Marsh mallow real

Authors: Prof. Dr. med. Peter Altmeyer, Prof. Dr. med. Martina Bacharach-Buhles

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Last updated on: 29.10.2020

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Synonym(s)

Aderoot or slime root.; Althaeae officinalis; Althaea officinalis; Althee; Healing Root; Ibis Root; Marsh Mallow; Medicinal marshmallow; Old Thee; Velvet poplar; white mallow

History
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The marshmallow, also called medicinal marshmallow or mucilage root, belongs to the mallow family (Malvaceae). The plant was originally native to the steppe zones of southern Russia and Kazakhstan. The marshmallow is cultivated in Southern and Central Europe.

True marshmallow can reach a height of up to 1.5 metres and has a roughly strong body. The upright stem is tubular on the inside and has felty hairs on the outside, just like the leaves. The leaves are greyish-green and shiny, the flowers are pink with purple anthers. The lower leaves are triangular-heart-shaped and lobed, the upper ones look ovoid and lobed. The marshmallow flowers between July and September and is mainly found in south-east Europe and western Asia.

General information
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Althaea officinalis is the parent plant of Althaeae radix, the official marshmallow root (DAB9), which is used as a mucilage drug in catarrhal diseases of the respiratory and gastrointestinal tract.

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