Altea, Alteia, Althaea officinalis, Althaea taurinensis, Althaeae Folium, Althaeae Radi, Althea, Althée, Guimauve, Guimauve Officinale, Gulkhairo, Herba Malvae, Mallards, Malvavisco, Marsh Maillo, Mauve Blanche, Mortification Root, Racine de Guimauve, Sweet Weed, Wymote.<br/><br/>
Overview InformationMarshmallow is a plant. The leaves and the root are used to make medicine. Don’t confuse marshmallow with the mallow (Malva sylvestris) flower and leaf.
Marshmallow leaf and root are commonly used by mouth to treat stomach ulcers, diarrhea, constipation, swelling of the stomach lining, and pain and swelling of the mucous membranes that line the respiratory tract. But there is limited scientific evidence to support these and other uses.
In foods, marshmallow leaf and root are used as a flavoring agent.
How does it work?Marshmallow forms a protective layer on the skin and lining of the digestive tract. It also contains chemicals that might decrease cough and help heal wounds by decreasing inflammation and fighting certain "bugs".(microbes).
Uses & Effectiveness
Insufficient Evidence for
- Cough caused by ACE inhibitors. Medications used for high blood pressure called ACE inhibitors can sometimes cause coughing as a side effect. Early research suggests that taking marshmallow root by mouth for 4 weeks can reduce cough caused by ACE inhibitors. Some examples of ACE-inhibitors include captopril (Capoten), enalapril (Vasotec), and lisinopril (Prinivil, Zestril).
- Breast pain and swelling cause by breast feeding. Early research suggests that applying a compress containing marshmallow to the breast along with standard techniques can improve pain and swelling caused by breast feeding. Standard techniques include breast massage and use of warm and cold compresses before and after breast feeding.
- Skin infection caused by parasites (Leishmania lesions). Early research suggests that applying a combination of marshmallow and Althaea rosa extracts to affected skin for 5 days can help improve Leishmania lesions.
- Skin inflammation.
- Insect bites.
- Chapped skin.
- Stomach and intestinal ulcers.
- Irritation of the mouth and throat.
- Dry cough.
- Other conditions.
Side Effects & SafetyMarshmallow is LIKELY SAFE for most people when taken by mouth. In some people, it might cause low blood sugar levels.
Marshmallow is POSSIBLY SAFE when applied directly to the skin.
Special Precautions & Warnings:Pregnancy and breast-feeding: Not enough is known about the use of marshmallow during pregnancy and breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.
Bleeding disorders: Taking marshmallow might increase your risk of bleeding. Diabetes: There is a concern that marshmallow might interfere with blood sugar control. If you have diabetes, check your blood sugar carefully to avoid dangerously low blood sugar.
Surgery: Marshmallow might affect blood sugar levels and slows blood clotting. There is a concern that it could interfere with blood sugar control and increase the risk of bleeding during and after surgical procedures. Stop taking marshmallow at least 2 weeks before a scheduled surgery.
Be cautious with this combination
Lithium interacts with MARSHMALLOW
Marshamallow 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.
Medications for diabetes (Antidiabetes drugs) interacts with MARSHMALLOW
Marshmallow might decrease blood sugar. Diabetes medications are also used to lower blood sugar. Taking marshmallow along with diabetes medications might cause your blood sugar to go too low. Monitor your blood sugar closely. The dose of your diabetes medication might need to be changed.<br/><br/> Some medications used for diabetes include glimepiride (Amaryl), glyburide (DiaBeta, Glynase PresTab, Micronase), insulin, pioglitazone (Actos), rosiglitazone (Avandia), chlorpropamide (Diabinese), glipizide (Glucotrol), tolbutamide (Orinase), and others.
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.
The appropriate dose of marshmallow for use as treatment 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 marshmallow. 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.
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