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al·the·a

(al-thē'ă),
Derived from Althaea officinalis, a perennial herb found wild in moist places in Europe. Contains high proportions of starches, pectin, and sugars; used as a flavoring and demulcent agent.
Synonym(s): marshmallow root
[L., fr. G. althaia, marshmallow]

marsh mallow

Herbal medicine
A perennial herb that contains asparagin, mucilage and tannins; it is a mild diuretic and expectorant. Marsh mallow is used internally for inflammation and upper GI ulcers, to soothe the respiratory and urinary tracts, and for UTIs and kidney stones; it is used topically for abscesses, burns, cuts, ulcers, varicose veins, oral infections and inflammation.

al·the·a

(al-thē'ă)
Althaea officinalis, a perennial herb found wild in moist places in Europe. Contains high proportions of starches, pectin, and sugars; used as a flavoring and demulcent agent.
Synonym(s): hollyhock, marshmallow root.
[L., fr. G. althaia, marshmallow]
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