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Related to coltsfoot: elecampane, mullein


n. pl. colts·foots
1. A low perennial Eurasian herb (Tussilago farfara) in the composite family, naturalized in parts of North America and having dandelionlike flower heads and large, hoof-shaped basal leaves.
2. The dried leaves or flower heads of this plant, long used in herbal medicine to treat coughs.


Chinese medicine
A perennial herb containing choline, inulin, aponins and stearin; it is antitussive, expectorant and anti-inflammatory, and is used for lung complaints, such as smoker’s cough, pulmonary infections and congestion. 

Herbal medicine
Coltsfoot has been used in Western herbal medicine internally for asthma, bronchitis, whooping cough and emphysema by inhalation of smoking leaves; crushed leaves have been used topically for bites, burns, oedemas, ulcers and other skin conditions.
Toxic effects
Coltsfoot has carcinogenic potential.


(Tussilago farfara) Purportedly useful in infections of upper respiratory tract. Plant contains toxic pyrrolizidine alkaloids.


n Latin name:
Tussilago farfara; parts used: buds (dried), leaves, roots; uses: asthma, coughs, bronchitis, inflammation of the oral cavity; precautions: pregnancy, lactation, children, patients with liver disorders; those hypersensitive to ragweed, chamomile, or the composite family; do not use for longer than 6 weeks; can cause hypertension, nausea, diarrhea, jaundice, hepatotoxicity (not often), upper respiratory infections. Also called
British tobacco, bullsfoot, butterbur, coughwort, donnhove, farfara, fieldhove, filius ante patrem, flower velure, foal's-foot, foalswort, hallfoot, horse-foot, horse-hoof, kuandong hua, and
pas dëane.
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Coltsfoot, a plant (above) used to treat sore throats and asthma that has been shown to cause cancer and liver damage, goes by many other names.
The "Dirty Dozen" supplements included aconite, bitter orange, chaparral, colloidal silver, coltsfoot, comfrey, country mallow, germanium, greater celandine, kava, lobelia and yohimbe.
For example, for coltsfoot Tussilago farfara used for medicinal purposes, the most known representamen are succulent green leaves, seen in summertime, despite the fact that its blooms are among the first to appear in spring.
Other legal, non-prescription remedies that can sicken or kill are aconite, chaparral, colloidal silver, coltsfoot, comfrey, germanium, greater celandine, kava and lobelia.
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However, in extreme cases in GMNP, persistent invasive plants, including coltsfoot (Tussilago farfara) and Canada thistle (Cirsium arvense), as well as native grasses (e.
Australian herbalist Robert McDowell's favorite treatment for tracheobronchitis is a blend of rosehips, garlic (Allium sativum), fenugreek (Trigonella fornum), marshmallow, elecampane, coltsfoot (Tussilago farfara), kelp (Laminaria digitata), yarrow (Achillea millefolium), and mullein (Verbascum thapsus), which he makes in a base of apple cider vinegar.
At times, one may come across spaces of extreme visual minimalism past those descriptions, such as the unsophisticated five-story Khruschevka buildings, junked cars by the pavements, and lovely wastelands drowning in amethyst sally-blooms, broken bricks, and outbreaks of coltsfoot bushes.
Q I want to garden organically but my plot is covered with perennial weeds such as coltsfoot and dock.