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Related to common plantain: Greater Plantain, Broadleaf Plantain
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.
Plantain is used for dysuria, ocular pain, urinary tract infections, poor vision and problems of childbirth.
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 See plantain.