Althaea officinalis

Plant name: Althaea officinalis

Family: Malvaceae

Common names: Marsh mallow root [USA], Eibisch [Germany], Guimauve [France], Ke zhi gen [China]

Category: Herbs that cool and transform phlegm heat

Properties: Sweet cool

Preparation: Cold infusion – Root tincture

Parts used: Root

Western Functions: Demulcent, nutritive, alterative,diuretic, emollient, vulnerary, laxative

Energetic Functions: Transforms hot phlegm, Nourishes Lung yin, Tonifies Stomach yin and clears Stomach fire, Clears damp heat in the lower burner, Promotes lactation, Stops bleeding.

 Caution: None noted