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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.

Chinese medicine
Plantain is used for dysuria, ocular pain, urinary tract infections, poor vision and problems of childbirth.

Herbal medicine
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.
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Therefore considered plats species one can classified in three group depending who far (approximate in m) from soil the leaves are placed: 1) 3m and above (maple, small-leaved lime), 2) 1-1.5m (common polypody, stinging nettle) and 3) 0.5m or close to the soil (strawberry, ribwort plantain).
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It contains ribwort and elder to help the sinus membranes and keep catarrh in check, echinacea to increase resistance to infection and licorice to soothe inflammation in the gut and sinuses.
On the upland fringes of the Pennines, North York Moors and Dartmoor, successive clearings are accompanied by pollens of plants such as sorrel and ribwort plantain, which can only flourish as a result of less tree cover.
Here I address these questions by presenting the results of the first of several experiments on parental effects in Plantago lanceolata L., ribwort plaintain, an herbaceous short-lived perennial plant species.
I can now proudly confirm that I can identify sow thistle, It would the sly little far more of the ladies could to ribwort plantine, archangel, mallow and hawksbeard but continue to struggle with Jackby-the-hedge and herb Robert.
Ribwort plantain yn Saesneg a Plantago lanceolata ydi'r enw gwyddonol.