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Marshmallow & Fenugreek has three components - marshmallow, fenugreek and slippery elm - that are beneficial to the digestive and the genitourinary tracts. Marshmallow is a common herb that has a high nutritive value and is soothing to the digestive tract. Fenugreek is an herb that works as demulcent and stimulates stomachic secretions. Slippery elm is also a valuable demulcent and emollient.
Marshmallow root used to be the main ingredient in the white, sweet, spongy marshmallows we buy at the grocery store, but it is no longer used for that purpose. Marshmallow's highest medicinal actions are as a demulcent and an emollient. The plant contains 25 to 35 percent mucilage, and a similar quantity of starch. It also contains about 10 percent each of pectin and sugars. Some herbalists assert that marshmallow may be the best nutritive tonic herb in western herbalism.
Because of the mucilage content, internally the plant has a soothing effect on inflammation and irritation of the alimentary canal and respiratory tract. The mucilage forms a protective coating on inflamed mucous membranes, soothing inflammation and healing mucosal afflictions. The German Health Office acknowledges the medicinal effect of marshmallow, specifically its ability to soothe inflammation.
Besides soothing the alimentary canal, marshmallow can also relieve inflammation and irritation of the genitourinary (GI) tract. The plant is used for various ailments-cystitis, incontinence, painful urination, gonorrhea, enteritis, .diarrhea and dysentery. Like other viscous fibers, marshmallow has the ability to absorb toxins in the bowel and allows the body to cleanse itself Marshmallow can also relax the urinary passages and relieve pain in cases of retention of urine. Another benefit that marshmallow provides the GI tract is as a treatment for gastric and duodenal ulcers
Marshmallow has a long history of use and is not associated with any significant toxicity. No risks are known.
Fenugreek is native to Asia and southeastern Europe. The medicinally important component is the seed. From ancient times until the late 1800s, fenugreek was a major herb in folk medicine. Egyptian, Greek, and Roman physicians used the herb to treat fevers, respiratory and intestinal complaints. The Chinese treated fevers, hernia, gallbladder problems, muscle aches and even impotence with fenugreek.
The most important properties of fenugreek are: emollient, stomachic (stimulates stomach secretions), demulcent, bulk laxative, and anthelmintic. Modern herbalists also employ fenugreek to treat coughs and bronchitis.
Fenugreek contains 28 percent mucilage, the substance responsible for its demulcent properties. When mixed with water mucilage becomes gelatinous and soothes inflamed or irritated tissues. Aqueous extracts of fenugreek have also demonstrated antibacterial activity. Researchers believe this activity may result from flavonoids present in fenugreek. Extracts also show antitumor activity against human cell cultures. Anti-inflammatory and diuretic activity of extracts has been found in animal models.
Slippery elm is native to eastern Canada and the eastern and central United States. It is also known as Indian elm, moose elm, sweet elm, and red elm. The dried inner bark of the plant has been utilized for over a hundred years in traditional medicine. It yields a thick mucilage or demulcent that has been used in North American medicine to treat urinary tract inflammation.
Actions attributed to slippery elm include demulcent, emollient and nutrient. The herb helps heal and protect against inflammations and ulcerations of the GI tract such as oesphagitis, gastritis, colitis, gastric or duodenal ulcers; diarrhea. There are no known contraindications.
Native Americans traditionally valued slippery elm's demulcent properties and used the herb in a tea to treat sore throats and coughs. They also ate the bark after convalescence for its soothing effects on the stomach and intestines, as well as for its nutritional value. Today, due to its mucilaginous properties, slippery elm bark is used in throat lozenges as a demulcent for respiratory irritations.
Marshmallow & Fenugreek (100 capsules)