Parts Used & Where Grown
Butterbur, or Petasites hydridus, is found in colder, northern regions of Russia and Europe. A species native to the northern United States and much of Canada is Petasites frigidus. All parts of either plant are used, including root, rhizome, leaves, and flowers. Both species are easily confused with their close cousin, Eastern coltsfoot (Tussilago farfara), a plant that looks the same and has similar properties and hazards.
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This supplement has been used in connection with the following health conditions:
|1 tablet standardized to contain 8 mg petasin extract two to three times a day for two weeks||[3 stars] |
Studies have shown butterbur extract to be effective at reducing hay fever symptoms.
|Adults: 75 mg twice a day of an extract standardized to contain at least 15% petasins; children: reduce amount according to body weight||[3 stars] |
Butterbur extract has been shown to significantly reduce the frequency of migraine attacks.
|Adults: 50 mg three times per day for adults; children: 50 to150 mg per day, depending on body size||[2 stars] |
In one study, asthma patients taking inhaled steroids who also took butterbur extract saw significant improvement in airflow.
Traditional Use (May Not Be Supported by Scientific Studies)
Traditionally the entire plant was used as a demulcent to soothe a dry, spasmodic cough.1 It was primarily made into a tea, and used only for short periods of time. Using the herb as a tea may have helped reduce the liver’s exposure to butterbur's toxic compounds, as they are not normally water soluble.
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