Lichen Pulmonaire, Lobaria pulmonaria, Lungwort, Oak Lungs, Pulmonaria.
Lungmoss is a kind of lichen. Lichens are organisms that are made up of fungi and algae living together. People use lungmoss to make medicine.
Lungmoss is used for breathing problems including bronchitis, asthma, and coughs. It is also used to treat pain and swelling (inflammation) and infections, and to cause sweating.
Be careful not to confuse lungmoss with Pulmonaria officinalis. Both are sometimes called lungwort.
How does it work?
There isn't enough information to know how lungmoss might work.
Insufficient Evidence to Rate Effectiveness for...
- Pain and swelling (inflammation).
- Promoting sweating.
- Other conditions.
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).
The appropriate dose of lungmoss 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 lungmoss. 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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