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Herb Information
Name: Lungwort
Biological Name: Pulmonaria officinalis

Boraginaceae

Other Names: Lungwort, spotted lungwort, maple lungwort, Jerusalem cowslip, Jerusalem sage, spotted comfrey, oak lungs, lungmoss
Parts Used: Leaves
Active Compounds:
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Allantoin

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Flavonoids: quercitin and kaempferol

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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.

Remedies For: 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.

Combinations: For lung conditions, this herb may be used with White Horehound, Coltsfoot or Lobelia.
Description: Found in shady places; often cultivated in gardens.
Dosage: 

Infusion: pour a cup of boiling water onto l-2 teaspoonfuls of the dried herb and leave to infuse for l0-l5 minutes. This should be drunk three times a day.

Tincture: take l-4ml of the tincture three times a day.

Safety:

No information available. Some herbs are known to react with your medication. Please consult your physician before starting on any herb.

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