Mallow

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What other names is Mallow known by?

Blue Mallow Flower, Blue Malva, Cheeseflower, Common Mallow, Dwarf Mallow, Fromagère, Grande Mauve, Gul-Khair, High Mallow, Kunzi, Malva mauritiana, Malva neglecta, Malva rotundifolia, Malva Silvestre, Malva sylvestris, Malvae Flos, Malvae Folium, Mauls, Mauve, Mauve des Bois, Mauve à Feuilles Rondes, Mauve Négligée, Mauve Sauvage, Mauve Sylvestre, Vilayatiikangai.

What is Mallow?

Mallow is a plant. People use the flower and leaf to make medicine.

Mallow is used for irritation of the mouth and throat, dry cough, and bronchitis. It is also used for stomach and bladder complaints.

To treat wounds, some people put mallow in a warm moist dressing (poultice) and apply it directly to the skin, or add it to bath water.

In foods, mallow is used as a coloring agent.

Insufficient Evidence to Rate Effectiveness for...

  • Bronchitis.
  • Stomach upset.
  • Bladder problems.
  • Diarrhea.
  • Irritation of the mouth and throat.
  • Dry cough.
  • Wounds, when applied to the skin or added to the bath.
  • Other conditions.
More evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of mallow for these uses.

Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database rates effectiveness based on scientific evidence according to the following scale: Effective, Likely Effective, Possibly Effective, Possibly Ineffective, Likely Ineffective, and Insufficient Evidence to Rate (detailed description of each of the ratings).

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How does Mallow work?

Mallow flower contains a mucus-like substance that protects and soothes the throat and mouth.

Are there safety concerns?

There isn't enough reliable information available about mallow to know if it is safe to use.

Special Precautions & Warnings:

Pregnancy and breast-feeding: Not enough is known about the use of mallow during pregnancy and breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.

Dosing considerations for Mallow.

The appropriate dose of mallow depends on several factors such as the user's age, health, and several other conditions. At this time there is not enough scientific information to determine an appropriate range of doses for mallow. Keep in mind that natural products are not always necessarily safe and dosages can be important. Be sure to follow relevant directions on product labels and consult your pharmacist or physician or other healthcare professional before using.
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Reviewed on 3/29/2011 12:35:40 PM

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