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Marshmallow (Althaea officinalis) - Herbal Remedy for Diabetes

  • Botanical Name - Althaea officinalis
  • Family Name - Mallows
  • Other Name - Marshmallow

Uses of Marshmallow

  • Diarrhea
  • Dysentery
  • Cholera
  • Bowel complaints
  • Hemorrhages from the lungs and stomach
  • Leucorrhea
  • Menstrual problems
  • Diabetes
  • Ulcer
  • Fever
  • Jaundice
  • Small-pox
  • Measles
  • Kidney disorders
  • Urinary problems
  • Cough
  • Skin conditions
  • Wounds

How to Use in Different Diseases?

  • The decoction is also useful as an injection in profuse menstruation and in leucorrhoea and is a useful wash in ulcerated mouth and gums, and as a gargle.
  • It is also used as a lotion to ulcers attended with a discharge.
  • Bistort tonic is useful for diabetes. The tonic is taken one to two teaspoonful twice a day after meals.
  • The decoction is to treat bleeding and diarrhea. Take 10 to 15ml twice a day.
  • The root is helpful for fevers.
  • The powder is useful in jaundice, expel the venom of the plague, smallpox, measles or other infectious diseases. The powder is taken one to two teaspoonful twice a day.
  • The herb is used in many lung preparations and cough syrups to alleviate a dry, hacking cough, whooping cough.
  • An ointment as an emollient to soften and soothe skin and dry hands.
  • As a diuretic it increases the flow of urine and rids the body of excess fluid.

Parts Used

Whole plant


  • Decoction - 5 to 10ml
  • Tonic - 5 to 10ml
  • Powder - 3 to 6 gm
  • Ointment - Twice daily


Decoction, Tonic, Powder, Ointment

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