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Herbal remedy made from Petasites hybridus; purported uses in therapy for GI tract, GU tract, and in skin disease. Hepatotoxicity noted; as with most herbals, levels of active agent in formulation vary by manufacturer and batch.
Synonym(s): sweet coltsfoot, Western coltsfoot.


An herb from which an herbal remedy is made for treatment of migraine headache and allergic rhinitis.
Synonym: Petasites hybridus


n Latin names:
Petasites hybridus, Petasites officinalis, Tussilago petasites; parts used: buds, leaves, roots, stems; uses: sedative, diuretic, pertussis, asthma, cough, arthritis, irritable bowel syndrome; precautions: pregnancy, lactation, children; can cause nausea, vomiting, liver damage, constipation, stomach cramps, discoloration of the epidermis, dyspnea, carcinogenesis from pyrrolizidine alkaloids. Also called
blatterdock, bog rhubarb, bogshorns, European pestroot, flapperdock, langwort, sweet coltsfoot, umbrella leaves, or
western coltsfoot.
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Butterbur is not recommended for those with dermatologic conditions, as butterbur may cause skin discoloration, pruritus, rash, and/or hot flushes.
The main concern with butterbur however is that if not prepared properly, it can be contaminated with pyrrolizidine alkaloids, which are carcinogenic; they can also cause liver and kidney damage.
Butterbur has traditionally been used for conditions involving pain, spasm and fever, and has recently been shown to include oxopetasan esters, petasin and isopetasin which inhibit leukotriene biosynthesis and impart a spasmolytic relaxant activity.
Monique Lund Saruman Richard McMillan Barliman Butterbur Shawn Wright Bill Ferny
Research: A prospective, randomized, double-blind, parallel group comparison study of butterbur extract (Ze 339; 8 mg total petasine; one tablet thrice-daily), fexofenadine (Telfast 180, one tablet once-daily) and placebo was conducted in 330 patients.
Butterbur: Ingredients extracted from the butterbur plant are used to prevent migraine.
A double-flowered sea campion was another, followed by butterbur - a scented late winter and very early spring flowering plant that flowers before the leaves appear.
Other herbs being investigated include butterbur, which acts in the same way as prescription antihistamines, a bioflavonoid (rutin) found in citrus fruits, cayenne (or capsaicin) already used to treat arthritis and the antioxidant quercetin found in yellow and red onions.
Butterbur, an innkeeper in Tolkien's trilogy, speaks for many lovers of fantasy, hobbit and human alike, when he expresses a deeply felt if often frustrated desire: "We want to be let alone.
To block the histamine released by the body, he uses either a root called butterbur or the antioxidant quercitin.
Researchers found that butterbur is as effective as antihistamines and that it does not have the sedative effect often associated with them.