Marshmallow leaf (Althaeae folium)

Published March 2, 1989.
List of German Commission E Monographs (Phytotherapy)


Name of Drug

Althaeae folium, marshmallow leaf.

Composition of Drug

Marshmallow leaf consists of the dried leaf of Althaea officinalis L. [Fam. Malvaceae], as well as its preparations in effective dosage.

The drug contains mucilage.


Irritation of the oral and pharyngeal mucosa and associated dry cough.


None known.

Side Effects

None known.

Interactions with Other Drugs

None known.

Note: Absorption of other drugs taken simultaneously may be delayed.


Unless otherwise prescribed:

Daily dosage:

5 g of leaf; equivalent preparations. Mode of Administration Cut leaves for aqueous extracts as well as other galenical preparations for internal use.


Alleviates local irritation.