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Lungwort is a flowering perennial plant that originated in Europe and Asia and was introduced to North America. There are 14 species. Traditionally, lungwort has been used to treat lung and digestive problems, and as a diureticdiuretican agent that increases urine flow. It has also been applied to the skin to treat minor cuts and scrapes.
How is this product usually used?
The aerialaerialplant parts appearing above ground parts of the lungwort plant are used to prepare oral and topical formulations. The preparations are available as infusioninfusionthe process of steeping or soaking plant material in hot or cold water to isolate its active ingredients, dried leaves, and fluid extractextractto get, separate, or isolate a desired active ingredient.
The usual oral and topical doses are:
- dried leaves: 2 g to 4 g, 3 times per day
- infusion: 2 g to 4 g dried leaf, 3 times per day
- fluid extract: 2 g to 4 g dried equivalent, 3 times per day
The topical formulations should be applied to affected area(s) only.
Your health care provider may have recommended using this product in other ways. Contact a health care provider if you have questions.
What is this product used for?
Oral lungwort is traditionally used in herbal medicine:
- to relieve diarrhea
- to relieve hemorrhoids
- to relieve a sore throat
- as an expectorantexpectorantan agent that thins mucus (phlegm) so that it can be absorbed or coughed up (helps in coughing up mucusmucusa moist and sticky substance produced by the mucous membranes) to help relieve the symptoms of bronchitis and mucus at the back of the throat
- as a mild diureticdiuretican agent that increases urine flow (i.e., to increase urination)
Topical lungwort is traditionally used in herbal medicine:
- to help in healing of wounds (minor) and cuts
There is not enough reliable scientific evidence to show whether lungwort is effective for these uses.
Your health care provider may have recommended this product for other conditions. Contact a health care provider if you have questions.
What else should I be aware of?
There is not enough information on the potential side effects of lungwort. If you experience unexplained side effects while taking lungwort, stop taking it immediately and seek medical advice.
Consult a health care provider if any of the symptoms or conditions being treated with lungwort persist or worsen. When used as a diureticdiuretican agent that increases urine flow, lungwort is for occasional use only.
You should contact your doctor before taking lungwort if you are pregnant or breast-feeding.
Before taking any new medications, including natural health products, speak to your physician, pharmacist, or other health care provider. Tell your health care provider about any natural health products you may be taking.
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- Lungwort (monograph). Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database. (Accessed online 08 Feb 2012)
- Canadian Gardening. Grow lungwort in your shade garden. http://www.canadiangardening.com/plants/vines-and-groundcovers/grow-lungwort-in-your-shade-garden/a/1214 (accessed 16 Feb 2012)
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