Plantain (Plantaginis lanceolatae herba)

Published November 30, 1985.
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Name of Drug

Plantaginis lanceolatae herba, plantain herb.

Composition of Drug

Plantain herb consists of the fresh or dried above-ground parts of Plantago lanceolata L. [Fam. Plantaginaceae], harvested at flowering season, as well as their preparations in effective dosage.

Plantain contains mucilage, iridoid glycosides such as aucubin and catapol, and tannin.

Uses

Internal:

Catarrhs of the respiratory tract, inflammatory alterations of the oral and pharyngeal mucosa. External:

Inflammatory reactions of the skin. Contraindications None known.

Side Effects

None known.

Interactions with Other Drugs

None known.

Dosage

Unless otherwise prescribed:

Average daily dosage:

3 - 6 g of herb; equivalent preparations. Mode of Administration Comminuted herb and other galenical preparations for internal and external use.

Actions

Astringent
Antibacterial.