Horehound Herb - Uses And Side Effects
Herbalists typically make horehound extracts from the fresh or dried leaves and flowering tops of Marrubium vulgare. Native to Europe and Asia, this plant has been naturalized to the United States and other parts of North America. In Europe, a variety called white horehound serves as a natural food flavoring source and is added to liqueurs, candy, and cough drops.
Horehound contains a number of constituents, including alkaloids, flavonoids , diterpenes (e.g., marrubiin), and trace amount of volatile oils. 3 The major active constituent in horehound is marrubiin, which is thought to be responsible for the expectorant (promotion of coughing up of mucus) action of the herb. In addition, marrubiin contributes to the bitter taste of horehound, an action that increases the flow of saliva and gastric juice, thereby stimulating the appetite. 4 These actions likely explain the long-standing use of horehound as a cough suppressant and expectorant as well as a bitter digestive tonic.
Common doses of horehound
Horehound comes as capsules of fluid extract (300 milligrams), lozenges, syrup, tea, powder, and candies. Some experts recommend the following doses:
Uses of horehound herb
Side effects of horehound
all your health care practitioner if you experience any of these possible side effects of horehound:
Combining herbs with certain drugs may alter their action or produce unwanted side effects. Don't use horehound while taking:
Important paints to rememberDon't use horehound if you're pregnant or breast-feeding.
What the research shows
Horehound has a long history as a cough remedy and flavoring agent, but research doesn't support other uses. Medical experts recommend avoiding large doses because the herb may have harmful effects on the heart rhythm and blood sugar.
Other names for horehound: -
Other names for horehound include common horehound, hoarhound, marrubium, marvel, and white horehound.
Products containing horehound are sold under such names as Horehound Herb and Hore Hound Tea.
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