Plantaginis lanceolatae herba

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)

Ribwort herb

Definition
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Plantaginis lanceolatae herba is the medically used, officinal ribwort herb (DAB, Commission E monograph). Plantaginis lanceolatae herba is collected at flowering time. It consists of dried, whole or divided leaves, also from flower stems and parts of the stem.

Ingredients
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Plantaginis lanceolatae herba contains up to 2.5% aucubin, catapol, tannins, flavonoids, about 7% tanning agents, phenyl carboxylic acids (caffeic acid), 1% silicic acid (silicon), acetoside and mucilage.

Effects
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Irritant, antibacterial (effect of the glycoside aucubin which is split into glucose and aucubigenin, the actual antibiotically active ingredient), antiphlogistic (acetoside), astringent, anti-edematous.

Field of application/use
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Internal: Main application areas are diseases of the respiratory tract, inflammatory diseases of the mouth and throat
External: Skin injuries, insect bites

Internal: Ribwort tea or tea blends with ribwort, syrup or juice of ribwort.
Preparation: Pour 150ml of hot water over 3g of cabbage and strain after 10min. Dosage: 2- 3 cups per day. The average TD for internal use in adults is 4-6g of ribwort herb.
Ribwort extracts are mainly offered in cough syrups and syrups, often in combinations

Pregnancy/nursing period
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Due to missing data an internal application should not be used.

Contraindication
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No internal use in children <3 years,

Note(s)
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The proof of antibiotic efficacy of Plantaginis lanceolatae herba requires further investigations.

Literature
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  1. Gonda S et al (2013) Determination of phenylethanoid glycosides and iridoid glycosides from therapeutically used Plantago species by CE-MEKC. Electrophoresis 34:2577-2584.
  2. Wiesenauer M (2008) PhytoPraxis. Springer Medicine Publisher Heidelberg S 116-117

Incoming links (3)

Aucubin; Phlegm drugs; Ribwort plantain;