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Expectorant

Expectorant

A substance which stimulates the expulsion or outflow of mucous from the lungs and air passages, and/or renders the mucous more fluid.

See:

Aniseed
Balsam of Peru
Bloodroot
Bromelain
Comfrey
Elder flower
Elecampane
Garlic
Goldenseal
Hyssop
Iceland Moss
Irish Moss
Licorice root
Lobelia
Lungwort
Marshmallow
Mullein
Pleurisy Root
Senega
Skunk Cabbage
Squill
Thuja
Thyme
Vervain
Wild Cherry

These herbs have approval status by the German Commission E regarding their expectorant action:

Anise seed
Eucalyptus leaf, and oil
Ivy leaf
Licorice root
Mullein flower
Primrose (flower and root)
Senega Snakeroot
Soapwort root
Star Anise seed
Thyme

References:

Blumenthal, M (Ed.): The Complete German Commission E Monographs: Therapeutic Guide to Herbal Medicines. American Botanical Council. Austin, TX. 1998.

Culbreth, D.M.R. A Manual of Materia Medica and Pharmacology. Reprinted by Eclectic Med Publications: Portland, OR, 1983.

Elingwood, F. American Materia Medica, Therapeutics and Pharmacognosy. Eclectic Med Publications, Portland, OR, l983.

Hoffmann, D: The New Holistic Herbal. Element, 1983. Third edition 1990.

Hyde, F.F. British Herbal Pharmacopoeia. British Herbal Medicine Assoc: West Yorks, England, 1983.

Lewis, Walter H. and Elvin-Lewis, Memory P.F. Medical Botany: Plants Affecting Man's Health, John Wiley and Sons. NY, l977.

Schaumberg, Paul and Ferdinand Paris. Guide To Medicinal Plants. New Canaan, Conn.: Keats Publishing, 1977.

 


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