchitis, especially where associated with upper respiratory catarrh. The other broad area is that related to its astringency. It is used in the treatment of diarrhea, especially in children, and in easing hemorrhoids. Externally this plant may be used to heal cuts and wounds.

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