Marshmallow is sometimes used to form a protective layer on the skin and lining of the digestive tract. It also contains chemicals that might decrease cough and fight infections. Don't confuse marshmallow with the mallow (Malva sylvestris) flower and leaf.
Marshmallow leaf and root are commonly used by mouth for stomach ulcers, diarrhea, constipation, and other conditions, but there is no good scientific evidence to support these uses.
Uses & Effectiveness
We currently have no information for MARSHMALLOW overview.
When applied to the skin: Marshmallow is possibly safe when applied directly to the skin.
Special Precautions and Warnings
When applied to the skin: Marshmallow is possibly safe when applied directly to the skin. Pregnancy and breast-feeding: There isn't enough reliable information to know if marshmallow is safe to use when pregnant or breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and stick to food amounts.
Bleeding disorders: Taking marshmallow might increase your risk of bleeding.
Surgery: Marshmallow flower might slow blood clotting. There is a concern that it could increase the risk of bleeding during and after surgical procedures. Stop taking marshmallow flower at least 2 weeks before a scheduled surgery.
Lithium interacts with MARSHMALLOW
Marshmallow might have an effect like a water pill or "diuretic." Taking marshmallow might decrease how well the body gets rid of lithium. This could increase how much lithium is in the body and result in serious side effects. Talk with your healthcare provider before using this product if you are taking lithium. Your lithium dose might need to be changed.
Be cautious with this combination
Medications taken by mouth (Oral drugs) interacts with MARSHMALLOW
Marshmallow contains a type of soft fiber called mucilage. Mucilage can decrease how much medicine the body absorbs. Taking marshmallow at the same time you take medications by mouth can decrease the effectiveness of your medication. To prevent this interaction, take marshmallow at least one hour after medications you take by mouth.
Medications that slow blood clotting (Anticoagulant / Antiplatelet drugs) interacts with MARSHMALLOW
Marshmallow might slow blood clotting. Taking marshmallow along with medications that also slow blood clotting might increase the risk of bruising and bleeding.
Be watchful with this combination
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