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Respiratory - A German bronchitis formula
by Paul Bergner
Medical Herbalism 09-30-93 5(3): 9
The following formula is sold over-the-counter in Germany for acute bronchitis with a productive cough.
Tussilago farfara leaves (coltsfoot) 5 parts
Plantago lanceolata (ribwort plantain) 4 parts
Thymus serpyllum (thyme) 4 parts
Malva sylvestris flowers (blue mallow) 3 parts
Pimpinella anisum (anise) 3 parts
Cetraria islandica (Iceland moss) 3 parts
Glycyrrhiza glabra (licorice) 2 parts
The primary actions of the herbs are: coltsfoot (expectorant and demulcent), ribwort plantain (demulcent — do not confuse with Plantago major), thyme (expectorant and antiseptic), blue mallow (demulcent), anise (expectorant), Iceland moss (demulcent, expectorant), licorice (demulcent, expectorant, anti-inflammatory).
plantain and blue mallow are not readily available in North America. Marshmallow
root (Althea off) or extra iceland moss may be substituted for ribwort
plantain, and hollyhock flowers (Althea rosea) or marshmallow may be substituted
for blue mallow. The best form of administration is as a tea.
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