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Mother-and-stepmother in folk medicine Your home doctor


The plant Mother and stepmother

The plant is widespread in Europe, Asia, and North and South America, where it was introduced by settlers as a medicinal product. Mother-and-stepmother can often be found in the debris, mess, and roadsides and trails. In some areas it is considered a weed.

The plant is used medicinally for cough. The name “Tussilago” means “cough”. Historically, the mother — and — stepmother is used in diseases of the lungs such as asthma, as well as various types of cough, caused by Smoking. Crushed flowers supposedly cured skin conditions, and the plant itself is also eaten. Detection of toxic alkaloids makes it possible to use the mother-and-stepmother in liver disease.

Mother-and-stepmother has also become a popular ingredient in confectionery products, for example, the pez candy is manufactured using extract a mother and stepmother. Hard candies soothe sore throats and reduce coughing breast, the recipe of which was developed in the UK. Now they are a popular medicinal candies, known worldwide under the name “Coltsfoot rock”.

Folk medicine uses this plant in the treatment of many diseases. Since discovered some little-studied pyrrolizidines alkaloids, to apply the mother-and-stepmother for more than 1 month in a row without a break is not recommended.Also contraindicated to use the flowers of plants in pregnancy and breastfeeding. There is documented cases where tea mother and stepmother caused severe violations of the liver in a child, and in another case a child died because the mother during her pregnancy drank tea containing the mother-and-stepmother. In response the German government banned the sale of mother and stepmother. Then in Austria and Germany developed a cloned plant species, without these alkaloids. This led to the development of the registered variety Tussilago farfara Wein which has no detectable levels of alkaloids.