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Overview Information

Mallow is a plant from Europe, North Africa, and Asia. People use the flower and leaf to make medicine.

Mallow is used for irritation of the mouth and throat, dry cough, constipation, and other uses. However there is not enough evidence to support use of mallow for any condition.

In foods, mallow is used as a coloring agent.

How does it work?

Mallow flower contains a mucus-like substance that protects and soothes the throat and mouth.


Uses & Effectiveness?

Insufficient Evidence for

  • Constipation. Taking mallow flower syrup might make it easier for people who are constipated to pass stools. But more research is needed to confirm.
  • Dry mouth.
  • Acne.
  • Bladder problems.
  • Cough.
  • Diarrhea.
  • Eczema (atopic dermatitis).
  • Hemorrhoids.
  • Swelling (inflammation) of the mouth and throat.
  • Rheumatoid arthritis (RA).
  • Short-term swelling (inflammation) of the airways in the lungs (acute bronchitis).
  • Swelling (inflammation) of the stomach (gastritis).
  • Wound healing.
  • Other conditions.
More evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of mallow for these uses.

Side Effects

Side Effects & Safety

When taken by mouth: Mallow flower is POSSIBLY SAFE when taken by mouth as a medicine. It might cause stomach problems in some people. Vomiting, nausea, diarrhea, and indigestion have been reported.

Special Precautions & Warnings:

Pregnancy and breast-feeding: There isn't enough reliable information to know if mallow is safe to use when pregnant or breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.



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The appropriate dose of mallow depends on several factors such as the user's age, health, and several other conditions. At this time there is not enough scientific information to determine an appropriate range of doses for mallow. Keep in mind that natural products are not always necessarily safe and dosages can be important. Be sure to follow relevant directions on product labels and consult your pharmacist or physician or other healthcare professional before using.

View References


  • Aktas B, Coban S, Basar O, et al. Fulminant liver failure and renal failure related with malva sylvestris. Turk J Gastroenterol. 2014;25(4):437. View abstract.
  • Ameri A, Heydarirad G, Rezaeizadeh H, Choopani R, Ghobadi A, Gachkar L. Evaluation of Efficacy of an Herbal Compound on Dry Mouth in Patients With Head and Neck Cancers: A Randomized Clinical Trial. J Evid Based Complementary Altern Med. 2016;21(1):30-3. View abstract.
  • Barros L, Carvalho AM, Ferreira IC. Leaves, flowers, immature fruits and leafy flowered stems of Malva sylvestris: a comparative study of the nutraceutical potential and composition. Food Chem Toxicol. 2010;48(6):1466-72. View abstract.
  • Elsagh M, Fartookzadeh MR, Kamalinejad M, et al. Efficacy of the Malva sylvestris L. flowers aqueous extract for functional constipation: A placebo-controlled trial. Complement Ther Clin Pract. 2015;21(2):105-11. View abstract.
  • Marouane W, Soussi A, Murat JC, Bezzine S, El Feki A. The protective effect of Malva sylvestris on rat kidney damaged by vanadium. Lipids Health Dis. 2011;10:65. View abstract.
  • Mohamadi Yarijani Z, Najafi H, Shackebaei D, Madani SH, Modarresi M, Jassemi SV. Amelioration of renal and hepatic function, oxidative stress, inflammation and histopathologic damages by Malva sylvestris extract in gentamicin induced renal toxicity. Biomed Pharmacother 2019;112:108635. View abstract.
  • Tomoda M, Gonda R, Shimizu N, Yamada H. Plant mucilages. XLII. An anti-complementary mucilage from the leaves of Malva sylvestris var. mauritiana. Chem Pharm Bull 1989;37:3029-32. View abstract.

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