The name originates from lungwort applications has always been given to this plant for lung diseases, especially tuberculosis.
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Lungwort grows throughout Europe, in open woods, oak, beech, fallow land, next to rivers, streams and wetlands in general. It is also grown as an ornamental in parks and gardens. The name originates from pulmonary applications has always been given to this plant for lung diseases, especially tuberculosis. The old belief that the morphology of each plant was related to its medicinal utilities, led to believe that the spots on the leaves has lungwort, in analogy with tuberculous lung nodules, was an indication of its virtues in the cure of this disease. We now know that the plant has emollient properties and expectorants useful against lung, bronchial catarrh if, cough, whooping cough, asthma, etc. Thanks to the substances they contain. These are basically tannins, mucilage, saponins, silicic acid and minerals. Furthermore, it is also pulmonary inflammatory, astringent, diuretic soft, sudorific and adequate treat diarrhea and against hemorrhoids. It is used externally against hoarseness, in compresses for wound healing and emollient baths. The saponosides justify its expectorant action, the mucilage and allantoin, demulcent properties, mucolytic and healing. Indicated in cases of bronchitis, pharyngitis, gingivitis. Gastritis, diarrhea. Cystitis, urethritis. Sudorific. Lung and bronchial coughs, promotes expectoration. Phthisis. For internal applications described above, you can make a decoction by boiling for 20 minutes in a pint of water about 30 grams of pulmonaria. Sweeten with honey and hot drink about three cups a day.
Contraindicated during pregnancy, lactation, liver, by pyrrolizidine alkaloids. Effects have been caused by hepatotoxic pyrrolizidine alkaloids. When prescribing for patients with dyspepsia hypersecretory, to mitigate the potential effects of irritants on the gastroduodenal mucosa saponosides, associate recommend demulcents as chamomile, mallow and marshmallow.
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