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Tussilago: Traditional use of coltsfoot verified

Coltsfoot (Tussilago farfara) is used traditionally in both Western and Traditional Chinese medicine for the treatment of cough, asthma, and acute or chronic bronchitis. General Pharmacology (Feb 1988) reports on one mechanism of action. Isolated tussilagone, extracted from the plant, was shown to have potent respiratory and cardiovascular stimulant effects. The whole coltsfoot leaf also has soothing mucilage and bitter tonic components. Some constituents also increase the movement of the cilia lining the respiratory tract. The combined qualities make the whole herb superior to any of the isolated constituents for respiratory infections.

Li YP, Wang YM. Evaluation of tussilagone: a cardiovascular-respiratory stimulant isolated from Chinese herbal medicine. Gen Pharmacol. 1988;19(2):261-3
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