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Biological Name: Tussilago farfaraColtsfoot

Other Names: kuan dong hua, Coughwort, ginger root, Horsehoof, flower velure, Foot, Coltsfoot, British tobacco, bull’s foot, butterbur, horsefoot

Elements Applied: Leaves and flowers are commonly applied in herbal medicine.

Active Components:

  • Flavonoids; isoquercetin, hyperoside, and rutin
  • Mucilage, which includes inulin, and polysaccharides containing fructose, xylose, glucose, arabinose, and galactose;
  • Tannin;
  • Pyrrolizidine alkaloids, like tussilagine and senkirkine;

Used For: The plant is known to induce expectoration, treat asthma, reduce spasms and pains, relieve respiratory conditions, reduce inflammations, boost urination and perspiration, as well as stimulate the digestive system.

Coltsfoot is valued due to its mild capacity to induce expectoration, while simultaneously soothing spasms associated with cough. Plant’s leaves have been stated to include zinc, which is effective in treating inflammations. Coltsfoot is thus applied for asthma, severe coughs, irritating coughs, strong and recurrent bronchitis. Due to its essential capacity to induce expectoration, the herb is applied in the majority of respiratory diseases, including severe ones, like recurrent emphysema. As far as its diuretic capacity is concerned, the herb is applied for urinary infections, like cystitis. As a topical remedy, the herb is used for suppurating ulcers, abscesses, and boils.

Additional Info: The herb is indigenous to Europe, including Great Britain, and is found in wet areas. Coltsfoot is conventionally applied for respiratory conditions, especially coughs. Still, this treating capacity has been discovered by Chinese herbalists.  Importantly, Chinese herbalists mainly prescribe flowers for common coughs and other respiratory diseases, while in the West people use leaves to treat inflammations.

Preparation and Intake: To make an infusion take 1-2 teaspoons of dry leaves or flowers and fill them up with a cup of boiling water. Steep it for 10 minutes. The result is taken thrice per day, as warm as you can.

In form of tincture the herb is applied in a quantity of 2-4 ml thrice per day.

Commonly mixed with: To relieve coughs the herb is mixed with Elecampane, Mullein, or White Horehound.

Safety: Coltsfoot flowers are not recommended for diseases accompanied with heat.

There is no additional data concerning the plant’s safety level. It is possible that the herb interacts with medicines you use. Consulting a health-care provider is highly recommended before applying the remedy.