Iceland moss


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ce·tra·ri·a

(sē-trā'rē-ă),
The dried plant, Cetraria islandica (family Parmeliaceae), a lichen, not a moss, used as a demulcent and as a folk remedy for bronchitis.
Synonym(s): Iceland moss
[L. caetra, a short Spanish shield (from shape of the apothecia)]

Iceland moss

n.
A brittle, grayish-brown lichen (Cetraria islandica) of Arctic and alpine regions, sometimes used as a food or in medicine.
A llichen that contains fumaric acids, iodine, and mucilage, which is antimicrobial and expectorant; it has been used for respiratory tract infections—e.g., tuberculosis—and as a bitter to stimulate and soothe the gastrointestinal tract
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The air-dried, powdered Iceland moss material was extracted in a Soxhlet apparatus with petroleum ether for 16 h to obtain crude extract.
In traditional medicine some lichen species such as Iceland moss, Cetraria islandica, have been widely used for treating inflammatory conditions such as asthma and gastritis, as well as tuberculosis, without being associated with any adverse effects.