Coltsfoot (Tussilago farfara)

Botanical Medicine: Comfrey, Coltsfoot & Pyrrolizidine Alkaloids

Is Symphytum officinale (Comfrey) safe for internal use? And what about Tussilago farfara (Coltsfoot)? Maybe not, according to clinical cases published in the last few years which suggest that the pyrrolizidine alkaloids in these popular traditional herbal medicines may cause serious liver disease if consumed over long periods of time. Germany recently banned some 2500 herbal products with pyrrolizidine alkaloid content, because of these and other cases. Canada recently also banned comfrey root and coltsfoot.

Coltsfoot - Is It safe?

The leaves or mature flowers of coltsfoot (Tussilago farfara L) have a long history of use in European traditional medicine for the treatment of respiratory complaints. Even the generic name is derived from tussis, the Latin word for cough. In Chin

Herbs & Aromatherapy for Colds & Flu

The author focuses on the use of herbs and essential oils as adjunct therapies for colds and flu to help fight infection, alleviate symptoms and lift one's mood. For headache due to a cold, a ste...

Herbs for asthma and other respiratory complaints

The article focuses on various herbs which are recommended for the treatment of asthma and other respiratory ailments. Coltsfoot is used in treating asthma, bronchitis and whooping cough. Grindel...


The article provides information about butterbur, which is a common ingredient in herbal blends in the U.S. Butterbur, also known as sweet coltsfoot or purple butterbur, provides antispasmodic an...

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