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(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.


n Latin names:
Plantago lanceolata, Plantago major, Plantago ovata, Plantago psyllium; parts used: husks, leaves, seeds; uses: bulking laxative, cough, urinary conditions, diarrhea, antiinflammatory; precautions: pregnancy, lactation, children, carbamazepine, cardiac medications, lithium. Also called
blond plantago, broadleaf plantain, buckhorn, cart tract plant, common plantain, English plantain, flea seed, French psyllium, greater plantain, Indian plantago, lanten, narrowleaf plantago seed, plantain seed, ribwort, ripple grass, snakeweed, Spanish psyllium, tract plant, way-bread, white man's foot, wild plantain, or
wild saso. Please note that this is not the same plantain as the starchy type of banana of the same name. See also psyllium, blonde and psyllium.


two plant species are called by this common name. See plantagovaria.
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We don't want any handouts," said Gilberto Quiroz Ornelas, president of the Consejo Estatal de los Productores de Platano de Jalisco.
Located In The Buffer Zone Of The Rio Platano Biosphere, Municipality Of Dulce Nombre De CulmE[degrees], Which Will Be Implemented By "El Patronato Pro Community Improvement Of Bonanza, In Coordination With Local Organizations And External.
Invoking the Mermaid and the lobster-diver as archetypes of femininity and masculinity on the Miskito Coast, she addresses the gendered social organization of the Miskitus of the Rio Platano Biosphere Reserve on the north coast of Honduras at the height of the lobster-diving economy, women's life strategies, the use of sexual magic (praidi saihka) as a means of access to men's earnings and economic survival, gendered differences in consumerism, and lobster-diving as a masculine life strategy and the ways in which it intersects with women's life strategies.
Duran of the Mata de Platano Field Station and Nature Reserve helped coordinate field work in Puerto Rico.
sucio, metafora de la operacion y metafora del parto con dolor 4 * Ejercicio de observacion de Metafora del mono sensaciones en la zona del pecho y y el platano del abdomen.
Across the table, his neighbor's eyes twinkled with mischief as he ate a platano.
McCain (2001) reported the first sighting ofthe giant anteater in Honduras at Las Marias at the Rio Platano Biosphere Reserve in 1996.
They will be serving an ambitious range of authentic Colombian dishes which could include empanadas (stuffed pasty), arepa (a bread made from corn), platano (plantain) and papa criolla (yellow potatoes).
We are seeing it used in place of lacewood and platano.
Part of the funds are for Development of Value Added in Agro-Forest Cooperatives in the Reserva de Hombre and the Biosphere of the Rio Platano.
Taylor started his senior season by winning his third straight district cross country title, then he won the state title in 16 minutes, 20 seconds to finish 39 seconds ahead runner-up Chris Platano of Myrtle Point.