July 29, 2016

Buckhorn Plantain

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What other names is Buckhorn Plantain known by?

Buckhorn, Chimney-Sweeps, English Plantain, Headsman, Herbe aux Cinq Côtés, Herbe à Cinq Coutures, Hoary Plantain, Llantén, Llantén Menor, Oreille de Lièvre, Petit Plantin, Plantago lanceolata, Plantaginis Lanceolatae Herba, Plantain, Plantain à Feuilles Étroites, Ribgrass, Ribwort, Ribwort Plantain, Ripplegrass, Small Plantain, Soldier's Herb, Spitzwegerichkraut.

What is Buckhorn Plantain?

Buckhorn plantain is a plant. People use the parts that grow above the ground for medicine.

Buckhorn plantain is used to treat colds, fever, cough, bronchitis, and soreness in the breathing passages.

Some people gargle with buckhorn plantain for sore throat or apply it to the skin to treat swelling, heal wounds, or stop bleeding.

Don't confuse buckhorn plantain with common plantain (Plantago major). Also, don't mistake digitalis leaves for buckhorn plantain leaves. They look a lot alike. This is a problem because digitalis is unsafe. Be sure to get buckhorn plantain from trusted sources. There have been some reports of buckhorn plantain adulterated with digitalis.

Insufficient Evidence to Rate Effectiveness for...

  • The common cold.
  • Cough.
  • Fevers.
  • Bleeding.
  • Bronchitis.
  • Sore mouth.
  • Sore throat.
  • Wounds, bleeding, and swelling, when applied to the affected area.
  • Other conditions.
More evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of buckhorn plantain 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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