Plantago major


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plantain

(1) A perennial herb, the seeds of which contain alkaloids, glycosides, mucilage, silica and tannins. Plantains are anti-hypertensive, anti-inflammatory, diuretic and expectorant.

Chinese medicine
Plantain is used for dysuria, ocular pain, urinary tract infections, poor vision and problems of childbirth.

Herbal medicine
Western herbal medicine, plantains are used internally as bulk laxatives, for bronchitis, cystitis, diarrhoea, fungal infections, haemorrhoids, hepatitis, neuralgias and urinary tract infections, and topically for cuts, stings, bites, tumours and varicose veins. 
 
(2) Psyllium, see there; Plantago psyllium.

Plantago major,

n See plantain.
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Furthermore, the content of nearly all kinds of heavy metals was elevated in Plantago major, in the autumn samples from the areas along No.
It's Plantago major 'Rubrifolia' with heavily-veined beetroot-coloured leaves.
Teaching slides of Plantago major leaf cross sections in the Botany Department collection at Iowa State University show an exceedingly slender c.
Effect of climatic and edaphic factors on seed yield of Plantago ovata, Plantago major and Plantago psyllium.
Plantago major ydi'r enw gwyddonol a 'greater plantain' yn Saesneg, er mae 'na nifer o enwau Saesneg eraill fel y 'broadleaved plantain', 'common plantain', 'rat-tail plantain' a 'way-bread'.