Action ► Mucilaginous, emollient, laxative, antitussive, pectoral, antibacterial. Infusion is used for coughs and colds, irritation of the bronchi. Phagocyte stimulant.
Key application ► In irritation of the mucosa and throat and dry, irritative cough. (German Commission E.)
The herb contains sulphated flavo-
nol glycosides, mucilage and tannins.
Flowers contain malvin (an antho-
cyanin), malvidin diglucoside, tannins, carotene and ascorbic acid.
396 Mandragora autumnalis Spreng.
Malva coromandeliana Linn. (also malvastrum) is anti-inflammatory, pectoral, antidysenteric and diaphoretic.
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