Herbaceous plant perennial dioecious belonging to the Asteraceae family, the butterbur is characterized by scaly flower stalks bearing flowers
without peduncles grouped together on a receptacle and, giant leaves in heart. Just like the coltsfoot, butterbur grows on the edges of soils marshy and those wet streams, in the undergrowth and the ditches and this, up to an altitude of about 1,500 meters.
Originally fromNorth Africa, ofAsia, of Middle East and D'Europe, butterbur also called "moth grass ”, is a plant whose medicinal virtues have been known for centuries.
What are they ? To what extent these properties have positive effects on the human body? At what scale? What are the precautions to take ?
Here's what you need to know ...
Butterbur, for the record
Etymologically, word "butterbur »Draws its origins from Greek « petasos Which denotes a felt hat with very wide brims that was worn by Greek shepherds at the time.
Indeed, this name also alludes to the size of the leaves of this plant which were used to wrap the pieces of butter in order to preserve them from heat.
Most of the butterbur production is collected from the wild in eastern Europe.
For his therapeutic properties, it is sold as food supplements. The parts used are the leaves and the rhizome.
But, what are the virtues and benefits of this plant? What does she heal? How to use it wisely?
Butterbur: virtues and health benefits
For centuries, European peoples take advantage of the therapeutic virtues of butterbur.
At Middle Ages, it was used to treat the fever and the plague.
At 17e century, this medicinal plant was used to treat wounds, theasthma, the cough, the respiratory problems (related or not to allergies).
In the 1950s, its therapeutic uses echoed in the treatment of allergies and inflammation.
Known to be a, butterbur extracts were used to relieve manifestations of hay fever, prevent gastric ulcers, relieve the gastrointestinal spasms or to prevent migraine attacks.
More so, the medicinal virtues ringworm have been shown to be used in the treatment of pain associated with urinary tract spasms and more specifically kidney stones.
True Hypo-allergenic, butterbur is now recommended to relieve:
- symptoms of seasonal allergies (sneezing, itching
eyes, runny nose), without causing drowsiness or side effects associated with taking antihistamines,
- the joint pain,
- calm the irritations of the'small intestine.
Uses, dosages, instructions for use of butterbur
To treat seasonal allergies, the dosage usual recommended for a adult is 50 to 75 mg of extract taken twice daily.
As to children aged 10 to 12, the dose sufficient is 25 mg twice a day.
Practical advice about butterbur:
Butterbur should not be eaten inraw state ! Indeed, it naturally contains pyrrolizidine alkaloids which are toxic and carcinogens for the lungs and the liver.
Therefore, only use products labeled "PA free".
Butterbur is also contraindicated :
- to the pregnant women and those who breastfeed,
- people allergic to plants of the asteraceae family
- people suffering from liver disease or even those with a history of hepatitis.
In any case, it is strongly recommended to request thenotice of your doctor or to your pharmacist for an adequate prescription.