Lungweed or lungweed is a herbaceous dicotyledonous plant. It belongs to the Boraginaceae botanical family and has the scientific name of Pulmonaria officinalis. This plant grows mainly in humid places in Europe. It can reach a height of 30 cm and its flowering takes place between March and April. It is easily recognizable thanks to its large leaves with white dots and rough hairs. Moreover, its white spots are what distinguishes it from the great comfrey. Like the latter, the lungwort also contains highly esteemed virtues in herbal medicine. It is particularly rich in tannins, mucilages and minerals. The presence of pyrrolizidine alkaloids can also be detected.
Main indications in herbal medicine
As its name suggests, lung grass helps treat conditions affecting the otorhinolaryngology or ENT sphere. Indeed, it contributes toimproved breathing comfort. It develops, among other things, expectorant, antitussive, anti-catarrhal and soothing properties. Thus, it purifies the respiratory tract by stimulating the evacuation of mucus and pulmonary secretions. Its main indications are bronchitis, coughs, colds, asthma as well as various inflammation of the pharynx and larynx. In the past, it was also used as a remedy for tuberculosis.
This medicinal plant is also involved in the treatment of digestive disorders. It particularly helps to fight against diarrhea, hemorrhoids and inflammation of the intestines, especially the colon. In addition, thanks to its astringent activities, it helps to solve various skin problems. A distinction is made between wounds, cracks and pityriasis.
Forms and preparations available
In general, lungwort comes in the form of an herbal tea or decoction. These preparations are based on cut and dried plants. It can also be found in the form of powder and mother tincture.
Directions for use and recommended dosage
The pulmonary can be used both internally and externally. Whatever the form used, you must always be careful not to exceed the recommended doses in order to take advantage of the virtues of the plant.
In a cup of boiling water, let infuse 1 tablespoon (about 2 g) of dry extracts for about ten minutes. Filter the preparation then add a little honey if necessary and drink up to 3 cups a day.
For external use, use the same preparation and apply it via a compress or gauze on the parts of the skin to be treated.
The mother tincture is administered orally, before or after the meal. Twice a day, take 15 drops to dilute in a glass of water. The cure must be done in 25 days maximum.
Precautions for use
Due to insufficient data, pregnant and breastfeeding women should not adopt a lung cure. This is also the case for people with liver disorders. Note that a medical opinion is always necessary before each treatment to prevent possible side effects.