Tussilago farfara / Coltsfoot: Effective At-Home Herbal Treatment for Inflammatory Disease
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Coltsfoot, also known as Tussilago farfara is famous as an herbal remedy for diseases that involve inflammation. It functions both as a soothing expectorant as well as as an antispasmodic. As such, this herb can be used to treat the following diseases and disorders:
- Inflammatory disease
- Neurological diseases
- Gastrointestinal disease
- Wound treatment
- Diabetes treatment
- Burn treatment
- Urinary tract infection treatment
- Blood thinning / blood clot treatment
- Cancer treatment
- Whooping cough
Tussilago farfara is a treatment for whooping cough as well as a wide variety of other respiratory problems. Both the leaves and the flower buds can be used as an herbal treatment for lung disease, but this herbal remedy should not be used for longer 42 days at a time. According to Commission E, Tussilago farfara should not be used for longer than 4 to 6 weeks per year. With long-term use, Tussilago farfara can be toxic to the liver and it can also have carcinogenic effects when taken for long periods of time.
Tussilago farfara is an expectorant, but it also functions as a sedative and as a diuretic. It also has the ability to soften or soothe bronchial tubes. Despite its potentially hazardous long-term effects, this herb has been particularly useful in treating whooping cough.
Tussilago farfara should be administered as a tincture as 2 to 4 mL three times per day (1:5 in 40%). Or it can be administered as an infusion by pouring 1 cup of boiling water over 1 to 2 teaspoons of dried flowers or leaves and allowing it to steep for 10 minutes.
Other Important Links:
Hoffman, D. (2003). Medical Herbalism: The Science and Practice of Herbal Medicine. Healing Arts Press: Rochester, VT.
Chen, S. et al. (2021). A review of the ethnobotanical value, phytochemistry, pharmacology, toxicity, and quality control of Tussilago farfara L. (coltsfoot). Retrieved April 23, 2022 from https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7561605/