Butterbur Root

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Herb: BUTTERBUR ROOT

Botanical name: Petasites hybridus
Origin: China, Korea, Japan, USA

Therapeutic actions: Anti-spasmodic; anti-inflammatory; cardio tonic; diaphoretic; diuretic; and leaves that function as an analgesic.

Drug Interactions: Medications that increase break down of other medications by the liver (Cytochrome P450 3A4 (CYP3A4) inducers) interacts with BUTTERBUR. Some of these medicines include carbamazepine (Tegretol), phenobarbital, phenytoin (Dilantin), rifampin, rifabutin (Mycobutin), and others.

Description: People use the leaf, root, and bulb to make medicine. Some butterbur preparations contain chemicals called pyrrolizidine alkaloids (PAs), which can damage the liver and cause other serious harm. Only butterbur products that are certified and labeled “PA-free” should be used.

Internal uses: Butterbur is used for pain, upset stomach, stomach ulcers, migraine and other headaches, ongoing cough, chills, anxiety, plague, fever, trouble sleeping (insomnia), whooping cough, asthma, hay fever (allergic rhinitis), and for irritable bladder and urinary tract spasms. Butterbur is also used to stimulate the appetite.

Some people apply butterbur to the skin to improve wound healing.

Suggested Dosage: 100-200 mg daily

 

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